Jazz saves the best for last

Marlins advance to the playoffs for the first time in 16 years; Richardson, Giants miss out

Bahamian Major League Baseball (MLB) player Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm and the Miami Marlins clinched a playoffs berth on Friday night but that did not stop the Bahamian from having arguably his best game of his young career on Sunday to help his team shut out the New York Yankees, 5-0, on the final day of the regular season at Yankee Stadium in New York City, New York.

For the San Francisco Giants and Bahamian first base Coach Antoan Richardson, they have been eliminated from the MLB playoffs as they fell 5-4 to the San Diego Padres.

The Marlins clinched their first playoffs berth since 2003 on Friday night when they took down the Yankees in a close 4-3 victory. They also became the first team National League (NL) team to make the playoffs after an 100-loss season. They finished last season with a 57-105 win-loss record.

This year, Chisholm and the Marlins finished a COVID-19-shortened 60-game season with a 31-29 win-loss record. In the standings, they finished sixth in the NL and will face the third-place Chicago Cubs in the wild card round of MLB playoffs that get underway on Tuesday.

Chisholm was brilliant at the plate on Sunday. He finished 2-for-4 with a home-run and a double and three runs batted in (RBIs). That solo-home run came in the top of the eighth inning when he cracked Nick Nelson’s 97.4 miles per hour (mph) four-seam fastball with the count at two strikes and two balls. The ball went deep to centerfield, giving the Marlins a 5-0 lead, and what turned out to be the final score of the game.

Chisholm got his team on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning, drilling a 94mph sinker from Yankees starter Clarke Schmidt to deep center field. He got a double on that hit and in the process brought home Matt Joyce and Jon Berti. The Marlins went up 2-0 on the play.

Chishol, who started at shortstop and batted seventh, was brilliant on defense as well. He made a brilliant stop and perfect pass to first base to end the Yankees’ threat in the bottom of the fourth.

The Giants finished with a 29-31 record. They were aiming for a shot at a wild card position but never led on Sunday and ended falling by the slimmest of margins, 5-4. They gave up three runs in seventh inning which hurt their chances of advancing. The Giants lost three in a row to the Padres to close out the season.

This was Richardson’s first season as the Giants’ first base coach. He is a former MLB player, the sixth Bahamian to play in the majors. Chisholm is the seventh.

For Chisholm, he played in 21 games after getting called up to the big leagues on September 2. His finished the season hitting .161, going 9-for-56 with two home runs and six RBIs. He scored eight runs, had one triple, a double and two stolen bases. Once he improves on plate discipline, he will be very dangerous for opposing pitchers.

Chisholm signed out of the international signing class with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, spent four seasons with that organization and was dealt to the Marlins in July of 2019. He is a former Diamondbacks minor league player of the year and has been invited to the last two spring trainings – one with the Diamondbacks and the other with the Marlins. 

Chisholm, 22, now awaits for his number to be called and help his team make a run during the postseason.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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