MLB Week in Review (September 23-30)

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The MLB season is coming to a close with the last weekend set to start and much of the postseason figured out.

The division races are over while the wild card races are coming down to the last three games for every team involved.

It will be a big weekend for the league as the entire league looks to the last few games to see what will happen.

There will be some very nervous fans watching this coming weekend to see if their teams can find a way to get to the postseason and extend their season.

One group of fans won’t be biting their nails heading into the final weekend will be the Boston fans.

The Red Sox were not supposed to be here at the start of the season as they looked like they didn’t have the team to compete with the Jays and the Orioles.

Instead, they rose to the top of the division and will enter the postseason as one of the top teams in the league.

A lot of that resurgence in the middle of the season might be attributed to the commitment this team seems to have made to a true Bostonian, by way of the Dominican Republic.

David Ortiz has been one of the constants in the Red Sox locker room for years and has been a fan favourite in Boston and one of the most dreaded players outside of the Boston.

That constant in the locker room won’t be there next year though as Ortiz announced that this would be his last year in the MLB.

It was going to be another year with a farewell tour of one of the best players of the era but also the end of an era altogether.

Ortiz has been a designated hitter for the better part of his career and rarely stepped out onto the field to play a position.

He truly was a designated hitter and never really was a position player but that is extremely rare in this era.

More often than not the designated hitter is just a good hitter that the team doesn’t have a place for or a very good hitter who is taking a break from his position while not taking his bat out of the lineup.

The DH has been a complicated position for a number of years as they are a part of the game that is only in the American League and it is a position that not many players want to play without having the opportunity to play in the field.baseball-sidebar

That wasn’t always the way as there were players who sat in the DH position their entire careers without really getting the chance in the field.

Those players are almost entirely extinct and when Ortiz leaves the game, whenever the Red Sox finish their season, he will leave being one of the last true designated hitters in the game.

His retirement also brings up a big question regarding the future of Ortiz and his standing as one of the best in the league.

As a true designated hitter, many believe that he should never be considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After all, he never really played in the position and for some, that means he was never an all-around baseball player which means he can’t be in the Hall of Fame.

Yet Ortiz has more than 500 home runs in his career and more than 1,700 RBIs in his career.

He is one of the best power hitters in the game and never failed a drug test meaning that he was clean during all of those years.

The debate will rage on even more as his eligibility comes up five years from now as many wonder if a DH can be put into the Hall of Fame.

All of that will come but for now, he has one more series in the regular season and a postseason.

He will concentrate on what is to come and hopes that his career can end the best way possible, with a World Series ring.

Extra Innings
(More on this week in baseball)

Terrible Loss
The baseball world was rocked this week when the Miami Marlins announced that their 24-year-old ace Jose Fernandez had passed away in a boating accident ending the life of one of the most promising young men in baseball

A Rare sight
The MLB generally doesn’t end in anything but a win for one team but this week that changed as the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates saw their game end in the sixth inning due to weather and with no time left to schedule a make-up game the game went down as a 1-1 tie

Tebow’s Debut
Tim Tebow continues to make news as he begins his baseball career in the rookie league as this week he played in his first game and hit a home run in his first at-bat giving, even more, fans a reason to cheer him

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Key Series:
Chicago Cubs 2-1 St. Louis Cardinals
– The Cubs are no longer playing for much as they have everything locked u this year but they enjoyed hurting the hopes of a division rival as they took two games from the Cards who continue to fight for a wild card spot

Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 New York Yankees
– The Blue Jays were sliding heading into this series against the Yankees but they seemed to figure it out against a team they have always had a tough time with as they took three games to remain in the wild card

San Francisco Giants 2-1 Colorado Rockies
– The Giants are hanging in the wild card in the NL but just barely and this series helped them out a bit as they won two games against Colorado keeping them in the wild card while they battle with the Cards

Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Toronto Blue Jays
– The Orioles and Blues Jays are still fighting for a wild card position as losses in this series could mean a move out of the wild card and although the Jays did well to start the series they dropped two games putting their postseason hopes in doubt

Upcoming Series:
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox [Sept. 30-Oct. 2]
– The Blues Jays take on the best team in their division while they hang on to a wild-card spot and hope that the Red Sox rest some players so that they can get the wins they need to secure a spot while they watch Detroit closely

Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees [Sept. 30-Oct. 2]
– The Orioles are coming off of a great series in Toronto and now they hope to continue that run as they take on the Yankees in their final series with hopes of clinching a wild card spot and ensure their time in the postseason

New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies [Sept. 30-Oct. 2]
– The Mets have had a good end to the season as they have marched their way into the wild card and will play the Phillies to clinch their spot and try to stay on top to host the wild card game

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants [Sept. 30-Oct. 2]
– The Giants looked like an easy postseason team to start the year but now they will need to fight with their biggest rivals to get a spot as they need to win to secure a wild card spot this year

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