Since last week, the World Series ended while the Winter Leagues in Puerto Rico and Australia started. Plus, Mitch Haniger was scouted and David Goforth pitched in the Arizona Fall League “Fall Stars” game.
Who else could it be?
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was named MVP of the 2013 World Series Wednesday night following Boston’s 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6.
“This is for you, Boston,” Ortiz said holding the trophy above his head. “You deserve it.”
Ortiz made his case for the award early and often during the series, posting a .688 average (11 for 16) with two home runs, six RBIs, and eight walks. Over one stretch, Ortiz reached base in nine consecutive at bats.
“His performance both on and off the field is something that we’re all very proud of,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Ortiz’s totals could have been even greater had he not been robbed of a grand slam in the second inning of Game 1. Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran took away a home run against the bullpen, leaving Ortiz to settle for a sacrifice fly. He would homer later in the game, and again in Game 2.
ALDS v. TB: 4 games; 5-for-13, 2HR, 3RBI, 5 BBs
ALCS v. DET: 6 games; 2-for-22, HR, 4 RBI
WS v. STL: 6 games; 11-for-16, 2HR, 6RBI, 8 BBs; .688/.760/1.188
I have been watching Haniger regularly in the Arizona Fall League. He was voted the Co-Player of the Week following the first week of play. He and Cubs infielder Kris Bryant had outstanding offensive starts to the season.
Haniger has a wide stance at the plate. His bat is held high, and his hands get through the ball with enough quickness to gain backspin and distance.
At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, Haniger has excellent proportion to his frame.
Patience and maturity are major components of Haniger’s offensive game. He sees lots of pitches. He knows how to take a walk. He can also foul off pitches, deepening the workload of the pitcher while selecting the right pitch to hit.
When he does swing, he makes good contact.
I noted how Goforth did in the AFL All-Stars Game in this tweet:
— Chris Mehring (@CMehring) November 3, 2013
TO THE STATS!
Arizona Fall League:
Surprise Saguaros (13-7):
Mitch Haniger: 17 games; .308/.403/.492; 2HR, 16 RBI
Jason Rogers: 13 games; .310/.442/.500; 2HR, 6RBI
Tyler Cravy: 7 games, 1 start; 0-1, 3.86 ERA; 11.2IP; 6BB, 12K, 1.20 WHIP
David Goforth: 8 games; 1-0, 3 Saves, 3.52 ERA; 7.2IP; 3BB, 9K, 0.88 WHIP
Kevin Shackelford: 8 games; 1-1, 4.15 ERA; 8.2IP; 3BB, 10K, 1.50 WHIP
Bravos de Margarita (9-12):
Renee Cortez: 8 games; 1-0, 5.23 ERA; 10.1IP; 7BB, 6K, 1.65 WHIP
Cardenales de Lara (7-14):
Oswaldo Navarro: 18 games; .291/.361/.436; 2HR, 11RBI
Jose Escalona: 7 games, 1 start; 0-0, 7.71 ERA; 9.1IP; 5BB, 7K, 1.82 WHIP
Jose Jimenez: 7 games; 1-0, 7.71 ERA; 2.1IP; BB, 0K, 2.57 WHIP
Leones del Caracas(12-9):
Juan Ovalles: 2 games; 0-0, 27.00 ERA; 0.1IP; 0BB, 0K, 9.00 WHIP
Navagantes del Magallanes (14-8):
Carlos Maldonado: 10 games; .233/.385/.267; 0HR, 4RBI
Algodoneros de Guasave (11-9):
Kalian Sams: 17 games; .190/.319/.431; 3HR, 11RBI
Tomateros de Culican (9-10):
Alex Liddi: 19 games; .254/.286/.394; 2HR, 9RBI
Aguilas Cibaenas (9-2):
Edward Paredes: 2 games; 0-0, *.**; 0.0IP; 0BB, 0K, *.** WHIP
Juan Sandoval: 7 games; 0-0, 2.84 ERA; 6.1IP; 0BB, 4K, 1.26 WHIP
Estrellas de Oriente (5-9):
Juan Diaz: 12 games; .188/.257/.219; 0HR, 2RBI
Gigantes del Cibao (5-7):
Carlos Peguero: 6 game; .304/.385/.478; HR, 4RBI
Leones del Escogido (8-6):
Leury Bonilla: 1 game; 1-for-4
Tigres del Licey (10-4):
Sean Halton: 12 games; .310/.412/.548; HR, 8RBI
Carlos Triunfel: 8 games; .188/.278/.313; 0HR, 0RBI
Cangrejeros de Santurce (1-1):
Jeff Dominguez: 2 games; 0-for-5
Miguel Martinez: 1 game; 0-0, 7.71ERA; 2.1IP, 2BB, 0K; 1.71WHIP
Criollos de Caguas (0-1):
Efrain Nieves: 1 game; 0-0, 0.00ERA; 1.0IP, 2BB, 0K; 2.00WHIP
GIgantes de Carolina (2-0):
Justin Souza: 1 game; 0-0, 1 save, 0.00ERA; 1.0IP; 0BB, 0K; 0.00WHIP
Indios de Mayaguez (0-1):
Rene Rivera: 1 game; 1-for-4, 0HR, RBI
Sydney Blue Sox (3-1):
Craig Anderson: 1 game, 1 start; 0-1, 6.75 ERA; 6.2IP, 3BB, 3K; 2.10 WHIP
Today is November 1…or Movember 1, if you will. Think about donating as you look over this post.
Matt Erickson sat down for an interview with me earlier this week. Take a look.
This week’s Flashback Friday is the pennant clinching game from the 1969 season.
Here is the boxscore from that game:
Here is the page from the 1970 program with the 1969 Team Photo.