…and the 2012 turtle-wax award goes to…

I had a joke planned on the whole
2012-Doomsday thing if the Cubs made the playoffs, but I guess that’s not happening.

These are the awards you DON’T want to win.

The “You Don’t Belong Here” Award
Awarded to 1 of the 8 10 playoff teams that shouldn’t be in the playoffs
[Previous winners: 2009 Minnesota Twins, 2010 Texas Rangers, 2011 Tampa Bay Rays]

—The Detroit Tigers—

The “Sucks To Be You” Award
Awarded to the team going home with a better record than a playoff team
[Previous winners: 2009 Texas Rangers, 2010 San Diego Padres, 2011 Atlanta Braves]

—The Tampa Bay Rays—

I like Selig’s idea of playing around with the playoff format, but I consider myself part of the vocal minority that the one game playoff game is a bad plan. Why invalidate an entire seasons worth of hard work with just one game? This idea along with the division realignment to me represents a missed opportunity. Why not condense the divisions back to two per league, and expand playoff teams to two division winners and four wild card winners per league? Then the wild card teams can play each other and the survivors can play the teams that won their divisions and earned a free pass. Best of one or even best of three. That would still keep a lot of emphasis on winning the division…but I digress.

The Braves won 94 games this year…the Cardinals just 88. Any other year, this wouldn’t be an issue. Hell, the AL wild card match up featured two 93 win teams who would have had to play a sudden death match anyway under the previous format. If you really wanted a playoff format that rewarded good teams, then my playoff idea would fly. Tampa Bay was waaaaaaaaay better than Detroit this year, but got cheated out because Detroit played in the weakest division in baseball.
…Speaking of which…

The “Orioles And Blue Jays Would Rather Play In This Division” Award
Awarded to the crappiest division in baseball
[Previous winners: 2009 AL Central, 2010 AL West, 2011 AL Central]

—The American League Central: Tigers, White Sox, Royals, Indians, Twins—

Never mind the fact that this was the only division in all of baseball to not yield a 90 win team. How about a whopping 6 teams in the same league finished with a better record then the division winning Tigers. Two
of those teams finished third in their own division. And of the four teams in the entire AL that had at least 90 losses, the AL central represents three of those teams.
Honorable mention has to go once again to the NL Central who brought us two different 100 loss teams, but the other four teams in that division did somewhat decent and the division winning Reds had the second best record in baseball.

The “Steroid Accusation Rookie Of The Year” Award
Awarded to the slugger who is probably gonna get accused of steroids next, if not already
(I am NOT accusing the winner of steroids, just sayin…)
[Previous winners: 2009 Aaron Hill, 2010 Corey Hart, 2011 Jacoby Ellsbury]

—Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays—
2012
HR total: 42
Previous high: 26 in 2008

This is more of a benefit situation of Jose Bautista being hurt, and the fact that he isn’t even 30 yet, but when you mention this guy, all I can think of is the guy who you can always pick up in the late rounds of a draft or in free agency and who will never, ever hit a homer unless he’s on your bench. So when I hear he put up solid numbers all year, then my first reaction is to call you a liar.

The “What The Hell Happened To You?” Award
Awarded to the team that fell off the map when they were suppose to be contenders
[Previous winners: 2009 New York Mets, 2010 Seattle Mariners, 2011 Cincinnati Reds]

—The Miami Marlins—

So, new name, new stadium, new logo, new uniforms, new manager, new players…same old Marlins? This was a team that went out and spent recklessly, acquired a bunch of high priced free agents (all except the biggest one of all) stormed out of the gates this year, only to fall over and die despite the delusions of grandeur they had.
A nice change of pace I guess, they only reserve the right to promise so much and deliver nothing for when they win world series titles. But I guess that was a Florida Marlins thing…the Miami Marlins are all about sucking like that year after year.

