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The guy who caught Albert Pujols’ 500th homer has had a pretty good few weeks


People always talk about what they’d get if they caught a famous home run ball. How much they’d auction it for. Or, if they were to “give” it back to the player who hit it, what they’d get in exchange.

Tom Sherrill, an Air Force staff sergeant, caught Albert Pujols’ 500th home run ball in Washington. And, as was reported last month, he just gave it back. He didn’t ask for money or merch or tickets or autographs. But, as the Los Angeles Daily News reports, he got all kinds of cool experiences out of it anyway.

Maybe he gets those experiences even if he cajoles some swag from Pujols and the Angels. But it’s nice to see things being done gratuitously for a change.

Royals leave Jonny Gomes off playoff roster

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes, who was pitching in relief, tips his cap as New York Yankees' Chris Young rounds the bases after a solo home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.

First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.

It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.

Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.

Brian Cashman on Joe Girardi: “He managed a perfect playoff game”

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Not that there was any real question, but because saying such things are apparently necessary whenever the Yankees fail to make a deep playoff run general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that manager Joe Girardi will return in 2016.

Here’s what Cashman told George King of the New York Post:

It’s a fact, nobody should be looking for anybody different. He is signed for two more years and managed the team to the playoffs. It’s not his fault we didn’t hit. He managed a perfect playoff game.

Given how low preseason expectations were for the Yankees simply reaching the playoffs was an accomplishment and as Cashman notes Girardi has two years and $8 million remaining on his contract.

However, according to King changes to Girardi’s coaching staff “are highly likely” one year after hitting coach Kevin Long and first base coach Mick Kelleler were not retained. Long ended up taking a job as the NL East-winning Mets’ hitting coach.

Girardi has a 735-561 (.567) record in eight seasons as Yankees manager and his .558 career winning percentage is the second-best among all active managers behind only Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.