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The Youth World Series is held at family vacation destinations close to water parks, thrill parks, beaches and more, giving your team’s families an extended weekend of games & FUN!

5 GAME GUARANTEE

Each team will play 5-9 games (weather permitting) over the course of the 4 day tournament giving you plenty of Baseball against similar competition!

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS

Opposing coaches will nominate players from your team to be named to the Youth World Series All-Tournament Team. All nominees will receive special invitations to the prestigious Baseball Youth All-American Games held in August and late December / early January!

D2 / D3 ONLY

Finally, a World Series made for your team! ONLY D2 (Lower level AAA, AA, Silver, intermediate) or D3 (A, Bronze, beginner) level teams are allowed to participate. No D1 (Elite, Major, Gold, advanced) teams allowed. We use the popular Baseball Youth DivLevel classification system and moderate entries to ensure like competition!

UNIQUE DOUBLE-SIDED BRACKET

Teams compete in 3 pool play games before being seeded in unique double sided brackets, giving your team a chance for the Gold, Silver or Bronze championship! Click Here To View The Unique Bracket!

A WORLD SERIES MADE FOR YOUR TEAM,

D2 & d3 (aa & a) level teams only.

The Youth World Series is THE tournament for your D2 (lower AAA, AA) or D3 (A) level travel baseball team. We use Baseball Youth’s DivLevel Team Classification System . Spend a fun packed, 4 day weekend at some amazing family vacation destinations at some of the best synthetic turf facilities in the country!

9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 15U, and 16U baseball teams from around the country will compete in a national championship / world series environment featuring skills competitions, 5-7 games with unique double sided bracket play, Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets and more. Played close to water parks, thrill parks, and beaches!

National coverage of the Youth World Series will be provided by Baseball Youth, youth baseball’s #1 source for media coverage with nearly 400,000 social media followers from around the country and world!

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The 2023 Youth World Series saw more than 470 teams! With three new locations being added we expect to sell out in all locations! Stay tuned for our Who’s Coming List – coming soon!

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POOL PLAY & SKILLS COMPETITIONS

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POOL PLAY CONCLUDES, BRACKET PLAY BEGINS

Your team will wrap up their pool play games and depending on seeding, will begin double-sided bracket play. The Youth World Series features a unique double-sided bracket with Gold, Silver and depending on number of teams, Bronze and Consolation brackets as well, giving your team numerous opportunities to take home a trophy!

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IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP DAY!

Your team will compete in either the Gold, Silver, Bronze or Consolation bracket! Youth World Series All-Tournament teams will be recognized and special Baseball Youth All-American Game invitations will be handed out! It will be a great time to celebrate your team’s incredible experience at the Youth World Series!

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| the publix sports park, the 2023 grand slam world series of baseball session i, jun 19-25, 2023, locations & directions, weather updates, schedule updates & skills competition results, friday, june 23 @ 7:15 am (ct).

The 13U AA & 13U AAA Brackets have had some minor changes on game times and locations! PLEASE CHECK THESE brackets for the updates! THANK YOU!

Skills competition results have been posted under 'Event Home' on the website. Congratulations to all of our winners! Thank you for participating in this event. Skills competition winners may visit the merchandise tent at Publix Sports Park to receive their award.

Keep in mind that Sunday is our rain date! We will begin looking at reducing bracket time limits if necessary. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Skills Competition Results

CELEBRATING OUR 19th ANNIVERSARY

JUNE 19-25, 2023

Just as when you paid your team entry fee online, your team gate fee which is paid at the coaches meetings on sunday will have a 3% service charge on all credit card payments.  please remember, cash or credit card only for your team gate fee payment, no checks accepted and no exceptions.

Coaches & Team Administrators,

     A couple of final last minute reminders for all of you.....

