Sports Shorts

  • High fives,fist bumps,congrats and kudos to Plant High alum Pete Alonso, who finished his incredible, rookie Major League Baseball season with the New York Mets by leading MLB with 53 home runs. Alonso also set a Mets franchise record as well as the MLB standard for homers by a rookie.
  • However this ends, the Rays—with all their familiar issues, from attendance and Montreal scenarios to payroll and personnel attrition—deserve big-time credit for making it to the post season with so many cards stacked against them. And imagine if Tyler Glasnow didn’t get hurt, and they had gotten what they expected from Blake Snell and Jose Alvarado?
  • After five years, Joe Maddon is out in Chicago. Savior to scapegoat. The Cubs didn’t renew the contract of the manager who had five winning seasons, four post-season appearances and one memorable World Series win that ended a 108-year drought. It was the most successful stretch in franchise history. In effect, Maddon was a victim of his own, history-making, early success. When you win a World Series in your second year and miss the playoffs in your fifth, it comes down to a familiar, however unfair, bottom-line: What have you done for us lately? Frankly, all Theo Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations, had to do was look in the mirror at the guy who overspent on underperforming free agents.

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