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Report: Former major leaguer Kevin Brown held alleged mail thieves at gunpoint

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Laura Corley of The Telegraph reports that former major leaguer Kevin Brown held two alleged mail thieves at gunpoint unitl police arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects are a 15-year-old and an adult man.

There had been several reports of mail theft in Brown’s north Macon (Georgia) neighborhood. Brown decided to become a vigilante, hiding in his neighbor’s yard and waiting for the thieves to try stealing from his mailbox. They did and he used the threat of his gun to keep them from running until police arrived.

Brown, 53, pitched parts of 19 seasons from 1986 to 2005 with the Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles. He retired in February 2006. The right-hander has, in this writer’s opinion, a strong case for the Hall of Fame but sadly fell off the ballot after receiving only 2.1 percent of the vote in 2011, his first year of eligibility. Any player who receives than fewer five percent of the vote drops off the ballot.

Yasmani Grandal played himself out of NLCS Game 4

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.

Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.

Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.

Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.