If the Playoffs Started Today
Tampa Bay Rays (8) (89-59) vs. Minnesota Twins (5) (89-60)
Texas Rangers (6) (83-65) vs. New York Yankees (14) (90-59)
Atlanta Braves (11) (86-64) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8) (84-66)
San Francisco Giants (13) (84-66) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (10) (89-61)
Return from the Disabled List: Andy Pettitte
To the Minors: Mike Ekstrom
Called Up: Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda, Jared Burton, Rich Hill, Konrad Schmidt, Chris Carter, Vin Mazzaro, Josh Donaldson, Jake McGee, Brent Sinkbeil, Eric Sogard, Guillermo Quiroz, Kyle Drabek, Royce Ring,
Other Roster Moves:
- The Athletics signed IF Akinori Iwamura
- The Reds acquired UT Willie Bloomquist from the Royals
- The Astros acquired P Enerio Del Rosario from the Astros.
- The Indians claimed Chad Huffman off of waivers from the Yankees
- The Pirates claimed P Chris Leroux off of waivers from the Marlins
- The Padres claimed P Cesar Carrillo off of waivers from the Phillies
Top Stories and Weekly Links
- It was announced on Friday that the Dodgers’ manager for 2011 will be Don Mattingly, and that Joe Torre will be retiring from the Dodgers. I think that honestly, Joe Torre is probably going to be managing somewhere else next season, and that he has simply had enough of the drama that surrounds the Dodgers. Mattingly should be an interesting fit for the Dodgers, and I look forward to seeing what he can do as a manager next year.
- Troy Tulowitzki has been white hot for the entire month of September, as he now has 12 homeruns in the month and is helping Carlos Gonzalez to lead the Rockies right back into the playoff race in the NL West.
- Jose Bautista continues to mash homeruns at an epic rate, and has 48 through Friday’s games. I don’t know if it will continue next season, but the power seems legitimate.
- Bit of a scary moment on Sunday when Tyler Colvin was hit with a piece of a shattered bat, and had the bat piece pierce his chest. Colvin will miss the remainder of the season, and I’m wondering if this will spark more debate about what to do about these maple bats.
- Nyjer Morgan had his suspensions totaling 15 games reduced to a total of 8 games, and it seems to me like he got off pretty lucky. The two suspensions seem unlikely to have been reduced to 4 games each had they been separated by more time.
- Misc. Baseball had a great article about Jim Thome and his rapid ascent to the Majors. Well worth the read.
- Baseball Past and Present has been doing a very interesting series where they take a player and discuss what era might have been perfect for him. One of the posts that stood out to me was his post about Rickey Henderson.
- The Baseball Journeyman wrote up his visit to the Louisville Slugger museum, and it’s a place I would still love to visit someday. We were probably as close as we were going to get back in February, but couldn’t quite get it done.
Upcoming Posts The Next Week:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: I’ll be finishing the Original Draft Series with Teams #2 and #1, along with a review post of what I found when I did this project.
Saturday: I’ll be finishing the trade retro series for the season with the 4th and final post from the Marlins Firesale group.
One Other Thing
Lastly, I wanted to bring up a charity that the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has taken up. Here’s the official word, and what you can do:
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