Toronto Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins got a nice reminder of that during Thursday’s 8-6 win over the Boston Red Sox. Goins somehow found a way to ground out on a pitch that nearly hit him in the head. In the top of the fifth inning, Goins stepped in against reliever Fernando Abad.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (66-29) have been red-hot since losing three straight games in early June, winning 31 of their last 35 games to take an 11-game lead on the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies in the National League West. The Dodgers' success has come from just about everywhere. Manager Dave Roberts boasts a squad with the best ERA in baseball (3.07), the fifth-best offense (822 runs) and No. 12 in fielding percentage (.984).
This might be shocking news, but the New York Yankees still are the most-hated team in Major League Baseball. OK, so you’re probably not exactly blown away, but a recent survey by FiveThirtyEight did show that the Yankees’ exciting young core hasn’t done anything for the team’s image. In fact, they were the only club in the survey that wound up with more unfavorable respondents than favorable ones. FiveThirtyEight used SurveyMonkey for the poll, so the results aren’t the most scientific, but they do give some rather interesting insight into the minds of baseball fans. Participants were asked their favorite and least favorite teams overall and also were asked to rate each team as favorable or