Here are my selections for Major League Baseball Awards:
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
Last year he won the Triple Crown. It would not have surprised anyone if his totals dropped. But, his batting average rose from .330 to .348 and he was only two RBIís short from last years totals. He hit the same amount of homeruns at 44, he had more walks and less strikeouts than last year. Oh by the way, he did this with a nagging injury.
AL CY Young: Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
I think its time Detroit made Max their number one pitcher. He out-shined Justin Verlander (the current #1) in every major statistical category. Letís brake down just how great of a season Scherzer had: #1 in wins, he had the least amount of loses by a pitcher with over 175 innings, #5 in ERA, tied for 5th in innings pitched, gave up 56 walks (tied for 24th), struck out 240 batters (#2), and was #1 in Whip with 0.97. Was anyone better, not by a long shot.
AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers.
Donít call me a Tiger fan, because I do not like them at all. The facts just speak for themselves. Jose was traded from the Red Sox to the Tigers because of the suspension of SS Jhonny Peralta. Iglesias led all AL rookies with a batting average of .303 (.258 with the Tigers) and 2nd in hits and Detroit found the shortstop it was looking for.
AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell Boston Red Sox
Who would have thought that the Red Sox would have gone from 5th place in 2012 to 1st place in the American League East Division. I know I didnít, I had the Sox slotted for 4th place just ahead of my Yankees. The team was spiraling downward, but with the right free agent signings, talented young players, Boston was able under the guiding figure of Farrell to turn it around. Oh yea, donít forget the beards played a significant role too.
Most Disappointing AL Team: Los Angeles Angels
For the second year in the row the team was the most promising but ended up being the most disappointing. Last year the Angeles were a respectable 89-73 and this year they were 78-84. The one and two starters Weaver and Wilson were 11-8 and 17-7, respectively, while Vargas was 9-8. Blanton started 20 games and went 2-14, while Williams went 9-10. But it wasnít so much their pitching was it was with their offense. The teams batting average dropped 10 points, while all their major offensive statistics were down. Mike Trout was their only consistent player all year. Albert Pujols was lost for the season and ended his streak of 30 or more homeruns in an season. Trumbo went for power and his batting average suffered and his strikeouts soared. Does anyone know where Josh Hamilton went?
NL MVP: Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Up until the time I started writing this I had Andrew McCutchen as the NL MVP. I really like the way he plays the game. But the more I looked at the stats and everything Freddie Freeman stood out. He also improved dramatically from 2012. He was 3rd in batting average, 3rd in RBIís, 7th in hits and tied for 10th in runs while improving his batting average from .259 to .319. He was the key ingredient for the Braves to finish in first place 10 games ahead of the Washington Nationals.
NL CY Young: Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
There was competition for this award as Jordan Zimmerann had a good year. So to did Kershaw, Lirano, Greinke and De La Rosa, but it was the thick of the pennant race with the Reds and the Pirates, where Adam stood head and shoulders above the rest. He was 19-9 with a 2.94 with a whip of 1.07.
NL Rookie of the Year: Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
I would like to think that with the arrival of Puig is when the Dodgers started turning the corner (yeah I know having Ramirez back helped too). His exciting enthusiasm was contagious. He was third in rookie batting average .319, 8th in Rbiís with 42, 3rd in homeruns with 19, 4th in hits with 122 and 1st in runs with 66. So you see he really does deserve this award.
NL Manager of the Year: Fredi Gonzalez Atlanta Braves
Fredi guided the Braves to an easy Division title as the team finished 10 games ahead of the Washington National (the preseason favorite to win the World Series). Led by pitcher Julio Teheran (14-8), 4 of the five Braves starters had 10 or more wins. Braves also had clutch hitting when they needed it. It also doesnít hurt to have Craig Kimbrel as your reliever (50 saves).
Most Disappointing NL Team: Washington Nationals
After leading the Major Leagues with a 98-64 record and first place in the National League East Division, the Nationalís fell to 86-76 and 10 games out of first place. Strasburg had an off year at 8-9, Gonzalez was no where near last year at 11-8 and Dan Haren finish at 10-14. The only pitcher who stood out was Jordan Zimmerman at 19-9. The team lacked offense as their batting average dropped 10 points, homeruns fell from 194 to 161 and run production fell from 731 to 656.
Yeah, Yeah we're the champs let the lower creatures fend for themselves.†
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where your humble scribe might be the only one that is glad that the whole Manning going back to Indy thing is over. I was just annoyed that I forgot to put Andrew Luck in as my starter with Drew Brees on a bye.
College Football: Will You Be My #2?
That is the title of a great old school tune from Joe Jackson. Be my #2 as it stands right now the number to be is #2, the team that is going to face 2 time defending champ Alabama in the last BCS title game. This is the last time we will see numbers decide who plays for the national championship. The contenders are pretty well known but of course I have my thoughts on them. Start with the no-nonsense Crimson Tide. The dour grumpy Nick Saban is the college version of Bill Belichick and the Tide donít have a marquee name but they are just relentless and take out the wild shootout with Texas A&M that is looking more and more like an aberration, the Crimson Tide have outscored their opponents 236-26, they are the champs and until someone beats them they will be on top. But who is the best team to face them in Pasadena
Is it the Oregon Ducks? Pick a week, and you guess which unis and helmets and pants that they will be wearing. But you can be sure that they will score points and score points fast. This is a team that does it all fast and dares you to keep up with them. Marcus Mariota is the high powered engineer of this fast break offense. Chip Kelly? Who needs Chip Kelly, the Ducks are proving that the can win and score big without him.
