Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson is finally on the board with his first major league homer and it didn’t even clear a fence.
With two outs and the bases empty in the top of the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals, Swanson cracked a line drive to center field that sailed over the head of Trea Turner. It caromed back towards left-center field. Right fielder Bryce Harper hustled all the way over and grabbed the ball, making a strong throw home, but it was a couple of seconds too late.
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Swanson’s inside-the-park home run extended the Braves’ lead to 3-0. He came into the night with a meager .556 OPS in his first 60 major league plate appearances.
As MLB.com’s David Adler points out, Swanson is the 11th player since 2000 to hit an inside-the-park home run for his first big league homer.
SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.
The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.
Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.
Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.
While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.
Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.