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  1. Players choose Cabrera over Trout as TSN’s 2012 Player of the Year

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera is The Sporting News’ 2012 Player of the Year after being picked by 108 of the 203 players to vote. Mike Trout was second with 71 votes. No one else got more than five votes, and surprisingly enough, the player with five was Adrian Beltre. Likely NL MVP Buster Posey received just two…

  2. Mike Trout headlines this year’s class of Fielding Bible Award winners

    Oct 25, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    If you have lost patience with the Gold Glove Award as a measure of defensive excellence, the Fielding Bible Awards are here to help. Voted on by a 10-person panel which includes the likes of Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville, John Dewan and the video scouting team at Baseball Info…

  3. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  4. Mike Trout named Baseball America’s Player of the Year

    Oct 16, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    He was named Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year too, but that’s a no-brainer. It’s the Player of the Year Award that will probably get the Cabreraites a bit miffed: His all-around performance was stunning enough to put him right in the thick of the American League MVP debate with Cabrera, who won the first…

  5. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  6. My MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year picks

    Oct 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Here are my picks for the MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards for each league. Obviously, these are all for fun. I’m not a BBWAA member and do not have ballots for any of these awards. Feel free to flame away. AL MVP 1. Mike Trout 2. Miguel Cabrera 3. Robinson Cano 4.…

  7. Since when is Miguel Cabrera not getting any press for his Triple Crown?

    Oct 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    I realize that the whole Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera MVP debate has led to a lot of old school-new school tribalism (and a lot of Detroit-non-Detroit tribalism), but it seems that in the past week or so that tribalism has taken a rather silly turn:  people claiming that Miguel Cabrera was/is getting no attention for his…

  8. Miguel Cabrera wins first Triple Crown since 1967

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera entered tonight’s season finale against the Royals ranking first in the American League in batting average, homers and runs batted in. And that’s right where he’ll finish. Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a strikeout on Wednesday night in Kansas City, but he walked off the field to a standing ovation from the Kauffman…

  9. Angels GM doesn’t regret leaving Mike Trout in minors for 20 games

    Oct 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    I wondered yesterday whether not calling up Mike Trout until April 28 cost the Angels a playoff spot and while it’s obviously impossible to say for certain the numbers certainly suggest that it could have. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com asked general manager Jerry Dipoto that very question last night, and he downplayed any regret about…

  10. What’s left to play for in Game 162?

    Oct 3, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Grant Balfour celebrates after the Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers during their MLB baseball game in Oakland

    We’ve played 161 games and still not everything is decided. What’s left? American League The Yankees hold a one-game lead over the Orioles. A New York win or an Orioles loss gives the division to the Yankees.  If the Bombers lose and the O’s win, we have a one-game playoff tomorrow, in Baltimore, to see who…

  11. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Don’t you love the word “penultimate?” Me too! Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: It took twelve innings, but Raul Ibanez‘s heroics won the day. He homered off Boston closer/arsonist Andrew Bailey to bring the Yankees back from a 3-1 deficit in the ninth and then he singled in the improbably-in-the-game Frankie Cervelli to walk it…

  12. Did not calling up Mike Trout earlier cost the Angels a playoff spot?

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Lost in Mike Trout‘s historic rookie season and the heated AL MVP debate is that the Angels didn’t call him up from Triple-A until April 28 and will likely end up missing the playoffs by 2-3 games. Obviously there’s no guarantee that having Trout from Opening Day on would have equaled 2-3 more wins for…

  13. Two days left: here’s where it stands

    Oct 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    For those of you too busy watching football or something silly like that last night, here’s where we stand with two days left in the regular season. Nine of the ten playoff teams are known: the Yankees, Orioles, Tigers, Rangers and Athletics will represent the American League. The Nationals, Braves, Reds and Giants will represent…

