CHICAGO– Walking around Wrigley Field 90 minutes before the start of Game 3 of the NLCS, you’ll find lots of familiar faces. Dignitaries, shiny TV folks in immaculate suits and dresses, various superfans. But no one flashed a bigger grin than Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi.
With good reason.
Saturday afternoon brought devastating news for Dodgers fans. One of the team’s most beloved players, an incredible talent and pivotal part of the team’s success, got left off the NLCS roster. A wave of panic and consternation and teeth-gnashing ensued, because as loaded as the Dodgers are, it’s incredibly hard to recover from a loss of this magnitude.
In a postseason that’s seen teams use everyone short of the mascot in relief, the Astros drew first blood in the ALCS on the strength of their starting pitcher. And while velocity rules the craft of pitching more now than ever before, it was a soft-tossing left-hander who turned in one of the best performances of these playoffs.
The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that they had fired manager John Farrell, after five years, three division titles, and a World Series championship. A day later, we still have no idea why they fired him.
Ace Red Sox beat writer Tim Britton did offer a lot of context to try to explain the firing.
The big story of the 2017 MLB playoffs so far is the mysterious awfulness of starting pitchers.
The Yankees opened their postseason by having fireballing right-hander Luis Severino get pounded for three runs in one-third of an inning, threatening to effectively end their season just minutes into their postseason.
The Yankees escaped an early scoring barrage by the Twins Tuesday night, advancing to the ALDS to face a Cleveland squad that might be even better than the one that came within an eyelash of winning it all last year. What comes next will be a test of skill, but also one of strategy.
For six months, baseball’s biggest stars have given us countless episodes of joy. Diving catches, goofy celebrations, and everything Adrian Beltre does have made our lives that much brighter.
With the regular season ended, we’ve got one more roundup of MLB shenanigans. It’s the 2017 finale of The Fun Report.
Jonah Keri storms the gates with Mike Duncan, host of podcasts “The History of Rome” and “Revolutions,” about the draw of Roman history; creating an award-winning history podcast despite having no qualifications; parallels between the fall of the Roman…
Your favorite baseball team is now making golf plans. Football doesn’t fill the void in your heart. Neither does a month’s supply of candy corn.
Friends, we have your answer: the MLB Playoffs Rooting Guide. With 10 teams set to battle in the postseason, we’ve highlighted the best reasons to root for each of ’em.
The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday that general manager John Coppolella and special assistant to the GM Gordon Blakeley resigned, part of a fallout stemming from MLB’s investigation of the team for circumvention of international signing rules. The Braves’ statement read: “The resignation comes as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market.”
John Hart takes over as Atlanta’s acting general manager until the team finds a replacement.