November 19th, 2008
Of no surprise to me, Dustin Pedroia was the rightful winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award yesterday, making its the 1st time in 13 years that a Red Sox Player has gotten the honor (Mo Vaughn won in 1995). With 16 1st place votes, he accrued 317 points, easily surpassing Justin Morneau’s 2nd place scoring of 257
Kevin Youkilis placed 3rd in the voting, with 2 1st place votes, and 201 points overall…
From Pedroia: “I really didn’t know what to expect. I was just excited to be named with all those players. There’s a ton of great players. When you hear your name come up in that category, you definitely get excited and nervous. I wasn’t nervous or overly excited. For me, just to be in that category is an extreme honor…It’s unbelievable. When I first got called up to the Major Leagues in 2006, I really didn’t know what to expect. I really didn’t set any expectations or goals on myself. My biggest thing was, if I’m in the lineup that day, I’m going to play as hard as I can and try to help our team. That’s been my mentality ever since I got called up to the big leagues. That’s how I’m going to be successful. I have to keep that mind-set every season. This year, I was very successful. Hopefully, I can continue that.”
So, for Pedroia there is Rookie of the Year in 2007, and Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP in 2008. So what is his next trick? Where can he go from here? He has already won awards those players like Big Papi and Manny Ramirez never have…in his 2nd season of MLB service–and he is only 25 years old.
Some neato stats:
Dustin joins Cal Ripkin, Jr. and Ryan Howard as the only 3 players in the history of the game to win Rookie of hte year, and then MVP the next year. Pretty impressive company….
He is the 8th player in history to win the Trifecta of MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in 1 season.
Someone actually left Dustin Pedroia off him ballot COMPLETELY. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. (One of the 2 1st place votes Youk received were from him) Here is what he has to say now: “Obviously, I was wrong in my opinion in this situation. This year, I think I may have tended to value power numbers over the intangibles. I may have focused too much on the statistical analysis. As I continued to weigh that, Dustin dropped further and further on my list, but I think what was proven today was that I was wrong.”
Looks like Brad Milles and DeMarlo Hale will be back with the Sox in 2009, as it appears Seattle has made their decision and a Manager. Don Wakamatsu, former Bench Coach for both the Rangers and Oakland is said to have bene chosen as the new Manager of the Seattle Mariners…
Do you remember this happening? I got an e-mail from the Orange County Register about this story: In 2004, after the Angels lost to the Sox during the ALDS, an Angels fan allegedly bumped a Sox fan in the head with his Thunderstix when both were walking up the stairs, then the Sox fan alledgedly chased him, and push him down the stairs. From the altercatrion, the Angels fan suffered 2 broken vertebrae and a concussion. Weirdness…You can read the whole story here:
And Holy Buckets! Coco Crisp was TRADED this morning! He was traded to the KC Royals for bullpen guy Ramon Ramirez. The righthander was 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 appearances with KC during the 2008 campaign. He also struck out 70 during that span…Looks like the Mike Timlim replacment has arrived…