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Good morning, baseball fans! Game 1 of the World Series is tonight, and color us excited. However, if this year’s matchup has found you a little disenchanted for whatever reason, we have a handy dandy guide on what team you should root for. Regardless of what flag you’ll fly, there’s one thing we’re all rooting for: good baseball.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the AL Central.
At this year’s trade deadline, Jonathan Lucroy vetoed a trade that would have sent him to the now World Series contending Cleveland Indians. When asked if he regrets this action, Lucroy blessed us with a beautifully eloquent response.
“Jonathan Lucroy wants to let you know that he’s good, man. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the elite catcher doesn’t regret vetoing a trade that would have shipped him from the Brewers to the Cleveland Professional Baseball Team at the trade deadline.
Back on July 30, news broke that the Brewers and Cleveland had agreed to a trade for Lucroy. Less than 24 hours later, the prized catcher had vetoed that trade after reportedly asking them to waive his 2017 team option worth $5.25 million. Considering Cleveland had decided to part with top prospects in the deal, and the option represents a substantial amount of Lucroy’s value, Cleveland rejected the proposal and, just a day later, the catcher was headed to the Rangers.”
Kyle Schwarber might be returning to the Cubs for the World Series. Yes, you read that correctly. No, this isn’t early April Fools.
“Way back in April, the Chicago Cubs lost a key piece of their outfield when Kyle Schwarber collided with teammate Jorge Soler while attempting to field a ball. The news was just about as bad as it gets, as Schwarber tore both the ACL and LCL in his left knee and was deemed ‘out-for-the-season.’
Luckily for Schwarber and the Cubs though, their season will end up being longer than that of 28 other teams. With the first game looming, and just a short while to officially name World Series rosters, the Cubs are limited for time on whether to include a player that hasn’t played all season on their roster.”
Our very own Jen Mac Ramos was on hand to watch Schwarber’s game yesterday in the AFL.
From what I saw, it's hard to say whether or not Schwarber can run at full strength. It didn't look like he tried to run too hard.— Jen Mac Ramos (@jenmacramos) October 24, 2016
Speaking of injured players potentially playing in the World Series...Danny Salazar will be on Cleveland’s roster for the series.
“Salazar was placed on the disabled list back on August 2 with right-elbow inflammation. After a precautionary MRI showed that he had no structural damage, the chance of him coming back this season remained high.
After a five-start return from the disabled list, Salazar started citing similar issues, and ended up back on the disabled list on September 9. Salazar hasn’t pitched in a game since then, but that isn’t keeping Cleveland from reportedly making the decision to include him on their active roster for the biggest series of their season.”
And just in case you’re really reaaaaaally over baseball, how about planning your road trips for next season? We think that’s a resounding yes.
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Today in baseball: On October 25th, 1986, one strike from defeat, the Mets tie the game on a wild pitch and then, thanks to Bill Buckner's now infamous error, win Game 6, tying the series with Boston three games apiece.