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  1. Who should win the National League MVP award?

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    My assumption is that Joey Votto will be named National League MVP when the award is announced this afternoon, as his monster season combined with the Reds making the playoffs for the first time since 1995 will likely have him atop most of the 32 ballots cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. However,…

  2. Gardenhire tops Washington for AL Manager of the Year

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up for Manager of the Year in five of his first eight seasons as the Twins’ skipper, including each of the past two seasons. Today he finally claimed the award for the first time, receiving 16 of 28 first-place votes to top Ron Washington of the Rangers and Joe Maddon of the…

  3. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  4. Vladimir Guerrero’s undeserved Silver Slugger award

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Admittedly no one really cares about the Silver Slugger awards, so I’m not sure why I care enough to write about them, but Vladimir Guerrero being the pick at designated hitter is pretty clearly the wrong choice. Guerrero had a good season, hitting .300 with 29 homers and an .841 OPS, but he just wasn’t…

  5. Derek Jeter denied a National League Gold Glove award

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter won his fifth American League Gold Glove yesterday, but in a tremendous slight to the future Hall of Famer he’s been denied the National League version of the award. Jeter not actually playing in the NL perhaps made it difficult to honor him, but then again Jeter not actually being a good defensive…

  6. Derek Jeter now has more Gold Glove awards than all but four shortstops in baseball history

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter has never fared well in advanced defensive statistics, typically ranking somewhere between below average and awful. He also now has five Gold Glove awards and a legion of Yankees fans who’ll swear he’s a great defender, so clearly not everyone cares about defensive statistics. And that’s fine, but the notion that Jeter, at…

  7. Yadier Molina leads fifth annual “Fielding Bible Awards”

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today. Voted on by a 10-person panel that includes Bill James, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Rob Neyer, and John Dewan as well as the…

  8. MLBPA’s “Heart and Hustle” award has amusing candidates

    Oct 26, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Today the MLB players association released the list of 30 candidates for their annual “Heart and Hustle” award that’s “presented to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and traditions of the game.” A few things about the candidates list stood out to me…

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