MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 10/1/23

The 2023 postseason field is set!

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Today’s Headlines


The final five teams clinch a spot in the 2023 postseason!

Congratulations to the Marlins, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Blue Jays, and Astros! Each team clinched a spot in the 2023 postseason on Saturday night.

  • The Marlins return to the postseason for the first full season since their 2003 World Series victory.

  • The Diamondbacks overcame three straight losing seasons and clinched for the first time since 2017.

  • The Rangers, who lost 94 and 102 games in each of the last two years, return to the postseason for the first time since 2016.

  • The Blue Jays will look to avenge a heartbreaking loss in last season’s AL Wild Card game.

  • The Astros snuck in on the second to last day, making 2023 their seventh straight trip to the postseason.



Best Moments From Yesterday


Gracias, Miggy!

The Detroit Tigers have been celebrating Miguel Cabrera all weekend. His parents threw out the first pitch yesterday and the Tigers unveiled a giant “24” that will be permanently displayed in Comerica Park. It’s been a wonderful 21-year career for the future Hall of Famer.


Salvador Perez has high praise for Bobby Witt Jr.

Bobby Witt Jr. hit his 30th home run of the season the other day, making him the first Kansas City Royals player to join the 30+ homer and 30+ stolen base club. Veteran catcher Salvador Perez told Anne Rogers, the Royals’ reporter MLB.com writer, that he’s never seen anybody like Witt Jr.: ‘Thirteen years in Kansas City. No one like him. And I was around good players. [Eric] Hosmer. [Mike] Moustakas. Alcides Escobar. But to do what Bobby does — hit, throw, steal bases, the way he plays. Seriously. He is the best I have ever seen here…I can tell my kids in 20 years that I played with Bobby Witt Jr.


Camilo Doval loves baseball, his horses, and his charro outfit. 

The San Francisco Giants held their annual Fiesta Gigantes last night, celebrating Hispanic culture and highlighting the work of local nonprofits that serve the Hispanic communities in San Francisco. The Giants released the video above where Camilo Doval said it was an honor to wear the charro outfit. “Taking part in this gives me pride,” Doval said in the video. He talked about his love for charrería and how he would sometimes ride his horse to the stadium when he was younger.



Injuries & Transactions


CL Félix Bautista will undergo Tommy John surgery.

SP Bryce Elder will not pitch as scheduled today. Atlanta will give him extra rest entering the postseason.

SP Frankie Montas has been activated from the 60-day injured list and made his first appearance of the 2023 season on Saturday.



Articles You Should Read


Remembering Tom Maggard, a power-hitting PawSox catcher who died suddenly 50 years ago — Steve Buckley, The Athletic



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Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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