Filed under: Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Red Sox Suck, Sportswriting | Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Damaso Marte, Delmon Young, Dustin Pedroia, Freddy Sanchez, JEREMY GUTHRIE, jorge posada, Keith Law, Matt Holliday, Neat little graph, Peter Gammons, Ryan Braun, Steve Phillips, Troy Tulowitzki, Wilson Betemit
Let’s just say there’s been worse years for the MLB awards. Granted, they got approximately… one or zero of the gold glove awards right, but then they never get those right, and this season has been helped by some clear frontrunners in the races. A-Rod was flat-out historically amazing – I would be surprised if he didn’t get a unanimous MVP – and Holliday was probably the thin front runner, as he deserved to be, and that one game playoff probably sealed it up for him. They’ll probably get the Cy Youngs wrong, or at least the AL, but unless there’s a clear, defenite front runner, they usually get those wrong too. But, give them credit — they were completely right on the Rookie of the Year. Continue reading
Filed under: Barry Bonds, baseball hall of fame, Milwaukee Brewers | Tags: albert pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder
Babe Ruth. Hank Aaron. Barry Bonds. Alex Rodriguez (soon)… and… Prince Fielder?
OK, perhaps it is a bit farfetched to says that Prince Fielder might be the next home run king. But the young man certainly had an excellent season; in fact, he hit the most home runs ever by a player under 24 years old, and became the youngest player ever to hit fifty home runs at age 23.
Though his defense suffers, a move to the American League at some point as a DH might be just what this young man needs to set a new home run record. It is difficult to predict how many home runs a player will get through his career, but I will now attempt to do it. Continue reading
Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Arizona Diamondbacks, Awards, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners | Tags: A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Bob Melvin, Coors Field, Dustin Pedroia, Eric Wedge, Jake Peavy, Jim Leyland, Josh Beckett, Matt Holliday, Mike Hargrove, Mike Sciosia, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki
That time of year has come – the playoffs, so it makes perfect sense to try to predict who wins the various awards of baseball. Keep in mind that I am not saying who I think should win, rather I am saying who I think will win. Also, keep in mind that the awards given in the offseason are voted upon before the postseason begins.
Alex Rodriguez. Come on. I don’t have to explain this one, do I?
Matt Holliday probably clinched it by getting that huge hit on the one-game playoff versus the Padres.
AL Cy Young
Josh Beckett had the most wins. Surprise?
NL Cy Young
Jake Peavy. We’re all smart people here.
AL Rookie of the Year
Dustin Pedroia may not deserve it, but he gets the Boston spotlight and the flashy numbers.
NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Braun. Sorry, Troy. But he edged you out. To be honest, Troy wouldn’t deserve it anyways because he was only an average hitter when you factor in the Coors Effect. But the difference in defense still doesn’t quite make up for it. Smart stats aside, it’s hard for the sportswriters to ignore 30 homers.
AL Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland? Mike Hargrove? I’m kind of out of options here. There was nobody who stood out at all. I guess Eric Wedge makes the most sense, or maybe Mike Sciosia.
NL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin virtually willed the D-Backs into the playoffs, and though I thought that Ned Yost was the frontrunner, the Brewers missing of the playoffs means that Melvin will likely take the metal home.