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Snake Bytes 10/25: Onwards to Washington

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Yesterday was an off day as the two teams traveled to our Nation’s Capitol. It wasn’t exactly quiet, however, as some nonbaseball stories got some updates...

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Non Baseball News

(NY Daily News) MLB umpire Rob Drake apologizes for ‘cival war’ tweet

“I want to personally apologize to everyone that my words made feel less safe. I especially want to apologize to every person who has been affected by gun violence in our country. I also acknowledge and apologize for the controversy this has brought to Major League Baseball.

Translation: MLB told me exactly what to say to keep my job and this is it

(The Guardian) Astros fire Brandon Taubman after outburst at female reporters

The Houston Astros have fired assistant general manager Brandon Taubman following an investigation into a clubhouse outburst directed toward a group of female reporters after the team’s ALCS victory on Saturday night.

The team released a statement Thursday that said Taubman’s conduct did not reflect the organization’s values “and we believe this is the most appropriate course of action”

Actual Baseball News

(KNBR.com) Bruce Bochy already wants to manage in MLB again: ‘One more shot’

Less than a month after the farewell tour culminated, 25 years of managing (13 with the Giants) crescendoing with scores of former players, World Series winners, very public figures and loners alike coming to Oracle Park for their beloved manager’s emotional goodbye, Bochy is dipping his toe back into the water before he dries off.

These comments definitely put his retirement/mutual decision to leave the Giants in a different light. It appears now as if it was more a situation of the new front office in SF wanting their guy in the dugout, and perhaps Bochy not wanting to adapt to the new, Dodger-tainted regime.

(The Athletic) Key things to watch as Joe Girardi begins his tenure as Phillies manager

Girardi’s winning pedigree from 10 years (2008-17) of managing the Yankees, including a World Series victory over the Phillies in 2009, is one of the most impressive parts of his resume. He immediately brings credibility to the dugout. All of those Yankees teams finished with winning records; under Girardi, New York averaged 91 wins per season and appeared in the postseason six times. He will face high expectations in Philadelphia despite the Phillies failing to produce a winning season since 2011, which coincides with their last playoff appearance.

Personally, I was suprirsed it took Girardi as long as it did to find a new home after leaving the Yankees at the end of the 2017 season, but he finds a new home now in Philly with Bryce Harper. Seems to be a good fit where I’m standing, after his experience managing the biggest names in the game in NY for so long.

(MLB.com) 3 ways Astros can climb out of 0-2 hole

It will be a tough road for the Houston Grienke’s to win the World Series. Here are a few ways MLB.com sees it happening.

(Yahoo! Sports) Sánchez starts for Nats in World Series after 13 days’ res

(Yahoo! Sports) Sánchez starts for Nats in World Series after 13 days’ rest

The 35-year-old right-hander will start Game 3 on Friday night for Washington against Houston’s Zack Greinke as the Nationals try to grab a 3-0 series lead, a margin that’s never been overcome in the Fall Classic.