It was another slow news day for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday but not for Major League Baseball who received another iconic moment Saturday night when Jose Altuve delivered a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the ALCS to send the Houston Astros to the World Series.
MLB.com on Sunday compiled a list of some of October’s most legendary home runs. I was fortunate enough to see a few of these live on TV and unfortunate in regards to a couple of them.
- By finishing off the Yankees in Game 6, the Houston Astros will be able to set their rotation for the World Series. Gerrit Cole will get the start in Game 1 and will be followed by Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke in Games 2 and 3.
- Astros reliever Ryan Pressley left Game 6 after just one batter after he experienced discomfort in his right knee. However, Pressley told reporters that he would be ready to go for the World Series and that the discomfort was just scar tissue.
- Doctors recommended that Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks undergo Tommy John surgery several weeks ago. Hicks ignored that advice and was able to rehab enough to rejoin the club as part of its ALCS roster. Now with the season over, Hicks told reporters after Game 6 that he doesn’t see himself having Tommy John surgery.
- MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement Sunday in regards to the sudden passing of Major League Umpire Eric Cooper. Cooper was 52 and had worked as an umpire for 21 years.
- Astros bench coach Joe Espada reportedly traveled to Chicago on Sunday for a second managerial interview with the Cubs. Espada and former catcher David Ross are widely considered as the favorites to land the job.
- The Boston Red Sox will speak to former Reds manager Bryan Price about their vacant pitching coach position.
- The Seattle Mariners have shut down outfield prospect Julio Rodriguez for the final week of the Arizona Fall League season due to a minor strain in his lower back.