Unfortunate news to pass along, as Hall of Famer and franchise icon Yogi Berra will miss this afternoon’s Old-Timer’s day at Yankee Stadium as the result of injuries sustained during a minor fall at his home in Montclair, N.J. on Friday evening, reports Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com.
According to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, the 85-year-old Berra tripped on his front steps and was taken to the hospital. While he didn’t suffer any broken bones, “his nose is pretty banged up,” according to Kaplan.
“He’s very disappointed as you can imagine,” said Kaplan. “He looks
forward to this day. And he’s sorry he can’t be there.”
Old-Timer’s Day has extra meaning this year, but the Yankees also plan to honor the 60th anniversary of the 1950 World Championship team, of which Berra was a part. According to Matthews, Berra’s family is putting together a statement to be read during this afternoon’s ceremony. Get well soon, Yogi.
Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.
Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.
The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.