The World Series matchup is set and no one doubts they were the two best teams. No one also doubts that both of their fanbases are insufferable. The Reds are planning to move an all-star and the Yankees are looking to spend. Finally, Pawnee, IN has a new law firm with a baseball connection.
I'm going to start Bullets with a quote from this article on the World Series matchup: "What were the odds that Red Sox Nation would be by far the less insufferable fan base during the World Series?"
- By now you've no doubt heard that the World Series this season is going to be between the Red Sox and the Cardinals, two teams that have won four of the last ten World Series. But love or hate the matchup, most people agree on one thing, the best two teams made the World Series. David Schoenfield says this is a rare thing (same link as above) and that in the Wild Card era (since 1995), the two teams with the best records in their respective leagues have only met twice: The Braves and Indians in 1995 and the Yankees and Braves in 1999. And since the Red Sox and Cardinals finished with identical 97-65 records, the team with the best record in baseball will win the World Series.
- Ken Rosenthal agrees that we got the two best teams in the Series.
- As does Anthony Castrovince.
- Jayson Stark says the way the Cardinals dismantled Clayton Kershaw in the third inning of game six exemplifies the Cardinals philosophy.
- Howard Megdal points out that the Cardinals were carried to the Series by their impressive collection of young pitching.
- This fact actually came as a shock to me: the Cardinals made the World Series with only six players remaining from the 25 man Series roster that won the 2011 World Series, just two seasons ago. To have that kind of roster turnover and still keep winning is an impressive thing.
- Open letter to Cardinals Nation: Look, I don't want to hate you. I want this rivalry to be friendly. I want to admire what your team has done. I'd even like to go out for a beer with a Cardinals fan and have a civilized discussion of baseball. But this kind of bleep is not helping you shake your reputation for being the biggest snots in baseball.
- With a trip to the World Series, the Red Sox's last-place finish in 2012 is forgotten. In fact, the troubles of the past two seasons have only served to make this trip that much sweeter, according to Gordon Edes.
- Mark Townsend looks at the critical events that turned the Red Sox from a last-place team to a pennant winner.
- Matthew Pouliot thinks that Jim Leyland's bullpen decisions helped to seal the Tigers fate.
- Rob Neyer says the Tigers lost because they were really, really crappy at the little things, by which he means anything other than hitting or their starting pitching, Base running, fielding, relief pitching; all terrible.
Jhonny Peralta would like to return to the Tigers as a left fielder next season. Drew Silva thinks that it's very unlikely the Tigers want him back. Not because of the PED suspension, but because they don't need him as a left fielder and someone is going to want him as a shortstop.
Add the NLCS umpiring crew to those who are upset with Yasiel Puig's behavior on the field. Apparently the umpires felt that Puig tried to show them up several times they would have tossed him had it been a regular season game.
- The Dodgers admit that Puig has "maturity issues."
- Apparently the Dodgers offered Clayton Kershaw a $300 million "lifetime" contract this season. He turned it down.
- Buster Olney is reporting that MLB intends to ban home plate collisions this off-season. The NFL's issues with concussions is one reason for the ban, as well as owners being tired of their multi-million dollar catchers getting seriously hurt over one run.
- Rob Neyer is all in favor of banning home plate collisions, but he'll believe it when he sees it.
- Speaking of antics a few bullets ago, the Reds have apparently grown tired of Brandon Phillips' act and may try to trade him this offseason.
The Braves would want Phillips if the Reds would take Dan Uggla back in trade. The Braves would be willing to send a prospect to Cincinnati in addition to Uggla.
- One guy unlikely to be back in Atlanta is Brian McCann because, as Jon Heyman notes, he's likely to get a giant contract this offseason. I dispute Heyman's speculation that the Cubs might be interested, though.
- In a bit of a shocker, Heyman also says his sources say the Astros may make a run at Shin-Soo Choo this offseason. Choo would undoubtedly be looking for a contract whose overall value would be three to four times what the entire Astros roster made last season. I also wonder that despite the fact that better days are ahead for the Astros, would Choo want to go through a couple seasons like the Astros past three years before the team was ready to win.
- The Yankees plan to max out their credit cards this off-season. They believe they have enough money to re-sign Robinson Cano and one other major free agent.
- The White Sox made the first big free agent acquisition of the offseason by signing Cuban slugger Jose Abreu. Cliff Corcoran thinks that the White Sox needed a bat like Abreu and that the signing comes with "little risk" despite the $68 million price tag.
- But Dave Cameron thinks the Abreu deal is an enormous gamble for the White Sox.
- Here's a story only I care about. The White Sox are leaving their Appalachian League Rookie Ball affiliate in Bristol and joining the Arizona League. That's the rookie ball "complex league" that the Cubs compete in. It allows White Sox rookies to play at their spring training complex and they can consolidate their operations in Arizona, much as the Cubs do.
Rays prospect Taylor Guerrieri was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a "drug of abuse" a second time, reported to be marijuana. I told Taylor he shouldn't hang around with Chris Perez's dog and that he'd only lead him into trouble.
- Dusty Baker is interested in managing the Nationals but the Nats aren't interested in hiring him.
- Does postseason performance help players get into the Hall of Fame?
- The Athletics are making offseason plans and may end up trading Brett Anderson.
Sonny Gray had surgery on his broken thumb. He's expected to be ready for spring training.
Carlos Peguero's wife has been arrested for charging $180,000 on Felix Hernandez's wife's debit card. I'm guessing the Mariners wives softball game is going to be awkward next season. Actually, I'm guessing Peguero won't be on the team by then.
- Finally, if you watched last week's episode of "Parks and Recreation," you might have noticed a rather oddly-named law firm. Of course, it was on opposite the ALCS, so no one probably got it. At least not live. Maybe the law firm can represent Alex Rodriguez on appeal.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster.