Once again, the Nobel Committee in Sweden bypassed me for my work in MLB Bullets. I think I’ll boycott the awards ceremony again next year. And while we’re at it, how biased is People Magazine for having never named me “The Sexiest Man Alive”?
Most of today’s Bullets is going to concern the ALCS. I figure we have the NLCS covered pretty well around here.
- Let’s start with Jonah Keri providing a nice analysis as to why the Indians won game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
- A big reason is the work of reliever Andrew Miller. Jerry Crasnick writes that Miller is becoming a household name this postseason with some terrific work for the Indians.
- Jeff Passan plays Match Game and asks you “Andrew Miller’s slider is a real (blank).” You’re supposed to fill in the blank.
- Anthony Castrovince thinks that Miller’s performance is real and it’s spectacular.
- Mike Axisa wonders if this year’s postseason (and especially Miller) could bring an end to the current accepted wisdom about bullpen management.
- Joe Posnanski notes that before there was Andrew Miller, John Hiller was baseball’s first true “fireman.” Then he became Tom Selleck’s sidekick on Magnum P.I., right?
- Michael Baumann notes that the ALCS is a battle in contrasting attitudes towards platooning. Cleveland does it. Toronto does not.
- Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer had his game two start pushed back to game three after he cut his hand on his drone. Is that a euphemism? I’m told it is not.
- Bauer brought his drone to a press conference so he could explain what happened. Also, he’s a weird dude. Not because of the drones. Because he calls The Phantom Menace his favorite Star Wars movie.
- Joe Posnanski and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur talk baseball, and in particular last season’s ALCS between the Blue Jays and the Rangers. That includes the bat flip.
- Richard Justice writes that the Blue Jays are hoping that that magic of the Rogers Centre will get them back in the ALCS.
- Alex Wong writes that Jose Bautista will have to be “the man” again if the Blue Jays are to come back in the ALCS.
- Blue Jays catcher and native Canadian Russell Martin says that the Blue Jays success in the postseason is a matter of national pride for him.
- Another matter of national pride—a Canadian court may issue an injunction today that would ban the Indians from wearing “Chief Wahoo” anywhere on their uniforms for the three games in Canada. I think this is the wrong way to go about getting rid of Chief Wahoo, but I certainly won’t shed a tear if he’s gone.
- Steven Goldman tells managers in the postseason to “stop overthinking stuff.”
- Dave Cameron believes that the Nationals loss in the NLDS was not manager Dusty Baker’s fault.
- The Diamondbacks have hired Red Sox GM Mike Hazen as their new vice-president and general manager. This sounds like a lateral move, but Hazen was the “Jed Hoyer” guy in Boston who had the GM title but not the actual decision-making authority. He will be the man in charge in Arizona.
- Former Braves GM Frank Wren is the favorite to take over Hazen’s job in Boston.
- The Diamondbacks and Rockies are both interested in talking to Braves first-base coach Eddie Perez about their open manager jobs.
- I don’t want to get into this, but it was a big story. ESPN’s Keith Law saw Tim Tebow play in the Arizona Fall League and called his playing in the AFL “a farce.” And that’s one of the nicer things he said about Tebow’s baseball abilities. (The actual article is an ESPN Insider Only piece, but I’ve linked to a Yahoo piece that quotes a lot of it and links back to Law’s piece behind the paywall.)
- Apparently, Law isn’t the only scout to say that Tebow has no business being on the field.
- Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda has been in the hospital recently. That’s why you haven’t seen him around Wrigley Field.
- And finally, the Orioles auctioned off a “Zach Britton game-used jersey” from the 2016 AL Wild Card game. Britton himself chimed in and said “false advertising.”
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Let’s beat the Dodgers.