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It’s October, which also means October baseball! In case you’ve been living in a hole for the past few days...here’s who’s in and who’s out of the MLB postseason.
- The Royals have signed Ned Yost to a one-year contract extension, because it makes sense to hold on to your winningest manager for just a smidgen longer. If you’re quiet enough, you can hear the beginnings of a rebuild rumbling in the distance.
- After 11 seasons spread over two managerial stints in Toronto, John Gibbons is out as the Blue Jays’ manager.
- Former NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo used to be a household name for Red Sox fans until he was fired after the 2015 season, eventually resurfacing as the Padres’ TV play-by-play man as well as a national voice on TBS and Fox. This weekend, he returns to Boston for an exciting series.
- The Braves are going to the postseason, but not long ago, they hit rock bottom.
- Why can’t we have nice things? Was baseball just getting a little too fun? Shohei Ohtani started off the season as one of the league’s most anticipated rookies, but now we will be without him for a while, as the Angels announced that he will undergo Tommy John surgery once the season is concluded.
- Mike Scioscia has made it official—he will not manage the Angels next year. Could this be Joe Girardi’s moment? Hot Manager Stove season is getting an early start.
- Our newest writer, Andersen Pickard, took a look at the teams that have under-performed expectations this season and how it happened.
- The Giants were not good last season, and the same was true this season. Now, GM Bobby Evans is looking for a new job after being relieved of his duties in San Francisco.
- Let’s talk about trading Mike Trout — and yes, talk civilly with indoor voices. Our Stephen Tolbert doesn’t focus on the ethics of should you trade Mike Trout, but rather could you trade him.
- The Phillies were already the most confusing team in baseball, and their collapse isn’t helping.
- Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game that can make or break a team’s season in an instant. This year felt significantly more dense in the disabled-list department. Our Wayne Cavadi looks at how those injuries impacted the 2018 MLB season.
- Giancarlo Stanton got hit by his own home run ball thanks to a fan. Talk about taking one for the team. You think it left a bruise or Stanton absorbed the energy for later?
- There are quite a few legitimate contenders in the National League this year, so our own Anthony Spaulding went through the obvious candidates for NL Manager of the Year, with the Braves’ Brian Snitker being an early favorite.
- The Yankees have broken the MLB record for most home runs in a season, because that’s just what evil empires do, they break things.
- The competition this year is nothing to take lightly, with Alex Cora and his ability to deliver the fastest-to-100-wins Red Sox being the obvious favorite. Here are the frontrunners to take home this year’s American League Manager of the Year.
- It’s never too early to start looking at the free-agent hellfire that will rain down on us the moment the World Series ends. For crying out loud, Bryce Harper was being asked about going to the Yankees before this season even began. Check out our preview of the 2018-2019 MLB free-agent class.