The “Shut Your God Damn Mouth” Award
Awarded to whoever talked too much without backing it up
[Previous winners: 2009 Chicago Cubs, 2010 MLB Network, 2011 Carlos Zambrano]

—The Boston Red Sox—

The Red Sox talked a big game over how last years collapse wasn’t gonna happen twice…and Bobby Valentine
talked a big game over how he was gonna fix this team…well now this is awkward considering how the whole season played out.
Alright, so, you choked so back you made history last year. Management brings in a new manager this year
to correct that problem but it turns out it only made things worse. I can understand the frustration here. I can also understand the frustration behind the other side of the equation; Getting a job to correct a team that choked, only to start the season and they pick up where they left off in choking.
But guys, seriously, bitching about each other is only making you look like a joke to the rest of us.
And Bobby V isn’t the problem here. He isnt personally losing those games for the Red Sox…the Red Sox sucking is losing those games. That team needed a major overhaul, and they need to keep changing this offseason.

The “This Years Miracle, Next Years Rays” Award
Awarded to the team that made a surprise playoff run this year, and will fall short next year 
[Previous winners: 2009 Colorado Rockies, 2010 Tampa Bay Rays, 2011 Tampa Bay Rays]

—The Baltimore Orioles—

The feel good story of the year will not be making the playoffs next year. I wanted to give this to the Rangers since I like the Os chances more than the Rangers next year, but the only surprising thing about Texas’s playoff run this year was that they only settled for a wild card entry…
The Os play in the AL bEast division, so the Yankees will never let them win, and too many teams like the Rays, Angels and even Blue Jays exist for me to honestly believe the Orioles will be making back to back
postseason appearances…
(I am 2-1 in making this prediction. My only mistake was only made because the 2011 Red Sox choked, allowing the Rays to make the cut…)

The “This Years Royals, Next Years Miracle” Award
Awarded to a team that sucked this year, but can make a run next year
[Previous winners: 2009 Chicago White Sox, 2010 Chicago White Sox, 2011 Washington Nationals]

—The Seattle Mariners—

Why the hell not? They’re getting younger, gonna play the AL less next year and the NL more, and if Montero can mature and the team adds one or two more decent hitters, obviously on top of keeping King Felix, then there’s a chance the Mariners can make a run, especially if the Rangers start fading.

The “AAA Team In Disguise” Award
Awarded to a team that might have better luck in AAA
[Previous winners: 2009 Washington Nationals, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates, 2011 Boston Red Sox]

—The Houston Astros—

I’m pretty sure these guys went an entire month without winning a single game. They sucked so bad, the NL decided to kick them out.

The “Dull Knife In The Drawer” Award
Awarded to the biggest mental error this year
[Previous winners: 2009 Washington Nati(o)nals, 2010 Barak Obama, 2011 Brian Sabean]

—Derek Norris of the Oakland Athletics—

Here’s the play if you wanna watch.
Norris decides to cover third, which would make sense if not for the fact that it didn’t matter and that you left home plate wide open.

The “Results May Vary” Award
Awarded to a player/team that didn’t live up to the hype
[Previous winners: 2010 Stephen Strasburg, 2011 Carl Crawford]

—The Los Angeles Dodgers—

So in the thick of the pennant race, the Dodgers decide to make some bold trades. They bring in failed superstars like Hanley Ramirez and a quarter billion dollars worth of failure from the Red Sox and the expectation was that they were going to win? really? Have you guys been watching the Red Sox suck for the last year? And you decide
that you need that kind of expensive failure?

The “Joe West Level Of Incompetence” Award
Awarded to the umpire who made the biggest BS call(s) of the year
[Previous winner: 2011 Jerry Meals]

—Sam Holbrook—

The “Outfield Fly” situation of the wild card game between the Cardinals and Braves easily
trumps any other bad call this year.

The “Ozzie Kind Of Crazy” Award
Awarded to the manager who had the most entertaining season to watch

—Bobby Valentine of the Boston Red Sox—

Part of me feels like Ozzie Guillen should win the award that I named after him, but Bobby V clearly ran the bigger circus this year. Lord knows that Ozzie will win it in the future. Maybe he should try making a day 1 decision to ban beer and automatically lose clubhouse support, insult one of your fan favorite players then drive him to be traded, threaten to punch a radio host and a wealth of other crazy things like Valentine did this year.
Good luck Bobby, maybe the Mets will hire you next year. I would love that.

…and the 2011 turtle-wax award goes to…

Ah, my 2nd favorite time of the year, the time for me to hand out fake awards for crappy players and teams and people.

And as always…

These are the awards you DONT want to win…

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The “You dont belong here” award
-Awarded to 1 of the 8 playoff teams that shouldn’t be in the playoffs
(previous winners: 2009 Minnesota Twins, 2010 Texas Rangers)

The Tampa Bay Rays

What? After their miracle comeback of a September, I have the nerve to award them the “underserving playoff team” award? Oh yeah. Lets get one thing strait, the magnitude of how bad these guys can be is clearly overshadowed by the sucking of the Red Sox. The Red Sox had a dismal April? the Rays started a bit worse, going 1-8 out of the gates. And lets not forget how the Rays got into the playoffs, by falling behind the Yankees 7-0 in game #162. They only started comming back after the Yankees sat all their starters and put in the AAA team. Dont get me wrong, they deserve to get in more than Boston, but out of all 8 playoff teams, they deserve to be here the least.

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The “Sucks to be you” award
-Awarded to the team going home with a better record than a playoff team
(previous winners: 2009 Texas Rangers, 2010 San Diego Padres)

The Atlanta Braves

I really does suck to be the Braves. Sure, they choked, bigger than any other team in history before this year, but it gets overshadowed by Bostons even bigger choke. So while the Braves choked, they wont get much sympathy because of Bostons choke. As for the team getting in over Atlanta? The Cardinals. Kinda not fair that the Cards faced the NL Central (Not to mention 6 games against Kansas City) while the Braves played the Phillies more than they wanted to. Have the Cards play the Phils as much as the Braves had to and I guarentee the Braves play in October. Oh well, as the award says, sucks to be you.

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The “Orioles and Blue Jays would rather play in this division” award
-Awarded to the crappiest division in baseball
(previous winners: 2009 AL Central, 2010 AL West)

The American League Central Division: Tigers, Twins, Indians, White Sox, Royals

4 of the 5 of you finished below .500…the NL Central had a shot to win this (half of them had at least 90 losses), but when the Indians lead the division for more than opening week, you know you have a bad division. Justin Verlander wins 24 games? He wouldnt have a shot at that outside the AL Central. In contrast, Sabathia won 19 games having to deal with the AL east. Not saying Verlander shouldnt be Cy Young, but he wouldnt win 24 if not for facing the White Sox so much. Hes 14-1 against his own division, 10-4 against the rest of baseball.

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The “steroid accusation rookie of the year” award
-Awarded to the slugger who is probably gonna get accused of steroids next, if not already
(I am NOT accusing the winner of steroids. I’m just saying he’s probably gonna get scrutinized next)
(previous winners: 2009 Aaron Hill, 2010 Corey Hart)

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox
2011 HR total: 32
2007-2010 combined: 20

2 full seasons under his belt and neither one had him hit double digets homers. Just sayin…

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The “What the hell happened to you?” award
-Awarded to the team that fell off the map when they were suppose to be contenders
(previous winners: 2009 New York Mets, 2010 Seattle Mariners)

The Cincinnati Reds

You won the NL central just a year ago. Like the Giants, you felt like you didnt need to make many changes to the team in the offseason….and then you never showed up in 2011. With the Cardinals not suppose to be major contenders, you were suppose to walk away with the division…and you didnt. You let the Pirates hang around you through the break and did nothing to fend off the Brewers when they rolled through and never tried after that. Poor effort.

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The “Shut your God damn mouth!” award
-Awarded to whoever apparently talked too much without backing it up
(previous winners: 2009 Chicago Cubs, 2010 MLB Network)


Carlos Zambrano

Ah man, where to begin. If you dont know why he deserves this award, you clearly dont follow baseball.

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The “This years miracle, next years Rays” award
-Awarded to the team that made a suprise playoff run this year, and will fall well short next year
(previous winners: 2009 Colorado Rockies, 2010 Tampa Bay Rays)

Tampa Bay Rays

Seriously? Again? I originally named this for the 2008 Rays because they had no chance for 09…they won it in 2010, and they win it again. The Red Sox choked and thats why they made the playoffs….and the BoSox are the 2nd richest team in baseball so theyll spend the cash to fix whatever went wrong this year. The bargin basement Rays wont compete next year.

