A fulfilling Major League Baseball season has come to a conclusion, and we are now through the best part of fall: October baseball. 162 games and two Championship Series later, and we finally have the chance to experience the 2019 World Series.
The Chicago Cubs fail to enter the postseason for the first time in five seasons. Whammy. The Cubs part ways and do not re-sign manager Joe Maddon. Double whammy. How did we get here?
Fast forward two years to Nov. 17, 2019, and the same team has reportedly been accused of cheating during their 2017 playoff run. Then to Jan. 13, 2020 when the MLB publicly announced that these actions did happen and that the Astros must pay repercussions for having an advantage to winning. This brings up many questions not only to Houston’s organization as a whole, the entire MLB.
This Postseason was what fans wanted after a year of limited fan amounts due to COVID-19. However, what they may not have wanted was their favorite team to leave the playoffs so early. With that in mind, and the MLB Postseason coming to a close, the three of us, Kira Farooqui, Jake Dickerson, and Brady Monahan, take a look back and review who met expectations and who surprisingly fell.