Here's to a great week!
The Tribe's likely starting center fielder has hit home runs in two straight playoff games for the Toros del Este.
New Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins plans to meet with his two big sluggers soon about contract extensions. Both Bautista and Encarnacion are in the last year of their contracts and likely would draw huge interest from a number of clubs next off-season.
Ozuna has been linked to the Indians often over the last six months, and while anything is possible, it doesn't seem likely he'll end up in Cleveland (or possibly anywhere). From Cafardo:
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Marlins -- Up to 10 teams have inquired and/or have serious interest. But Marlins executives are getting pushback from new hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don Mattingly, feeling they can shape Ozuna into a 30/30 performer. Ozuna has not been a favorite of owner Jeffrey Loria, who feels Ozuna hasn't come to camp in shape the last two seasons. But while the Marlins could get a haul for him, they are now considering keeping him.
A vote next week could allow the Rays ownership to look at stadium sites in Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. But would a new stadium help increase attendance that much?
While Ken Griffey Jr was three votes short of being the first unanimous inductee, this Yankees blog takes a look at Jeter's chances in 2020. From Hermann:
Per the official voting rules page on the BBWAA website, "Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played."
Are there many other baseball players in history who meet and exceed every one of those criteria than former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter?
The Captain was as decorated a player as any during his two decades in the Majors. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1996, was named to 14 All-Star games, earned five Gold Gloves and five Silver Sluggers and helped the Yankees win five World Series titles during his career, taking home Series MVP honors in 2000.
Jeter batted at least .290 in 16 of his 20 MLB seasons, and led the Majors with 216 hits at the age of 38 during the 2012 season, 13 years after his first time doing so in 1999 when he slashed a career-best .349/.438/.552 with 219 base hits.