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Minor League Ball Gameday, Friday, July 22nd

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Friday, July 22nd version of Minor League Ball Gameday. Here are some items worthy of discussion and consideration under the blazing sun and choking humidity and blessed air conditioning.

****A gentle reminder that Minor League Ball is a 100% NO POLITICS ZONE. God knows we'll need such an oasis in the coming months.

****Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery. Raise your hand if this surprises you.

****Domenic Lanza at Faketeams examines Cleveland Indians rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin and his rookie season power surge. Sustainable?

****Is Jonathan Gray figuring out how to conquer Coors Field? Rob Rogacki at Beyond the Boxscore takes a look.

****Matt Eddy at Baseball America looks at the career of Ichiro Suzuki, 3,000 hits, and his place in the context of baseball history. Eddy concludes that Ichiro is "perhaps baseball’s most singular talent of the past seven decades."