David Price has done it. He’s cleared his name and redeemed the record books by pitching his way to a second World Series win (on short rest, now less). Seven innings on 89 pitches.
Boston gets the trophy, the Dodgers go home losers (again), and former Rays utility man Steve Pearce took home the MVP trophy for hitting three home runs this series.
The three players in competition for the MVP were the three former Rays on the Red Sox roster: Price for winning two games, Pearce for winning two games with his bat, and Eovaldi who pitched out of his mind in the 18-inning Game 3 that none of us on the East Coast should have stayed up for, but it still felt worth it. Game 5 was mercifully 3 hours.
Anyway, Andrew Friedman’s Dodgers lose back-to-back World Series.
- Chaim Bloom was not hired as the next Mets GM. Instead, they chose the agent representing several of the Mets biggest names... it’s gonna be a problem.
- Bloom remains in the running for the Giants GM position. The other candidates include Giants farm director David bell, Cubs senior VP of player development Jason McLeod, and MLB executive Kim Ng.
- Marc Topkin says the Rays success is what makes their employees the envy of baseball (hence all the interviewing and hiring!)
- Jalen Beeks, who was acquired in the Eovaldi trade, gets a ring:
Receiving a World Series ring: Jalen Beeks, Marcus Walden, Dan Butler, Brandon Phillips and, of course, Tony Renda.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) October 29, 2018
- Vidal Nuno will represent the Rays in a Japan exhibition game.
Full roster announced for MLB team traveling to Japan to face Japanese All-Star squad on Nov. 9-15. In addition to Mitch Haniger, MLB team will also include Erasmo Ramirez and hitting coach Edgar Martinez from the Mariners. pic.twitter.com/sQDaTlY5gS— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) October 29, 2018
- Meanwhile, former Rays pitcher Merrill Kelly may look to return to the states. (see link for tweet thread with videos of him pitching)
- If you’d like the Rays lens: Topkin was on hand covering the big night for fromer Rays Price and Pearce; and if I may, I’d like to tip my cap to Topkin, who did some of his best work this season. Cheers to 2018, Topper!
From Dodger Stadium after the end of the #WorldSeries , that’s a wrap on the 2018 season. Thanks for following, clicking and reading our @TB_Times coverage of #Rays, @MLB and more. pic.twitter.com/cXLLqAFUI8— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) October 29, 2018
- Now bring on 2019:
- Here is Andrew Friedman on the record regarding the Dodgers loss
- Rosenthal on Price’s playoff redemption.
- Calcaterra says Kershaw is more than his playoff record... (he’s gonna opt out for the Yankees, isn’t he...)
- Sullivan on the Red Sox roster constuction,
- Baseball Prospectus on Dombrowski’s Boston tenure.
- More reactions to the Mets GM debacle.
- And I think we’re all looking forward to whenever that next curse begins...
Well, it was never the first 18 years of a century that the Red Sox had trouble with.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) October 29, 2018