Assault and battery charges against Ray Knight have been dropped

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Back in October former World Series MVP, major league manager and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Ray Knight was arrested and charged with assault and battery. The incident leading to his arrest occurred at 4AM one Sunday morning after an argument between Knight and a 33-year-old male acquaintance became physical. Both men had visible injuries. The younger guy went to the hospital. Knight was treated and taken to the pokey.

Now Knight’s two-and-a-half month nightmare is over:

I’m going to assume the agreement involved Knight promising not to tell all of the friends of the 33-year-old that an old man kicked his butt, though I’ll allow that it’s possible it was all resolved with a “we good, man?”/”yeah, we good” kind of thing.

In other news, any time a baseball team decides it wants to improve itself by signing one of the scores of free agents still languishing on the market, that’d be pretty great.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.