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After World Series Victory, Dodgers Name Kevin Cash Best Manager in LA History

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

As Julio Urias got the called third strike on the inside half of the plate, the young lefty ended a 32-year drought for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the likes of Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw were celebrating, they all had to acknowledge the impact of the manager who made their victory possible: Kevin Cash of the Rays.

“He really turned the game around for us,” Betts says of the Rays manager. “Without his presence, we wouldn’t have won tonight. It’s as simple as that.”

In an era of micro-managing, Cash took the cake on Tuesday, pulling Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell after he gave up just his second hit of the game with one out in the sixth inning. Immediately after he was pulled, the top of the Dodgers lineup scored two runs, enough to put the game away for good.

“It was a brilliant managerial move,” Dave Roberts, the manager for the 2020 champs, says. “I wish I had thought of it. I’d like to think I know what I’m doing, but I could never do as good of a job making the Dodgers win as Kevin did today.”

The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball on paper for the better half of the last decade, but they have pulled up just short of immortality a couple of times. While some of this can be attributed to the cheating of the Astros and Red Sox, Dave Roberts’ postseason ineffectiveness cannot be denied.

“We’ve always had the talent, but getting the managerial side of things down has always been the hard part,” President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman says. “Once we realized that the best manager for us could be on the other side of the diamond, it opened up a whole bunch of new opportunities for us.”

After pulling Snell and letting Nick Anderson, who despite having a stellar regular season could not pitch a scoreless inning to save his life in October, pitch to the most potent lineup in baseball, Cash cemented his place among the likes of Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston as the most impactful skippers in Dodgers history.

“It’s crazy that one decision put me in such great company,” Cash, who has already re-downloaded Linkedin on his phone to look for new job opportunities, says. “I always knew I’d win a World Series. I just never realized it wouldn’t be for my own team.”


Twins Fans Switch TVs to Presidential Debate to Watch Something Less Infuriating

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

As day one of the Major League Baseball postseason winds down, it’s clear that one narrative in particular is going to be hard to shake: the Minnesota Twins still can’t win a postseason baseball game. The Minnesota faithful, frustrated by the state of their team, collectively decided to watch the first Presidential Debate instead so they could relax with some less infuriating content. Continue reading “Twins Fans Switch TVs to Presidential Debate to Watch Something Less Infuriating”

Marlins Suddenly Remember They’re the Marlins, Give Up 29 Runs Against Atlanta

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

In a season that has seen the Marlins come dangerously close to postseason contention, Miami finally came to their senses on Wednesday and remembered they’re one of the most pathetic sports franchises in North America, giving up a National League-record 29 runs against the Atlanta Braves. Continue reading “Marlins Suddenly Remember They’re the Marlins, Give Up 29 Runs Against Atlanta”

San Francisco Giants Accidentally Score All of Season’s Offense in One Night

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Sportsnation

In the midst of a mercurial season for the quasi-rebuilding Giants, manager Gabe Kapler and the squad made an outrageous blunder in Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, accidentally scoring all 23 runs that they had allotted for the remainder of the season in one night. Continue reading “San Francisco Giants Accidentally Score All of Season’s Offense in One Night”

MLB Managers Urge Pitchers to Get Tommy John Surgery Now

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Kathy Willens/Associated Press

With the Major League Baseball season on hiatus until further notice, managers are trying to make the best of the situation by telling their top pitchers to get Tommy John surgery now, while they likely won’t miss any playing time. Continue reading “MLB Managers Urge Pitchers to Get Tommy John Surgery Now”

‘Field of Dreams’ Players Quietly Take Over Major League Stadiums on Game-less Opening Day

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Universal Studios

At the start of the year, the 2020 baseball calendar had March 26 marked as Opening Day, with the Cubs taking on the Brewers in Milwaukee to begin the season. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was postponed, meaning the stadiums were left without players or fans. Taking advantage of this, the players from the “Field of Dreams” decided to move into the Major League parks for a bit.

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Houston Astros Experiencing Difficulties Cheating After Trash Can Confiscation

by Dale DePalatis
Photo by Associated Press

According to exclusive reports, the metal trash cans with which all MLB dugouts are equipped have been removed from the visiting Astros dugout this year right before the Houston players arrive, causing difficulty for the ‘Stros in their cheating endeavors. Continue reading “Houston Astros Experiencing Difficulties Cheating After Trash Can Confiscation”

Astros Unveil New Bubble Wrap Away Game Uniforms for 2020

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

The Astros are gearing up for the retribution facing them in 2020 in style. A few weeks into spring training, the team unveiled their new bubble-wrap uniforms that they’ll be wearing for all 81 away games this upcoming season. Continue reading “Astros Unveil New Bubble Wrap Away Game Uniforms for 2020”

Luis Severino Out for Year Tommy John Surgery, Still Projected as No. 2 Starter for Yankees

by Alex Poletti
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The New York Yankees are faced with a serious setback in their quest for a 28th World Series championship, as starting pitcher Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery, which will sideline the fireballer for the entirety of the 2020 season. Despite being unable to pitch at all, the Yankees still project that Severino will be the team’s second best starter after free-agent signing Gerrit Cole. Continue reading “Luis Severino Out for Year Tommy John Surgery, Still Projected as No. 2 Starter for Yankees”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says World Series Trophy Only Valuable in Metal-Starved Apocalypse

by Alex Poletti
Photo by LM Otero/Associated Press

Coming under fire recently for calling the World Series “just a piece of metal” with regard to the Astros cheating scandal, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred doubled down on Wednesday, saying that the only way the trophy would ever have value is in the event of an apocalypse that leaves the world without a sufficient supply of metal materials, thus creating an economy around the resource. Continue reading “MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says World Series Trophy Only Valuable in Metal-Starved Apocalypse”