*It’ll be a Rust Belt World Series — Detroit and Milwaukee. ALCS: Tigers vs Tampa (can’t wait to see the ratings on that); NLCS: Brewers vs. Phils. Tigers in 6, Brewers in 7.
*Before Matt Moore’s shutout I had the Rangers winning that series. Another smart move by Joe Maddon, the best manager in baseball. I’m guessing he wouldn’t have started D-Lowe in Game 161.
*My advice to Terry Francona: Take a year off and wait for the call to return to Atlanta. Francona’s dad, Tito, played for the Braves from 1967-69.
*Interpret this how you will, though I find it revealing what FW didn’t say.
Q. Given the criticism of Fredi Gonzalez, how did you feel about the job he did?
A. There’s plenty of blame to go around. This was a really tough finish. It was kind of inconceivable, really, the way we finished up. But the reality is there’s no one person that you can point the finger at. I think it’s really unfair. There was no shortage of meetings, there was no shortage of conversations, no shortage of one-on-ones with veteran players, with young players trying to lighten the load as it got heavier and heavier in September. The reality is, it just didn’t work. It didn’t come out like we wanted. It’s tough for everybody.
*For a guy with a tin ear for PR (the exits of Glavine and Smoltz were handled terribly), FW sure did please the masses today.
*The top criteria for the Braves in their search for a new hitting instructor: Someone who can reach Jay Hey.
*The playoffs are one day old and already I’m sick of this godawful theme song.
*THE question of the offseason for the Braves: Hanson or Jurrjens? Smart money says one will be traded for an impact bat. Tougher call than some will lead you to believe but Hanson’s motion concerns me greatly and he’d most likely fetch the biggest return.
*The Royals hired Chino Cadahia as bench coach today. I suspect Larry Parrish’s agent has already placed a call to Dayton Moore.
*First unsubstantiated trade rumor of the offseason: Tommy Hanson for Alex Gordon. The second overall pick in the 2005 draft put it all together this season for KC, hitting .303 with 47 doubles, 23 homers, 17 steals and a .376 OBP.