The A’s-Royals game did pretty well in the ratings


I’m guessing a lot of people went to bed before it was over. I’m also guessing a lot of people jumped on to watch it after it got weird. But either way, the A’s-Royals playoff game did pretty well last night.

Major League Baseball says 5.2 million viewers tuned in to TBS for the game, which is a 14% increase over the Tuesday night Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Reds last year. TBS beat all cable competition last night as well. The local ratings in Kansas City were pretty good too, drawing a 30.3 rating, making it the highest-rated MLB telecast on record there (though it’s worth noting, local rating records don’t go back too far).

I figure the Royals will lead to good ratings if they stay in it, mostly because they are the team the general public is least familiar with and the one with the most compelling narrative. At least if you’re into that sort of thing.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.