Cedric Mullins, 2018, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia
As we say goodbye to 2018 and look forward to 2019, let’s recap the year in baseball. While 2018 was, overall, a miserable year – if you’re an Os fan or a Nats fan – there were a few highlights. In the minors, there was the Copa de la Diversión, the P-Nats made the playoffs, and Cedric Mullins made his Major League debut.
In other good news, in June, the Washington Nationals helped the Washington Capitals celebrate DC winning the Stanley Cup and MLB participated in the New York City Pride March for the first time. In July, the Nation’s Capitol hosted the MLB All-Star festivities, during which Bryce Harper, proudly representing DC, won the Home Run Derby. On a personal note, I finally got to see the Arizona Fall League, the Negro Southern League Museum, the Mobile BayBears, Hank Aaron Stadium, and Jackie Robinson’s childhood home in Pasadena.
In weird baseball news, the Norfolk Tides experiences a game delay due to ducklings on the field, and the new minor league team in North Alabama announced their new name, the Trash Pandas.
Jonathan Schoop, 2013, photo by Keith Allison via Wikipedia
Sadly, in 2018 we lost Willie McCovey, Oscar Gamble, Rusty Staub, presidential fan George H.W. Bush, and quite a few others. Derek Jeter had the nerve to want to move the home run sculpture outside of Marlins Park. And the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals committed the unforgivable acts of trading Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Gio Gonzalez.
Of course, we can’t forget that 2018 was the worst Orioles season ever and that the Orioles likely won’t re-sign Adam Jones.
Hopefully, 2019 will be better…
Have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration!