With Botown winning yet another World Series, the Red Sox have now won three championships since 2004. No matter how you feel about the Sawks, they played a good series and they beat a team that was better than they were in a number of ways. No doubt a few of you wished neither team could win, but there was never much hope in that scenario playing out. At least the Yankees have won it just once in that time period, although by now we're all willing to admit that the difference between Boston and New York in terms of financial resources is academic.
Longtime baseball and post-season color man Tim McCarver is hanging up the microphone. A lot of people will be happy about this, but for as much as half of what he said was annoying and/or hilarious (for all the wrong reasons), I'm going to miss the craziness. I'll miss the lectures ("[FORMER PLAYER] hates pitch counts. Don't use 'em. They're meaningless."), yet it's the bizarre Yogi-esque quotes that I lived for.
- "Catch it before it hits the ground."
- "More foul balls equals more pitches."
- "Sometimes it's the runs you don't score that make all the difference."
- "As the leaves change in New England, so does the score."
- "Whoever scores the most last wins."
- "It's better to score runs than not score runs, especially in the World Series."
Terry Ryan Interview at ESPN1500
Speaking of the Twins' GM, Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 had a fantastic interview late last week. I highly recommend you take a look yourself, but here are a few of the big takeaways for me.
- Alex Meyer will not make the rotation out of spring training.
- Samuel Deduno can be penciled into the rotation, and did not disagree when Wolfson said Kevin Correia was the only pitcher whose role was set in stone. No mention of Kyle Gibson.
- Trevor Plouffe deserves patience, and the Twins are willing to give it...for now.
- Aaron Hicks will continue to switch hit.
- Ryan refused to commit on Joe Mauer's role as a catcher or first baseman. It's obviously something that Ryan isn't comfortable talking about too much.
- Ryan is willing to make the biggest financial commitment to a free agent in franchise history, provided his advisers support such a move.
- Ryan Doumit will continue to catch.
- Minnesota's metrics department is roughly five full time people.
The Twins have the seventh-best minor league system in baseball, according to Baseball America. I'm surprised it's that low, but the ranking system is based off of criteria and then assigning point values to each of those. The system assumes that certain things are created equal, but it's not a bad way to look at things. With a score of 98.1, the Twins are 0.1 points behind the Cubs and Royals, two systems I happen to believe aren't as good as Minnesota's.