I wrote a little about the World Series game last night, and then a lot about the Joe Maddon situation this morning. But it’s still hard to shake what happened yesterday …
- The mind processes horrible news in so many, almost simultaneous ways. That’s mostly what I meant last night when I said folks are going to feel how they’re going to feel when they learn of Oscar Taveras’s death, and I don’t want to tell anyone they’re wrong for whatever reaction they have. In reflecting on my own reaction, I’m relieved that the first place my mind went was just pure sadness for his family and friends (and the family and friends of his girlfriend). And then I thought about how horrible it is for his teammates and the entire Cardinals organization. And then I thought about the baseball impact – it really hurts for the Cardinals – and then I judge myself for even thinking like that. But I can’t help it. And then I think about how I’d feel if something like this happened in the Cubs’ organization, God forbid. And then I feel even more sad. But then I judge myself again for thinking about the baseball side of things at all.
- If I step outside of myself, I know that’s all just the normal, natural processing of shocking, awful news. If you’ve been doing the same thing, you’re not a bad person. We’re just not used to this kind of thing, and internalizing it the “right” way is not only difficult, it’s abstract. So, again, people are just going to feel how they’re going to feel. I’m still pretty sad about it.
- Jeff Passan wrote about the Taveras news in the context of last night’s World Series game, and Taveras’s friend who finished the game knowing what had happened.
- Sahadev Sharma shares his perspective on Taveras passing for BP.
- Bijan Rademacher was the only Cubs prospect in action in the AFL this weekend, but he once again put on a show, knocking a double and a triple in six at bats. He’s played in only five games thanks to being on the taxi squad, but he’s made the most of it with a .429/.455/.571 line with just one strikeout (one walk), and three stolen bases (hasn’t been caught). His Solar Sox, by the way, have been on fire, and now sport the second best record in the league.
- A fully-implemented Statcast around baseball in the coming years is going to be a beautiful thing.