Kendrys Morales does not homer in eighth consecutive game, falling just shy of major league record

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Blue Jays 1B/DH Kendrys Morales entered Monday’s game against the Orioles having homered in seven consecutive games, setting a franchise record and bringing him to within one game of the major league record. That record of eight consecutive games with a homer is held by Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987), and Dale Long (1956).

Morales came to the plate four times in Monday’s 7-0 loss. He struck out to end the first inning, grounded out in the fourth, walked in the sixth, and struck out again in the eighth, ending his streak. Morales is still one of only seven players to have a streak of at least seven consecutive games with a homer. Kevin Mench (2006), Barry Bonds (2004), and Jim Thome (2002) also homered in seven straight games.

Morales may not have his share of the all-time record, but he’s still having a decent season. After Monday’s action, he is batting .261/.342/.480 with 21 home runs, 53 RBI, and 43 runs scored in 401 plate appearances.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.