Strange things always seem to happen when Manny Ramirez is involved, even now that he is over in Taiwan continuing his playing career. Thankfully, this latest incident only tangentially involved him. While calling Ramirez’s eighth home run of the season, the TV announcer has what is arguably the baseball call of the year: “This ball is long gone, just like the ex-girlfriend who will never return!”
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.