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Good morning baseball fans, and welcome to the postseason!
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on around the American League West.
If you didn’t spend Sunday afternoon with tears in your eyes, you clearly weren’t watching Vin Scully’s last baseball game as a broadcaster (or you’re some sort of monster). After 67 years of unprecedented and colorful baseball announcing, the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated his final broadcast yesterday at AT&T Park. Giants fans put the rivalry on the backburner to show Scully their gratitude.
Every baseball fan owes Vin Scully a thank you for time and time again reminding us what keeps our eyes glued to a TV screen at 3am in the 14th inning, what makes us still cheer for our team that hasn’t had a winning season in nearly a decade, and what nudges us to analyze every aspect of a trade right down to the decimal: it’s all for the love of the game.
With the the Vin Scully era of baseball coming to a close, next season is bound to be full of big changes all across the league. Some have already started to unfold.
Bryan Price was announced as the Reds manager for 2017.
“Though the Reds have struggled as a result of both rebuilding and injuries, the front office clearly was open to overlooking Price’s record this season. The Reds might not necessarily be built to compete next season, either, which might explain the club option for 2018.”
Rick Renteria is expected to replace Robin Ventura for the White Sox.
“Reports earlier in the week stated that Ventura would return to the helm of the White Sox, as long as he wanted to come back for his sixth season. It is currently unclear whether the decision to make a change came from Ventura or the team’s upper management, as Ventura’s contract runs out at the end of the season.
If this is the end for Ventura, he will depart the White Sox with four losing seasons after going 85-77 in 2012. The team had high expectations heading into this year, but has posted a disappointing 78-82 record and missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season.”
Don’t worry Braves fans, this time when you say, “Next year will be our year,” we’re pretty inclined to believe you.
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Today in baseball history: On October 3rd, 1999, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits #65 and his final home run of the season, passing Ted Williams and Willie McCovey to move into the tenth spot on the all-time career home run list with 522.