Happy Friday BCBers!
We took a day off from baseball yesterday for a no-travel-travel-day but now the Dodgers and Rays are back at it again for the next three days (and then a potential two days next week if the series is not settled by Sunday, and I think we’re all hoping to have as much baseball as possible this month).
In the first two games of the series we saw a lot of the best of what both teams can offer with dazzling displays of offense and defense, and incredible pitching, and some insane catches.
It’s a truly delightful experience to watch some amazing baseball before the end of the shortened season.
Now on to the links!
- Yadier Molina thinks there’s a Gold Glove conspiracy against him, but Matt Snyder points out why that isn’t true this year.
- The Dodgers are hoping to have fan experience and team revenue back to “normal” by 2022, writes Bill Shaikin.
- Daniel Brown shares how the loss of so many Hall of Famers has impacted Jeff Idelson of the Hall of Fame. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- W.M. Akers brings us the incredible true story of how Tom “Shotgun” Rogers killed one of his former teammates with a fastball.
- Stephanie Apstein talks about how Mookie Betts might prove to be a bargain for the Dodgers.
- The Nationals get to keep over $200 million in their TV rights case, writes Peter Hayes.
- Alex Rodriguez is making bold claims about how he would have raised the Mets payroll if he’d been able to purchase the team, shares Alex Smith.
- Clay Kershaw shakes off his postseason narrative with a strong showing in Game One of the World Series. Story by Jay Jaffe.
- Evan Drelich looks into new how much Jeff Luhnow knew about the sign-stealing scandal. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Andre Dawson is the first winner of the newest MLBPA award named for Curt Flood.
MLB Players have voted to honor Hall of Famer Andre Dawson as the first ever recipient of The Curt Flood Award for his selflessness and longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of Players’ rights.— MLBPA (@MLB_PLAYERS) October 22, 2020
Thank you and congratulations, Andre! pic.twitter.com/S00DYfbUro
- Sam Miller and David Schoenfield chat about takeaways from the first games of the World Series.
- Dave Stewart talks about how pitching has changed since his era in a spotlight by CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco.
- Before Mookie Betts became a mega star he was almost a Brewer, writes Adam Berry and Adam McCalvy.
- Jayson Stark brings the weird and wild from World Series Game Two. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Michael Baumann explains that if the World Series comes down to a battle of the bullpens, the Dodgers might be in trouble.
- Buster Olney brings us the 10 best postseason performances in World Series history.
- Kevin Cash and Terry Francona have a long history of trading playful barbs, writes Stephanie Apstein.
- The Dodgers can’t seem to decide which of their young starters should actually, you know, start. Story by Pedro Moura. (The Athletic subscription required.)
- Michael Clair asks the deeply important questions like “What was up with Justin Turner’s jersey stain.”
- This is just a Randy Arozarena links column now.
Who is Randy Arozarena?— Infield Chatter (@InfieldChatter) October 22, 2020
By now you know the @RaysBaseball rookie has been the breakout star of the #postseason — no one has more hits, HRs or total bases.
But do you really KNOW him? pic.twitter.com/e4DbONSkWQ
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.