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Shohei Ohtani’s season is over.
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- Shohei Ohtani has been one of the most fascinating stories in baseball over the last couple of years as he is the rare player that has been given the chance to excel on the mound and at the plate (it helps that he has the talent to do so). After Tommy John surgery keep him off of the mound for all of 2019, the Angels announced yesterday that he will miss the remainder of the season at the plate as well as he will have surgery to correct a congenital knee issue that had been bothering him of late.
- Everyone at this point is aware of the impact the new baseball is having on home run totals. Whether you love it or hate it, home runs are happening at a pace we have not ever seen and yesterday was the culmination of that as Jonathan Villar’s three-run homer broke MLB’s single season record for homers across the league. That homer was the 6,106th home run hit in Major League Baseball this season and given that it is only September 12th, one can expect that the new record by season’s end will be substantially higher than the old record set in 2017.
- The Red Sox surprised everyone over the weekend when they ousted president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Our own Anderson Pickard decided to take a look at some of the candidates to replace him for Boston and the odds of getting the job for each candidate.
- In some not-very-surprising news, the Dodgers clinched their seventh straight NL West title on Tuesday night, beating the Orioles and becoming the first team to stamp their ticket to the playoffs this season. It’ll now be interesting to see whether they can maintain momentum as they play two-and-a-half weeks of virtually meaningless games before beginning their postseason schedule.
- Baseball is very often unfair, and we saw another example of that on Tuesday night as Christian Yelich’s potential MVP season came to an early end after he suffered a patella fracture while fouling a ball off his knee.
- The Yankees face a major decision this offseason as they determine whether to pay Edwin Encarnacion $20 million or give him $5 million to walk away. Our Andersen Pickard analyzes the potential ramifications of each decision.
- The Red Sox have been a pretty significant disappointment this season as the defending World Series champions currently way back in the wild-card race and about to be eliminated from the AL East playoff chase. Boston’s powers that be are not messing around in showing their displeasure, as they have fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. A couple of less-than-stellar contract extensions (in hindsight) this offseason and the team’s performance on the field are the likely reasons, although there is a lot of blame to go around up in Boston right now.
- The Cubs have had a rough go of it of late, as not only did they lose Craig Kimbrel to injury (see below) after he has struggled mightily in a Cubs uniform, but now they are going to be without one of their best players as they try to hang on to a playoff spot, as Javier Baez was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his thumb that is expected to knock him out for the rest of the regular season.
- It has been a little while since we have seen a high-profile PED suspension (which is good news), but sadly we did see one get handed down over the weekend as Michael Pineda was given a 60 game suspension for taking a banned diuretic that can be used as a masking agent. Pineda successfully got the suspension reduced because he was using the diuretic to lose weight, but the Twins will be without one of the more steady, if unremarkable, pieces of their rotation.
- The Cubs were aggressive after the 2019 MLB Draft in securing one of the better relievers of the last decade in Craig Kimbrel — who, until that point, had trouble finding a deal to his liking. As soon as there was no draft-pick compensation attached to him, Kimbrel was able to get a deal that pays him handsomely through 2022. Unfortunately, this has not worked out well for Chicago so far, as Kimbrel already missed time earlier this season, and now it looks he will be on the injured list for a while with elbow inflammation, which is not ever what you want to hear about a pitcher.