The number of injuries, and the strangeness of some of them, are well-documented factors in a Rockies season that started promising, but descended into a fourth straight below-.500 season. But manager Walt Weiss realizes that much losing turns reasons into excuses in the eyes of fans.
An influx of highly regarded talent joining Cubs cornerstones Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro and an expected shift in offseason strategy bodes well for the North Siders, whose home park will have a new look to complement the team's.
One day after the regular season ended, the first managerial moves were made on Monday as the Twins dismissed Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons on the job and the Astros named A.J. Hinch their next manager.
Former Dodgers outfielder George "Shotgun" Shuba died on Monday at his home in Youngstown, Ohio. He was 89. Shuba is most famous for what became dubbed as "A Handshake for the Century," when he congratulated Jackie Robinson, his Montreal Royals teammate, after Robinson hit a home run on Opening Day 1946, his first season of professional baseball in the Dodgers organization.
The current Giants don't realize it, but they have a score to settle with the Pirates in Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game (watch on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT). The teams' only other postseason meeting ended in heartbreak for the Giants, who dropped the 1971 NL Championship Series to the Pirates, 3-1.