Davey Lopes retires

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Former major league second baseman and base coach Davey Lopes has retired, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports. In a recent appearance on MLB.com’s Newsmakers podcast, Lopes said, “I’m not doing much. I’m retired, taking it easy.”

Lopes continued, “It was not a difficult decision to make, but one I was kind of hesitant to make. But it all works out. I got the opportunity to play, manage, or coach for a long, long time. I’m extremely thankful. I was one of the lucky ones in the big leagues for 45 straight years. That’s a long time. I have no complaints.”

Lopes retired as a player after the 1987 season. He began coaching in the majors from 1992-94 with the Orioles, then joined the Padres from 1995-99 before taking over as Brewers manager from 2000-02. He returned to coach the Padres from 2003-05, the Nationals in ’06, the Phillies from ’07-10, the Dodgers from ’11-15, and was the Nationals’ first base coach the last two seasons.

The Nationals have replaced Lopes with Tim Bogar.

Lopes is considered by many to have been among the best coaches. In particular, he is credited for the Phillies of the late 2000’s having so much base running success, helping them win a championship in 2008. The Phillies led the league in stolen base success rate in each of his four seasons as their coach.

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.