Don Mattingly returns this weekend to the Bronx, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular season did. Now Mattingly is enjoying perhaps his best year as a manager, leading the Miami Marlins as they try to extend their improbable season into next week. ''Nobody picked this club to be able to do anything this season, but we believed in ourselves,'' Mattingly said.
After two excellent seasons, Dodgers slugger Max Muncy has batted under .200 most of 2020. He's hoping to turn it around during the postseason.
The absence of fans didn't stop Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto from receiving an ovation after hitting a homer to put his team ahead for good. When they haven't been keeping Great America Ball Park in tip-top shape, the groundskeepers have loudly cheered for the Reds from the stands. Teams throughout the major leagues have found different ways to maintain intensity without the benefit of fans in the ballpark.