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Weekend Digest: R.I.P. Yogi Berra; Royals clinch division; Papelbon suspended

MLB news from the past week.

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Yogi Berra passes away at 90

The baseball world lost a beloved figure when Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra passed away late Tuesday. Berra was very well-known for his quirky quips, and as a player was a 15-time All-Star, 3-time MVP, and was on 10 World Series championship teams. He also caught 49% of potential base stealers, which in this day and age would be unheard of. He hit 358 home runs and had five 100-RBI seasons. (stats)

Here he is featured in a commercial for Aflac.

Royals clinch AL Central title

The Royals were the first team to clinch their division on Thursday, doing so in a 10-4 win over Seattle. It's their first division title since winning the AL West in 1985, which also happens to be the last year they won the World Series.

Papelbon suspended three games for throwing at Manny Machado

As if anyone needed another reason to hate Jonathan Papelbon...

Wednesday in DC, Manny Machado homered in the sixth inning off Max Scherzer to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead. In his next plate appearance in the ninth inning, Papelbon's 1-1 pitch came up and in and hit Machado in his front shoulder. Papelbon was immediately ejected while pleading his case to one of the umpires that it wasn't intentional; Machado later said the move was "cowardly". Papelbon is appealing the suspension.

Brewers hire new GM

The Brewers went outside their organization to find their successor to Doug Melvin. 30-year-old David Stearns was the assistant to Jeff Luhnow in Houston before it was reported on Sunday he would be the next GM of the Brewers. He fits the mold the Brewers were looking for: young with a history in analytics.


Here's something no one has seen since 1999: an inside-the-park grand slam.

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