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The Dodgers ended their season extending their winning streak to seven games as they swept the Giants. Their 106th win of the season set a new franchise record. You can read the TBLA game recap here.
Just as the weekend series began, the Giants said that Madison Bumgarner would not be pitching this weekend. So instead of that, Bumgarner entered the game as a pinch-hitter and he was facing his longtime foe and friend, Clayton Kershaw.
Baseball gives us the chills. pic.twitter.com/IBICVsfoDV— Cut162 (@Cut4) September 29, 2019
Cody Bellinger finished early so the MVP voters didn’t have to wait long to see how he finished the season.
Cody Bellinger gets the rest of the day off. He finishes the 2019 season batting .305/.406/.629 with 47 homers, 121 runs, 115 RBI and 15 stolen bases.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) September 29, 2019
Around the league ...
Wondering who won the AL and NL batting title or led each league in saves? MLB.com’s Sarah Langs and David Adler have it all here.
Tim Anderson is the first White Sox player to lead MLB in batting average since Luke Appling in 1936.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) September 29, 2019
Never too early to start planning for the 2020 MLB Draft (well actually it is too early). So here’s the current draft order before any adjustments are made.
There we go! With the final regular season game of the year over, here's the 2020 #MLBDraft order:— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 29, 2019
Complete list: https://t.co/Res6nBTrMy pic.twitter.com/oXWadCjL2p
Prior to Sunday’s games, it was known that Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost were managing their last games with the Giants and Royals, respectively. And the Padres had already fired Andy Green.
So then the news breaks that the Cubs and Joe Maddon were parting ways. Jesse Rogers from ESPN.com wrote this after the story broke.
Here is my take on the Cubs and Maddon parting ways: https://t.co/Sm17zfXKqi— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) September 29, 2019
Earlier last week, it was reported that Clint Hurdle was assured he would be back to manage the Pirates in 2020. Well that changed today as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Jason Mackey writes here.
"There is great deal of love and admiration and sadness today." ... On the Pirates parting ways with Clint Hurdle, what he meant and what happens now: https://t.co/mT6oMnC0PI— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 29, 2019
Mike Scioscia had been the longest tenured manager until he and the Angels parted ways last season. Now, just one season in, there are reports that the Angels current manager may not be back in 2020.
The Angels are “still evaluating all aspects” of the major league operation, including the status of manager Brad Ausmus, a source tells The Athletic.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 30, 2019
Said Ausmus today: “I still have a contract.” https://t.co/BiElCbWTuP
Brad Ausmus is in jeopardy of losing his job as manager of the Angels, after his first year. His status is currently under consideration by the team’s leadership, with one source believing its more likely than not the Angels will go in another direction.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 30, 2019
The Mets, like a lot of teams not in the playoffs, will hold their organizational meetings this week. One person of note won’t be there, manager Mickey Callaway. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo writes about that and how the Mets will likely be looking at their manager’s status this week.
Mickey Callaway remains under contract, but the Mets plan to hold organizational meetings without him. Callaway's future should soon become clear:https://t.co/wMjgSuNhUB— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 30, 2019
Four years ago, the Dodgers interviewed Dave Roberts and Gabe Kapler for their vacant manager position. As we know, Roberts got the job and Kapler eventually was hired by the Phillies to be their manager starting in the 2018 season.
Now, his status will be reviewed by the team this week, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki writes here that Kapler wants to back.
Gabe Kapler spoke emotionally about the #Phillies following today’s series finale. It might have been his final game as manager. An announcement either way is expected this week. https://t.co/4w9P23uC3b— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 30, 2019