Alex Rodriguez is "stuck" on 599 homers? Big deal


After striking out as a pinch-hitter yesterday Alex Rodriguez has gone 38 at-bats since hitting his 599th career homer and while waiting for career homer No. 600 far too many media members are acting as if it’s a drought of epic proportions.
In reality Rodriguez has gone more than 38 at-bats between homers 35 different times in his career, which is an average of 2-3 times per season. In other words, it’s not even close to a big deal.
In fact, Rodriguez has already had three homerless streaks longer than 38 at-bats this season and he went 64 at-bats between homers last year. His longest homerless streak was 101 at-bats in 1994 and he also went 74 at-bats between homers in 1997.
I realize that everything Rodriguez does gets magnified to an absurd degree and that applies ten-fold when whatever he’s doing is a negative thing, but he’s at least a week away from any homerless streak being even remotely noteworthy.

Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon win AL and NL batting titles, respectively

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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.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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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.