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Good morning baseball fans! What a time to be alive. We’re set to have an exciting Cleveland vs. Chicago Cubs World Series, with historical meaning no matter the outcome. Check out the schedule here for all your glorious baseball needs.
Here’s a roundup of news around the National League East.
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are in essence to poster children for the soul of Blue Jays fans. But what happens if they find homes on different teams next season?
“Having just been dismissed from the postseason, Jose Bautista wasn’t willing to discuss his future when asked by reporters. Facing the question of whether or not he’s had his last at-bat with the Blue Jays’ franchise, Bautista curbed the discussion:
‘I just don’t feel like I’m in the right state of mind to be talking about that stuff. If you guys could ask me about today’s game, the series, and all that stuff. I don’t want to talk about the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
Pending free agent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion was in a similar situation as well. Along with Bautista, the two Blue Jays’ bats represent the two most premium slugging assets on the free agent market this winter. Encarnacion was a little less cryptic though, suggesting that a return to Toronto would be welcomed...”
News flash: no one wants there to be an MLB international player draft.
“The league’s current structure for signing international amateurs — players born outside the United States ages 16-22 and with less than five years of experience in a professional league recognized by MLB — involves allotted signing bonus values for teams, with more money available the worse a team’s record the previous year, very much like a draft.
There are penalties involved for exceeding these limits, topping out at 100 percent overage tax plus a limit on individual signing bonuses for two years, but so far that limit hasn’t proven to be enough of a deterrent for many teams. The Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2015-16 international signing period, for instance, paid over $45 million in penalties alone thanks to high-ticket signings in pitcher Yadier Alvarez ($16 million) and outfielder Yusniel Diaz ($15.5 million), among others.”
You knew this was coming. Let’s talk about the Cubs, because curses are stupid and baseball is lovely.
“No, the sadness was a baseball sadness. Opportunities missed. Chances squandered. Things they would do over. Some notion that the only recourse was to try harder and do better the next season.
Long intro short: The individual Cubs didn’t give a damn about a curse. They didn’t give a damn about what happened in 2003 or 2008 or 1998 or 1984. They lost last year because 29 baseball teams lose every year. They came back this season, convinced they were the best baseball team in existence. They’re not wrong.
Javier Baez was 10 when the Cubs blew the 2003 NLCS. Like he cares about that crap when he steps up to the plate.”
Lemme tell ya something, I’d give a lot to be apart of this celebration right now.
Can’t forget Cleveland as well. More importantly, their seemingly extraterrestrial middle reliever:
The deeper we get into the postseason, the more managers will lose their jobs. Keep up with that game of chess in one place . Send us a thank you card later.
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Today in baseball: On October 24th, 1992, Canada wins its first-ever World Series when the Blue Jays beat the Braves in Game 6.