Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

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Jonny Gomes headshot.jpgJonny Gomes is the latest talented player to be non-tendered as the Reds cut ties with him on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Gomes was a surprise power source in ’09, hitting
.267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Among
NL outfielders with 250 at-bats or more, Gomes ranked 12th with a .879
OPS  — higher than the likes of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carlos
Lee, just to name a few.

Gomes should have a great deal of
appeal now that he’ll be able to negotiate with all 30 teams. He has a
.517 slugging percentage and .885 OPS against left-handers in his
career, making him a prime candidate for a platoon. His defense is
decidedly-wretched, so he’d have more value in the American League.

Though the Reds look pretty cheap
here, it’s not like they don’t have plenty of internal options to
replace him. Chris Dickerson, Wladimir Balentien, Chris Heisey and Todd
Frazier are all possibilities for left field with Gomes out of the way.

World Series Game 2 to start an hour earlier due to forecasted rain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.

While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.

Dexter Fowler becomes first black player to play for the Cubs in the World Series

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.

Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:

Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.