One game down, three to six to go.
Here's today's links, a content-filling Twitter edition of Halolinks:
- This award is voted on by 22 MLB managers, unlike the "real" award given out after the World Series that the BBWAA vote on. It seems like the 22 managers know something we fans don't, or they're lazy and picked the guy who's team had the most wins. Personally, I think it's the later: Scioscia named AL Manager of Year by Sporting News - angels.com, "Scioscia edged out the Orioles' Buck Showalter, 6-5, for guiding the Angels to a Major League-best 98 wins before getting swept in the American League Division Series by a Royals team that reeled off eight consecutive postseason victories en route to the World Series." Here's the official post announcing the winners: Sporting News MLB awards: Mike Scioscia, Matt Williams voted top managers - Sporting News, "I [Gubicza] flat-out asked, 'What do you feel about all these rumors?' He goes, 'You know what? I'm going to be here and I'm going to win.' Once you saw that look in his eye, you knew that he was going to win again. ... What do you do when people say you should be fired? He looks right at you and says, 'Nope. I'm going to be here and I'm going to be here for a long time and I'm going to continue to win. I thought it was pretty cool when he said that." That's what having a 10-year contract gets you...the ability to say "screw you, I'm not going anywhere".
- Giants take Game 1: San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals - Recap - October 21, 2014 - ESPN, "Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh inning, Hunter Pence homered early and the Giants showed off their October poise, putting a sudden stop to the Kansas City Royals' perfect postseason roll by romping 7-1 in the Series opener Tuesday night." This is how dominant Bumgarner has been:
- This is pretty cool, but I sometimes ask myself if there's too much stat-stuff in games. Don't get me wrong, I love all the advanced metrics, but sometimes it's nice to just watch:
- Imagine how much better this story would have been if his boss didn't let him leave: Server gets World Series ticket as a tip from wife of Kansas City Royals pitcher - SBNation.com, "The server was given the night off to attend the game." By the way, it was Wade Davis' wife who gave the ticket: Royals pitcher's wife leaves tip of a lifetime for server - KMBC Home, "I started to walk away when I dropped off their check after they paid, and they said 'Hold on, I was going to give you a tip, but instead we thought you might want this," O'Connor said. "And they said, 'you're going to sit with us, we're a pretty cool family.'
- Here he is at the game, waiting tables can wear you out:
- This is pretty interesting, the Royals got better when they stopped playing video games: As focus faded and losses picked up in late July, Royals changed their game - The Kansas City Star, "Maybe I need to cut back some of my hours on it," Cain said in July. "I think I’m going to cut back on it a little bit." Cain was laughing at the time. He may not have been aware that his coaches did not find humor in the situation. The frustration intensified later that month as the Royals frittered away their temporary lead on the Detroit Tigers. As the season burned, "Clash of Clans" acted as the fiddle." That led to this: What Changed for the Royals In the Middle of the Year? | FanGraphs Baseball
After some talks and some meetings, the Royals found themselves re-focused. They sought fewer diversions and more productive off-field activity, and as you understand, the Royals’ season turned around near the middle. Using the convenient All-Star break split, the first-half Royals were 48-46, and the second-half Royals were 41-27. The first-half Royals were 12th in baseball in WAR, and the second-half Royals were fourth.
- Oooo, burn:
- Yay for Jerome: Phillies re-sign Jerome Williams for $2.5 million - HardballTalk, "After pitching terribly for the Astros and Rangers to begin the season journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies and started nine games with a 2.83 ERA for Philadelphia. That was apparently enough to convince general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he was worth keeping around for 2015".