Toolshed: Final Triple-A park factors review- MiLB.Com
In this week’s Toolshed column, MiLB.com’s Sam Dykstra takes a look at Triple-A park factors from the last three seasons. With it, some really interesting analysis of what these numbers meant for this year’s Triple-A crop, as well as 2016’s.
No real Rockie specific storylines outside of Albuquerque and Colorado Springs locking down the top spots in hitter-friendliness over the last three seasons, but speculate as you wish on Christian Adames’s ability to hit a baseball.
Other notable points, turns out Rangers’ top prospect Joey Gallo can’t blame park factors for his .195 season in Round Rock. The Express play in one of the most neutral ballparks in the league.
The White Sox may ship 2015 first-rounder Carson Fulmer straight to Triple-A in his first full season with the organization. He pitched just one inning for the Rookie White Sox of the AZL before a jump to High-A Winston-Salem, where he posted a 2.05 ERA over eight starts. If Fulmer is in Charlotte come spring, he will play his first full season in the most home-run-friendly ballpark in Triple-A.
Managers to hire Scott Servais as Manager - The Seattle Times
Scott Servais will take over as Mariners’ manager in 2016, alongside bench coach Tim Bogar. Servais and newly hired GM Jerry Dipoto worked together in the Los Angeles Angels front office, and played together with the Rockies in 2000. Servais fills the position vacated by Lloyd McClendon, whom Dipoto dismissed shortly after being named general manager.
Double Royalty: Kansas City locks up A.L. Pennant with 4-3 win - Royals Review
For the second year in a row, the Royals are headed to the World Series. Lorenzo Cain scored from first on an Eric Hosmer single in the eighth to put the Royals ahead 4-3. Wade Davis locked it down for Kansas City to close a dramatic Game 6 that saw Blue Jays on the corners with no outs in the ninth. Davis induced a ground ball off the bat of Josh Donaldson to end the threat and crown the Royals American League Champions.
Jose Bautista's heroics not enough as Blue Jays season ends- Bluebird Banter
This is a recap of the same Game 6, but this one is much, much more sad. Jose Bautista's game-tying, two-run blast off Ryan Madson in the eighth fell short of inspiring to Blue Jays bats, as the Royals rallied and held onto a one-run lead through the final out. An incredible run for the Blue Jays -- after 22 years without a playoff berth.
Alcides Escobar named MVP of ALCS - MLB.com
Alcides Escobar was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series after going 11-for-23 in those six games. Escobar’s .293 on-base percentage during the regular season makes him a questionable choice for a lead-off man on paper, but with all things coming up Royals, the 28-year-old shortstop was no exception.
Mets vs Royals: A position-by-position look - MLB.com
Here is a look at the Royals and Mets, compared at each position. It's hard to say New York will need a miracle after their impressive display in the National League Championship Series, but their young starting rotation has to be at its best. Also, whatever Daniel Murphy is doing, he needs to keep doing it.