Garcia played more than 14 seasons in the minors and hung on as a coach, manager and sage in the majors, doggedly loyal to baseball to the end.
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As Ovechkin heads to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time, we take a look at the best players in other sports who never played on the biggest stage.
The ball is not juiced, it’s just more aerodynamic. But not even scientists hired by M.L.B. can explain precisely why.
Nobody has mastered the modern game the way Scherzer, the Nationals’ three-time Cy Young Award winner, has. He is averaging 14.25 strikeouts per nine innings.
Familia gave up two run-scoring singles in the ninth inning, letting Jacob deGrom’s strong start go to waste.
The veteran left-hander is a likely candidate to be traded soon, and he could be a perfect fit for the Yankees, who had no answer for him on Tuesday.
Bautista, 37, has not had much success recently, but the team coveted a right-handed batter, and he was in the lineup batting fifth on Tuesday.
With five home runs against Texas, the Yankees surpassed the Red Sox for the most in the major leagues, with 72 so far this season.
Jason Vargas looked like a different pitcher, throwing five solid innings as the Mets, who had been struggling are now on a bit of a roll.
At 34 and playing on a struggling Texas team, Hamels may be on his way out of town this summer. And the Yankees may be in need of veteran pitching.
Gray had his best outing of the year with eight strong innings, and the Yankees hit four homers against a listless Kansas City squad.
The Mets offense was anemic for five innings, but thanks to Amed Rosario’s first multi-homer game, and a two-run shot by Asdrubal Cabrera, they are on a roll.
Until they beat the Diamondbacks on Saturday, the Mets had not won consecutive games since April 11 and 13.
Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and Aaron Hicks got his second inside-the-park homer of the season.
Pitcher Chris Young became a vice president for the league, working under Joe Torre, within weeks of playing in the Padres’ spring training camp.
An array of complications left the Yankees stranded overnight at Dulles airport as they tried to travel to Kansas City.
Lagares’s injury, a torn toe ligament, will probably put him out for the season. Michael Conforto, who became the regular center fielder, had four hits Friday to back a strong start by Jacob deGrom.
The Yankees have played only five and a half innings over the last three days, but they face a rigorous schedule in the coming weeks because of an unusually wet and wintry start to the season.
After hoping for improvement, the Mets finally gave in and shelved their ailing slugger. Without him, they were crushed by Toronto.
The 35-year-old Cano will carry the stain of a positive drug test, which may keep him out of Cooperstown, while the Mariners could fall out of contention.