Cardinals leave A.J. Pierzynski, Jason Motte, Mark Ellis off NLDS roster


Mark Ellis, who was the Cardinals’ starting second base for several stretches this season when the team’s faith in Kolten Wong wavered, has been left off the roster for the NLDS.

Ellis signed a one-year, $5.25 million deal and then looked washed up at age 37, hitting .180 with zero homers and a .466 OPS in 73 games. Wong, meanwhile, hit .249 with 12 homers, 20 steals, and a .680 OPS in 113 games as a 23-year-old rookie.

In addition to Ellis, the Cardinals also did not include former closer Jason Motte and veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the NLDS roster, although we knew that was happening earlier in the week.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”