Is it the Florida State Seminoles? Led by the charismatic ďFamousĒ Jameis Winston all the Noles did was go into Death Valley and drop 51 on the Clemson Tigers. No team has EVER scored that many on Clemson in Memorial Stadium. Ive never seen Death Valley that full and that quiet. Winston did what he wanted when he wanted and the Noles just ran roughshod on the Tigers. When interviewed postgame he was effusive in his praise of everyone BUT himself. Itís a nice return to prominence for a team that hasnít been this high up in the standings since the heyday of Bobby Bowden.
Is it the Ohio State Buckeyes. Quick can you tell me the last time the Buckeyes lost? It was against the Florida Gators on New Years Day 2012 which finished a dismal 6-7 season. The Buckeyes havenít lost since. True the Bucks played the entire 2012 on probation knowing that they werenít going anywhere but they still ran the table. Free of restrictions for this season the Bucks picked up right where they left off, rolling through their first seven opponent and sport the nations longest current win streak. The problem with the Bucks is that they have struggled with their conference foes having had trailed going into the 4th of their last two games against beatable opponents. The Bucks should run the table and only have their hated rival Michigan left as their only obstacle to being unbeaten for the second straight season, an impressive accomplishment.
ESPN brought up a good point, the SEC could end up cannablizing itself, Mizzou is unbeaten and a definite dark horse at 7-0, but with South Carolina still on the docket, Mizzou could be left as an SEC spoiler in the title game in Atlanta
MLB: Red Sox and Redbirds go for the Gusto
This is it, from 10 teams at the beginning of the month we now have two. And the two best teams in the game to boot. T-he NL Champ St. Louis Cardinals who looked woozy from time to time in fending off the spunky Pirates and resilient Dodgers to claim their 19th NL Pennant against the† AL Champ Boston Red Sox who brushed aside the Rays and eased past the Tigers to claim their 3rd AL Pennant in 10 years. Both teams won 97 games in the regular season, both teams have skippers relatively new to their posts, in their first World Series. Mike Metheny is in his 2nd year as the Redbirds top man, while John Farrell came over from Toronto and made a team that was decimated by the incompetence of Bobby Valentineís one year disastrous †69-93 and rebounded to be the toast of Beantown once again. Barring a sweep by either team, weíll be talking about game 5 this time next week. Im looking at a classic series, both teams are buoyed by strong pitching, hitting that just finds a way to come through at the opportune time and a resiliency that has kept them from sinking. Im picking the Sox in 6 with Papi as the MVP
MLB: Leyland steps away and Mattingly too?
I always like those that walk away at the top of their game. Barry Sanders Jim Brown and , Michael Jordan (1st and 2nd timeÖ.lol) come to mind. Jim Leyland has always been a manager that I liked. Gruff, no nonsense but you had the feeling that he was just loose enough to let players be who they wanted to be and those same players played hard for him and Leyland won pretty much everywhere he went (except the one season in Colorado.) Leyland stepped down as the manager of the Detroit Tigers yesterday. Leyland won pennants in both the AL and NL (one of 7 managers to do so) and was 1,769Ė1,728 in 21 seasons with four teams, he won the 1997 World Series with the Marlins and was widely regarded as one of the games best managers. Leyland will stay with the Tigers in the front office. The rumor mill is spinning fast that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly might be walking away from that post. Mattingly who was managing in the final year of his contract was vested for 2014 after the Dodgers beat the Braves in the divisional series but is still not sure if he wants to return for another season with no real guarantee of his future. Many pundits thought Mattingly was living on borrowed time after the Dodgers played lackluster for the better part of 2 Ĺ months, but they rode the ebbulient play of Yasiel Puig to a 42-8 run that took them from 9 Ĺ back to 11 up at the end of the season. Mattingly stated that he felt that his authority was undermined by his contract status and he had a point with a 260-225 record over 3 seasons many think that Mattingly has talent as a skipper, but will he still be in Dodger Blue?
This weeks Phat Dap goes to Micah Abernathy younger brother of Cincinnati Bearcat running back Ralph David Abernathy IV, you have to check out this 96 yard run that the high schooler made last week.
I counted 7 tackles broken and a killer pancake block at the endÖ
To Texan rookies Sam Montgomery, Cierre Wood and Willie Jefferson who were made inactive before the Texans 17-16 loss to the Chiefs they were made that way because they were busted for smoking marijuana. They were they released by the team today. Pardon my French, but what the fuck? How are you going to piss away the opportunity to play in the NFL by smoking weed? These werenít headliner players but still to lose your job, one that so many dream of but never get close to, because of some bud? I hope that shit was good, but I doubt it was worth the buzz.
