Game 7 of the 2014 World Series was the second-most watched MLB game since 2004


The early television ratings for this year’s World Series were pretty low, but the Giants and Royals ended up going the distance and we witnessed a very compelling Game 7 last night. It turns out that a lot of folks tuned in to see what the fuss was all about:

Dating back to 2004, only Game 7 of the 2011 World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers was higher (25.4) than last night’s Game 7.

Not surprisingly, the rating in Kansas City was incredibly high. They scored a 58.3 local rating, which is the third-highest for any market for any game since numbers began being tracked. Only Phoenix for Game 7 of the World Series in 2001 (62.3) and Boston for Game 4 of the World Series in 2004 (59) were higher. As for San Francisco, it scored a 38.8 local rating, the best for any game in the city since Game 7 of the World Series in 2002. So basically, casual fans dig the juice attached to a Game 7 and the game is very healthy on a local level. Neither outcomes are surprising, but it’s nice to see.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.