Revisiting the play-at-the-plate that wasn’t in Game 7 of the World Series

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You remember this play from the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series, of course. The one in which Alex Gordon took third base on an outfield error and maybe — maybe — had a shot to go home and tie the game:

Most folks who have considered that play have concluded that, had Gordon attempted to go home, he would have been out. I was there in person, with a nice bird’s eye view of the play, and it looked to me that he would have been out. Matthew broke it down after it happened and it looked to him as if Gordon would’ve been out too. Just about everyone says so.

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has a story looking at that play again, breaking it down once more. The conclusions don’t change, but the article is interesting because unlike all of the frame-by-frame breakdowns you’ve seen of it, this is accompanied by quotes and insights from the players involved. What was going on in their minds, what they thought the chances of success were and everything.

Obviously they have all been asked questions about it before, but this is a bit of a deeper dive. They’ve had more time to consider it. And having it all together in a piece like this makes that play come alive in ways that it hasn’t been alive since last October. Definitely worth your time.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.