The offseason has officially arrived ...
- The San Francisco Giants are your 2012 World Champions, having last night swept the Tigers on the strength of a 4-3 Game Four win. It took 10 innings and a two-out Marco Scutaro single (scoring Ryan Theriot, naturally), but the Giants took it home in the minimum. There was no coming back from the brink of elimination necessary in this one.
- This was the Giants' second World Series win in the last three years, and their second built on the strength of pitching.
- Their parade and World Series party will take place on Halloween, which could prove a lot of fun.
- Jayson Stark points out all the ways in which the Giants' victory will go down as particularly memorable. Michael Rosenberg pulls out the chemistry card.
- Bud Selig on the 2012 season, and the addition of two more Wild Cards: "Better than I could have hoped .... Everybody said, 'Boy, you really orchestrated this.' No, I didn't. I knew that it would be good. I was happy with it, but it worked out even better than I thought. It gives so much hope, especially in September, to so many other cities. So, yes, it worked out great. I'm glad we did it. It was tough. We had to [implement it at the last minute]. Next year it's going to work out better. It's going to work into the schedule better. It's been an amazing season. An amazing season from start to finish. I think of September and all the excitement at the end. And then October. It's really been remarkable in every way. Seasons have a lot of ups and downs, but great attendance, great economic success. And great success on the field. I'm very proud of everything that happened."
- Insult to injury and all that for the Tigers: Omar Infante broke his hand in the 9th inning last night, courtesy of a Santiago Casilla fastball.
- How much of pitcher BABIP is skill, defense, and luck? Beyond the Boxscore digs into it.
- Grant Brisbee on the (hopeful) death of those Moneyball-is-Dead type arguments. (Bonus points for the hilarious permalink.)
- The offseason officially begins, and free agency with it. Players can sign with new teams in five days, but the rumor mill will start churning immediately.