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Tampa Bay Rays news and links: David Price leads Red Sox to World Series win

The Lakeland Launcher lands the MVP

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World Series - Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five
Joe Kelly #56, David Price #24 and Nathan Eovaldi #17 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate with the World Series trophy after their teams 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Five of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

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.

Rays News

  • 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:
  • Vidal Nuno will represent the Rays in a Japan exhibition game.
  • 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!
  • Now bring on 2019:

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