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I'm Just Saying..... MLB Awards
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I'm Just Saying.....

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.

This and That 01/13/13
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Owen Groesser SportsCenter Devon Williams ScottJax

ScottJax moving on?? NBAPA revolt?? All this and more in this weeks edition ofÖ..



What an eerie feeling coming home from work an hour ago. I was near Everbank Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, when I went on the Hart Bridge. When I was on the bridge I notice there were no lights on the streets, buildings or on the bridge. It was pitch black. Then as I getting off the bridge the lights started coming back on. It was strange. We had a storm and some sections of Jacksonville lost power. I did not know this because I work in a building with a lot of load machines running.



Just got word from work that starting in February we will be getting a lot of overtime. We might even have to be forced to work on our off days. Bummer. I donít want to work on my off days because that is when I do a lot of my errands and stuff. I work nights at the Post Office, and we will be processing mail from another plant that is closing down. We are 48 people short, and at the current moment do not plan on hiring anyone.

I hope to continue writing This and ThatÖI enjoy writing it. We will see how overtime goes and Iíll take it from there. In the meantimeÖÖ..on with the show.....



This was the number one top play of the day on SportsCenter last Wednesday. Owen Groesser who has Down Syndrome made a pair of 3-pointers in a high school basketball game. Great selection to be number one.



Is there dissention within the ranks of the NBA Playerís Association???

Deron Williams is the first NBA start to call out the NBAPA leadership. He is asking for a change at the top following a report critical of the way in which Billy Hunter, the unionís executive director has managed the associations finances. Also, the report stated that Hunterís 2010 contract extension was not voted on by the 30 player representatives.

The report, 469 pages by independent law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in which they questioned Hunterís use of union finances and accused him of failure to properly manage conflicts of interest.



Now comes word that NBAPA Executive director, Billy Hunter, has fired his daughter and daughter-in-law. Robyn Hunter was let go on Jan. 25 and Megan Inaba will be let go on Feb. 17. Also, the NBPA will no longer work with Prim Capital, the banking firm that employs Todd Hunter.



Could an NFL coach purposely sabotaged a game? According to former Oakland WR great Tim Brown and backed by WR Jerry Rice, that is exactly what happen in causing the Oakland Raiders to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 in Super Bowl XXXVII

Brown said that when the Raiders got the game plan on the Monday before the Super Bowl, it was a run-heavy attack taking advantage of Oakland's size advantage on the offensive line. However, Brown said Callahan scrapped the plan on Friday to the shock of the team.

"We all called it sabotage ... because Callahan and Gruden were good friends. And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years."



The Football Association charged Chelseaís winger Eden Hazard with violent conducted for kicking ball boy Charlie Morgan. The Association has already stated that the normal three-match ban that is mandatory sanction for violent conduct was ďclearly insufficient.Ē Hazard does have until Jan. 29 to respond to the charge, and after he responds will face a harsher penalty.

Morganís family does not plan to press charges.



Here is my choice to win the Super Bowl:

 

 

 

 

 



Til Next Time

Scott

This and That
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Jaguars Game Lance Armstrong Phil Mickelson ScottJax77 Yankees

What does ScottJax do at Jaguar games?? Did Mickelson win $$$ for charity?? All this an more and maybe even A-Dud, in this weeks edition ofÖ.



The dope got caught! Yep Americaís greatest cyclist is not so great after all.

After battling testicular cancer and a tumor that was in his brain and lungs, he returned to cycling and won a record seven consecutive Tour de France from 1999 to 2005 riding for the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. Now its being reported the people who were in charge of detecting cheating where ďinĒ on the scam. To me these people who helped Armstrong cheat are just as guilt as he is.



Phil Mickelson missed a shot at $1 million during halftime of the Chargers/Broncos game. Instead he won $50,000 for the charity FirstBook. FirstBook connects book publishers to community organizations to get books into the hands of needy children.



I know the Jacksonville Jaguars are playing like crap, but there is a good reason to go. They have an outstanding NFL experience outside the stadium (within the fence perimeter). You can kick the ball and see if you can get it through the uprights, run for fun, pass the ball for prizes, etc. They also have pass Jaguar players and current cheerleaders doing autographs for free.

