Cardinals’ Adolis Garcia falls down trying to score tying run

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The Cardinals lost 2-1 to Milwaukee last night and in so doing (a) the Brewers clinched a playoff spot; and (b) the Cards failed to make up any ground in the Wild Card race, in which they currently trail the Dodgers by a game. Not good!

An unfortunate part of that is that St. Louis had a chance to win that game but some mistakes, both in terms of strategy and simply physical mistakes blew it for them.

The strategy bit was deciding that Christian Yelich was Barry Bonds circa 2002 and choosing to walk him five times. Yes, he’s hot, and yes he’s been killing St. Louis lately, but I’ll take my chances with a .600 slugging percentage over a guaranteed 1.000 on-base percentage any day. As it was, Yelich came around to score both of Milwaukee’s runs with the help of the free passes he was given, each of which came with no one on base and a man out.

That decision was overshadowed, though, by the blown opportunity in the eighth inning. With two outs, Adolis Garcia came in to pinch run for Matt Carpenter and stood on first base.  Jose Martinez hit it to third, but Mike Moustakas threw the ball away, giving Garcia, who was already safely to third base, a chance to score the tying run. RUN, ADOLIS, RUN!


I feel bad for the kid. There’s a chance he would’ve been thrown out even if he stayed upright, but that’s a tough, tough way to go either way.


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.