MLB NEWS AND NOTES FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2022

Media by Associated Press - New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Media by Associated Press - New York Yankees starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

For the first time since the 2016 season, six MLB teams will have to pay the luxury tax for the amount of money they are spending on the payroll.

The New York Mets, who have the highest payroll in baseball, will have to pay $29.9 million in taxes. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who would have the highest payroll in the league if not for Trevor Bauer’s suspension, will also have to pay $29.4 million.

The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox will also have to pay the tax.

The Red Sox are the only team out of the group currently eliminated from playoff contention. The Padres are now on the outside looking in but could sneak in with a strong finish.

Montas heads to IL

Yankees pitcher Frankie Montas is headed to the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Montas, who came over to the Yankees following a July trade with the Oakland A’s, has never seemed right in the Big Apple.

While the Yankees hoped he could be a big part of the rotation in the postseason, he had a 6.35 ERA in eight starts with the Yankees.

With Montas headed to the IL, New York will activate Harrison Bader for the series with the Pirates. Bader, who came to the Yankees following a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals at the trade deadline, has yet to play for New York.

Vaccine may not impact MLB postseason

Reports are circulating that the Canadian government is considering dropping the COVID-19 vaccine requirement who enter the country beginning September 30th.

The MLB playoffs will start October 7th, and this would allow players who aren’t vaccinated to make it when playing the Toronto Blue Jays.

While the Blue Jays haven’t clinched a playoff spot first, but are in the first Wild Card spot and have a 5.5-game advantage over the Baltimore Orioles.

Dodgers icon dies

Maury Wills, who was one of the best base steals in MLB history, passed away at the age of 89.

Los Angeles will honor Wills with a patch on its jersey for the rest of the season. Wills was a seven-time All-Star and was the 1962 NL MVP. During Wills’ career, he finished with 586 steals, which still ranks 20th all-time.

Wills was also a two-time Gold Gloe winner and was a member of three World Series teams. He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos in a career that spanned from 1959 to 1972.

Dodgers in pursuit of history

When the Dodgers wrapped up the NL West race Monday night, it was one of the most anticlimatic pieces of news. Los Angeles had long run away from the other team in the divisions. Now, the Dodgers can try to pursue history.

Los Angeles has won 104 games this season, including splitting a doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday. The Dodgers can tie the MLB record for wins in a season by finishing the year on a 12-1. The record is currently held by the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners.

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