It’s August 28. On this date in baseball history, Dodgers president Branch Rickey met with Jackie Robinson for the first time to discuss his plans to integrate the major leagues (1945), Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons as the Cubs topped the Astros (1990), and a 20-year-old Jose Reyes became the youngest player in major league history to homer from each side of the plate in a single game as the Mets defeated the Braves (2003).
Your Saturday box scores:
Athletics 3, Red Sox 9 (Game 1)
Rockies 6, Dodgers 7 (11 innings)
Rays 6, Blue Jays 5
Pirates 7, Cardinals 0
Tigers 6, Twins 4
Cubs 4, Brewers 6
Athletics 0, Red Sox 4 (Game 2)
Nationals 3, Reds 6
Royals 7, Indians 8
Padres 1, Diamondbacks 3
Astros 1, Giants 2
Angels 8, Rangers 4
White Sox 3, Mariners 0
The Marlins, Phillies, Yankees, Orioles, Braves and Mets were rained out by Hurricane Irene.
Chris Young joined the Phillies as their assistant pitching coach last offseason. This offseason he’s getting a promotion: the Phillies just named as their main (um, top? lead? alpha?) pitching coach for the 2019 season. He replaces Rick Kranitz.
Ken Rosenthal, who reported the promotion, says that the Phillies didn’t necessarily want to shake up their pitching coach situation, but that since several clubs wanted to hire Young away, it was either promote him to the top job or lose him. That’s bad news for Kranitz, but he remains under contract for 2019 and will, in the meantime, be allowed to interview elsewhere.
The Phillies pitching staff ranked 11th in runs allowed in the National League in 2018. They were tenth the year before that, but some early season uncertainty and mismanagement by Gabe Kapler and a late season collapse served to hide what was, for most of the season, a bit of a better staff than the year before. The Phillies obviously credit Young for that and want to keep him in the fold.