1.  We have advertised the Coaches meetings from day #1 on our website and in emails.  A number of you have text, emailed or called saying that you would not be in attendance.  IF you are NOT going to attend, make sure you are well versed in the rules, your outstanding fees have to be paid before you take the field for your fist game, your economic impact must be completely filled out and turned in prior to you taking the field for your first game, you will NOT be able to sign up for skills competition and your merchandise pre-orders will need to be picked up at pin trading on Sunday evening.  As you can see, it is really imperative you have a team representative at the coaches meetings to handle all of these things.

2.  NO team can take the field until you have your FINAL ROSTER uploaded online, NO exceptions!

3.  For your Outstanding fees, NO CHECKS PERIOD!  NO EXCEPTIONS!  Cash or Card only.  Remember all card transactions have a 3% service charged added in just as it was for your team entry fee.

4.  Grand Slam WILL provide TWO NEW MIZUNO baseballs per game.  As long as both teams do a good job in shagging foul balls you should be fine.  We will be selling baseballs at the merchandise tents if you need any.

5.  Live Streaming is available for games at the Publix Sports Park ONLY!  A link to subscribe by the day or the week is available at   http://www.publix.sportschannel.media/

6.  TURF shoes or TENNIS SHOWS ONLY for pitchers on the brand new mounds at the Publix Sports Park.  NO molded or cleats of ANY KIND allowed!  NO Steel spikes for ANY players at the Publix Sports Park.  Turf Shoes only for pitchers at Frank Brown Park.  All other players at Frank Brown Park can wear whatever they want in accordance to rules.

7.  Your Team Gate Fee covers ANYONE and EVERYONE ALL DAY EVERY DAY that comes to the event.  We will NOT have anyone at the gates selling tickets or checking people in.  You can come and go as you please.

8.  Skills competitions instructions are located under the documents tab on the event home page of the World Series event on the Grand Slam website.

See everyone on Sunday morning at Rockit Lanes for the Coaches meetings, Richard Jackson Blvd., PC Beach, Florida!  Thank you and good luck this next week!

PANAMA CITY BEACH PUBLIX SPORTS PARK, Chip Seal Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida

Frank brown sports complex, 16200 pcb parkway, panama city beach, florida.

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World Series Session I Schedule of Events for Sunday, June 18, 2023

