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MLB Weekly Digest November 7th Edition: Houston Astros Win Second World Series in Six Seasons

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The prior week in MLB was about a team in the American League winning the World Series for the second time in six years, a young player was selected as World Series MVP, and a club in the AL names a new manager.

Houston Astros Defeat Philadelphia Phillies to Capture World Series Title

The Houston Astros are back on top of the mountain as they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 by a score of 4-1 in the World Series.

The victory was the first title for manager Dusty Baker who is no longer the manager with the most wins without winning a championship.

At 73 years old, Baker is the oldest manager to guide his team to a World Series title.

The Astros are the first team to win the World Series in their home ballpark in about a decade.

The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park, which also occurred in Game 6.

Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez picked up the win as he held the Phillies to one run in six innings with nine strikeouts.

The lone blemish in the outing was a home run he surrendered to Kyle Schwarber.

The Astros pitching staff was dynamic in the World Series as they held the Phillies to a .163 batting average, which is the lowest of any team in a World Series of six or more games, worse than the 1911 New York Giants (.175). The Phillies also struck out a record 71 times.

The Astros could be considered a dynasty, as they also won the title in 2017.

The team had endured plenty of roster turnover and controversy since that title.

They had the best record in the American League this season and proved they are the best team in MLB with a second title in six years.

Houston Astros Rookie Shortstop Jeremy Pena Selected as World Series MVP

The Astros won the World Series, and a significant reason for the Astros winning is their rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena, who was selected as World Series MVP.

Pena is the first rookie position player ever to win World Series MVP.

Pena posted a.400 batting average with one home run, three RBIs, five runs scored, and a series-high 10 hits.

He was solid, playing terrific defense at shortstop.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Pena is the youngest position player to warn this honor.

Pena, who also won ALCS MVP, is the ninth player to win both postseason MVP awards and the first to do so for an AL team.

The Astros are set up for continued success with Pena on their roster.

Kansas City Royals Name Matt Quatraro as New Manager

The Kansas City Royals have selected Matt Quatraro as their new manager.

He becomes the 18th full-time manager in the history of the Royals, per a team announcement.

Quatraro was formerly a bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quatraro will try to turn around a Royals team that finished a with a 65-97 record last year.

The team has plenty of young players on the roster with potential, such as infielder Bobby Witt Jr.

Quatraro has experience dealing with young talent during his time with the Rays.

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Chris is a 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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