The 2021 World Series has officially been decided, and the 88-win Atlanta Braves walked away with the title after a scorching-hot postseason run. On the one hand, this is probably a poor result long-term for the game, since it further validates owners’ “just get in” mentality that leads to a lot of contenders not going all-in. On the other hand, Atlanta was an example of resilience, losing their superstar outfielder and sitting in the middle of the pack with only the hope of a division title to get in and still choosing to completely revamp at the deadline. Either way, they denied Houston a redemption title leaving them with just their tainted 2017 ring, so that’s cool with me.
Now that the offseason is fully underway, expect things to start heating up for the Yankees (CBA talks notwithstanding). Today Jon leads off with a look back at an old-school hardnosed clubhouse leader, Hank Bauer. Dan delivers a report card on Domingo Germán, Jesse argues that the Yankees should ignore the factors telling them to play it safe and instead go all-in this offseason, and Peter examines why the Yankees shouldn’t be afraid to let their starting pitcher prospects mature into relievers.
1. If you were following the postseason, what will you be doing with your free time now?
2. How much movement on the free agent market do you expect league-wide before the CBA negotiations become the centerpiece of the offseason?