Jerry Hairston Jr. will retire if Dodgers win World Series

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Jerry Hairston Jr. told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’ll retire after this season if the Dodgers win the World Series because “you can’t get any better than that.”

Hairston will be 37 years old in May, needed surgery to repair his injured hip, and has just one season remaining on his contract, but he’s been a solid part-time player while hitting around .270 with a .345 on-base percentage in each of the past two seasons.

Hairston previously won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009, going 1-for-8 in limited postseason action, and will top $20 million in career earnings this season.

In related news: I vow to retire from blogging if the Twins win the World Series this season.

Mariners sweep A’s in two-game Japan Series

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The big news, of course, is Ichiro’s retirement. But there was a baseball game that counted today as well and the Mariners took it. Seattle beat Oakland 5-4 in 12 innings to sweep the two-game Japan Series.

Ichiro may have taken an 0-for-4 in his last game, but Ryon Healy and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners, staking Seattle to a 3-0 lead after three. The A’s picked up two in the fifth and Seattle added one via a Jay Bruce sac fly to make it 4-2 in the seventh. Oakland tied things back up, ultimately sending it to extras when Khris Davis singled in Matt Chapman in the seventh. Davis would blow a chance to put Oakland ahead in the 11th when he struck out with the bases loaded.

In the twelfth, Domingo Santana, who hit a grand slam in Seattle’s win in the opener on Wednesday, beat out a would-be double-play with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead and, ultimately, winning run.

The rebuilding Mariners are now 2-0 on the young year. The A’s, who won 97 games last year, are 0-2. Viva the smallest of sample sizes.