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Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017: Honorable Mentions

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We’re a few short days away from 2018 so it’s a good time to look back at the top 25 baseball stories of 2017. Some of them took place on the field, some of them off the field and some of them were more akin to tabloid drama. No matter where the story broke, however, these were the stories baseball fans were talking about most this past year.

As I was going through the baseball stories of the past year, I realized that I had way more than 25 worthy of mention. In the past, I have just cut things off regardless, letting numbers 26 through, well, whatever, disappear into the haze of history. Then I made the mistake of tweeting about one of the stories that wasn’t going to make the cut:

A lot of people responded to that, demanding that it be included, if only as an honorable mention. Let no one say I don’t serve my readers, so here are the honorable mentions. Stories which mattered — arguably, anyway, at least to some — which fall just short of Top 25 Stories of the Year importance:

So there we have the, uh, big stories that didn’t make the cut. Stay tuned over the next few days for the actual Top 25 Baseball Stories of 2017.

 

Manny Machado, batting second, playing shortstop in his Dodgers debut

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The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.

Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.