Here are several links from the past week that will make your postseason Tuesday a bit more bearable:
- Mazel tov to the Boston Red Sox, champions of the American League. As for the vanquished Tigers, Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation explains that the club’s baserunning and fielding woes finally became too damaging to overcome.
- By the way, one Tigers player whose intensity is obvious to see — even when fielding a popped-up bunt near home plate — is Max Scherzer.
- Congratulations are also in order for the St. Louis Cardinals, champions of the National League. Neyer’s colleague Grant Brisbee charts what may have gone wrong for the Dodgers.
- Carlos Beltran is headed to the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career. Joe Posnanski remembers the young Beltran he followed while on the Royals from 1998–2004.
- What does the departure of Rangers’ CEO Nolan Ryan signify? Here’s David Schoenfield of ESPN’s SweetSpot:
We can’t know the inner workings of the Ryan-[general manager Jon] Daniels relationship, but Ryan was clearly from a different generation. You have to imagine the two butted heads on more than just front-office personnel (“Nolan guys” or “Daniels guys”). You have to believe Ryan’s philosophies differed greatly from Daniels, a general manager who is part of the statistically savvy wave of GMs who changed the way front offices have been run over the past decade.
- Jim Margalus of South Side Sox asserts that general manager Rick Hahn’s free-agent signing of Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu was risky but certainly worthwhile.
- Don’t miss Chris Jaffe’s 25th-anniversary retrospective, over at Hardball Times, of Kirk Gibson’s dramatic pinch-hit home run.
- David Laurila of Fangraphs asked 15 big-league pitchers and catchers what one statistic they found most accurately charts a pitcher’s performance.
- Via The Sporting News: It appears that Michael Schur, co-creator of both the sportswriter-critic website Fire Joe Morgan and the TV show Parks and Recreation, elected to have some sabermetrics-related fun during last Thursday’s episode.
That’s it. Have a walk-off week!