8:00-9:00 am:  coaches meetings for 7u, 8u & 10u teams @ rockit lanes, richard jackson blvd., pc beach, fl., 9:00-10:00 am:  coaches meetings for 9u, 11u & 12u teams @ rockit lanes, richard jackson blvd., pc beach, fl., 10:00-11:00 am:  coaches meetings for 13u & 14u teams @ rockit lanes, richard jackson blvd., pc beach, fl., 2:00 pm:  opening ceremonies team parade line-up in the parking lot behind the grand theater @ pier park, 3:30 pm:  opening ceremonies parade presented by visit panama city beach at pier park, 5:00-7:00 pm:  pin trading presented by the trading pin zone at rockit lanes on richard jackson blvd., pc beach, fl.,      , **** skills competitions will be held on monday and tuesday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at frank brown park on field's #2 & #3.  teams will sign up for specific times at the coaches meetings.  skills competition instructions are posted under the documents tab on the event home page no later than friday, june 2, 2023.  this is subject to change depending on number of teams entered in the event., ** team entry fee of $950 is due on saturday, april 1, 2023 to secure and guarantee your spot in the event  a standard 3% convenience fee will be added to all cc payments.  your $30 per event credit for teams based out of ga, al, la, tn, ky, in, ms and fl will be given at the coaches meetings and will taken off your $850 team gate fee.  your $950 team entry fee is due in full and no credits given on that unless you paid early during an early bird pricing window.  we do not combines discounts and/or promotions so the $30 per event credit is only for teams who have not already received some sort of promotional discount., here are some frequently asked questions about our grand slam world series of baseball event....., 1.    when does the tournament start and end   coaches meetings, opening ceremonies parades, pin trading and more starts on sunday morning june 18.  each team will play a pool play doubleheader on either monday or tuesday, june 19 or 20 with the day you don't play as your designated day off.  double elimination bracket play starts on wednesday, june 21, no team is eliminated prior to thursday, june 22 and championship games are set for saturday, june 24.  sunday, june 25 is the rain date., 2.    is the event a stay to play tournament   no, you can stay wherever you like.  we do strongly encourage you to reach out to one of our host properties to get the best rates and top notch customer service  these properties are listed under lodging on the event page you are signed up for., 3.    will you have a team and individual skills competitions   yes  we will offer three individual competitions (hr derby, golden arm & roadrunner) as well as one team competition (around the horn).  see skills under the documents tab., 4.    when are the entry fee and team gate fees due   your team entry fee of $950.00 is due by march 1, 2023 or whenever the event sells out.   your team gate fee of $850.00 is not due until the day before the event at the coaches meetings and cannot be paid prior to this.   cash or card only for the gate fee payment, no checks please, no exceptions due to the large number of bounced checks received in the past, 5.    will age divisions be separated into classes   yes, provided we have at least 10-teams in an individual class within an age division in ws i, ii & iii.  world series session iv is an open event.  14u age division is open in all ws events., 6.    do you supply baseballs   yes, we supply two new mizuno nfhs sanctioned baseballs per game., 7.    will you have official world series merchandise for sale and/or pre-order   yes  pre-order forms will be available under the documents tab on the ws i event home page no later than may 1, 2023.  team orders only (no individual orders) for official world series merchandise including dri fit t-shirts, ws logo pins, ws logo pin trading towels, the game hats and more  this pre-order form will be available under the documents tab to the left on this page., 8.    when will we know what park our team will be playing at   we will not make this determination until we get closer to the event and have an idea how many teams are in each age division.  please understand that both parks are immaculate facilities.  frank brown park has played host to our world series events the past 18-years and the all turf publix pcb sports complex is moving into it's 4th full year of operation.  both parks are located off of pcb parkway (back beach road) approx. 6-miles from one another.  , 9.   what rules does grand slam play by    we play by national federation high school rules with the exceptions found under the rules link on this website., 10.   do you offer 8u cp or kp and does your 13u age division play 54/80 or 60/90   we offer both coach pitch and kid pitch for the 8u division and we offer both 54/80 and 60/90 in the 13u age division., 11.   are there fields for us to practice on upon arrival    n0  there are no fields available for practice.  there are plenty of batting cages available on a first come basis and both parks.  there is also a large grass area (festival site) at frank brown park where you can hold a practice., 12.  are we allowed to bring pop up tents, coolers or outside food into the park    no outside food period  team coolers with water for the players is allowed.  we encourage you to bring your tents and chairs as their is limited shaded areas and covered bleachers., 13.  ok, we are in, how do we sign up    click on sign up in the upper right hand corner of the home page at http://www.grandslamtournaments.com  after you have signed up, click on account and fill out the information and save.  next click on teams, register new team, pay sanction fee and register team.  next go to events, find the event you want to sign up for, click register, follow the prompts and you will be good to go, if you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected] we hope you can join us at the beach in 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The 2023 Marucci World Series was held July 23 – 28 and featured some of the best amateur baseball tournament play in the country, with 142 teams from all over the United States and South Korea competing in 14U through 17U divisions. The Marucci World Series kicked off with the Marucci Brand Experience, where coaches, athletes and their families previewed and tested new products, played tailgate games, and got a taste for Baton Rouge from its top food trucks. The Opening Ceremony featured a Home Run Derby, Fastest Man and Fastest Coach Competition, before concluding with a fireworks show.

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June 22nd - 25th, 2023 2023 GMB World Series  Ellsiville Athletic, Ozzie Smiths Sports Complex and Peruque Park 8UM – 17U/18U, 4 Game Min  A/AA and AAA/Major Divisions  (8UM, $400) (9U - 12U, $650) (13U - 14U, $675) (15U - 16U, $750) (17U/18U, $850) Games Will Start Thursday Night 6/22 For Local Teams 17U/18U's Will Play @ Ofallon, Il Family Sports Complex - Field #9 Full Turf Park 2023 Spring / Summer Teams Are Required To Sanction Online During Tournament Registration Checkout.

