The Fresno Grizzlies won the Triple-A National Championship Game on Tuesday night in El Paso, shutting out International League champion Columbus, 7-0.
Fresno starter Chris Devenski tossed seven scoreless innings – and he didn’t allow a baserunner until the sixth inning. He struck out nine while allowing only one hit.
Meanwhile, Fresno scored three runs in the first inning and kept piling on early to coast to the win.
And with that, minor league baseball is done for 2015. Congratulations to Fresno for winning
the whole ball of wax all of the marbles just plain everything.
Hall of Famer Yogi Berra passed away late last night, at age 90. So much has been made of his famous quotes that people forget how good he was. He won three American League MVP awards – receiving at least one MVP vote every year from 1947 to 1961 – and was an 18-time All-Star. Before becoming a Yankees star, Berra was in the D-Day invasion in World War II.
I read a great biography of Berra last offseason: “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” by Allen Barra. If you enjoy biographies of interesting Americans, check it out.
- Fresno won the final game of the minor league season and won 91 games this year (including playoffs).
- The Mariners teed off on Kansas City in an 11-2 win on Tuesday night.
- Bob Dutton’s Mariners Notebook leads with an item on Felix Hernandez pushing for 20 wins.
There are going to be a lot of really good remembrances of Yogi Berra written by elite-level baseball scribes in the next few days. I’ll link to some that come across my desk, starting with these today:
- Here is his New York Times obituary.
- Baseball America posted a series of Yogi photos.
- From the AP, a selected list of famous Yogi quotes.
- Joe Posnanski eulogized Yogi as only he can.
- Jeff Passan used Yogi quotes to outline his career.
- Johnny Bench still has the telegram Yogi sent him after breaking his record for most home runs hit by a catcher.
- John Shea of the SF Chronicle recalled Yogi’s back-up catcher – who rarely played.
- The statheads at 538.com say Yogi was a living improbability.
With the minor league season coming to an end, we’ll continue updating the blog but on a more regimented schedule. Look for new posts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through the end of the World Series.