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The “This years Nationals, next years miracle” award
-Awarded to the team that sucked this year, but can make a run next year
(previous winners: 2009 and 2010 Chicago White Sox)

The Washington Nationals

Strasburg will be ready for a full season (knock on wood) and a certain other prospect might have a shot to play. Suprise run from DC next year?

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The “AAA team is disguise” award
-Awarded to the team that might have better luck in AAA
(previous winners: 2009 Washington Nationals, 2010 Pittsburgh Pirates)

The Boston Red Sox in September

September. What. The. Hell? The Red Sox sucked so hard, it made history. Anything short of a 173-0 season for a title will pale in comparison to the massive choke job you guys pulled off.

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The “Dull knife in the drawer” award
-Awarded to the biggest mental error this year
(previous winners: 2009 Washington Nati(o)nals, 2010 Barak Obama)

Brian Sabean (GM for the San Francisco Giants)

Sabean will be accepting this award as the poster child for everyone who threatened Scott Cousins. Earlier this season, Cousins collided with Buster Posey at the plate with the game on the line. The collision cost Posey (and as a result, cost the Giants too) the rest of the season. Sabean then went all out over how it was a malicious hit and the death threats followed with it. All over a clean, legal play. Afraid to get dirty? Go play soccer.

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The “Results may vary” award
-Awarded to a player/team that didnt live up to the hype
(previous winner: 2010 Stephen Strasburg)

Carl Crawford

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! *breathes* Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Ok…ok….Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Ok, seriously…hehe…ok…all that money the Red Sox dropped for him and he goes and has a terrible season. Remember when the Red Sox first signed him and all you Yankee Haters ran to defend him as such a great player while “Jeter sucks“…yeah, how’d that work out? Jeter had another solid year, while Crawford is now the poster child for the Choke Sox!
The best part? When the Orioles won game #162, it was on a base hit to left field, where no one other that Crawford himself missed the play and allowed the hit to drop, losing the game and the entire season for Boston, making their choke official. Ah man, I can’t make this stuff up if I tried…

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The “Joe West level of incompetence” award
-Awarded to the umpire who made the biggest BS call(s) of the year.

Jerry Meals

For the uninitiated, Jerry Meals was the umpire during that 19 inning marathon between the Braves and the Pirates that only ended because Meals blew the call at home. The winning run was called safe when he was really out by a mile. Not only did it cost those poor Pirates the game, but their entire season came crashing down right after. Who knows what wouldve happened if Meals got the call right and if the Pirates went on to win. All we do know is either way, the Braves werent making the postseason anyway.

-2010 awards
-2009 awards

Playoffs 2011 histories

Ah man…first of all lemme congradulate the Boston Red Sox on making history. They now own the greatest collapse in ML history. Way to set the bar for failure, guys! See ya next year.

Kinda puts that whole April start you guys had in perspective, right?

Anyway, for the rest of us, theres playoff baseball to play! Lets take a look at the recent history (2001-2010) of all the teams involved.

2001-2010 postseason records:
NYY: 46-40…3 AL pennents…1 World Championship
StL: 29-27…2 NL pennents…1 World Championship
PHI: 25-16…2 NL pennents…1 World Championship
ARI: 13-12…1 NL pennent…1 World Championship
TB: 10-11…1 AL pennent
DET: 8-5…1 AL pennent
TEX: 8-8…1 AL pennent
MIL: 1-3

once again we got a nice selection of winning teams in the postseason. Only Milwaukee is without a trip to the fall classic, but they can easily change that with 7 wins.
How about records for these teams when they face each other?

NYY: 10-13
StL: 9-4
TEX: 7-4
ARI: 7-8
PHI: 5-5
DET: 4-5
TB: 3-7
MIL: 1-3

Matchups and predictions time!

NYY vs DET
Previous Meetings: 2006 (DET-3, NYY-1)
The Tigers have Verlander, and a potent offense. The Yankees have CC Sabathia and the best offense in the AL. Tigers fans who think having Verlander should mean an easy win against the Yankees should ask the 2003-04 Twins about how having Johan Santana helped them beat the Yankees those years, Twins won game 1 both times only to lose games 2, 3 and 4. Yankees have been resting their starters and Sabathia is on normal rest and ready for action, and will be ready for a game 4 start if needed.
Yankees in 4, just like in 03-04.

