Saturday’s 6-pack

Hitters who knocked in highest %age of runners in from 2nd base LY (min, 200 PA)

1) Escobar, Min 26-94 (26.7%)

2) L. Garcia, CWS 14-51 (27.5%)

3) Peralta, Az 24-92 (26.1%)

4) Cave, Minn 15-58 (25.9%)

5) Prado, Mia 8-31 (25.8%)

6) White, Hous 13-51 (25.5%)

Quote of the Day
“Nothing’s certainly changed on our end. We’ve moved on. As I said back then and we had to. There was no way we could wait around. Bryce, I’m sure he will make his decision hopefully in the next few days, but we’ve filled out our roster and like I said, we wish him nothing but the best.”
Washington Nationals’ owner Mark Lerner

Saturday’s quiz
If you’re watching a college basketball game in the Galen Center, which college campus are you on?

Friday’s quiz
Gene Bartow replaced John Wooden as the basketball coach at UCLA; his son Murry is the interim coach at UCLA this season.

Thursday’s quiz
Whit Merrifield led the major leagues in stolen bases last year, with 45.


Saturday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind……

13) Wrestling icon Ric Flair had a surprise 70th birthday thrown for him in Atlanta last night; guests included Charles Barkley, Todd Gurley, Evander Holyfield, Dennis Rodman and Brad Nessler, as well as the expected stars from the world of pro wrestling. Flair has overcome some physical issues in the last year. Great to see that he is doing well now.

12) UCLA 68, Oregon State 67— I had no dog in this fight Thursday night, but the boxscore made me laugh. I’m guessing Beavers’ coach Wayne Tinkle wasn’t amused:

Foul shots: Oregon State 1-3, UCLA 16-28. In a one-point game.

11) Texas Longhorns have suspended their leading scorer, Kerwin Roach, indefinitely. The senior guard is averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

10) Congrats to Belmont coach Rick Byrd, who won his 800th career game Thursday night when his Bruins spanked Eastern Illinois 99-58.

9) North Carolina’s win over Duke Wednesday had a Nielsen-reported audience of 4,343,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed weeknight college hoop game in ESPN’s history.

8) Zion Williamson isn’t expected to play Saturday night in Syracuse.

7) XFL starts play next spring; they’re trying to create interest by dragging out their announcements of who will be coaching in which cities.

Bob Stoops is going to coach the Dallas team; Pep Hamilton the Washington DC team, and now comes word that former Seahawks QB Jim Zorn will coach the Seattle team. Zorn coached the Redskins for two years, in 2008-09.

6) Utility guy Marwin Gonzalez signed with the Minnesota Twins on a two-year, $21M deal.

5) Big week in San Diego; Manny Machado, the Aztecs beat Nevada and now this. Santa Clara grad transfer KJ Feagin cancelled all his other visits and has committed to San Diego State. Good get for Jim Dutcher.

4) Over the length of his 10-year contract, Manny Machado will pay around $39.9M in income taxes to the state of California, $158M total in federal, state and payroll taxes.

3) Iowa men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin was suspended for the rest of the Hawkeyes’ season after referring to Maryland’s Bruno Fernando as “King Kong” during Tuesday’s game.

Fernando, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game, was born in Angola, a Southern African nation bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

2) Remember when the Bears missed the field goal at end of their playoff loss to the Eagles? When the new league year starts next month, Chicago will cut that kicker, Cody Parkey.

1) Friday would’ve been my father’s 93rd birthday; he passed away in May of 2015, leaving behind the perfect example of how to be a good person.

Happy birthday, dad. We miss you.