The official news: Mariano Rivera will be given the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award during the pregame of tonight’s game. The award recognizes “contributions of historical significance in Major League Baseball.” And Rivera certainly has those.
The question: according to the release, the last time this was given out was in 2011 to Ken Griffey Jr. Kinda surprised there was no one else around last year they could have honored. Makes me wonder if this is baseball’s version of a gold watch to notable players more than anything, as we didn’t have that level of a retirement happen last season.
Not that it matters. I just wonder about such things.
Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.
Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.
On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.