This is my favorite:



Everyone had their opinion on the Yankee - Tiger and the missed call by the umpire. Iíll take another approach, how many times have the calls gone the Yankees way. Many, many times. So Iíll take one bad call against 50 calls going the Yankees way. By the way that call didnít cost the Yankees the game, itís the crappy hitting by A-Dud, Cano, Swisher and others. The pitching is there whereís the hitting?



I guess A-Rod has more important things to do while a playoff game is going on. According to reports, Alex was flirting with two girls after he was yanked in the 8th inning of game 1 against the Tigers. These girls were two rows behind the dugout and Rodriguez sent them a ball bearing a note asking for their phone number. A witness said, ďAlex was holding a pen and wrote a note on a ball which was thrown at the women by a ball boy. The girls, who had already caught two balls, seemed bemused at first and tried to hand the ball to another fan, but other fans noticed the note on it and yelled at them to read it. The note asked them to write their phone numbers on the ball and throw it back. ďOne of the girls, with darker blond hair, wrote on the ball and threw it back at A-Rod, who gave her a big smile. The flirtation stopped once Derek Jeter got hurt.Ē A-Rod is currently dating wrestler Torrie Wilson.



Speaking of A-Rod, if Iím the Yankees I would sit down with him and ask him to renegotiate his contract. If he doesnít the Yankees should just sit him down and pay him not to play and eliminate any chance he might have had to break any major league records.



Til next time

Scott 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: ScottJax77 FSU Richy Klepal Daniel Rodriguez Brooklyn Nets NFL NFL replacement refs Dusty Baker

No bad calls here?? Happy Anniversary ScottJax, NFL, Nets and more in this edition of Random Thoughts.

This week marks the second anniversary of my blog. It all started on September 20, 2010,

Look at the well wish I have received:



Richy Klepal a four-star Florida State commitment suffered the fifth concussion of his career during a high school game against Tampa Jesuit High School earlier this month. Doctors have told him to end his football career and Richy will abide by what the doctors have recommended. But in a classy move, FSU has decided to honor the scholarship offered to Klepal. Nice move FSU.



Here is something that went unnoticed. Former Army Sergeant Daniel Rodriguez, a wide receiver from Clemson, caught a 4-yard pass from Morgan Roberts midway through the fourth quarter and received a loud ovation. Daniel served three years in the service, in both Iraq and Afganistan, and received the Bronze Star Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart for serving in the battle of Kamdesh in October 2009.



Brooklyn Nets new home is officially open. The new $1 billion Barclays Center is an 18,200 modern arena. It is a 675,000 square foot building that has a rust-colored faÁade, consisting of 12,000 unique panels fabricated from 600 tons of weathered steel. A subway entrance covered in grass, tree-lined seating areas outside the building and a pedestrian view of the Barclays Center scoreboard. The flag pole near the main entrance came from Ebbets Field. The ďOculusĒ is an extension of the Center that extends out 117 feet and hovers 30 feet above the public plaza. It has a video screen that displays everything from game highlights to news. The arena has 101 luxury suites, including 11 Jay-Z-designed special suites called ďThe VaultĒ that cost $550,000 a year and are stocked with high-end champagne. The Barclays Center food experience will offer the best of Brooklyn. Itíll include brisket hot dogs by Brooklyn Bangers, pizza by L & B Spumoni Gardens, barbecue brisket and pork sandwiches by Fatty ĎCue, franks and fries by Nathanís Famous and Ė of course ó cheesecake by Juniorís.



The NFL has blown it on its biggest stage, Monday Night Football. On what I considered the worst call in NFL history, the referees decided the game in Seattle Seahawks 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers.

With replacement referees still working the games, on the last play of the game, the refs awarded a 24 yard touchdown catch to Golden Tate that was clearly in the possession of Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings. Even the replay officials got the play wrong. Yuk.

Bookies are estimating that $150-250 million in bets were shifted on that play.

In a photograph that will live in infamy, one official ruled the play a touchdown and the other a touchback and neither looked like he wanted to make the call.



I guess the mess-up with the Seattle - Green bay game help seal the deal on a contract between the NFL and the NFLRA.

Yeah!!!!



