Braves rookie Jason Heyward continued his attack on the National League Sunday, pegging a four-year-old boy with a batting practice home run just hours before first pitch. He’s a dangerous, dangerous man. A slugger on the loose. Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the story.
All is well — the boy only suffered a bump on his head, a bump he’ll probably never forget. But Jason Heyward must be stopped. From car windows to the hearts of fans of ever other National League team, Heyward won’t cease until he has crushed them all. And now he has turned on the Atlanta faithful.
OK, enough of that. I don’t want to yap my way into the rath of Cool Papa Craig. Heyward, 20, has a stellar .383 on-base percentage, .564 slugging percentage, seven home runs and 20 RBI through just 24 games this season. Oh, and that boy? He also got an autographed ball from the rookie sensation.
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.
Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz was of limited utility during the postseason as he began experiencing soreness in his left forearm near the end of the 2016 season. There was some thought that he might need offseason surgery but Pomeranz was examined by doctors who determined that he does not need any surgery, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said:
He has seen the doctor, the doctor looked at him. I can’t really disclose totally everything that was done, but the doctor said no surgical procedure and the doctor feels he will be ready for next spring training for us.
Pomeranz, 27, finished the 2016 regular season with an aggregate 3.32 ERA and a 186/65 K/BB ratio in 170 2/3 innings between the Padres and Red Sox. He operated out of the bullpen during the playoffs, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox acquired Pomeranz in a trade with the Padres in July. It was a trade that earned Padres GM A.J. Preller a 30-day suspension from Major League Baseball, as he reportedly kept two sets of medical records in order to deceive trade partners.