Nationals hitters helped the cause of teammate Max Scherzer, as Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman slammed homers off Nola and defeated the host Phillies to sweep the three-game series. While the Nationals are a longshot to reach postseason action, several pitchers and two position players who were in West Palm Beach, Florida, for spring training with Washington are hoping to spend October in the bright playoff lights.
The Chicago Cubs are slated to play a makeup game on Thursday at 4: The Carolina League, with Hurricane Florence on the way, decided to skip a best-of-5 game title series and play a winner-take-all game Tuesday. While much of the focus last offseason was on the trade that sent Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins to the Yankees, there was another deal involving Miami that has turned out to have quite an impact on the postseason race.
Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left the game after hurting his left side making a throw to home plate during a win over the New York Mets on Sunday that cut Boston's magic number to two for a third straight AL East title. Rookie Francisco Mejia is quickly giving the downtrodden San Diego Padres a hopeful glimpse of the future. Kole Calhoun and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia were surprised to find out just how long the right fielder's hitless streak really was, considering how good a second half of the season he's had.
Leave it to Antonio Senzatela to end Colorado's longest scoring drought this season with his first hit in nearly five months. Brewers manager Craig Counsell says every day is going to be difficult during the final two weeks of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates showed why. In , covering a match between the Brooklyn Excelsior and the Brooklyn Stars, Chadwick recorded the runs, hits, putouts, singles, and errors being the first instance of what we now know of as the box score.
Before this, others had tried to grapple with coming up with a way to systematically record the important events of the game, but none before this had been successfully. He later refined this box score into pretty much what we typically use today, with a few tweaks that we have now, such as adding RBIs and things of this nature.
He felt that the beauty of the game was in the action of the players. Walks and out of the park home runs were a non-action, involving only the pitcher and hitter with everybody else just kind of standing around.
This fateful decision to discount walks is why the batting average has long been thought of as more important than on base percentage, even though statistically a walk is virtually as valuable as a single which obviously counts on the batting average note: With less and less resistance to these new analysis on the game happening every year; though ironically the players themselves look like they are going to be the last hold outs; still clinging to antiquated methods of evaluating the game.
Though this too is ever so slowly starting to change with players like Brian Bannister and Zack Grienke, who are beginning to use these advanced statistics to get everything they can out of their talent.
Only with very recent technological advancements has this become possible. It should be noted though, that before the s, the box score contained a lot more defensive data, such as assists and things of this nature that could be accurately recorded. The box score was shortened though at this time in the interest of space, now only including errors, if any. Upon his death, every major league park lowered their flags to half-mast. Chadwick was later elected into the newly established Baseball Hall of Fame in ; the only writer to have gained that honor.
The tall marble pillar over their shared grave is topped with an enormous granite baseball and the grave itself is adorned with a bronze glove and bats.