Exactly one month after Yordano Ventura’s death, the sorrow was balanced by jubilance as the USA won the World Baseball Classic championship, beating Puerto Rico 8-0 behind six no-hit innings from Marcus Stroman.
The Cubs held their World Series ring ceremony. For the first time in over a century, the Northsiders got to raise a World Series Championship banner at Wrigley Field.
The 600th career home run of the great Albert Pujols came on a 1-2 slider from Ervin Santana that was deposited into the left-field seats. Pujols is only the 9th player in history to reach that milestone.
With a double to left field, Adrian Beltre became the 31st player to join the 3,000 hit club. Albert Pujols will look to join him next year, just 32 hits away.
Having already set an American League record, the Cleveland Indians won what was to be the last game of their 22-game winning streak. Down to their last strike in the 9th, Francisco Lindor doubled-home the tying run and Jay Bruce walked the game off in the 10th with a double down the right-field line.
Chris Sale reached 300 strikeouts for the season, only the 35th time it’s ever happened. During the season, Sale had eight consecutive starts recording double-digit strikeouts, one short of a modern-era record.
Nine-time All-Star Carlos Beltran announced his retirement after a twenty-year career. The future Hall of Famer went out on top, a World Series champion. The only question is, which cap will he be wearing in Cooperstown?
Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber won the Cy Young Awards. Each led their league in WHIP, lowest BAA, OPS, and Average Game Score (a measure of average quality per start).