I’ll resist the urge to crack wise and propose that baseball go to a home run derby after 12 innings, because, you know, that’s so clichéd.
“It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time,” Torre told Yahoo Sports.
“It’s baseball. I’m just trying to get back to that, where this is the game that people come to watch. It doesn’t mean you’re going to score. You’re just trying to play baseball.”
Tigers (15-15) at Diamondbacks (18-15), 9:40 p.m. ET — Detroit finally looks set to make a change at closer with Francisco Rodriguez reeling. That, along with the fact Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.21 ERA) is on the mound, should ease the restless Tigers fans in Detroit. Arizona will counter with former Tiger prospect Robbie Ray (2-2, 3.47 ERA), who has turned into a strikeout artist.
Consider this: Now that the NFL’s Chargers have bolted to Los Angeles, the Padres are the last show in San Diego. The Padres were a team in desperate need of a new face to represent the Cheap NHL Jerseys franchise. They hadn’t had one since the days of the late, great Tony Gwynn. So San Diego put its faith in still-young-but-feels-like-he’s-been-here-forever Wil Myers. It was the right move to make.
Myers showed flashes of his once-exalted offensive prowess early in the 2016 season. In doing so, Myers also exhibited his Wil-power (woof) — he only had 27 career home runs prior to his arrival in San Diego. He hit 28 in 2016, including 18 at home in Petco Park, a notorious pitchers’ ballpark. It resulted in his first All-Star appearance. Oh, and he did all this while learning — and exceeding expectations at — a new position.