MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 9/27

Maris' record stays intact and Atlanta has a big day in Washington.


Today’s Headlines


Judge Stuck at 60 as Blue Jays Walk Off Yanks

Everyone on watch for Judge’s record-tying 61st home run was disappointed, but the Blue Jays increased their lead to 2.5 games for the top AL Wild Card spot. The win brings their magic number to lock in a playoff spot down to three games.

Toronto and New York played to a deadlock through nine innings on Monday behind strong pitching from starters Luis Severino and Kevin Gausman before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slammed a double into left field off reliever Clarke Schmidt to win it for the home team.

Judge’s one-for-three night leaves him neck and neck with the Boston’s Xander Bogaerts for the AL batting title. His quest to break Roger Maris’s AL single-season home run record will continue tonight in a rematch with the Jays.


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2021 World Series Winners Visit the White House

Fulfilling the longstanding tradition of championship-winning baseball teams visiting the President’s residence, Atlanta’s squad received a private tour of the White House on Monday.

The players were greeted by President Biden, who gave a brief speech sprinkled with jokes about beating long odds and expressed appreciation for their experience at the end of the day.


Atlanta Rookie Throws Complete-Game Shutout

23-year-old Bryce Elder may want to make a habit of touring the White House before games. In their evening matchup with the Nationals following their tour and meet-and-greet with the President, Elder went the distance and held the Nats scoreless on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

He got some help from his defense along the way, including a sliding catch by Eddie Rosario and a phenomenal play by third baseman Austin Riley and first baseman Matt Olson:


Alek Manoah Receives Sportsmanship for Defending Kirk

When Montreal radio host Matthew Ross posted a video of Toronto’s All-Star catcher Alejandro Kirk rounding the bases and called it “embarrassing for the sport” because of the catcher’s weight, pitcher Alek Manoah came to his teammate’s defense.

He responded, “What’s actually embarrassing for the sport is people that go by the name of Matthew and have never played a day in the big leagues thinking they can control the narrative and stereotypes. Go ahead and tell that 8-year-old kid who is 10 lbs overweight that he should quit now.”

Dove Men+Care announced a new sponsorship on Monday honoring athletes for sportsmanship and announced Manoah as the award’s first recipient for “promoting body positive reassurance.” Manoah promptly donated the prize money, which consisted of roughly $73,000, to KidSport, a Canadian nonprofit focused on providing opportunities for children to participate in organized sports.

Ross has since shut down his Twitter account and issued an apology, but not before Manoah and the rest of the Blue Jays faithful reminded him that no bystander has the right to criticize the body of a man who is playing baseball at an elite level and is an essential piece of Toronto’s run to the postseason.





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Colin Fong

Colin lived near Cooperstown and collected signatures from Hall of Famers for his Dad's collection every summer as a kid. He thought it was super boring at the time, but thinks it's incredibly cool now. He's an A's fan and loves writing about the beautiful, absurd, infuriating, and inspiring world of baseball.

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