The 2023 MLB season is officially over. In one of the most unpredictable postseasons in baseball history, the Texas Rangers are somehow world champions. While some of the scores make it look lopsided, the 2023 Fall Classic was actually a very entertaining and close battle. If Paul Sewald can find a way to finish that 9th inning, this World Series is probably still going on, and Arizona may be trying to clinch.
Congratulations to Texas on a dominant postseason, and thanks for beating the hated Astros, but this a really disappointing feeling for the Seattle Mariners.
While the Arizona Diamondbacks came up a little short in the Fall Classic, they have nothing to be ashamed of. Reaching the championship round for the first time since 2001, Arizona had an incredible Cinderella run, knocking out Milwaukee, Los Angeles and defending NL champion Philadelphia in Philly to clinch the pennant. Congratulations to them on an incredible run, but watching an 84 win club with Paul Sewald get to the World Series is incredibly frustrating to the Mariners fanbase.
As owner John Stanton, president Jerry Dipoto and GM Justin Hollander head into their most important offseason, and maybe their most criticized to date, it is time to turn this negative vibe around. Trades can officially happen today, players can resign today, and free agency begins in just a few days. So before we jump into the 2023-2024 offseason, what are some lessons the Mariners can learn from the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks?