Maybe Dusty Baker is Andy Reid.
The great regular season manager / trainer whose tactical blind spots lead to heart pain after season after season. After Super Bowl Sunday, Reid no longer has to be called the coach with the most wins in order to never win a championship.
Baker has the second most popular win (for Gene Mauch) among the top managers who have never won a World Series. His last chance is now the Astros, who remains a strong competitor with all the wounds he inflicted himself.
Maybe the 2020 Red Sox are the 2018 Rays. Keep in mind that Tampa Bay got involved in an all-out tank when they lost a load of their best 2017 players either through a free agency or through barter deals (Brad Boxberger, Alex Cobb, Evan Longoria, Jake Odorizzi , Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson) Steven Souza), and kept it up during the season by trading with Chris Archer, Alex Colome, Nathan Eovaldi, Brad Miller and Wilson Ramos.
The 2018 Rays still won 90 games and are well positioned for the near future. One of the key architects of all movements was Chaim Bloom, now the Red Sox chief baseball officer. Bloom is banned and charged to swap his best player, Mookie Betts, and the Ray lesson is that this may not be a downfall.
Yes, there are rosy scenarios for the teams that have represented the AL in the last three World Series and have won two of them.
But there is that too – the aftermath of the scandals stealing the signs, the fact that Gerrit Cole has disappeared from Houston and Betts is likely to be Boston soon, means that the Yankees could actually be the bosses this year.
You see, Kansas City may have won the Super Bowl no matter what. But the Patriots, who lost to the Dolphins in the last regular game of the season, had to do without goodbye and lost to the hot titans, who also defeated the ravens with the highest seeds, definitely left an easier path for a Chiefs championship.
The wounds on Astros and Red Sox indicate that there has been another AL champion for the first time since 2016. The Yankees are the favorites – all the more so since Cole is no longer just an Astros, but also a Yankee.
This is all good news.
Even the bad news. Because it's difficult to win a championship. Ask Baker or Reid. Or the Dodgers, who last won in 1988 and have often been neglected with brilliant teams for over three decades. They will be the NL Yankees again this year, especially when they make a bet bet.
The Americans didn't wait nearly as long as the Dodgers. They have won five times since then, most recently in 2009. But 2009 can feel like Ruth and Gehrig played here. So the pressure to win a title was huge for the Yankees, even greater when they hired Cole with a record pact that was now even greater than the scandal that forced Astros and Red Sox to marry shotguns, among other things New Managers – Boston hasn't named one yet.
In one season, as much can go wrong as the 2019 Yankees and not as much as the 2019 Yankees from Mike Ford, Domingo German, Cameron Maybin, Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela.
Regardless of how this give and take will impact in 2020, the Yankees have the bullseye. Because of Cole. Because of what happened to the Astros and Red Sox. Because yes, the rays that Bloom left behind remain strong, but the talent gap continues to favor the Yankees strongly. Because the twins have improved this postseason, Minnesota has lost 16 postseason games, 13 of them against the Yankees, whom they have lost five times in playoffs since the turn of the century. One day, Minnesota has its 2004 Red Sox playoff moment against Yankees and ends that hex.
Do you see the year 2020? Do you see that the angels have enough pitching? Beat the rangers enough? Reason enough for the Indians not to trade with Francisco Lindor? The White Sox enough talent, even after a winter spending splendor?
We can be surprised. Did anyone expect the dolphins to hit the patriots or titans to eliminate the ravens? It is sport. No script.
But the way it played a week before spring training this off-season is an advantage.
The Yankees will go into spring training as favorites, with all the stress of hunting. The main complaint for the Yankees is now as high as ever.