Five Things You Missed

5 Things: Fight for Final Playoff SpotsWhile most of the races are wrapped up (see below), there is still a three-team race for the final American League wild card spot.
5 Things: Yogi Berra’s Death And Major MilestonesAs teams compete for playoff stops in these final weeks, baseball lost an icon who was a postseason fixture throughout his long career.
5 Things: Harper Hits No. 40, Rangers in FirstThis week’s recap mixes the fun and serious (in baseball terms). There was a record-setting game and some impressive and comical individual performances. Buckle up for the stretch run.
5 Things: Mets Sweep Nats; Hudson to RetireYou know it was an exciting week when Yadier Molina’s plate-tapping bat break, Gerrit Cole’s rosin explosion, and Bartolo Colon’s behind-the-back flip don’t make the cut.
5 Things: Triple Play, No-No, and Catch of the YearThis week’s recap has several rare events: a triple play, a no-hitter, and a straight steal of home. It also has what I think is the catch of the year so far. Enjoy.
5 Things: Verlander, Fiers Dominate As Mets Get HotThe Mets offense has been nothing short of a juggernaut since the trade deadline and Monday’s record-setting performance in Philadelphia was the latest highlight.
5 Things: Walk Off Magic, Playoff Races And Questionable ParentingSummer is winding down but baseball season is definitely heating up as we rapidly make our way towards September.
5 Things: A No-Hitter And A Perfect Day For Home TeamsIt’s definitely scoreboard-watching time in ballparks across America. The two Central divisions aren’t very tight, but the other divisions—as well as the multiple wild card spots—are still very much in doubt.
5 Things: Mets In First And Rollins Returns To PhillyThe trade deadline brought about a lot of moves, but perhaps the most surprising came on Tuesday, when Detroit Tigers general manager and president Dave Dombrowski was fired. Dombrowski’s contract did not go past this season.
5 Things: Trade Deadline Deals and Yankees Offensive ExplosionOn Sunday in Cooperstown, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez became the newest members of the baseball Hall of Fame.
5 Things: Choo’s Cycle and First TradesIs it the sign of the apocalypse? On Sunday, it rained in California, stopping a Padres home game for the first time since 2006 and washing out an Angels home game for the first time since 1995.
5 Things: Trout, American League Win All-Star GameIn a game known for its winning streaks, the American League won its third straight All-Star Game Game on Tuesday, 6-3.