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MLB Weekly Digest October 24th Edition: Bryce Harper Propels Philadelphia Phillies to First World Series Since 2009

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The prior week in MLB was about a team in the National League making it back to the World Series for the first time since 2009, a team in the American League that has hired a new manager, a club will invite their current manager to return for next season, and a team has made an individual their full-time manager moving forward.

Bryce Harper Propels Philadelphia Phillies to First World Series Since 2009, Named NLCS MVP

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to the World Series after they defeated the San Diego Padres 4-3 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series yesterday, as outfielder Bryce Harper crushed a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.

The Phillies are back in the World Series for the first time since 2009.

The Phillies have been red-hot since the postseason started, and Harper has played a significant role in the Phillies’ success this postseason.

Harper was selected as the NLCS MVP as he was great for the Phillies in the series.

Texas Rangers Hire Manager Bruce Bochy to Three-Year Contract

Per a team announcement, the Texas Rangers selected Bruce Bochy as their next manager on a three-year contract.

Bochy, 67, won three World Series titles in his 13 seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

He has not managed in MLB since 2019.

The experienced Bochy will take over a Rangers team who had a disappointing 2022 season.

They finished fourth in the American League West division with a 68-94 record and fired their previous manager Chris Woodward in August.

The team made a significant splash in free agency last year by signing infielders Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to multi-year contracts worth a combined $500 million.

The Rangers have missed the postseason in the past six seasons and have not had a winning season since 2016.

Bochy faces a tough challenge in turning the Rangers into a winning team.

The club is in a competitive AL West with two teams, the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners, who have established themselves as the best in the division.

Bochy is the ideal person to get the Rangers in the right direction, as he has experience leading a team to achieve success.

Houston Astros Will Invite Dusty Baker to Return As Manager Next Season

The Houston Astros are planning to bring back manager Dusty Baker for the 2023 season, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.

The Astros hired Baker before the 2020 season after firing manager A.J. Hinch for his role in the club’s cheating scandal.

He does not have a contract beyond this season.

Baker has guided the Astros to a 230-154 win-loss record and three appearances in the American League Championship Series in three years as manager.

Baker has provided stability and a calming presence for the Astros since he became their manager.

Few people could have inherited Baker’s situation and been able to get his team to focus.

Baker is not the only important person for the Astros without a contract beyond this year.

Their general manager James Click does not have a contract past this season.

Click took over before the 2020 campaign after the team also fired general manager Jeff Luhnow for his role in the cheating scandal.

Astros team owner Jim Crane plans to address both contract situations when the Astros postseason run is finished.

Toronto Blue Jays Make John Schneider Full-Time Manager on Three-Year Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays announced they signed manager John Schneider several days ago to a three-year contract with a club option for 2026.

Schneider was named their interim manager when Charlie Montoyo was fired in July.

Schneider guided the Blue Jays to a 46-28 record and the first wild-card spot in the American League.

The team was swept in the wild-card series at home against the Seattle Mariners.

Schneider has been with the Blue Jays since he was drafted as a player in the 13th round in 2002.

The team performed better with Schneider as their manager; the Blue Jays smartly made him their full-time manager.

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