Doug Glanville’s survival guide for first round picks

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ESPN’s Doug Glanville was a first round pick with the Cubs in 1991, so he knows all about how fresh bonus baby meat learns the ropes.  Today he has a great column up about all of the little things the first round picks are going to have to get to know about their new lives as professional baseball players, from getting to know coaches to the politics of the clubhouse to how to carry oneself and all of that.

I’m struck by the notion that this is exactly what ex-ballplayers should be doing (i.e. telling us the things about the inside game that we can’t know) rather than say stuff like “he’s just looking for a pitch he can handle” or whatever usual nonsense you hear from the mouths of ex-jocks.

Aaron Judge set a new postseason strikeout record

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For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:

The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).

It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: