A few October thoughts as both League Championship inch closer to a conclusion:
1- Andrew Friedman's hands are all over the 2020 postseason.
Football types loves to obsess about NFL coaching trees, tracing the careers of one-time assistants who worked under Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh...whichever Bill is successful.
But maybe there's an MLB executive tree headed by Friedman.
Look around. Of the four teams remaining in the postseason, three are run be executives once hired by Friedman and the other, of course, is run by Friedman himself.
In Houston, James Click is the GM, having replaced the fired Jeff Luhnow. Click worked for the Rays for 14 seasons, including the last three in which he served as VP of baseball operations. The Rays themselves are currently led by Erik Neander, who was Friedman's top lieutenant in Tampa Bay. And the Atlanta Braves' top baseball executive is Alex Anthopoulos, who worked under Friedman with the Dodgers before accepting his current position with Atlanta.