Paul Goldschmidt records his 1,000th career hit

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt turned 30 years old on Sunday. On Wednesday, he recorded his 1,000th career hit in the majors. Goldschmidt entered the evening’s action against the Rockies with 998, singled in the first inning, then added a double to center field in the third inning off of German Marquez to reach his milestone.

As the Diamondbacks’ tweet above notes, Goldschmidt and Luis Gonzalez are the only players in franchise history with 1,000 hits. Considering the franchise has only been in existence since 1998, that’s not surprising.

Following the double, Goldschmidt improved his slash line to .310/.418/.590 with 34 home runs, 112 RBI, 104 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 601 plate appearances. He remains in the thick of things in the NL MVP Award race.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.