Apologies as the post will be written with numbers through Saturday at 3:00 PM PST due to a scheduling conflict for myself this weekend.
If the Playoffs Started Today
New York Yankees (92-62) vs. Minnesota Twins (89-60)
Texas Rangers (85-68) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (92-61)
Atlanta Braves (87-68) vs. San Francisco Giants (87-67)
Cincinnati Reds (86-68) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (93-61)
To the Disabled List: Hector Ambriz,
Other Roster Moves:
- The Cardinals released IF Felipe Lopez
- The Red Sox signed IF Felipe Lopez
- The Astros claimed Cesar Carillo off of waivers from the Padres.
Top Stories and Weekly Links
- Joe Torre got himself into a bit of trouble while in New York on Monday. He commented that he might be interested in the Mets job. Unfortunately, the person who currently holds this job, Jerry Manuel, did not particularly appreciate that, and Torre apologized on Tuesday.
- Torre had been in New York this week for the unveiling of the monument to George Steinbrenner on Monday night at the Yankees game.
- Ozzie Guillen made some headlines because he made a statement some interpreted to be a request for a contract extension. Guillen then came out and said “No, that’s not what I meant” and essentially just wants to know where he stands going forward. Gotta love how the media works sometimes.
- Ichiro Suzuki set a record this week when he collected his 200th hit of the season. He now has at least 200 hits in each of his first 10 seasons of his career, and is the first player in the history of the game to have 10 consecutive seasons of 200+ hits ever. He’s going to end up in the Hall of Fame, and he’s going to get to 3000 hits in the US in all likelihood as well. What a player.
- The Diamondbacks hired their permanent general manager this week, tapping former Padres’ GM Kevin Towers to run their organization. Honestly, the moves that interim GM Jerry DiPoto made seemed to be just to make a move and show that he could. Time will tell whether or not the trades he made will work out, but I wasn’t that impressed with the moves.
- Friend of JBB Kristi Dosh of It’s a Swing and a Miss wrote this week in response to an article stating that “Baseball is Broken.” I agree with the entirety of the points Kristi made here, and the idea that baseball needs major fixing is, to me, ridiculous.
- Arne over at Misc. Baseball wrote about the last game of the Montreal Expos, and I have to imagine that being at that game was pretty surreal.
- Ken Burns has apparently finished an update to his documentary Baseball, and will air The Tenth Inning over the evenings of September 28th and 29th on PBS. H/T to the Baseball Journeyman for making note of it.
Upcoming Posts The Next Week:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: I will be doing my final review of the season of the prospects I reviewed back in January and February, starting with the first 10 players
Friday: I am tentatively planning on doing a month in review post for Friday, but I am more inclined to probably just wait until Monday of the following week so that I can include the last 3 days of the regular season.
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:
Pitch In For Baseball is delighted to have been selected to participate in State Farm’s ‘Go To Bat’ campaign. Now we need your
‘Go To Bat’ was launched nationally during the State Farm Home Run Derby. ’Go To Bat’ gives entrants a chance to win tickets to the upcoming World Series and selected charity partners the chance to receive significant financial support.
Here’s how to play and how to help Pitch In For Baseball:
* Go to www.statefarm.com/gotobat to register for your chance to win World Series tickets.
* As you register, you will get a chance to designate a charity that could win up to $25,000/week.
* To designate Pitch In For Baseball as your charity, select PUBLIC GOOD as the charity category and then choose Pitch In For
Baseball from the drop down list.
* Revisit www.statefarm.com/gotobat each day and play the ‘Go To Bat’ online game to increase your chances for tickets and Pitch In For
Baseball’s chance at financial support
Thanks to all the readers who help out with this. You can find a lot more information about Pitch In For Baseball at their website