Ike Davis will play tonight


We usually hear about Yom Kippur and baseball when the holiday impacts a Jewish player during the playoffs. This year Yom Kippur does not occur during the playoffs — it begins at sundown tonight and lasts until sunset tomorrow — and Ike Davis certainly does not have any playoff plans this year. But his team does play the Braves tonight and they still have some hope, rendering his decision to play or not to play at least somewhat meaningful for baseball purposes. What say you Ike?*

The verdict: Davis left the decision to his mother.

She leaned
toward sitting out, but told Davis to do whatever he felt was right.
Davis then decided he will play in Friday’s series opener against the
Atlanta Braves.

I guess “asking your mother what she wants and then doing the opposite” is, in its own way, leaving the decision up to her. In this Davis is a lot like my boy is turning out to be. Hopefully for my and Mrs. Davis’ sake our sons put us in nice nursing homes one day. They owe us that much.

*For the record, Davis does not practice Judaism, nor was he brought up doing so, but according to the linked article his mother is Jewish and practiced herself and she had relatives who died in the Holocaust, and the decision to play or not to play was a serious consideration for the family. 

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.