14U and Above – 60 x 90 13U - 54 x 80 11U and 12U - 50 x 70 9U and 10U - 46 x 65 8U Kid Pitch - 40 x 65 7UM - 8UM - 8U Coach Pitch - 40 x 60

Game Balls Provided By GMB Teams Are Expected To Provide Two Chasers/Team To Umps @ Ground Rules - Can Be Slightly Used Umpires Will Start Game With Four Baseballs - Teams Are Expected To Chase Foul Balls or Provide Them No Metal Spikes, No Seeds and No Gum on Turf Fields - Zero Tolerance - Players Will Be Ejected From That Game GMB Rules Link - https://playgmb.com/play/rules/

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2024 ncaa division iii baseball committee announces championship bracket.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee has announced the 60 teams that will compete in the 2024 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

Of the 16 regional sites played Friday-Sunday, May 17-19, four teams will compete at fourteen regional sites and two teams will compete at two regional sites. The four-team regionals will use a double-elimination format and the two-team regionals will play a best-of-five series. Thirty-nine conference champions qualified automatically.

Click here to view the full bracket  |  Click here to view the regional brackets 

Winners of the sixteen regional tournaments will qualify for eight, best-of-three series at the super regionals, Friday-Saturday, May 24-25. The eight super regional winners will then qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Classic Auto Group Park in Eastlake, Ohio, Friday-Thursday, May 31-June 6, 2024.

Conferences receiving automatic qualification are as follows:

In the 2023 Division III championship series, Lynchburg captured their first national title with a 2-1 series win over Johns Hopkins.

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World Series Weird & Wild: Celebrating the Rangers’ strange season and Bochy overcoming the odds

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 01: Members of the Texas Rangers celebrate after winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 of the 2023 World Series at Chase Field on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Texas Rangers won the World Series 5-0. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Pudge Rodríguez, Juan Gonzalez and Michael Young never made it to this magic moment.

The bubbly never did spray for Toby Harrah, Rusty Greer or Adrián Beltré.

The parade floats never stopped to pick up Danny Darwin, Rick Helling or Neftalí Feliz.

But on a perfect, star-spangled Wednesday evening in someone else’s baseball heaven, the ghosts of Texas Rangers past faded into the night.

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For Corey Seager and Marcus Semien , for Nathan Eovaldi and Jose Leclerc , for Bruce Bochy and Chris Young , this is now their time. This is now their team.

And, at precisely 10:01 p.m. CT, this was now their World Series.

Now here’s a little secret. I didn’t write those words Wednesday night. I wrote them (or at least most of them) 12 years ago, sitting in a press box in St. Louis, watching the 2011 Rangers almost finish that job the 2023 Rangers finally polished off Wednesday.

But then David Freese happened to that team . And those words remained frozen in alternate-history laptop time, for all these years.

Every once in a while, I’d stumble upon them and shake my head. But then, on a big, bright Wednesday evening in Arizona, that story — Rangers Win the World Series — finally happened. So what’s a more fitting way to kick off the final Weird and Wild column of this season and postseason than by finally releasing those words from captivity (with a few minor tweaks and updates)?

Now here come 10 more of my favorite Weird and Wild World Series nuggets.

1. Bochy joins the Odd Squad

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Let’s talk about the biggest Bruce Bochy story no one seems to be talking about. It’s still 2023, right? Which means … he just won a World Series in an odd year.

C’mon. How was that not the biggest story of this whole postseason?

Bochy’s Curse of the Odd Years never seemed to get quite as much attention as, say, the Curse of the Bambino. But it was there, it was real, and it was just as powerful. You don’t have to be a Giants fan to know I’m onto something.

His Giants won a World Series in 2010 … and 2012 … and 2014. What kind of years were those? Repeat after me: Even years. Clearly, something weird was going on even then, don’t you think?

