[Jim: This morning, we welcome DbacksEurope to the roster. They'll be providing Monday Snake Bytes through the winter - thanks to the time difference, should me they appear earlier than waiting for me to drag my ass out of bed! You can probably also expect news from around European baseball, which should be fun! If you miss my weekly film reviews, they can still be found at FilmBlitz.org!]
The Bóer Indians will have to do without Nicaraguan short stop Brandon Leyton (or Steven Leyton) after he did not receive permission from the Diamondbacks to participate in the Nicaraguan professional baseball league that starts in November. Leyton hit 0.264 in 41 games for the Hops and 0.159 in 33 games for the Cougars in 2019.
Around the MLB
Los Angeles welcomes two teams from the West to start the American League Division Series tonight: Lance McCullers Jr. starts for the Astros, while Chris Bassitt will take the mound for the A’s. With a righty on the mound Jake Lamb is likely to start.
San Diego is all set for a clash between maybe the two best teams in the American League. Heated rivalry? I don’t know, but Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell sure set the stage for a great matchup.
“I know a lot of people are mad. I know a lot of people don’t want to see us here,” he said, “but what are they going to say now?” Carlos Correa rather had chosen some other post-game comments and got bashed on almost every baseball discussion program for his words, but maybe the harshest comments came from possible hall of famer CC Sabathia.
Baseball is more international than ever, judging by Major League Baseball postseason rosters. The number of players not born in the US on postseason rosters is 125 or 28% of the 448 players. Dominican Republic has 41 players on postseason rosters, followed by Venezuela (25), Cuba (15), Puerto Rico (10) Mexico (7), Canada and Japan (6), Colombia (4), Curaçao and Korea (3), and Australia, Germany, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru (1).
Some familiar countries there, but Peru? Had to look that one up...Jesús Lazardo.
Landis, baseball’s first commissioner, served from 1920-44 and notably failed to integrate the game during his tenure. It wasn’t until three years after Landis’ death that Jackie Robinson broke that color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Good decision, just move on.
Across the Pacific
The All Star game in Korea got scrapped to allow 144 games to be played, but as inventive as the Koreans always are, they came up with a virtual All Star game. Yang was the best player in a stretch from September 8 to 29 and so he won a lot of “won”. Well, not that much actually, something like $2,000.
Squeezing in 120 games in a shortened season is not easy, especially not when corona hits one of the baseball teams: the Hanshin Tigers had to keep 10 players off the field because of protocol, leading to new debates in Japan on the viability of such an intense schedule.
Across the Atlantic
New rules will keep fans out of the stands again in The Netherlands, while in Belgium the Royal Greys announced that the club will withdraw from the remainder of the season for the sake of the health of the players and others, because apparently “several players had a hard time to follow the corona rules”. In the MLB you get traded to the San Diego Padres for that.
Fortitudo Bologna defeated San Marino, 6-5, in Game 7 of the Italian Baseball Series to claim their third scudetto (national championship) in a row and 13th overall. Bravo!
The gender mixed sport has introduced a modification to the hitting rule and now states that a batter/hitter has to raise “the hand he/she intends to use” while entering the batter’s box. The ball “must be hit/slapped either with a palm or a fist” and have “enough momentum to reach the outfield fence” and sliding is now forbidden in Baseball5.
At 17-years-old, Collie was an international signing by the Arizona Diamondbacks in March 2017. He spent his first season of pro baseball in the Dominican Republic Summer League with the DSL Diamondbacks. In 2018 he advanced to the Arizona Fall League wQhere he hit .127 with a .445 OPS four RBI and 10 runs. In March 2019 he was released by the Diamondbacks. Now 20, as an international signee he has taken advantage of the opportunity to retain his NCAA eligibility and play collegiately.