  14. Triple Crown Watch

    Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    The latest on Miguel Cabrera‘s chase for the Triple Crown: Batting Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera   .329 2. Mike Trout   .325 3. Joe Mauer   .322 Home Run Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  44 2. Josh Hamilton  43 3. Edwin Encarnacion  42 RBI Leaders 1. Miguel Cabrera  137 2. Josh Hamilton  127 Among those leaders,…

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 2, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Tigers 6, Royals 3: Before the season began I said something to the effect of “if I had to bet the lives of my children on the outcome of any division, it would be the Tigers winning the AL Central.” I repeated that line on the radio a bunch of times.  I was sweating it…

  16. Derek Jeter led MLB in jersey sales for third straight year

    Oct 1, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    MLB released its annual list of top-selling jerseys and Derek Jeter topped the list for the third consecutive season. Here’s the complete top 10 since the All-Star break: 1. Derek Jeter, Yankees 2. Josh Hamilton, Rangers 3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 4. Bryce Harper, Nationals 5. Mike Trout, Angels 6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 7. Yu Darvish,…

  17. Three exciting days left in the regular season

    Oct 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on during play against the Toronto Blue Jays in their first game of a double header during an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We are down to the final three days of the regular season, and there is so much still to be decided. Here’s an overview for the craziness that will be afoot between now and Wednesday night: The Races: The teams involved in the playoffs are close to being set. The Yankees, Orioles and Rangers have…

  18. Cabrera vs. Trout brings to mind 2001 AL MVP battle

    Sep 30, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Except this time, the shoe is on the other foot. 2001 was probably the height of the steroid era. Over in the NL, Barry Bonds had his record 73-homer campaign, with Sammy Sosa chipping in 64 and even Luis Gonzalez hitting 57. Things weren’t quite so silly in the American League, but consider that Rafael…

  19. Tigers win, White Sox fall three back with three to play

    Sep 30, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    The Tigers bested the Twins 2-1 in Minnesota on Sunday, but the White Sox failed to keep pace,  losing 6-2 to the Rays to fall three games back in the AL Central with three to play. B.J. Upton hit his 27th and 28th homers for Tampa Bay, and David Price was in control, yielding two…

  20. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  21. Miguel Cabrera is currently in Triple Crown position

    Sep 30, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

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    Baseball’s Triple Crown is sort of cool because it’s been celebrated for close to a century and because 12 of the 13 players to accomplish the feat went on to join the Hall of Fame. It’s also outdated, as new stats have emerged that do a better job of evaluating offensive production. But enough of…

  22. Great Moments in Selective Endpoints

    Sep 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi has been at the vanguard of the Miguel Cabrera MVP argument. The Michigan resident and former Tigers beat writer is very pro-Cabrera this year. Which is fine, because as I’ve said before, it will not be an atrocity if Miguel Cabrera wins the MVP award. I think, personally, it’s the wrong…

  23. Mike Trout: still a Phillies fan

    Sep 27, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Commence your six-year premature free agency speculation, Philly Pholks. Mike Trout grew up in Phillies country and, according to his dad in this CSNPhilly.com interview, Trout still roots for them: Trout’s father recalled a story from a few years back when in the middle of the night, Jeff heard Mike scream from his room. “Dad, we got…

  24. Giancarlo Stanton aiming to return to action Wednesday

    Sep 25, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Finally, a dose of positive news for the Fish. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t appeared in a game since September 16 and is not in action Tuesday evening because of an intercostal muscle strain, but the 22-year-old outfielder told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he is “optimistic” that he’ll be able to return…

  25. Gleeman and The Geek: MVPs, batting titles, and pink drinks

    Sep 24, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Note: I do a weekly podcast that’s mostly about the Minnesota Twins, but also about baseball in general and other random topics that HBT readers may find amusing. On this week’s “Gleeman and The Geek” episode we talked about pink drinks, revisiting the free agent pitcher market, Joe Mauer and batting titles, Mike Trout versus…

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