Baseball does not live in the vacuum of the World Series. So here are some tidbits on some of the other fine fellows…
Congrats to Gabe Kapler, right, the latest MOT to be named manager in the majors. He will take the reigns of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. Kapler — who appeared in 1,104 games during his 12-year big league career — was a member of the Boston Red Sox when they had four Jews on the roster at the same time, back in 2006. Can you name the other three? (Answer below)
Where might Brad Ausmus end up, if anywhere? There are a number of teams still looking for new on-field leadership, including the NY Yankees, but I really doubt that will happen.
Ian Kinsler and Kevin Pillar were named Gold Glove finalists for second base and outfielder, respectively. Kinsler won the honors last year but Pillar has yet to match the feat. And it doesn’t look like he’ll do so this year, at least according to Jays Journal blogger Clayton Richer.
I would ask if Danny Valencia might join Kinsler on the Tigers but lots of wagging tongues don’t think Kinsler will be on the squad come spring training. If Valencia does change flannel, it will be his eighth team in nine seasons.
Atlanta Braves rookie pitcher Max Fried continues to impress in the Arizona Fall League.
(The other three were Kevin Youkilis, Adam Stern, and Craig Breslow.)
Tags: Brad Ausmus, Danny Valencia, Gabe Kapler, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Pillar, Max Fried