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Good morning baseball fans! So far, this World Series is everything we could have hoped for. Not only are two teams who’ve lacked WS wins for a looooong time playing for the chip, but now the series is tied 1-1 with the Cubs 5-1 victory last night. This was the first win in a World Series for the Cubs since 1945. Shoutout to Jake Arrieta, an unstoppable force of velocity and facial hair. Things will only get spicer from here, folks.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League West.
Dominican players are taking action against the proposed MLB International Draft.
“Remember last week, when we learned that Major League Baseball was trying to impose an international draft on foreign-born amateur players in its CBA negotiations with the MLB Players’ Association? Well, it turns out that the players and the trainers of the Dominican Republic aren’t prepared to take that lying down.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that a boycott by those players and trainers has forced MLB to cancel its Dominican showcase that was scheduled for today and Thursday. With the best players unwilling to show up for the event, embarrassed MLB officials reportedly tried to bring in replacement players. Because, you know, that worked so well last time.”
Remember how slimy Padres GM A.J. Preller dealt the Rex Sox an injured Drew Pomeranz at the trade deadline and lied about it? Yeah, we do too. However, Pomeranz might not need surgery after all—Preller is still slimy though.
“After feeling tightness in his forearm over the final games of the season, it appears Drew Pomeranz will not require surgery. The Red Sox left-handed starter was acquired at the deadline from the Padres and made 13 starts with his new team, while skipping some due to his injury.
Though Pomeranz avoided the disabled list with his new team, the Red Sox did file a grievance with the league regarding the Padres’ concealment of medical information. That grievance directly led to the suspension of the Padres’ GM A.J. Preller in mid-September—a suspension he is still serving.
Baseball brings out the best in everyone, you guys.
ROLL TRIBE @Indians pic.twitter.com/1Cz2L1McK5— Charles Turner (@C_tWINO) October 26, 2016
Brace yourselves—Yoenis Cespedes is expected to opt out of his contract with the Mets. Get me to the nearest fainting couch.
“Given the going rate for power hitting outfielders last year, Cespedes was likely hoping to sign a contract worth roughly $150 million, but instead, he settled for half of that, agreeing to a three-year deal at $75 million to stay in New York.
His inability to land a lengthy deal wasn’t necessarily an indication of how the market viewed his future production, but rather due to the striking number of available outfield options that flooded free agency just a year ago.”
Need a little extra motivation to get you to Friday? Tim Tebow may not be too good at baseball, but the man knows his way around inspirational speeches.
“Well, it’s fine if they look at me and say that’s what I should be doing — but they’re not me -- and when are dreams based on chances? Dreams are based on something that’s in your heart that are passions, that are something that you want to go try...”
Can I hire Teeb to come say inspirational things in the morning to motivate me to get out of bed?
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 27th, 2007, in the first World Series game ever played in Colorado, Daisuke Matsuzaka becomes the first Japanese starting pitcher in World Series history.