Carlos Gomez was not snubbed for the Gold Glove award (but may have been snubbed from the top 3).
When the Gold Glove award finalists were announced on Thursday, we were shocked to see that Carlos Gomez was not listed among the top 3 candidates in center field. It seemed like a snub to the center fielder who won the Gold Glove last year. However, Noah argued on Friday that it's not the snub we think it is. Looking at the numbers for Gomez, this was not his best season. It was a step back from his Gold Glove season last year, and there are better candidates out there. However, Noah also notes that he should have still been a top 3 candidate, at least ahead of one of the other candidates. That is where you can argue that Gomez got snubbed this year.
- The vote for #5 of MBRewers is in, and Yovani Gallardo just edged out Francisco Rodriguez and Mike Fiers for the #5 spot. Fred Hofstetter has a profile of the starting pitcher.
- There's still time to vote for #6. As of this writing, Mike Fiers leads Francisco Rodriguez by a few votes. Voting closes at noon.
- Teddy Cahill of Brewers.com has an update on the progress of the Brewers nine players in the Arizona Fall League.
- What can we expect to see from Rickie Weeks in the future? Ryan Romano of Beyond the Box Score breaks down the stats Weeks put together this season.
- Will the Brewers go "all-in" again in 2015? Ryan Topp of Disciples of Uecker looks at the upcoming 2015 season and how it is setting up for the Brewers to try going for it again.
- Michael Trzinski of Reviewing the Brew continues his series on the top teams in Brewers farm history with the 1986 Stockton Ports.
This Weekend's Games
World Series Game 3
Royals 3, Giants 2
World Series Game 4
Giants 11, Royals 4
World Series Game 5
Giants 5, Royals 0
Giants Lead Series 3-2
News & Notes
- Over on Reviewing the Brew, Bill Berg has quick recaps of Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5.
- The Giants grounds crew took home-field advantage to a new level prior to game 3. Many people noticed that they excessively watered down the infield to try to slow down the Royals runners.
- Rally Burgers may be the new trend in San Francisco after many fans got burgers from Super Duper Burger to rally behind Ryan Vogelsong before Game 4.
- It wouldn't be a normal day if we didn't talk about Ned Yost and his ability to manage. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Ned Yost is enjoying the ride in the World Series. In fact, he's enjoying it so much that, before Game 5, he said that he wants the World Series to go a full seven games (though that would mean losing game 5 or 6). Meanwhile, ESPN grades Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost's game decisions for Game 5, and also asked after Game 3 if Yost is lucky or good.
- We've got plenty of stories from the pregame ceremonies in San Francisco this weekend, all from Big League Stew. Prior to Game 3, there was a moment taken to honor Tony Gwynn. They also had a giant flag for the national anthem, but it ripped during the song.
- Before Game 4, Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis threw out the first pitch, and Bryan Stow, who was severely injured on Opening Day 2011, opened the game with "Play Ball".
- Finally, the pregame ceremony for Game 5 featured a tribute to Robin Williams that included his son throwing out the first pitch.
NL Central Update
- Wrigley Field has begun its offseason renovation plan. The first part of it was tearing down the bleachers in left and right field, and David Brown of Big League Stew has a GIF of part of the bleachers coming down.
- After Joe Maddon shocked the baseball world by opting out of his contract with the Rays, speculation is rampant about where he will go next. Jasper Scherer of MLB Daily Dish lists the Cubs and Cardinals as two possible destinations for Maddon.
- The Pirates made a few transactions on Saturday, acquiring Justin Sellers from the Indians and designating John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez for assignment. MLB Trade Rumors has details on the moves, as well as an offseason outlook for the Pirates.
- Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors notes that the Reds are expected to hire Kevin Towers to join their front office.
- Adam Wainwright had "minor elbow surgery" on Friday. He is expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.
- Finally, we finish with sad news today. Oscar Taveras, an outfielder for the Cardinals, died with his girlfriend in a car accident on Sunday at the age of 22. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew has a roundup of reactions from around the web, and Carson Cistulli of NotGraphs looks at a better future where Oscar Taveras had a 1000-win season. For further coverage on this, you can check out the Cardinals SB Nation site, Viva El Birdos.