Glad to see Dusty Baker is doing well. Beside having an irregular heart beat, Dusty also had a mini-stroke.



I donít know about you, but 10 years ago I use to watch the NHL all the time, and then the lockout occurred and I stopped watching all the time. After the lockout I would occasionally watch a game. Now if there is a strike or lockout, I probably might not watch it at all. Its greed versus greed, and the only people who will suffer are the fans.



Eric Gagne reveals in his new biography that 80% of his LA Dodger teammates were using performance-enhancing drug. The former CY Young closer who converted 84 consecutive save changes also admits that he used human growth hormone in a three year period towards the end of his career.



With the start of next weeks blog, I will have a new name for it. Iím not telling. Is the suspense killing ya???

 

Til Next Time

Scott

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: ScottJax77 Tampa Bay Rays Devon Walker Replacement Refs RG3 NFL. Syracuse Football Tennis Notre Dame

One year ago ScottJax went under the knife, ScottJaxís favorite song, NFL, Rays, Walker and more in this week edition ofÖ.



Letís never forget what happened on September 11, 2001



Wow, today marks the one year anniversary of my hip replacement surgery. There are days that I walk fast, and there are days that I start off good and as the night progresses at work I start to slow down. My surgeon did not want me to do heavy lifting. But, in the Postal world you are suppose to be able to lift up to 75 pounds. In my 15 years in the Post Office I have never had to lift that much. But lifting 20 pounds can be a chore, not the least is the wear and tear of the hip. Still no running and hopping. That is to prevent strain on the hip. Bending down is better, though sometimes it takes a minute to get down and get up. But I donít feel anywhere near the pain and discomfort I use to and that is good. The only bad thing is that I will need another hip replacement for my other hip. I am trying to hold off for four more years.



For a person who is a very upbeat person this is one of my favorite songs..



The Fighting Irish are going to join the ACC in every sport except football, yet they plan on playing 5 ACC football games a year. So are you in, or are you out of the ACC for football? It seems to me your all-in, except you donít want to give out any of your $$$ your making from NBC.



The Tampa Bay Rays played the Yankees at home with a chance to surpass the first place team, yet only 28,585, 17,652 and 16,711 attended. MLB should consider moving the Rays.



Tulaneís Safety Devon Walker is in stable condition following an operation to repair a cervical spine fraction. The injury occurred during Saturdayís game against Tulsa, in a head-on collision with his teammate. See the video above.



Some NFL milestones were reached this past Sunday. Tom Brady is now in 5th place on the all-time career touchdown list with 302. Brady also is in 5th place in wins by a quarterback with 125. Peyton Manning threw is 400th and 401st touchdown pass, and is in third place. Bill Belichick recorded his 193rd victory, which outs him in a tie for 8th place on the all-time list with Chuck Knox.



Props got to go to RG3, as he led the Washington Redskins to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints, 40-32.



There is now talk that replacement refs will be around to at least week 5 of the NFL season.



David Akerís kicked a record tying 63-yard field goal. Take a look at the expression on his face when he made it. Classic.



Andy Murray is the first British tennis player in 76 years to win a Grand Slam tournament.



Good-by to Andy Roddick, who retired after his match at the US Open. He won over $20 million during his 12-year career. He won 32 singles titles and 4 double titles and was 609-212 in career singles matches. His only draw-back was for as much talent as he had he only one 1 Grand Slam event and was the runner-up in four others (losing to Federer each time).



Is USC in trouble? Syracuse raked up 450 yards on offensive against the #2 team in the nation. Again, with all the offense Cuse racked up, they still lost, 42-29. Come to think of it the Orange had more total offense than the Trojans 455-445. Wow who would have thought that?? Syracuse is now 0-2.

Next up for Cuse, Stoney Brook.



Jerry ďThe KingĒ Lawler is in ICU following a heart attack on Monday Night Raw. His son say he doesnít look too well. There is talk that Lawler might have suffered brain damage. This is speculation due to the lack of oxygen that went to the brain following his collapse.



Is MLB babying its pitchers? It seems to me that no pitcher comes close to 275 innings, let alone 300 innings, which use to be the standard. It looks like maybe 3 pitchers will pitch 250 innings.



Til Next time

Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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