Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday Morning Hot Links

Congratulations to the Royals and their fans on winning the World Series. Last year the Royals won the Pennant, this year they won the Pennant and the World Series. Next year the Royals are seeking to  win the Masters and the Sprint Cup Series.

*In a hollow piece, Evan Drellich writes that the Astros came the closest to beating the Royals this postseason.

Ben Zobrist said:
I feel that eighth inning of Game 4 in Houston, I think that was the defining moment for this club. It was the first time I felt this club can win it all. Those things have to happen for you to win championships. 

The more I reflect, the higher I rank the 8th inning of Game 4 on my list of Astros-induced heartbreak. It's not quite Pujols/Lidge, but I'll always remember where I was during that 8th inning (I-24, driving from Nashville to Atlanta) in the same way that I'll always remember where I was during the Pujols homer (our apartment in Abilene, standing behind the couch). I'm not ready to talk about it.

*Dallas Keuchel won the pitcher's 2015 Fielding Bible award for the second straight year.

*Astros legend Darin Erstad will interview for the Dodgers' managerial vacancy.

Some important dates this off-season:
*Nov 6: Eligible players file for free agency
*Nov 9-12: GM Meetings
*Nov 16: BBWAA Rookie of the Year award announced
*Nov 17: BBWAA Manager of the Year award announced
*Nov 18: Cy Young Award announced
*Nov 19: MVP Award announced
*Dec 7-10: Winter Meetings
*Jan 7: Hall of Fame balloting announced
*Jan 12: Salary arbitration filings
*Jan 15: Arbitration figures exchanged