Joe Torre, while cautiously optimistic, was not a fan of Trump’s campaign

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MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre was at a gala last night and he was asked about Donald Trump, with whom he has played golf before. Torre, quite surprisingly, given how few in the baseball world tend to offer actual opinions about politics, talked about how he was not a fan of the tone and rhetoric which spun out of Trump’s campaign. From the Daily News:

“I know (Trump). I played golf with him,” Torre said Thursday night before his Safe at Home gala at Cipriani Wall Street. “I’m not a fan of the process, I don’t mind saying that. I thought there was a lot of disrespect. I wasn’t a fan of it. Our children — it’s tough when you don’t want your children to watch a debate.”

The charity gala was for Torre’s Safe at Home foundation, which combats domestic violence. As such, he was asked about the allegations of sexual assault leveled against the president-elect:

“To me, whether you’re a Republican or Democrat or Independent, once the process reaches a conclusion, I think we should all be on the same team. We’ve all got to pull for good things to happen,” said Torre. “In relation to what we do (at Safe at Home), there are beliefs on both sides of the aisle and they’re different. I’m hopeful and confident that everybody involved wants to keep women and children safe. That’s really my concern.”

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.