TEX vs TB
Previous Meetings: 2010 (TEX-3, TB-2)
Remember these guys? Rays sprint in at the last second while the Rangers benefit from a not-so-competetive AL West. Both teams look way different than they did last year, only difference there is that the Rays are playing the same despite the differences, and the Rangers have no edge without Cliff Lee. Still…
Rangers in 5

PHI vs StL
(No Previous Meetings)
The Phillies have been resting and preparing. The Cardinals actually won more games against the Phillies this year. Theyve got momentum too, but Carpenter just pitched last night and who the hell do they have after him?
Phillies in 3

MIL vs ARI
(No Previous Meetings)
Ian Kennedy is the best pitcher in this series, but Milwaukee has the better offense and homefield advantage.
Brewers in 4.

2009 rematch? Bring it! 2001 rematch? Bring it! Brewers in their first WS as an NL team? Bring it!

Fun fact: 25 different teams have been to the postseason in the last 10 years. Only the Pirates (1992), Nationals/Expos (1981), Royals (1985), Orioles (1997) and Blue Jays (1993) havent played in October in recent years.

Hurried Start to Playoffs?

No disrespect to Joe Girardi…but…HuZuh?

Girardi has gone on record that he doesnt like the idea of there being only one day off between the season finale and Game 1 of the ALDS…if there was only some way to rest all of his starters more before then…

OH WAIT! How bout you play the AAA team instead against the Rays for the final 2 games. Maybe if we’re lucky, the Rays will sweep and the Red Sox can lose at least once, maybe twice and complete the biggest September collapse in history…

…or whatever

There is nothing left to play for….NYY is the AL 1 seed in the playoffs, and we have a chance to play the Scranton Yankees instead of the starters and give the Rays an outstanding shot to steal the wild card away from the Red Sox and make them into choke artists…..THIS SHOULDNT BE THAT DIFFICULT!

Take one for the team and remember that this is an awesome chance to stick it to our damn rivals one more time!

The End is Near!

Yankees win the division…blah, blah, blah…nothing new here.

Red Sox meanwhile are on the verge of the biggest collapse since the Mets. I dare you to find a statement that brings a bigger smile to Yankee faces other than “World Champs”

The Scranton/Wilks-Barre Yankees played in place of the regular Yankees last night and lost, which is actually a good thing cuz it allowed the Rays to gain a half game on Boston. Personally, I hope the Yankees sweep Boston, then lose the final 3 games against Tampa Bay, that should all but assure the Red Sox their place as all time chokers right up there with the 07 Mets.

Best Case scenerio for NY is Tampa Bay winning the wild card, and more importantly, Detroit to lock up the number 2 seed in the AL…that will give the Yankees the Rangers as ALDS opponents. Texas is nowhere what they were last year, making them easy wins, but more importantly, it keeps the Yankees from having to deal with the Detroit Verlanders in a 5 game series. I know, I know…the Minnesota Santanas of the early 2000s never stopped us, but the Yankees have always been funny with their playoff opponents…

vs Texas in the ALDS: win
vs Texas in the ALCS: lose
vs Cleveland in the ALDS: lose
vs Cleveland in the ALCS: win
vs Los Angelese in the ALDS: lose
vs Los Angelese in the ALCS: win
vs Detroit in the ALDS: lose
vs Detroit in the ALCS: ???

profit!

I dont really care about the NL matchups, but Ill probably have a prediction or 2 when the time comes. All current teams involved make for good matchups except the Brewers, no real storylines for a Yankees-Brewers matchup, but I guess we could always start one this year…

Back a while ago I jumped with the rest of baseball and made idiot predictiond for the awards…time for me to make more intelligent picks…

Manager of the Year:
My picks then: Acta (Indians) and Hurdle (Pirates)
My picks now: Maddon (Rays) and Hurdle

