Happy Friday everyone!
In the links today you’ll find some hot takes on the new expanded postseason (okay, I’m lying, the takes are not that hot, people just really hate it.)
The more fun news, though, is the 10-7 victory the Yankees had over the Blue Jays, in which the Yankees set a franchise record with five home runs in a single inning. The mammoth feat has been accomplished only five times before, and only once previously by another AL team: the Minnesota Twins in 1966 agains the Kansas City Royals.
In a fun baseball history twist, the Yankees are not the first New York team to hit five home runs in one inning. In 1939, the New York Giants did it against the Cincinnati Reds. To keep having historical fun: the Reds have been the victim of an opposing team hitting five runs in a single inning four times: The Giants in 1939, the Phillies in 1949, the San Francisco Giants in 1961, and the Brewers in 2006.
- For SI, Max Goodman takes a look at the five home run night for the Yankees.
- Games are still being played, but Will Graves looks at the businesses who rely on baseball and how they’re hurting this year.
- Gabe Zaldivar has an interesting feature on incredible career of Dodgers Spanish announcer Jaime Jarrín.
- Which potential World Series matchups will be the most (and least) interesting? David Schoenfield breaks it down for ESPN.
- Ben Clemens doesn’t think very much of the new expanded postseason.
- Meanwhile Keith Law isn’t mincing words when he outright says he hates it. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Outfielder cam!
- Love it or hate it, the new postseason format might be sticking around, and Eno Sarris breaks down which teams will benefit the most from it. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Stephanie Apstein has an incredible feature on Dominic Smith, racial injustice, and the worst night of his career.
- Craig Edwards looks at the massive deal that sold the Mets to Steven Cohen.
- Isn’t it delightful to watch a truly absurd ejection like this one [VIDEO] of Josh Donaldson?
- Jay Jaffe looks at the top performers among the 2020 debut prospects.
- Tony Wolfe knows that Detroit had few chances to make the postseason, but the resurgence of Jeimer Candelario is still impressive.
- The arrival of Australian native Liam Hendriks in American baseball is quite the story, and Andy McCullough shares it beautifully. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Joe West is one of the most divisive characters in baseball, but in the newest Tim Kurkjian feature he is center of attention.
- A new move for Kershaw?
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.