Blue Jays: World Series takeaways
The baseball offseason is officially upon us after the Houston Astros were officially crowned World Champions winning the seven-game series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers, here are some Blue Jays takeaways from the 2018 World Series.
Francisco Liriano will receive a World Series ring for his efforts after being acquired by the Astros from Toronto at the trade deadline in exchange for Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez. Liriano saw limited action in the playoffs but did successfully retire a batter in game seven. The 34-year old was 0-1 with a 3.86 earned run average in 2.1 innings of work over 5 appearances during the playoffs with Houston and will now become a free agent.
George Springer was named the World Series MVP after tieing the MLB record for 5 home runs in a World Series. Interestingly Bob Elliott of the Canadian Baseball Network authored a piece on Springer this week stating former Jays scout Mike Pesce pushed hard for the Blue Jays to draft Springer. The 28-year old ended up going 11th overall to the Astros while the Jays selected Tyler Beede with the 21st selection in the 2011 amateur draft.
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Carlos Correa not only won the World Series but the shortstop also proposed to his girlfriend during the postgame celebrations as Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal looked on. It’s not very often you win a ring and give one out all in the same night. Congrats to the happy couple as they obviously have two things to celebrate now. Correa and company do things in style apparently in Houston, not sure I have ever seen that done before.
Dodgers Brandon Morrow will now become a free agent and should cash in on a successful season and playoff run where Dodgers manager Dave Roberts relied upon him for every game. Morrow made 14 appearances during the playoffs somewhat astounding seeing he was so injury prone while with the Blue Jays.
Undoubtedly many teams will be attempting to duplicate the Astros blueprint to winning, however, this team also suffered through some 100-loss seasons to accumulate the high draft picks and build through the draft. This squad is incredibly athletic and talented and should be in the postseason conversation for years to come. A great story for the City of Houston and everything they have overcome this year.
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Free agency officially kicked off at 9 a.m this morning so let the Hot Stove rumours begin.