Maddon took a gutted team and competed in the AL Beast, beating out the overpayed fiends in Boston for a playoff spot (results pending). Not really a stellar year for any managers, but props are needed for showing up when people wrote your team off in April…back when the Red Sox were being picked for ALEast champs…
Hurdle gave the Pirates hope this year…and while hope have no value, having baseball in Pitt still interested in July is an accomplishment, even if things eventually went back to normal…

MVP:
My picks then: Granderson (Yankees) and Kemp (Dodgers)
My picks now: same

Granderson over anything in Boston, any day. And people can belly-ache for Verlander until theyre blue in the testicles, I dont care. The Cy Young is the pitchers MVP. Period. It was created in 1978 specifically to keep a pitcher from winning the MVP. Lets keep that tradition alive.
As for Kemp, yeah, everyone was ignoring him back in August in favor of some bums out east. Now hes a threat to win a triple crown. When he wins, Im gonna be the only person otside of LA who gets to say they called it well in advance.

Pitchers MVP Cy Young:
My picks then: Verlander (Tigers) and Halladay (Phillies)
My picks now: Verlander and Kershaw (Dodgers)

Yeah, Im sure Verlander needs a TON of explaining…Halladay stopped being invinclible when I called him as winner back in August, and Kershaw has himeself a pitching triple crown hold…..what the hell LA, both triple crowns and NO playoffs?

Rookie of the Year:
My picks then: Nova (Yankees) and Freeman (Braves)
My picks now: Nova and Kimbrel (Braves)

Seriously, Nova has been a god in his last 15 or so starts. No one can touch him for this award.
Freemans still good, but Kimbrels got a fukk-ton of saves and a ERA at bout 2.00…

More of this “unwritten rules” nonsense

Cervelli goes DEEP off Boston, then gets thrown at in his next at bat. I dont care what excuses were given for it, that $hit was INTENTIONAL. Either way, the Yankees WON and all was right in the universe because of it…

The next day, I hear people are crying foul over the whole situation, but not over Cervelli getting hit…more over Cervelli clapping his hands after finishing his trot around the bases…people going so far as to justifying the beaning because they felt Cervelli was showing up Boston with that clap.

I’ve noticed that no one ever cries over these “unwritten rules” unless a Yankee does something they dont like. Last time anyone cried over unwritten rules was when Dallas Braden PMSed over ARod walking on the mound…now we have  this.

Last I checked, Cervelli had only 2 home runs in his LIFE before he went deep last night. The kid is also the most enthusiastic player on the east coast. Anymore excitment and he’d be liable to sprint around the bases next time he goes deep. If Cervelli wanted to show anyone up, then he’d scream in Saltalamacchias face, not clap near the bum.

Besides, its the Boston Red Sox. They dont deserve respect. Not when you have bums like Ortiz, had “Manny being Manny” for all that time, and have the most arrogent unappealing fanbase in history. And youre asking for the Yankees of all teams for respect? Ha! Thats funny, youre funny.
We dont give respect to you, and we never expect respect from you.

Even if it werent Boston, its the backup catcher celebrating something he might not do again this season, and doing it in one of the biggest games of the year.

Even if it werent showing up the opposition, who’s got a problem with celebrating? Every other relief pitcher in baseball has some sort of fist pump or hand gesture they do after every strikeout or save. Home runs are often admired or followed up with some silly little trot. And from Joba to Ortiz, I support everyones right to showboat.
I also support retaliatory beaning if one of your own gets drilled.
But what I wont support is retaliatory beaning because someone hit a home run off you…except when Ortiz gets drilled, because thats always funny.

Fearless awards prediction…in August

I dunno why some people are making their awards predictions in August, but far be it from me to not throw my own in there…of coarse other people are wrong and its up to me to say who should really win…

A/NL manager of the year
The popluar picks: Acta (Indians) and Hurdle (Pirates)
The right picks: I agree.

Indians suck and wont make the playoffs, but with no other team in the AL being any different than they were last year, at least the Indians had hope for a while. And Acta deserves props for giving Cleveland (of all places) any sort of hope, even if it was only for April…Hurdle is…well…Pitt potentially has a chance to finish above .500 let alone make the playoffs. Playoffs wont happen, but leading the Prates of all teams to a winning record alone warrents you an award.

