Shohei Ohtani, the favorite for American League MVP, is the first player who also pitches ever nominated as a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award, which is given to the best offensive player in each league.
This was supposed to be the Padres' year, but a late-season collapse dashed their postseason dreams. Though manager Jayce Tingler paid the price, it might be time to start looking at GM A.J. Preller.
The Padres have fired manager Jayce Tingler after the team failed to make the playoffs despite entering the season with hopes of challenging for a World Series title.
What's in store this postseason? Who has locked up awards voting? And which non-playoff team is best set up for 2022? Jeff Passan answers 20 burning questions for October and beyond.
Jayce Tingler thinks he deserves to stay on as manager of the Padres, despite the biggest collapse in franchise history.
October isn't in the cards, but there's still plenty of work to do. Here's what each non-playoff team needs to ask itself first.
The San Francisco Giants finally won the NL West without needing to wait for the rival Dodgers' result on the season's final day, pounding the San Diego Padres 11-4 on Sunday for a franchise-record 107th victory to top the 1904 New York team.
— Logan Webb secured his spot in Giants lore with far more than his dominance on the mound. He swung for the fences and sent San Francisco to an NL West title at last, without needing to wait for the rival Dodgers' result on the season's final day.
— The San Francisco Giants missed a chance to clinch the NL West, falling to the San Diego Padres 3-2 when Jake Cronenworth hit an RBI double in the 10th inning Saturday.
— The San Francisco Giants couldn't celebrate a division title yet — not with the rival Dodgers still going win for win in the NL West race.
Who is rising and falling with the end of the season mere days away?
When the MLB season started, it was suppose to be Dodgers vs Padres as far as the balance of power in the National League. Then, the San Francisco Giants came out of nowhere, so the fellas think that this MLB season has been very weird. And, do the Dodgers need to "push all their chips in" still chasing the SF Giants in the last weekend of the MLB season? Plus, "The Dump" with the 46th anniversary of the "Thrilla in Manila."
In a disappointing season for the Padres -- to put it mildly -- individual awards seem hollow. Still, Tatis says, "It's always been a dream to win MVP."
— Dave Roberts rushed into his office after the Dodgers' victory and turned on the TV. He caught a familiar sight — the rival Giants winning again.
— The Dodgers still have a heartbeat in the NL West race, and it was throbbing late in the game.
Yes, there's still a month of playoff baseball before the offseason begins. But we couldn't wait to look ahead at one of the deepest classes in years.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers need to win the week to catch NL West-leading San Francisco, and even that might not be enough.
— Will Smith struck out the side around three walks in the ninth inning to finish the Atlanta Braves' 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday that opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia heading into their NL East showdown.
A woman and her 2-year-old son died after falling from the third level of Petco Park shortly before Saturday's Padres game.
— The Atlanta Braves got a whiff of October in late September.
— Max Fried was absolutely brilliant at just the right time for the Atlanta Braves.
A rare rainstorm in San Diego prompted a delay Friday before the Padres and Braves resumed a game suspended by poor weather July 21 in Atlanta.
— The San Diego Padres can have a say over the NL West race even as they appear headed toward what would be the biggest collapse in franchise history.
Who is rising and falling as the end of the season rapidly approaches?
— Scott Kazmir got the San Francisco Giants into a jam and rookie reliever Camilo Doval got them right out of it.