Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while. It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about the Dodgers going to Los Angeles over half a century ago:
While I suppose there are a lot of people who still wish the Dodgers had stayed in Brooklyn, there are probably only, like, 11 old angry dudes there who actually expect some sort of gesture or apology from the Dodgers over it all. It’s been 54 years. Murderers are let out of jail after less time than that. Anyone expecting the Dodgers to “make amends” at this point probably has some issues he needs to address. And if the Daily News actually realizes this but is simply trying to stir the pot, it should probably realize that there’s nothin’ in the pot. Rabble-rousing is kind of pointless when there’s no rabble.
The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their throwback uniforms. They’re trying to make some money. I can all but guarantee you that the feelings of some ancient grudge-holding Brooklyn Dodger die-hards was not a part of the calculus.
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.