A/NL MVP
The popular picks: Gonzalez (Red Sux) and Reyes (Mets)
The right picks: Granderson (Yankees) and Kemp (Dodgers)

Gonzalez leads the AL in average (.347) and is 5th in runs (81) and 2nd in RBIs (92)
Granderson meanwhile leads the AL in runs (109) and RBIs (94) and is 2nd in home runs (33)
Both are contenders for 2 triple crown jewels, and both can score runs.
Both play on teams that can give you plentiful RBIs and drive you home when youre on…so it all really boils down to:
Do you want the guy who hits for more average? Or the guy who hits for more power?
Take the power every time.

Reyes has had a great year, sure, but hes been hurt way too much while Kemp has put together an impressive stat line.
Kemp: .320 AVG (4th), 28 HR (2nd), 89 mRBI (2nd), 32 SB (3rd)

A/NL Cy Young
The popular picks: Verlander (Tigers) and Halladay (Phillies)
The right picks: I agree

Both are in the top 2 in their own leagues W, K, and ERA leaders. Dont even bother…
Verlander may have the added benefit of pitching in baseballs weakest division, but without him, the Tigers are sunk and at least he has more than 13 wins unlike a certain undeserving cy young winner last year.

A/NL RotY
The popular picks: Hellickson (Rays) and Freeman (Braves)
The right picks: Nova (Yankees) and I agree

I feel the NL is between Freeman and Espinosa. The only real difference between the two is Freeman has a waaaaaay better average.

Why Nova? Twice this season he has been called up from AAA and both times the Yankees rotation has been stabilized. At one point the question for the Yankees had been who will start after Sabathia in October…now the question seems to be who will start after Sabathia and Nova in October?

Jeter and the All Star Game

So let me get this strait…

Derek Jeter.

Everyone hated the fact that he was voted into the all star game…hated how he “wasnt deserving” and how he shouldnt even bother…

and then he withdrew himself so he could rest…

And now everyone hates the fact that he isnt going to the all star game?

You hated the fact that he was going, and now you hate the fact that he isnt going. Which is it?
Maybe people realized that there isnt an all star worthy SS in the AL besides the captain…

Hands up if youve ever reached 3000 hits as a member of the greatest franchise in sports, making #3000 a home run all while winning 5 world championships and being the all around best player in baseball…………..What, no one else?

Seriously, who gives a crap? Its the all star game! Jeter has bigger things to worry about. Odds are he rushed back from injury just to wrap up his 3K chase at home…now he gets a few days to relax, get away from the media and rest his injuries before getting right back into more important matters: winning. He doesnt care about some exhibition game, he cares about winning another title. You wanna see him in Phoenix? Then the D-Backs better win the pennent and ensure that Jeter and the Yankees have no choice but to show up.

 

 

All Star Game tonight….gonna watch it on mute since its FOX

And since every hack is throwing their 2 cents in on how to make the ASG interesting again, I might as well joing in.

-No stupid rules about pitchers, hell, allow pitchers to reenter a game if you want.
-No hockey-style drafting.
-No “this time it counts”.
-Give everyone a metal bat and watch the long balls fly.
-Give the MVP the chance to automatically trade himself to a contending team, just in case Jose Bautista, Matt Wieters or Gaby Sanchez wins it and actually wants to see October for a change…

“City of Champions”

So…one day on yahoo, i notice someone posting about how they felt how we should all know Boston as “The City of Champions”

Ill spare you the details, but the logic is that what with the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup, Celtics having the most NBA titles and the anchient history of the Patriots and Red Sox titles….that somehow means that Boston is better and blah blah blah blah…

Yeah…no.

They wanna call themselves bannertown because of the Celtics, then go ahead. Winning more titles than any other team in your sport gives you those bragging rights. For the uninitiated, the Celtics have 17 NBA titles….one more than the LA Lakers’ 16…but LA as a city can only lay claim to 11 of them because that team won 5 titles in Minnesota.
But yeah, Boston is still on top for basketball…

In the NFL however, theyre anything but top dogs.
Depending on how you look at it, its either the Pittsburgh Steelers with their 6 Super Bowl wins…or the Green Bay Packers with their 13 overall titles.
Green Bay is titletown…while the Patriots technically dont even play in Boston…

NHL? Montreal. No one else even comes close. The city lays claim to 26 titles (24 by the Montreal Canadiens and 2 more by a defunct team)

MLB? Do I really need to explain? Yankkes have 27, which is more than any team in the entire world. Its also more than almost every other city has if they combine all of their sports titles into one. Only Boston as a city has more overall titles than the Yankees as a team. Combine the titles of the other NY baseball teams (Giants-5, Dodgers-1 and Mets-2) and just the New York baseball titles overshadow all of Bostons total titles. Add the other 3 NY sports titles, and it becomes insane.

