Report: Josh Willingham is “100 percent retiring”

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Josh Willingham, who has struggled with injuries while seeing his production plummet during the past two seasons, is “100 percent retiring” after the season according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Berardino covered Willingham in Minnesota before he was traded to Kansas City, and between the two stops the 35-year-old outfielder has hit .218 with 14 homers and a .750 OPS in 91 games.

Willingham can still smack the occasional homer and draw walks, but he has a .212 batting average dating back to last season and has gone from terrible to totally immobile in left field. He’d fit somewhere as a part-time designated hitter, but apparently Willingham would rather call it quits after 11 seasons, 195 homers, and $35 million in earnings.

Willingham posted an OPS above .800 every season from 2006 to 2012, the last of which was a career-year with the Twins hitting .260 with 35 homers and an .890 OPS in 145 games.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.