One of the things I have learned in this job over the years is that you can invest so much into a six-month season only to see it come to an end suddenly. That is where I am at after the Atlanta Braves dropped Game 5 in disappointing fashion to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night. I’m not going to go into details on what happened because honestly no Braves fan cares. The cruel facts are that this group was talented enough to advance in the postseason but just simply didn’t get the job done. It is without a doubt a sour ending to what was largely an enjoyable season.
The biggest news to come out of Wednesday came after the game when Brian McCann announced that he would be calling it a career after 15 years as a major league player, 10 of which were spent in Atlanta. I first saw McCann way back in 2003 when he was at Rome. I had no idea what I was watching then but he quickly became one of my all-time favorites. I don’t know if he will ever end up hearing his name called in Cooperstown, but he is a lock to be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame.
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The Braves aren’t the only team to have their season end in disappointing fashion. Howie Kendrick’s grand slam in the 10th inning was the difference for the Washington Nationals as they stunned the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-3 win in Game 5.
Twins executive Derek Falvey has had his named mentioned for some prominent front office openings around the league. However, it looks like he is close to agreeing to a new deal that will keep him in Minnesota.
Speaking of Minnesota, reports suggest that they are planning on picking up the $12 million option for designated hitter Nelson Cruz for the 2020 season.
The New York Mets are planning to interview Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi and Diamondbacks Vice President of player development Mike Bell for their vacant managerial position.