Thursday, November 2, 2023

Thursday Lunch Links

The Ramgers won the World Series. I hate it. But they went 11-0, outscoring opponents 71-29, on the road in the postseason, defeating the Rays, Orioles, and Astros on the way to the World Series. I hate them, but you can't argue with that. 

ESPN: Inside the Ramgers' rapid rebuild.

Teams that have not won a World Series: San Diego, Seattle

It is 114 days until the Astros' first Spring Training game of 2024. 

It is 147 days until Opening Day. 

*Dana Brown gave an update on the Astros' search for a new manager:

We're not going to rush through this. So there's not really a timefrane. But as far as a candidate, I'm looking for someone with some leadership ability, someone that could run the clubhouse, of course, looking for someone with great feel for players and managing players...There's a lot that I'm looking for. I mean, he's got to know the game. He's got to be able to run a bullpen and most of all he's got to have the leadership skills. I'm looking for someone who I could gel with and communicate well with.

This is a little different from what Jim Crane said at Dusty's retirement press conference on October 26 regarding the timeframe:

We've got things running well in the back office. And, so I don't think it'll take us very long to find someone that will fit in well with us.

*BetMGM's 2024 World Series title odds:

Atlanta: +650

Los Angeles: +800

Houston: +900

Six Flags: +1000

*The Astros are ranked 5th in ESPN's Way-Too-Early 2024 Power Rankings.

*Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, and Yordan Alvarez are all finalists for AL Silver Slugger awards.

*Check out McTaggart's offseason primer.

*Kenedy Corona is catching up in the Arizona Fall League after injuring his finger diving back to first base. 

*Get ready for a San Diego firesale! Ownership had to take out a $50m loan in September just to cover payroll and whatnot.

*Bob Knight changed Indiana Basketball, and Indiana itself.

*The Kaitlyn Armstrong Murder Trial has begun in Austin.

*One man's search for the world's greatest sandwich.

*The rise and fall of Mikey Williams.

*A Musical Selection: