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MLB Network to air a bunch of famous walkoff games tomorrow

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MLB Network just announced that it will air a bunch of famous games featuring walkoff hits tomorrow starting at 10AM. The lineup:

  • 10:00 a.m. – New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners, 1995 ALDS, Game Five – Edgar Martinez steps to the plate against Jack McDowell;
  • 2:30 p.m. – Atlanta Braves at Minnesota Twins, 1991 World Series, Game Seven – John Smoltz duels Jack Morris;
  • 6:00 p.m. – Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals, 2011 World Series, Game Six – The David Freese Game;
  • 8:00 p.m. – Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, 2005 World Series, Game Two – Scott Podsednik steps to the plate against Brad Lidge.

I will fully acknowledge that one should never look a gift horse in the mouth — and I realize those are some of the most notable games of the past 30 years — but I gotta say, I really wish that MLB Network and other networks that are re-airing old ballgames would change things up a bit. That they would run games for which we do can not so easily recall the outcome. Or, at the very least, that they would play games which are not explicitly identified and promoted by their specific outcome.

I get that these sorts of games are rewatchable for the fans of the winning team, but it sure would be nice to see some random games that would allow us to suspend disbelief and be surprised for a few of hours.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.