Andy and Derek preview this week’s big games, from a fantasy playoff perspective.
Andy and Derek’s podcast this week is full of tips to help you win your game this week, without having to loosen your belt. Good luck.
Andy and Derek discuss this week’s games.
Grantland’s Bryan Curtis visits baseball historian John Thorne, and surveys the literature of baseball is dying stories. The first one dates from 1868.
In a HardballTalk story from September, Craig Calcaterra showed the fallacy of Â current baseball is dying stories, over and over and over.
They’re in the World Series, and the usually critical Joe Posnanski does a good job of rolling back the years, and finding a sliver of possible evidence that Ned Yost is responsible for some of the Royals’ post season run.
For me, the evidence is that when player’s play good things can happen.Â The bad possible thing is if a manager gets in the way.
The Ned Yost story seems to bear that out. His basic impulse is good. Empower the players so they do their best. Which is powerful, since his in game sense is weak. But maybe that isn’t as important, especially when you’re on a run.
At this point we really have no idea. Joe’s anecdotal piece makes a strong anecdotal argument that the manager is happenstance, mostly. But we don’t really know, as Joe’s history of Royals managers, a part of the story, seems to lay out quite vividly.