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The Playoffs have at least one more whole week to go, and Winter Meetings don't start until December 7th. So one might think everything is quiet outside of New York, Toronto and Kansas City. Not!

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Tonight the American League plays yet another contest in the battle to see which team will become the next World Series Champion. What about them Mets, you ask? Yeah, about that...

Since the League Championship Series bounced from a best of 5 to a best of 7 in 1985, there have been 7 teams who swept themselves into the World Series by taking the LCS 4-0. 6 of those teams went on to lose the World Series. Only the 1995 Atlanta Braves went on to win. And even including those Braves, the total W-L record of all those teams is 9 and 26. Three teams, the 1990 Oakland A's, the 2007 Colorado Rockies and the 2012 Detroit Tigers failed to win another game at all.

And here the Mets sit. Waiting.

Public Service Announcement: starting next Friday, and for the entire week thereafter, yours truly will not be your morning Negative Nancy pissing off the Facebook Fans. We will revert to our All-Star Cast of HH masthead fill-ins to take you through your daily fuel of Angels and MLB news and related/unrelated distractions. I shall be completely cut off from the world as a whole, so I hope to return to some fun surprises in sports-dom. And I expect to be having way too much damned fun to be missing any of you. I promise.

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Angels Baseball

Coaching Options: Yesterday's flip out in the Seattle Mariners 2016-Manager-Merry-Go-Round was the naming of Scott Servais as the lead candidate. Yeah, so what? It's not like I am impressed with the results of the "architect of our farm system". Besides, the "Seattle leading candidate" has been more than 1 LAA front office name already so it was going to be somebody we know all along. Servais is, by some measure, certain to be exiting Anaheim soon as it is.  In my mind, having Servais go to Seattle and Matt Klentak go to Philadelphia ain't so bad as long as Tim Bogar remains in Anaheim. That way we have the chance to restock the scouting and farm system brain trust with some new blood of Eppler's choosing (with a potential upside there, since he comes from the #18 ranked system), and we keep a proven field general to slot into the dugout should the Dodgers come calling for Mike Scioscia to fill their managerial opening. Ok, so that last part is wishful thinking. Ain't gonna happen. Why? Well, for one thing...And also, because "Mattingly willingly embraced the hyper-analytical approach of the Dodgers’ new front office under Andrew Friedman...".........

UPDATE: It now appears as though Dipoto is hiring away BOTH Scott Servais as his next manager AND Tim Bogar as the next Seattle bench coach. This would suck...........

UPDATE UPDATE: It's possible that 72 hours from now we will have lost Servais AND Bogar AND Klentak..........Maddon, Black, Roenicke, Dipoto, Servais, Bogar, Klentak...you had them all Arte. Yes, buttercup, you had them all...........

Evan Longoria: As long as we are still in Wishful Thinking mode, what with it being so early in the off-season, why not banter around Evan Longoria to satisfy all your 3rd base dreams?. All we would need to do is dig deep into that prospect pipeline built up by Dipoto/Klentak/Servais.........

Hitting Coach: If that Dave Hansen front-runner rumor to be the next LAA hitting coach doesn't pan out (and if it does, why the hell is it taking so long??), there is always Mark McGwire. With Mattingly no longer in command of the Dodgers dugout and a possibility that Mattingly's coaching staff might have been due for a shake-up regardless, it wouldn't be beyond the realm of convenient possibilities.

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Elsewhere in Baseball
Shuffle, Shuffle: So Mattingly is available, and Miami is a potential landing spot. Seattle is vacant and about to snag somebody from Anaheim. Openings remain from San Diego, California all the way to Washington, D.C. So the guy taking the Mets to the World Series is up for an option, and now is a good time to ask for another extension. After all, the Mets would have to get in line at the back, and that line is already pretty long..........

Bubbly: Major League Baseball has quite a long history of liquid-fueled celebrations, particularly of the alcoholic kind. Well, MLB front office types are getting a little sensitive to the part of this practice where fans get sprayed. Fair point. If minors are in attendance, for example. And, considering the MLB history of abuse and loss outside the lines, it might be a good idea to keep this kind of thing toned down..........

Replay Impact: Your primary takeaway from this review is that the enhanced instant replay system in use in 2015 did not cause the end of western civilization after all. Maybe, you know, we should consider having more of it?..........

David Price: Price took exception to those reports yesterday that he was kinda pissy about how he was being used in the playoffs. He does admit that it's time he stopped sucking..........

Cubs, Meet Fate: Chicago got Murphy'd. It was inevitable..........

Two Many Amigos: Yeah, I agree. Three people in the broadcast booth for MLB games is (at least) 1 too many............

Safe Call: Too many times some media goof congratulating a sports team for something they have yet to do, and then don't, becomes public spectacle. So it's only fair that when such premature celebration goes right, we need to recognize the fortunate break..........

Good News: John Ferrell, Red Sox manager, suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, has been diagnosed as being in remission..........

Baseball Biz: TBS just turned in their largest viewing audience for MLB playoffs, ever. Somebody was saying that baseball is dead?..........

Something to Ponder: With Lloyd McClendon being fired in Seattle, the MLB manager position became noticeably less diverse. However, since managers tend to come from the ranks of former players, and player diversity itself is trending away from Black Americans, we may be barking up the wrong tree. The dugout problem to be fixed - first - is the one concerning player diversity............

Humor, Uniformly: Screwball Comedy Baseball Cards, Part 3..........

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This Date In Baseball History: 1910 - Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia A's pitches his third victory in the World Series, setting a record as the A's trump the Cubs in 7 games...........1945 - Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey announces that the Dodgers have signed to their AAA affiliate two black players, Jackie Robinson and Johnny Wright. Enjoy this read on how Rickey hid his intentions so as to not get scooped on the best talent..........1986 - The Red Sox will defeat the Mets 4-2 in Game 5, marking their final win of the year. The next game will be Bill Buckner, and the Mets will end up winning the series in 7 games.............1993 - Joe Carter smacks a walk-off 3-run come-from-behind World Series winning home run in Toronto, besting the Jim Fregosi led Phillies 4 games to 2...........2002 - Barry Bonds is walked intentionally 3 times by John Lackey in Game 4 of the World Series. That takes Bonds out of the game, but the Giants win anyway to tie up the series 2 games apiece...........

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