If anything, we should be calling New York the city of champions.

But as I said before, Boston is bannertown (17) and Green Bay it titletown (13)
Ya know what Montreal and NY call themselves for their respective sports championships? NOTHING! Because those two have so many titles, they dont need to remind you how awesome they are.

Anyway, I collected every cities championship count and tallied it. Here are the top 5 cities for reference…
The Giants and Jets play in Jersey, so I didnt count them for NY. It just wouldnt be fair to everyone else to add 8 more titles to NY…

#1: New York: 45 titles (35 MLB; 8 NHL; 2 NBA)
-Yankees (27)
-NY Giants (5)
-NY Rangers (4)
-Islanders (4)
-Knicks (2)
-Mets (2)
-Brooklyn Dodgers (1)
[If you really wanna add the Giants/Jets combo, then NY become 53]

#2: Boston: 34 titles (17 NBA; 8 MLB; 6 NHL; 3 NFL)
-Celtics (17)
-Red Sox (7)
-Bruins (6)
-New England Patriots (3; all Super Bowls)
-Boston Braves (1)

#3: Montreal: 26 titles (all NHL)
-Canadiens (24)
-Maroons (2)

#4: Chicago: 24 titles (9 NFL; 6 NBA; 5 MLB; 4 NHL)
-Bears (9; 8 NFL championships and 1 Super Bowl)
-Bulls (6)
-Blackhawks (4)
-White Sox (3)
-Cubs (2)

#5: Detroit: 22 titles (11 NHL; 4 MLB; 4 NFL; 3 NBA)
-Red Wings (11)
-Tigers (4)
-Lions (4; 0 Super Bowls, 4 NFL championships)
-Pistons (3)

The Buster Posey Nonsense

So…where the hell have I been? Not important…especially not jail…thats silly…youre silly…

Anyway, I wasnt there but if sportscenters highlights are to be believed, then Buster Posey made the sad mistake of getting in Scott Cousins’s way as he scored a go-ahead run in extras at a Giants-Marlins game. After getting run over, Posey’s season came to an end. Unfortunate, but part of the game. Situations like that are the reason so many people in Minnesota want Joe Mauer to make a position switch.

Like I said though, part of the game. Catchers dont gear up in all that equipment because its fashionable. Cousins certainly didnt mean any ill will either, as evident from the thousand and one apologies hes been issuing. Word is hes gonna write Posey a song about how sorry he is next. Posey meanwhile doesnt harbor any resentment over the collision. All part of the game. He is however suggesting a possible rule chenge to protect catchers more.
…wait, what? Ok, ok…Poseys season just ended and who wouldnt be bitter over how things went down. Thats just the situation (and possibly the pain killers) talking.

Then Brian Sabean opened his mouth.

And the death threats come rolling in.

What the hell is going on here? I can tell you right now that if Jonathan Lucroy had been run over and his season ended, we wouldnt be hearing any of this noise. Who the hell is Lucroy? Good question, I can tell you he was the only available everyday catcher on fantasy after I had to drop Posey, but outside of Milwaukee your guess is as good as mine. If Cousins had run over any other catcher, this wouldnt be an issue, bot no, he ran over the best catcher in baseball, so apparently we need a rule change.

Baseball is not becomming the NFL. The only time two players collide is when its at home plate with a run at stake. Any rule change here would serve to just pussify baseball. Runners arent just gonna avoid confrontation just because theres someone between him and the plate, and catchers arent gonna back down because theyre the last line of defense. Theres a run at stake, and every last one is vital, from the 1st inning all the way into extras.

…and Johnny Bench can shut the hell up while hes at it too…

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