It seems to be en vogue to cite the Tigers pitchers fielding woes as a reason for their defeat. See below from Murray Chass in the New York Times:

What we learned from the World Series: Pitchers can throw a baseball 60 feet 6 inches with great precision, but add a few feet, and they’re recklessly inaccurate.

Four times Detroit pitchers failed to throw to first or third base accurately, and the errors resulted in unearned runs that, in turn, resulted in costly losses.

Of course errors never help win championships, but in this case I really believe it was the Cardinals’ depth and their ability to mix and match the right role-players around the middle of their lineup that won the title. This is clearly evident in the choice of David Eckstein as WS MVP. Who would have guessed that the team with Prince Albert hitting in the three hole would have a tiny, scrappy shortstop named MVP?

It was the ability of guys like Eckstein, Spezio, Taguchi, and Belliard who did what needed to be done, rather than each trying to win the game on their own. This is the difference between the Cards and the Yankees.

To be continued…