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Mad Dog
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October 26th, 2017, 9:10 pm #71

Firing Girardi after losing in 7 in the ALCS seems kind of shortsighted.
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October 27th, 2017, 1:52 am #72

Wasn't fired

They didn't renew his contract

But unless there's some fighting with management that hasn't come out yet, I'm surprised they don't want him back
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October 27th, 2017, 1:55 am #73

Hopefully this wasn't over not challenging one play. The Yanks were expected to be in rebuild mode and compete for a .500 record. Getting to the playoffs and going the distance in the ALCS was gravy. There's no need to replace him based on just his work with the team.
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October 27th, 2017, 2:55 am #74

I was looking at some of the teams during their weak years. The fact that he got that 2014 squad to 84 wins absolutely amazes me. What a shitshow of a lineup that would have easily been a 75 win team under a different manager.
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November 1st, 2017, 2:50 pm #75

I haven't followed local "Yankees News", so were there any fans or reporters calling for Girardi's firing, throughout the season? His resume' is still pretty good, though. Prior to coming to the Yankees, he helped the Marlins over-achieve before being let go (despite winning Manager of the Year).



Anyways...the World Series has been pretty entertaining. It's a coin flip on who'll win, tonight. I don't have a dog in the fight, but I'll say this is the second straight "good for baseball" Series.
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November 2nd, 2017, 11:59 am #76

Not starting Kershaw is one of the dumbest decisions I've ever seen a manager make.
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November 2nd, 2017, 2:54 pm #77

Mad Dog,Nov 2 2017 wrote: Not starting Kershaw is one of the dumbest decisions I've ever seen a manager make.
Definitely ranks up there. Think a Kershaw start was the story FOX was trying/hoping to promote, as they kept showing Sandy Koufax in the stands during Game 6. When Kershaw did come in, Joe Buck made sure to service his genitals as often as possible.

I can maybe see what Dave Roberts was thinking. Maybe. Start Darvish, get about 3 quality innings out of him, then here comes the Kershaw Cavalry to kill any hopes n' dreams. Somewhat similar to the gameplan the Astros ended up with: McCullers, bullpen, then Charlie Morton.

So, uh.. 'Stro-november?
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November 2nd, 2017, 5:59 pm #78

A great series ending on a flat note.


Houston lights up Darvish, again, Dodgers lineup too concerned trying to recreate the HR Derby of Game 5, and then nothing. Seriously, LA left, what, 6 people on base in the first few innings? Too many desperate swings trying to hit a 7 run homer, as Smoltz said.
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November 7th, 2017, 6:19 pm #79

It their annual attempt to build hype, the BBWAA announced their "finalists" for all the major awards.
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/260802304 ... sts-named/

Quick n' dirty, with my picks:

AL MVP:
-Jose Altuve
-Aaron Judge
-Jose Ramirez

I'll say Altuve, as it's more a team award for the Astros. He's also been around (slightly) longer, so it could also be an "Altuve Appreciation Award" from the BBWAA. Yet Judge was amazing...so if it were up to me, I'd give it to him.

NL MVP:
-Paul Goldschmitt
-Giancarlo Stanton
-Joey Votto

Toss-up between Goldie and Stanton. I'll say Stanton, since he had a pretty good year, from start to finish. Nice to see Votto "bounce back" with an MVP-worthy year and get some national recognition. Bounce back in quotes, since Votto's been pretty consistent since winning the award in 2010.

Little surprised that either Nolan Arenado or Charlie Blackmon didn't make it as finalists. I'll chalk it up to the ol' "Coors Field Bias". See also: Holliday, Matt in 2007 and Bichette, Dante in 1995.

AL Cy Young:
-Corey Kluber
-Chris Sale
-Luis Severino

Tough one, but I'll go with Sale, due to his strikeout totals. Severino "only" has 14 wins, which will probably cost him some votes.

NL Cy Young
-Clayton Kershaw
-Max Scherzer
-Stephen Strasburg

I'll say Kershaw. Put up impressive numbers, despite missing some time. No knock on the Nats duo, but I still think Kershaw's the best pitcher in the game.

AL Manager of the year
-Terry Francona
-AJ Hinch
-Paul Molitor

I'll go with Molitor, as I didn't expect the Twins to even sniff contention.

NL Manager of the Year
-Torey Lovullo
-Bud Black
-Dave Roberts

I'd be okay with each Lovullo or Black. Like the Twins, I didn't expect either team to contend.

AL Rookie of the Year
-Andrew Benintendi
-Aaron Judge
-Trey Mancini

Judge in a landslide. Unless someone creates a time machine and goes back to alter the 2017 season.

NL Rookie of the Year
-Josh Bell
-Cody Bellinger
-Paul DeJong

In an ordinary year, Bell would win. But Bellinger had an impressive homer-crazy year, so he's sort'a the NL answer to Judge and will win easily.
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November 9th, 2017, 1:57 am #80

I'm surprised they didn't re-sign Girardi considering they made it to game 7of the ALCS when they weren't expected to make the playoffs before the season started

My sister is glad they didn't. Felt it was time for him to go

10 years is a long time with one team and it seems management thinks he was losing some of the players

His managing the bullpen win them the wild card game
And he bungled game 2 of the ALDS
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