“We actually didn’t think of it that way,” his longtime Giants bullpen secret weapon, Jeremy Affeldt, told the Weird and Wild column, when we mentioned it to him this week. “We were like, ‘We’re just giving somebody else a chance (in the odd years).’”

But Bochy’s Curse of the Odd Years went way beyond that little run. The first team he ever took to the playoffs? The 1996 Padres . Repeat after me again: Even year.

The first team he ever took to the World Series? The 1998 Padres? What’s the common thread there? Even year.

So we read off the wacky even/odd numbers to Affeldt. He was laughing before we could even get through them.

Bochy’s career postseason record in even years: 44-13!

Bochy’s career postseason record in odd years before this one: 0-3! (He’d never won a game in an odd year. Not even one!)

AFFELDT: “Oh, that’s crazy. That … is … CRAZY. Well, maybe the reason why he’s doing this in an odd year is because he retired on an even year and then he came back in an odd year.”

Sure. So now it’s all (ahem) evening out.

But however you explain this, whatever it was that was going on in those odd years, it’s all ancient history now. So our challenge, after watching him win it all again in 2023, was trying to make sense of what just happened.

WEIRD AND WILD: “So for him to win, NOT in an even year, would that be ODD?”

AFFELDT (LAUGHING): “Yeah, it’s a great headline for your article, actually: ‘BOCH WINS IN ’23. … THAT’S ODD.’”

2. More Bochy magic

All right, now that we’ve got that oddness out of the way, a few more reflections on the greatness of Bruce Bochy:

He’s ended two half-century title droughts! When Bochy arrived in San Francisco, the Giants had never won a World Series since exiting New York. So much for that! Their 2010 title ended that 52-year drought.

Then he came to Texas this year and wiped out another 52-year title drought (62 if you count the years in Washington).

And how many other managers in history have finished off two droughts that long, with two different franchises? Not a single one … of course!

His teams have won 15 of their last 16 postseason rounds! This amazing Bochy streak began with the Giants’ ouster of Jonny Venters’ 2010 Braves, on a game-winning single by Cody Ross, in the 2010 National League Division Series. … The only loss along the way was to the 2016 Cubs . … And now here’s the important part:

How many other managers have ever won 15 out of 16 postseason series? Once again, that would be nobody! Obviously. Only the Joe Torre Yankees came close, from 1996 to 2001, with 14 of 16.

Along the way, Bochy’s teams beat juggernauts managed by Bobby Cox, Charlie Manuel, Ron Washington, Dusty Baker (twice), Mike Matheny (twice), Jim Leyland, Clint Hurdle, Matt Williams, Ned Yost, Terry Collins, Kevin Cash, Brandon Hyde and Torey Lovullo. They topped at least one former manager of the year in every one of those postseasons except 2016.

Bochy’s four-peat! I know you’ve seen others mention that Bochy is now one of just six managers in history to win four World Series. But hold on. What he did, versus what most of them did, is not the same thing.

• One of those five — Connie Mack — managed his first game nearly 13 decades ago , in 1894!

• Two of the other four — Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel — managed their first games more than 85 years ago … and haven’t managed a single game in any of the past 58 seasons!

• Only Bochy has managed every game (and every postseason game) of his career in the wild-card era.

• Just two others — Torre and Walter Alston — ever managed a postseason game after the invention of the LCS.

• But mostly, there’s this. Everyone else on that list won all four titles with the same team. Only Bochy has ever been there, done that with one team … and then did it again with another team. I think he might get a plaque in Cooperstown out of this!

3. The team that won the World Series had an unusual journey

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If you were going to draw up the perfect formula for how to win a World Series, would you have drawn it up like these Texas Rangers? I don’t think so!

The team that won the World Series had a losing record in its last 102 games (50-52) after a sizzling 40-20 start. You know who had a better record than the Rangers over those last 102 games? Oh, only the Tigers … and Reds … and Marlins … and Padres (among others).

The team that won the World Series lost 102 games two years ago and 94 last year. And how many teams had ever lost 196 games in the two seasons before they won the World Series? Right you are. That would be none.

