Don't sit next to Ron Washington at the blackjack table Applesauce: LaRussa can't figure out this newfangled telephonic technology, Frank McCourt can't figure out this whole making money thing, Joe Pos has Buck and McCarver figured out

"Split 8s? Nah, I'll just hit." (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Meet the Mets

And then there was this. Have I mentioned that I started rooting for the Mets in 1987. Le sigh. Here's a bunch of names you might recognize talking about where they were for Game 6. Personally I refuse to believe that Linda Cohn didn't turn off her TV and then complain about Ray Knight and Gary Carter ruining the clubhouse chemistry.

Toby Hyde has copious Fall and Winter League updates for you. First the AFL pitchers, then we head to the Caribbean for a look at the pitchers and hitters. Wilmer Flores playing 3B is the noteworthy thing here. And, if you're me, Josh Satin playing LF. 

Metstrdamus has reached the finals of their Hall of Hate. I am still annoyed that Guillermo Mota got eliminated early. I really don't like Guillermo Mota. You might even say I hate him.

Notgraphs picks at some low-hanging fruit around the Citi Field alterations.

There is only one #frenchtober

A wild one in Dallas, featuring everything you look for in World Series baseball. Intentional Walks? Check. Sacrifice Bunts? Check. Allen Craig stolen base attempts? Check. Crazy bulllpen mishaps? Check. Anyways, somewhere in there the Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the series, led on by baseball's best #8 hitter, Mike Napoli.

Urge to kill...rising.

If the series does go to a seventh game, Matt Harrison will get the call for the Rangers.

Baseball Nation knows what really happened with the Cardinals bullpen phone.

Ron Washington keeps hitting on 19 over and over again and pulling deuces.


Around MLB

Dan Szymborski got his hands on Frank McCourt's top secret plan to save his ownership of the Dodgers.

Our long national nightmare is over, as Theo Epstein will be announced as the Cubs new President of Baseball Operations today.This stimulates the schadenfreude section of my brain so hard. 

Joe Posnanski turns a critical eye to the FOX broadcast team and nothing is left in his wake.

Ted Berg gets contentious and argues that Albert Pujols is a better baseball player than Babe Ruth.

Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge will both be free agents, as the Phillies declined their options.

Patrick Flood takes a look at Japan's new baseball.

Greg Prince gets subjected to a football game and thinks of George Carlin.

Fangraphs takes a look at the best switch hitters in baseball history. #1 is no surprise, #2 is probably right, too. grumblegrumblegrumble. Also at Fangraphs, Jon Niese is one of the select few above-average at every aspect of the various DIPS stats.

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