The Orix Buffaloes have gone to plaid!!

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I am not the first and will not be the last person to make a “Spaceballs” reference regarding this development. But I’d get fined $250 by the “80s kids” Committee if I didn’t use that headline, so there we are.

Anyway, I give you the Orix Buffaloes:

I am finding myself . . . strangely not hating these? Like, I dunno, maybe they wouldn’t be nice to see all the time and maybe they’d wear thin after even one inning in a real game, but I do applaud the outside-the-box thinking. There was a time when teams thought outside the box with respect to uniform designs. Before the orthodoxy of such things was truly established. The early 1900s Tigers had pockets on their jerseys. There were a few years where the teams that won the World Series had “World’s Champions” written on them. These guys almost never came up with good uniforms when they did that sort of thing, but it was fun to see them try.

Like these from the Giants, who beat the Buffaloes to the plaid punch by a century:

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Great? Nah. They only did it for a year. But A for effort, right?

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.