My take on the infield rule , ScottJax’s Baseball Awards, upsets abound, all this and lots more in this weeks edition of……
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What a show of Class by the fans of the Royals when they gave Miguel Cabrera a standing ovation and then even asked for a curtain call. Great moment in sports.
Here are my selections for Major League Baseball Awards:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
His accomplishments this year speak for themselves: Triple Crown winner. Need I say more?
AL CY Young: David Price
He and Jerod Weaver were tied with the most wins in the AL, but David had a better ERA and more strikeouts. Plus he guided the Rays in the hunt to the playoffs until the next to the last week of the season, something the Angels couldn’t do.
AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout
Los Angeles didn’t call up Trout until April 28th, yet he had very impressive numbers, 129 runs (led AL), 182 hits, 30 home runs, 83 rbi’s and 49 stolen bases (led AL). No one was close.
AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin Oakland A’s and Buck Showalter Baltimore Orioles.
Neither the A’s nor Orioles were picked to make the playoffs, yet, the A’s won the AL West Division on the last game of the season, while the Oriole’s took the AL wildcard. Bob Melvin guided Oakland to a 94-68 record after finishing 74-88 in 2011. Buck led the Orioles to a 93-69 record as compared to 69-93 in 2011.
Most Disappointing AL Team: Los Angeles Angels
With all the talent the Angels have they just couldn’t pull it off. Albert Pujlos started off slow and turned it around to have his typical year, Greinke came to the team in a midseason trade and went 6-2, Jered Weaver went 20-5 and Mike Trout was called up and sparked the club. So what went wrong?
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen
Sure Buster Posey had better stats, but the Giants proved last year that they can have a winning season without Buster with a catcher that hit only .197, BUT, you can’t say the same if the Pirates lost Andrew.
NL CY Young: Gio Gonzalez
D.A. Dickey is the “feel good” winner and Stephen Strasburg might be the star of the team, but Gio is the workhorse and anchor of the Washington team
NL Rookie of the Year: Wade Miley
Wade had a very good year with a 16-11 record and a 3.33 era. Arizona finished at 81-81 and was in the playoff hunt until the last month of the season.
NL Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson Washington Nationals Manager
Some baseball writers didn’t pick the Nationals to make the playoffs, and without Strasburg down the stretch Washington won the NL East Division.
Most Disappointing NL Team: Philadelphia Phillies
They have the best starting three in Lee, Hamels and Halladay. Hamels lived up to his expectations but Lee faltered and Halladay could never get into a groove. Howard came back too late to do any real damage (yeah I know they had a hot streak but the fire was put out).
The Boston Red Sox corrected a wrong when they fired Bobby Valentine. He was the wrong choice when they hired him to run the team. Everyone knew it but Boston’s management team. It is unheard of, in our generation, to see the Red Sox finish at 69-93, which is the worst in 50 years and it ruined the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Yeah they got rid of Gonzalez, Crawford and Beckett and that was to shed $250 million in future salaries. Now the Red Sox can start fresh with a new manager and a new team.
The biggest crop of shit happened last Friday night in the Braves - Cardinals game. An infield fly rule was called when the shortstop was running out to left field. Now I am not getting to what runners were on base, etc., what I am going to mention is that if the shortstop would have never run out to get the ball and the left fielder would have run in to catch the ball, the infield fly rule would never have been called.
Chipper Jones has called it a career. Others at YouGabSports have posted his stats and his career highlights, and they are impressive. What I want to say is that I have watched him play his whole career, thanks to TBS, ESPN, MLBTV and the one thing that stands out about Jones is that he plays the game the way it should be played, hardnosed and with respect to his teammates and opposing players. You never heard him say a bad thing about anything. He also accomplished all he did without any supplements.
The Cleveland Indians did the smart thing and hired Terry Francona. He will turn the team around. He even said in his introduction that he would not mind taking the same team that Cleveland had this year, because the likes to teach and he feels he can improve this team. Impressive.
This is what college football is all about. #3 Florida State gets rear ended by North Carolina State 17-16 (even though NCST has won the last 5 games), #10 Florida swamped #4 LSU 14-6, #5 Georgia’s title hopes might have ended by #6 South Carolina, and Iowa ST dominated #15 TCU 37-23.
Congrats go out to the Colts who won a thriller against the Packers, and also giving the game ball to coach Chuck Pagano.
Normally fans applaud when a opposing player is injured and carried off the field to show support/respect for the player. When a home player injury is applauded because the fans want a change is it warranted?
One of the NFL’s all-time greats, Alex Karras died yesterday of kidney failure. He was 77. Alex was a four-time All-Pro defensive tackle and played 12 seasons for the Detroit Lions. He also was a hit in Mel Brooks “Blazing Saddles” as Mongo and also starred in “Webster.”
Til next time