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MLB Weekly Digest October 29th Edition

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The last week in MLB is focused on a team in the American League winning another World Series, and another team in the American League hires a new manager.

Boston Red Sox Win World Series, Steve Pearce Named World Series MVP

The 2018 World Series was great between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox entered the Fall Classic as the favorites and won the World Series in just five games against the Los Angeles Dodgers as they won 5-1 last night.

They won the first two games of the World Series, lost an instant classic in Game 3, had some late magic to win Game 4 and were dominant in closing out the series in Game 5.

The third game of this series will leave an indelible mark for fans of both teams as it was the longest game in World Series history.

The game lasted a whopping seven hours, 20 minutes, which the Dodgers were victorious in the 18th inning thanks to a walk-off home run by Max Muncy.

There were 18 pitchers and 27 position players used in Game 3, and it marked the first time a World Series game went more than 14 innings.

The Red Sox were not only the better team throughout the series, but their manager Alex Cora pushed the right buttons. Cora was superb in managing his bench and the bullpen.

Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts made some questionable decisions in this series, especially in Game 4.

Dodgers’ starter Rich Hill was tossing a gem, but with one out and a runner on first base in the seventh inning of a 4-0 lead, Roberts choose to take out Hill and use his bullpen.

Once Hill was removed, the Red Sox began their comeback, by scoring nine runs over the final three innings.

It’s impossible to know if Hill would’ve escaped the seventh inning without allowing the Red Sox to score but considering the marathon game both clubs played the previous night, Hill should have remained in the game.

The key aspect of Game 5 for the Red Sox was the lights out performance from David Price. He allowed one run in seven innings and shut down the Dodgers in the clinching game.

The narrative when the postseason started was Price struggled in the playoffs but proved he can shine when the lights are brightest.

Price also made some history in this great outing, per Buster Olney of ESPN and Stats By Stats.

The World Series MVP was Red Sox outfielder Steve Pearce and he came up huge in Game 4 & Game 5. He posted a .333 batting average with three home runs and eight RBIs in the World Series.

— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) October 29, 2018

Pearce made some history in Game 5 by hitting two home runs and is in select company, per MLB Stat of the Day.

The Red Sox had one of the more dominating postseasons in MLB history. They lost only three games in the playoffs and finished the year with 119 total wins across regular and postseason, which is the second-most in MLB history by a championship team (1998 New York Yankees:125), per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Red Sox are the 13th team in divisional era (1969) to have the best regular-season record and win the World Series – and the first AL team since the 2013 Red Sox.

Red Sox starter Chris Sale also played a crucial role in the team having success in the postseason and joined a very exclusive group, per Stats By Stats.

The Red Sox won their fourth title in 15 years. The 2018 season was extremely special for them and winning the title caps off a terrific year for them.

Minnesota Twins Name Rocco Baldelli New Manager

The Minnesota Twins announced a couple days ago Rocco Baldelli as the team’s new manager.

The Twins fired Paul Molitor after the club went 78-84 last season, just one year removed from winning the American League Manager of the Year for guiding the Twins to an 85-77 record and a berth in the AL Wild Card Game. Molitor posted a 305-343 record in four seasons with the Twins.

The Twins did interview other individuals for the job including the team’s bench coach Derek Shelton, Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

However, they felt Baldelli was the right person to manage the team moving forward.

Baldelli, who is 37-years-old doesn’t have any prior experience managing a major league club, but he did spend three seasons as the first-base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Baldelli was a former sixth overall pick who spent seven years in the majors as an outfielder, six with the Rays and one with the Boston Red Sox.

He finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2003, but his career was cut short due to injuries.

The Twins have plenty of young talent and it’s one reason why the club hired Baldelli as he can relate to the players on the roster.

So, hopefully, the hiring of Baldelli leads the Twins to achieve success during the 2019 season.

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Chris Lacey
Chris is a 25-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter at@aecanada12.
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