Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

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I hope you had a nice weekend. I sure did. In addition to a nice 7-mile hike yesterday I started doing some genealogy research. Less because I’m interested in genealogy for its own sake — we’re most of us mutts by this point — and more because there is this old story my family tells about an axe murder and I wanted to see if it really happened.

Welp, it did. My great, great grandmother Nellie killed my great great grandmother Frank with an axe while he slept, back in December 1910. In her defense, this was merely to finish the job she failed to complete when she tried to burn him alive by rubbing grease on his pajamas and settling him on fire with a candle while he slept a few weeks before. He woke up and ruined that. Persistence, my friends. Persistence will get you where you want to be. In her case she apparently wanted to be in a state hospital for the criminally insane for the rest of her life. Who am I to judge?

Anyway, the woman on the far right here is my great, great grandma Nellie well before she murdered Frank. And, for our purposes, here is an ad that coincided with the Detroit Tigers just begun 1911 season that appeared in the same newspaper as one of the stories about the murder. The Tigers used to have WAY better sponsorship partners, that’s for dang certain. They finished in second place that year with 89 wins, which was a three-game improvement over 1910. Thanks, Blue Gulch Whiskey!

Just scores today as I have some non-genealogical business to attend to first thing this morning. Not the least of which is hiding all of this information I collected from my fiancee, who really doesn’t need to know that my ancestors were literally criminally insane.

Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 8: I should at least note that both Nellie and Frank were born in Simcoe, Ontario and Frank was buried there, so David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. weren’t the only people I read about killing Canadians yesterday.
Rays 4, Yankees 2
Orioles 3, Tigers 1
Marlins 3, Dodgers 0
Mets 10, Braves 3
Nationals 3, Phillies 2
Reds 8, Pirates 0
Royals 2, White Sox 0
Indians 7, Twins 1
Brewers 2, Cardinals 1
Angels 3, Rangers 2
Mariners 3, Athletics 2
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3
Rockies 3, Padres 2
Cubs 9, Astros 5

Report: Cardinals, Contreras agree to 5-year contract

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SAN DIEGO —Willson Contreras is going to St. Louis to replace Yadier Molina at catcher, agreeing to an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.

The addition of Contreras fills a major void for St. Louis, which won the NL Central this season with a 93-69 record. Molina retired after spending his entire 19-year career with the Cardinals, making 10 All-Star teams and winning nine Gold Gloves.

Contreras was one of the Chicago Cubs’ last holdovers from their 2016 World Series championship. He made his big league debt that year and helped the franchise to its first title since 1908.

The fiery, strong-armed catcher hit .243 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs in 113 games in his last season with his first major league team. He was on the market this summer – leading to an emotional day at Wrigley Field for what looked like his final home game with Chicago – but he remained with the team after the trade deadline.

The 30-year-old Contreras received a $19.65 million qualifying offer from Chicago, but he turned down the proposal.

Contreras was the best option in a thin market for free agent catchers that also included Christian Vazquez and Gary Sanchez.

Contreras also has played first base, third base and the corner outfield spots in the majors. The three-time All-Star made 39 starts at designated hitter this year.

The Venezuela native is a .256 hitter with 117 homers and 365 RBIs in 734 career games over seven seasons. He hit a career-best 24 homers in 2019 and drove in a career-high 74 runs in 2017.