Results matching “awards”
Oct 5, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT
I’ve written more stuff about the American League Cy Young Award race than I ever wanted to, but the arguments keep going on, and I’m nothing if not a guy who likes to argue, so . . . The latest incarnation is not about the award itself. It’s about the debates about the award (set…
Oct 4, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT
I’m not going to re-re-re-rehash the AL Cy Young arguments here, but this thing from the Daily News’ Bill Madden — Spink Award-winning Bill Madden — begs to be highlighted: The sabermetric guys are making the case for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who belies his 13-12 record with a league-leading 2.27 ERA, 249.2 innings, 30 quality…
Oct 4, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT
As expected, Brad Ausmus announced his retirement yesterday after 18 seasons in the majors and over 15,000 innings logged behind the plate, saying: “I’m ready to stop playing. I just don’t feel like I cant contribute every day.” Ausmus struggled to stay healthy in two seasons as Russell Martin’s backup with the Dodgers, but was…
Oct 4, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT
I’m certain that mine weren’t the best around in 2010. I’m pretty sure they weren’t the worst either. How were yours?
Oct 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT
Yesterday the Pirates fired Double-A manager Matt Walbeck after he won the Eastern League championship and manager of the year award, which had many people scratching their heads. It still seems like an odd move given how successful Walbeck has been–winning four manager of the year awards and three championships in six seasons in the…
Sep 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT
Former big-league catcher Matt Walbeck was recently named Double-A manager of the year after guiding Altoona to the Eastern League championship, but last night the Pirates fired him. Walbeck told Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror that he was “surprised” by the move and received no clear explanation for the Pirates’ decision: No, not really.…
Sep 29, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT
“Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” Mark Twain wrote that. And now I’m stealing it to head up a blog post about baseball stats. That’s either really cliche or really stupid. Or both. Yeah, it’s both…
Sep 29, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT
UPDATE: So much for that. The Dodgers had to scratch Hiroki Kuroda for Sunday’s start, which means Kershaw is going back in the rotation for Friday’s start, with Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly picking up Saturday and Sunday. In other news, I am 100% certain that hundreds of players will be shut down for the…
Sep 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT
That’s an argument you don’t hear very often, but Ed Price of FanHouse made it today. After noting that people like me are probably going a bit too nuts in our Felix Hernandez campaigns — Price thinks Hernandez should and will win the award easily — he throws this out there: CC Sabathia is his…
Sep 24, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT
Over at IIATMS, Larry takes on the manner in which folks have been trying to, um, inject PEDs into the narrative surrounding Jose Bautista’s 50-home run season. It’s a good read, with a premise worth thinking about: while we can predict a lot on baseball, the unpredictable can still happen. It’s funny how people can…
Sep 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT
After my rant earlier this morning, I should make a point to notice when writers do get the awards votes right. Here’s one Ken Rosenthal. I’m no one, and I have my own, well-known set of biases, so I don’t expect to convince anyone in the BBWAA of anything even if I think I’m on…
Sep 24, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT
At no point in your rambling, incoherent column were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Sep 23, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT
Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Dispatch was asked in a chat yesterday about last year’s Cy Young Vote and whether he thought Keith law and “others in the sabermetric crowd” had undue influence in awards outcomes. His response: There increasingly appears a campaign to discredit pitcher wins as a consideration. They are considered by…
Sep 23, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT
Oswalt dominates, the NL West continues to see-saw and Joe Girardi decides to use the element of surprise (i.e. a team of super-secret, anonymous relievers) to try and beat the Rays.
Sep 19, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT
Prepare thyself. Another “must-see” Japanese pitching prospect could be on his way to the states as soon as this offseason. FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal heard from a source Saturday that right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be “posted” this winter, meaning teams in Major League Baseball…
Sep 18, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was given a rare double-dose of cortisone injections on Wednesday of this week in the area of his sore ribcage. It hasn’t helped. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the injured MVP candidate felt the same Saturday as he did on Wednesday and is not optimistic about his chances of returning before…
Sep 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT
When even the best sportswriter in the business whiffs on the Derek Jeter story, something significant must be going on.
Sep 16, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT
Carlos Zambrano could make $19 million in 2013 based on the vote of a single baseball writer. Does this bother you?
Sep 16, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT
Derek Jeter kind of sold his fake HBP last night. I mean, yeah, he got the call and I guess that’s the whole point. But he has a long way to go until he can consider himself a master of the genre. For example, check out this fine work by Yunel Escobar last year. He…
Sep 15, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT
I’m finally starting to get it: It’s not about the peformance. It’s about the story.
Sep 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
Hitters are penalized for the advantages Coors Field provides them. Why then, don’t we credit the pitchers?
Sep 9, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT
Barring a change in the umpiring schedule, Jim Joyce is slated to be behind the plate for Armando Galarraga’s start tomorrow against the Orioles. Joyce was working first base when he infamously blew the call that would have given Galarraga a perfect game on June 2. Joyce immediately and emotionally admitted his mistake, Galarraga displayed…
Sep 9, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT
There’s a smart choice and a dumb choice for the Cy Young Award. Which choice would you make?
Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT
Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through…
Sep 7, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT
Rays prospect Jeremy Hellickson has been named Baseball America‘s minor league player of the year after the 22-year-old right-hander went 12-3 with a 2.45 ERA, .238 opponents’ batting average, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 117.2 innings at Triple-A. BA doesn’t list the other finalists for the award, but Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers of the…
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