Jay Jaffe | FanGraphs: Larry Walker and Derek Jeter were elected to the Hall of Fame over a year and a half ago, but COVID-19 delayed the induction ceremony until today. It’s been a long road for these two players and an even longer one for Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons.
Andrew Mearns | Pinstripe Alley: The Yankees had a scare Tuesday night as Gerrit Cole exited his start with hamstring tightness. With a tenuous grasp on the first Wild Card spot, the Yankees can’t afford to lose their ace for any extended period. The Yankees are optimistic that Cole will just be day-to-day.
Rob Arthur | Baseball Prospectus $: Previously, Rob Arthur estimated pre-Statcast era exit velocity using stringer-supplied landing coordinates. It appears that exit velocities now are the highest they’ve ever been.
A disastrous first inning sank the Red Sox, shrinking their lead over the Blue Jays and Mariners in the AL Wild Card.
Perfect placement leads to even better results pic.twitter.com/FxHY77RScO— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 7, 2021
A two-run eighth inning lifted the Reds over the Cubs and helped Cincinnati pull even with San Diego in the NL Wild Card race.
Nice! Nice! Made us happy, made us smile! Nice! pic.twitter.com/j27pqGYgZp— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 8, 2021
The Astros erased a two-run deficit in the ninth inning and later won on a Carlos Correa double in the 10th.
Winners win.#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/lr0jJxiINL— Houston Astros (@astros) September 8, 2021