The team that won the World Series had a bullpen with more blown saves (33) than actual saves (30). And how many teams have ever won a World Series (or even a postseason game) with a bullpen like that? Once again, that would be zilch.

The team that won the World Series laid out $185 million to sign Jacob deGrom last winter. He pitched six times this season.

The team that won the World Series sent two of its best prospects to the Mets in July for $43 million starter Max Scherzer . In the 53 days they were still playing baseball after Sept. 12, he got a total of 29 outs.

The team that won the World Series led its division for 149 straight days, blew that lead in August … fell all the way to third place in September … then charged back to lead again by 2 1/2 games with four to play, only to blow that lead, too, on the final day of the season … and lost its first-round bye in the process … which meant having to fly 2,582 miles to Tampa to open a wild-card series it thought it wasn’t going to have to play … then found a way to win an American League Championship Series in which it managed to lose all its home games … and then, in the middle of the World Series, lost a guy ( Adolis García ) who was pretty much hitting a home run every at-bat … and then, after all that, that team …

Still won the World Series? Wow. Does it get much weirder or wilder than that?

4. The franchise that won the World Series had quite a ride

I don’t know why some star-crossed franchises finally win a World Series and it becomes a raging American phenomenon, complete with NOW I CAN DIE IN PEACE T-shirt sales … while others do that very same thing, accompanied only by …

LOWEST-RATED WORLD SERIES IN HISTORY headlines .

But for whatever reason, you know which category those Texas Rangers fall into. The poets of America are not impressed. But here at Weird and Wild World HQ, we think they deserve their due. So why should you care about the first title in Rangers history ? Here’s why:

• Because this is a franchise that took 36 seasons just to win a postseason game, if you include the 11 seasons in which it was known as the Washington Senators 2.0.

• Because this is also a franchise that took 50 seasons — and four trips to October — just to win even one stinking postseason series.

• Because this is a franchise that has lost more games (5,217) since it first came into being, in 1961, than any other team in baseball — and would be a mere 839 games behind the Yankees if we were keeping track of the last 63 seasons as if they were one never-ending season. (Let’s not do that, OK?)

• Because, until Wednesday night, not a single franchise in baseball had been in existence as long as the Rangers/Senators without winning at least one World Series.

• Because only two franchises in baseball have ever gone longer, from the invention of the World Series (in 1903) to their first title, than the 63 seasons it took the Rangers to do that — the Phillies (78 seasons, from 1903 to 1980) and Orioles /Browns (64 seasons, from 1903 to 1966).

• Because just one franchise in this sport is still suffering through a longer title-free stretch than this one. And that would be Drew Carey’s Cleveland Guardians , currently looking forward to season No. 77 since that last title in (gulp) 1948.

• And because only one other franchise in any major North American professional sport — those Minnesota Vikings — has been in existence as long as the Rangers/Senators without winning at least one championship. At least the Vikings had spent the last 62 years knowing they had the Rangers drifting along in that same trophy-free sea. But now, thanks to Corey Seager and Bruce Bochy, it looks like those Vikings had better get their act together!

5. Josh Sborz saved the last game of the World Series?

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As Ken Rosenthal and I seem to write about every fall, that pitcher who gets the final out of the World Series is almost never that pitcher you’d expect would get the final out of the World Series. But even with that as the preamble …

Josh Sborz ?

On one hand, the Rangers’ trusty right-hander had himself a fantastic postseason (43 hitters faced, four hits allowed and a 0.75 ERA). But on the other hand …

How many games did Sborz save all season? Uh-huh. That would be nada. But in even bigger news …

What was the ERA this season of The Guy Who Saved the Last Game of the World Series? That would be … 5.50!

And if you’re thinking (as I was), that’s gotta be a record, well, you have thought correctly.

The great Katie Sharp, of Baseball Reference, looked into this for me. And it turned out Sborz’s 5.50 regular-season ERA was the highest in history, by the pitcher who saved the World Series finale, by more than half a run.

