30 years of frustration and suckiness are over as the Royals were crowned (see what I did there?) World Series champions on Sunday, clinching their first championship since 1985. Salvador Perez was named MVP of the series: he hit .364 (8-22) with two doubles and two RBI. Their odds for next year are set at 18-1 and they may possibly be without Alex Gordon come Opening Day.
Last week, various news outlets reported the Nationals had hired Bud Black to be their next manager. However, Black balked at the Nats' offer of a one-year contract for $1.6 million, and the two ended negotiations. Dusty Baker, the bane of pitching careers everywhere, was the team's second choice and agreed to a two-year contract. I am comforted now knowing the Braves don't have the worst manager in the Majors anymore. Schadenfreude, anyone?
MLB announced on Thursday that Matt Harvey won Comeback Player of the Year in the NL, while Prince Fielder earned the same in the AL. Harvey won 13 games with a 2.71 ERA and 138 strikeouts after missing 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery. Fielder appeared in just 42 games in 2014 when he suffered a herniated disc in his neck that required surgery. He returned to hit 23 home runs with 98 RBI and a .305 avg.
Rays get: IF Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison, RHP Danny Farquhar
Mariners get: RHP Nathan Karns, LHP C.J. Riefenhauser, OF Boog Powell (minors)