Former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday has died


Sad news from New York:

Nelson Doubleday, the publishing magnate who bought the Mets from the family of their original owner, Joan Whitney Payson, in 1980 for $21.1 million and oversaw their renaissance from a downtrodden last-place team to world champions in 1986, died at his home in Locust Valley, L.I., Wednesday at 81. According to his family, the cause of death was pneumonia.

The Daily News has a full obit, including the fact that Doubleday was a great, great grand nephew of Abner Doubleday. I had no idea about that, though I assume Mets fans of a certain age did.

As far as more recent relevance, whatever you thought of Doubleday as an owner, there has been a lot of pining for his stewardship of the Mets in the past several Wilpon-helmed years.

RIP Mr. Doubleday.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.