It will be Joe Maddon’s Cubs against Terry Francona’s Indians when the 112th World Series begins tonight at Progressive Field, and this is not the first time the two have been the last men standing.
The Red Sox may not necessarily hire a new general manager to replace outgoing GM Mike Hazen, according to a report from Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski declined to say whether he was still interested in assigning the GM title, explaining that he is “still working on some final decisions.” It’s obviously not alarming to think that the Sox might operate without a GM. After all, Dombrowski has been the everyday face of the club’s baseball operations department since his hiring as president of baseball operations in August of 2015. Then-GM Ben Cherington departed rather than serving under a new executive with final baseball authority, and though Hazen took his title, he never held the same level of authority. More than anything, perhaps, the news is a reminder that teams’ executive titles are in a state of flux around the game, with similar-sounding positions meaning different things from one place to the next. Indeed, some have even concocted whole new terms, such as “chief baseball officer.” But that’s not to say that the apparent shift in plans is without importance. Previous indications were that Boston was looking inside its own organization for a new lieutenant to Dombrowski. Now, Abraham suggests, the team may spread the responsibilities around among multiple executives.
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This year’s World Series matchup between the Cubs and the Indians might be the most compelling we’ve seen in a long time. In addition to the extensive World Series droughts for both clubs, we also have two rosters loaded with recognizable stars, including Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and many more.
Danny Salazar’s comeback bid has culminated in a spot on the Indians’ World Series roster.
Jon Lester, the co-Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series, will start Tuesday for the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians.
The lions finally got their Cubs helmets.
Kyle Schwarber’s path back to the Cubs continues on Monday afternoon in Arizona. Schwarber, who missed nearly all of the 2016 season following a knee injury suffered when he collided with Dexter Fowler in the outfield on April 7, will serve as the designated hitter for the second time with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.