Thatís the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!
I know its been a while since the last time we chatted, but I thought I would stick my head in and say hello. I know that I have been a pig-headed fool on Facebook lately, ranting about how Boston was going to lose to the Tigers and now I have came to take my medicine.
So hat's off to all the Boston fan's and I wish your team nothing but success against St. Louis in the World Series. If everything's right I will be donning a Red Sox hat during the classic, kind of my punishment for being so loyal to the Tigers. To me I took from this series was this, you don't always have to have the best pitchers, hitters and manager in order to win, you just need clutch hitting from players like David Ortiz and Shane Victorino. You also need a closer that is lights out like Uehara, maybe the Tigers can talk Mariano out of retirement?
However I am going to stick with my prediction a root for a Red Sox win in the World Series, even though deep down in side I know my team was the better team, just not in this series. Now onto another thing that is rather disturbing to me at the moment......
The Tigers are kind of pissing me off at the moment, how could they blame Jim Leyland for losing this series to Boston? Wait a second, someone had to take the fall for the $200 million dollar man getting doubled off of third, Jackson getting picked off of first, and Jose kicking a sure double play ball just before the grand slam. So I guess it was Jim that had to bite the bullet, and tell his players it was time to get a younger manager to lead his team. After 8 years of winning, they treat him like that and toss him aside the trash in a trash can along a curb. What a classless act, guess you can't trade the dumbass with more personal problems than all of us combined, because he makes more than most teams whole roster's combined. Guess we need to lose a starter, in order to gain a closer for next season. Wonder who we will sacrifice in order to do this?
Anyway to Gerry, congrats on receiving your degree from UOP. I know how hard you had to work to get there, I am†proud to also say "I am a Phoenix," Class of 2009.
I am out of here for another day, I will be here more often to read your blogs.....
Well, the World Series is set, and the Boston Red Sox are heading back there to take on the St. Louis Cardinals...And yeah, this household will be rooting for Mrs. Beeze's hometown Sox...Plus, I hate the Cardinals anyways!
I plan on keeping this post short...The Beeze is feeling beat up and tired...Friday, while at work, I was getting some stuff from a walk-in freezer, when a not well stacked, box of frozen duck breasts fell on my head...I was okay...My head hurt...And my neck and shoulder slowly started aching, but I finished the day...But the wife was up my ass to go to the ER and get checked out...So I did...A couple of Doctors checked me out...Their main concern was a concussion...My main concern was my neck...In the end, I'm okay, and was told, "You'll feel worse tomorrow, take lots of Advil."†
Yep, some cock-sucker went to college for 8 years to come up with that...It's all guess work in a white coat!
Friday evening I had promised to take my daughter and her friend to our local high school's football game...They were on the road this week, so we took a quick drive out to that...Our team was down 21-0 and had two players on their way to the hospital by the end of the 1st quarter...They got smoked...The final was 49-21, and the parents and fans on our side were going wild when out team started playing well on D and scoring in the 4th quarter...I just wanted to stand up and scream...'Relax people, it's our first string against their second and third stringers!'†† I get being proud when your kids don't give up, but grab hold of some perspective...Your senior suddenly looks good, because the kid across from him is a sophomore...
We got home later then I wanted to,†after stopping for a bite to eat...The place had a band that was doing all 80's covers, so I got a kick out of it, while the girls, not so much...I crashed in† my chair watching Louisville choke away their season to UCF...
Saturday I was suppose to finish redoing our garage roof with my buddy...Luckily it rained all damn day...The Garage work waited until Sunday...That all mixed with the constant run around with the kids has me wiped out...
Saturday night Notre Dame beat USC 14-10...A win is a win...And a win over USC is always good...The Irish defense carried the team, especially after QB Tommy Rees was knocked out of the game...The Irish coaches have said backup, Andrew Hendrix has the whole playbook, but it didn't look like that Saturday, as they barely let him throw...The few passes he threw were bad...The Irish kept it on the ground and tried to kill clock...Luckily, between the defense, and USC just not knowing who they are, the Irish pulled out the win...
There were plenty of upsets this in College Football...Checkout what UNCLE_B.O.B had to say...Also give TAGE a read, as he covered the Pats, Red Sox, College Football, the Mess at Grambling State, what a disgrace that is...and more...
I also want to share this...Very few people paid attention to the Miami (Ohio) and Akron game...Hell, I don't know who won...Let me look it up...Akron won 24-17...But you gotta see this fullback, just destroy this linebacker...
#43 from Miami is fucking wrecked...
The last thing I want to get into is Maxim Lapierre's dirty hit on Dan Boyle last week...
Lapierre only got 5 games for this...To me, that's bullshit...This guy is a repeat offender...Always talking shit...Always diving...And plenty of cheap shots...
And just ask Bruins fans about what a little asshole Lapierre is...The NHL has been talking tough about heads sots and hits from behind, and here is a guy who has a record, and he only gets 5 games...Fucking bullshit...
Not to mention, that Boyle is the second key guy on my fantasy team to be knocked out with a head injury...(Rick Nash is the other...Plus James Neal got hurt 4 minutes into the season...FML!)