While our local baseball teams continue to track free agents and send out trade feelers, something else happened this week. The Hall of Fame voters received their ballots, and with them a bittersweet reminder of one former great.
Continuing with our weekly rankings of the best local athletes by jersey/uniform number, here are numbers 29-20.
The Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers to advance to the NLCS for the fourth straight year. They will face the Giants, who topped the Nationals.
I asked those who played alongside, managed or coached Jeter along the way for a favorite story or memory, something that stood out when they thought of the captain. This is what they told me…
It’s not hard to call up images of a 20-something Jeter and look back on his career. But for those who have spent time with him up close, they have a database that can’t be Googled.
Seven amazing athletes besides LeBron James to wear #23.
Check out the managers in this year’s Fall Classic. It shows you that the day-to-day grumbling about managers isn’t that big a deal in the end.
Carlos Beltran, Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals are going to the World Series — not even Clayton Kershaw could stop them this year.
He’s cocky. He’s arrogant. He’s extremely unlikable. And he doesn’t play the great game of baseball the right way, the way it’s supposed to be played. Who am I talking about? You know who. I’m talking about Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez had a CT scan on his left ribs Sunday, and the results were not yet available.
Andre Ethier is not in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS due to lingering soreness.
The NL West champions open the next round Friday against St. Louis or Pittsburgh. The Cardinals host the wild-card Pirates in a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday.
Not only do many of us see the Dodgers as a five borough endeavor, an extension of our blue-collar grit and white-collar elitism, but we now must watch our enemy rocket to the top with a Yankee icon at the helm.
Down late in the game, the Dodgers were just setting the stage for more timely hitting and another scintillating comeback. “Seriously? Explain that game?” LA manager Don Mattingly said.
Donnie Baseball deserves another look from Hall of Fame voters. Between 1984-1987, Mattingly averaged 29 home runs and 120 RBIs per season. His on-base plus slugging during that stretch was .918, .939, .967 and .937.