The old “record-holder”: Will McEnaney, of the 1976 Big Red Machine, at 4.85.

6. At least Sborz finished off a historic shutout

The Diamondbacks were far from the first team to get shut out in the game that ended the World Series. But they did do this:

Zero runs … 11 runners left on base!

Did you know that just one other team in history has gotten shut out in the final game of a World Series and left that many runners dancing around the bases? And that other time happened as recently as … 1943! That was Harry (The Hat) Walker’s ’43 Cardinals , who also abandoned 11 runners on the bases, in a 2-0 shutout by Yankees ace Spud Chandler. This Spud’s for you!

7. The Rangers: Kings of the big inning

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How perfect was it that the Rangers put up a four-spot in the last inning of this postseason? If it felt as though they had an inning like that every day … um, pretty close!

I started writing these down a few days ago. The list of four-run and five-run innings started getting shockingly long:

4-5-4-5-4-5-4-5-5-4

So what’s up with that?

• As Rangers radio voice Jared Sandler reported, the Rangers had as many five-run innings in two innings Tuesday as the 11 other playoff teams had combined, in the entire postseason: Phillies one, Diamondbacks one, Rangers five.

• And what about those 10 innings of four runs or more? According to Katie Sharp, that’s the most innings of four runs or more — by far — that any team had ever scored in a single postseason. The old record was only seven, by David Ortiz’s 2004 and 2007 Red Sox , and by Eric Hosmer’s 2015 Royals .

8. You’re Josh-ing, right?

Four months ago, Josh Jung started the All-Star Game for the AL at third base. Wednesday night, Josh Jung started for the Rangers at third base on the night they won the World Series. Think about this for a second. It doesn’t happen much.

Katie Sharp reports she was asked exactly how rare this was, by loyal X/Twitter follower Elie Adler. Now here it comes, the complete list of rookies who started an All-Star Game and won a World Series in the same season:

Joe DiMaggio, 1936 Fernando Valenzuela, 1981 Josh Jung, 2023

Awesome list!

9. We should all shop at Ketel Marte

Baseball. It’s amazing.

Ketel Marte in the postseason: Rolls off a 20-game hitting streak.

Ketel Marte in the regular season: Owner of no 20-game hitting streaks.

In fact, Marte only has one streak longer than 12 games in his nine-year career — a 16-gamer in 2022. But that’s not the Weird and Wild part.

The Weird and Wild part is, check out the longest postseason hitting streaks by this streaky kind of group:

Joe DiMaggio — 7 Pete Rose — 9 Tony Gwynn — 8 Ty Cobb — 7 Paul Molitor — 8

But Ketel Marte ripped off 20 in a row … in October. How crazy is baseball!

10. Here’s to the old guys!

Finally, here we are, in an age when baseball has never skewed younger. And here we are, in an age where teams have never been more convinced that there’s a hot-shot young manager ready to reinvent the game, just waiting to be discovered. And yet …

We present, for your consideration, the last three managers to win the World Series:

2023 — Bruce Bochy, age 68 2022 — Dusty Baker, age 73 2021 — Brian Snitker, age 66

According to Katie Sharp, it’s the first time in history that three different managers, all age 60-plus, won the World Series in three consecutive years. So hmmm, it’s almost as if experience running a team actually matters. What a wacky concept, in 2023, right here in …

(Top photo of the Rangers celebrating after winning the World Series: Daniel Shirey / MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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Jayson Stark

Jayson Stark is the 2019 winner of the BBWAA Career Excellence Award for which he was honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jayson has covered baseball for more than 30 years. He spent 17 of those years at ESPN and ESPN.com, and, since 2018, has chronicled baseball at The Athletic and MLB Network. He is the author of three books on baseball, has won an Emmy for his work on "Baseball Tonight," has been inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and is a two-time winner of the Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year award. In 2017, Topps issued an actual Jayson Stark baseball card. Follow Jayson on Twitter @ jaysonst

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