October 21, 2005
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over 'Til It's Over
Okay, it's over for the Angels and the Dodgers, but this will be a World Series worth watching, unlike last year's which looked like a good matchup on paper and ended in a Red Sox sweep.
And the off-season maneuvering promises to be interesting. Who wants to be the next Dodger manager? Will Manny and Johnny stay in Boston? Who will keep Joe company on the bench in Yankee Stadium? Does Brian Cashman finally escape the Evil Empire and find a less stressful job? Will a minority get hired to fill any of the prominent front office or bench openings?
Most important of all, who else out there thinks that Leo Mazzone leaving the Atlanta Braves for the Baltimore Orioles will be the most significant off-season move of the winter? While I'm sure that the Braves will find a suitable pitching coach to sit and rock next to Bobby Cox, I wonder if this will be the end at last to that sensational run of playoff appearances and division championships, the departure of the best pitching coach in all of baseball. This move alone may give Baltimore a leg up on signing Kevin Millwood, who is no longer the major talent he was when he first was traded from Atlanta to Philadelphia, but whose veteran presence made a difference to a young Cleveland Indians pitching staff. Rock on, Leo.
Posted by Andrew Torres at 4:24 PM