There’s a World Series going on, and a its a good one. But first . . .
- Matt Silverman is shifting back away from baseball operations. Erik Neander and Chaim Bloom will continue to fill that role.
- Danny continued to do good work with what we know about the proposed Hillsborough stadium location.
- John Romano wrote about the location proposal and process in really short sentences.
- Marc Topkin wrote about new Rays thrid base coach Matt Quatraro.
- Merritt Rohlfing wrote about Puig and the baseball culture.
- Bat flips are boring. Jeff Sullivan studied the way Puig takes pitches.
- I’ve always been a Puig fan, but this made more more of one. The guy just lost a World Series game, but he knows he’s a central figure in a culture war, so he stuck to his talking points, like a good spokesperson who knows what he’s there for. Or maybe just a person who believes what he says.
Other World Series
- Pitches come and go. Eno Sarris looks at Justin Verlander.
- FiveThirtyEight says that Dave Roberts mismanaged the bullpen.
- The Ringer says that Dave Roberts did not mismanage the bullpen.
- This is required reading from Russell Carleton, diving deep into how we think about positional adjustments—they’re calculated by players that move positions, but when a player moves from one spot on the field to another, is he really the same defender? That sounds like a koan, and maybe it can work as one (let us know if you think about it and become enlightened), but it also has concrete implications, and can be investigated with existing data.
- Former-Ray Matt Bush will have shoulder surgery.