The best Cubs and other links from the last week (that I saw!)
Whoa, where did all this Red Sox gear from? I’m just glad Boston finished it in six so I wouldn’t have to make a choice between watching game 7 or watching Peyton Manning against the Colts, which is quite literally the one scenario in which I’d consider watching football over playoff baseball.
- We had heard all along that the Cubs had the managerial search narrowed down to four candidates, but this week we’ve learned they’re expanding the search. John Arguello at Cubs Den shares his thoughts on why that might be and takes a look at Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, the new name to enter the fray. If the Red Sox win the World Series, you’d have to like the mojo he’d carry over to the Cubs, right?
- If you haven’t heard, Kris Bryant has been tearing up the Arizona Fall League. Fangraphs’ Carson Cistulli gives an admittedly premature statistical analysis on the AFL. Through Tuesday, Bryant graded out as the second-best hitter in the AFL based on the metric SCOUT+. Cistulli also does a statistically-based projection on Bryant, and it excites me.
- You’ve probably seen this, but in case you haven’t, here’s Carrie Muskat at mlb.com with a great post on Eloy Jimenez and Gleybar Torres. Both these kids seem to have a great head on their shoulders. It’s also a reminder for how important it is to have a guy like Ray Fuentes in your developmental system.
- More from Fangraphs. There are few topics I enjoy more than the Hall of Fame. There’s been a lot of talk over the last week over how Carlos Beltran’s and David Ortiz’s playoff performances bolster their chances of enshrinement. Dave Cameron discusses the candidacies of both players while Jeff Sullivan looks at the ten biggest playoff plate appearances from the two. They’re both great reads and are a little counter to the players’ mainstream reputations.
- Prince Fielder did this last night and that’s delightful.
- I’ll just let these Dave Kaplan tweets speak for themselves.