ESPN fires Steve Phillips following scandal

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ESPN publicist Josh Krulewitz announced via Twitter that Steve Phillips has been fired following the revelation that he had an affair with a 22-year-old production assistant:

Steve Phillips is no longer working for ESPN. His ability to be an effective representative for ESPN has been significantly and irreparably damaged, and it became evident it was time to part ways.

Phillips, who was previously accused of sexual harassment and admitted to multiple extramarital affairs while serving as Mets general manager, initially took a leave of absence from his position at ESPN, saying that he wished “to address this with my family and to avoid any unnecessary distractions through the balance of the baseball playoffs.”

Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak ends at 45 games

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Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera‘s streak of reaching base safely has ended after 45 consecutive games. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Herrera’s streak tied Chuck Klein for the fourth-longest on-base streak in Phillies history. The only longer streaks were done by Mike Schmidt (56), Klein again (49), and Bobby Abreu (48). It’s the longest on-base streak in the majors since Freddie Freeman reached base in 46 consecutive games from August 6 to September 28, 2016. Jayson Werth also got to 46 in a row June 20 through August 18 that same year.

After Sunday’s 0-fer, Herrera is batting .344/.411/.544 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 180 plate appearances. He leads the National League in batting average, and ranks sixth and ninth in slugging percentage.