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Morning Mound Visit: Tigers select Spencer Torkelson first overall

Tigers fans react to their number one pick; There are still some diamonds in the rough; athletes call for an end to qualified immunity

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Jacob Markle | Bless You Boys: As expected, the Detroit Tigers selected Spencer Torkelson with the first overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Torkelson, who primarily played first at Arizona State University, was drafted as a third baseman because why not? There’s nothing to lose by trying him at third and nothing to gain by not trying.

Ben Clemens | FanGraphs: As we enter the second and final day of the draft, the talent on the board is a little less obvious. Thankfully, Ben Clemens has sorted through the chaff and found himself some wheat. Root for your team to sign these eight players so you can remember what it’s like for your team to disappoint you.

Thomas Harrigan | Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard from several Black ballplayers about how they’ve had to be extra cautious about speaking out against injustices. Perhaps that’s starting to change as 1,400 players and coaches from MLB, the NBA, and the NFL signed a letter in support of a bill that would end qualified immunity, a legal doctrine which protects government officials from lawsuits except in instances where the official violated “clearly established” federal law. Qualified immunity makes it next to impossible to sue police officers for excessive force.