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  • October 13th, 2014

    October 13, 2014:
    Hurdle Wins 2nd Consecutive Connie Mack Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:21 pm in Baseball,BBA | No Comments

    Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle were named the 2014 Connie Mack Award winners today by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA). The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.

    This is the second straight year for Hurdle to take home the hardware from the BBA after breaking the Pirates’ long playoff drought last season. Hurdle again led Pittsburgh into the promised land of October, securing a wild-card berth after a strong September surge left them just short of the divisional title.

    Hurdle received seven first place votes among the 16 ballots cast and was left off entirely of only one voter’s entry. Hurdle received 51 points, eleven more than his closest competition, Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants.

    Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East divisional title since 1997, winning the division by 12 games over the New York Yankees. Baltimore won 96 games this season, eleven more than they were able to win in 2013.

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    October 11th, 2014

    October 11, 2014: Boston Chapter Weighs in for the BBA’s Willie Mays Award.

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:24 am in Baseball,BBA,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545The Willie Mays Award is awarded by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the Best Rookie in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Jose Abreu, the Cuban phenom who played first base for the Chicago White Sox during the 2014 Campaign.

    A career .295 hitter in Cuba, Abreu holds the home run record there, which he set in 2010, the same year he was selected as the league MVP. In year one of his six year, $68 million contract with the Pale Hose, he played 145 games, made his first All-Star team, and set the White Sox rookie record for homers at 36. He also had 107 RBI’s, a .317 BA and a .964 OPS.

    Boston’s very own Mookie Betts and Brock Holt placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman rounding out the mix Read more…

    October 10th, 2014

    October 10, 2014: Boston Chapter Weighs in for the BBA’s Connie Mack Award.

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:13 pm in Baseball,BBA | Comment (1)

    Every year, the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) comes together to vote on their selections for the BBA Post Season Awards. Each chapter gets 2 votes in their league for each award, and it is up to them how they are gathered. The Boston Chapter, voting on the best and brightest of the American League, polls its membership, and pass on our top vote getter as our selection.

    The Connie Mack Award is awarded to the Best Manager in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Baltimore Orioles Skipper, Buck Showalter, who has guided his ballclub to the postseason for the first time since 1997. With a 96-66 regular season record, the birds won the AL East division by a comfortable margin–a full 12 games ahead of the 2nd place Yankees. Read more…

    October 9th, 2014

    October 9, 2014:
    The ALCS Begins Tomorrow!

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:02 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So.

    Do you think ANY of the prognosticators at the beginning of the 2014 campaign actual thought the last 4 teams standing would be Baltimore, Kansas City, St Louis and San Fran? The Cards and the Giants are not that much of a surprise for me. But the other 2? It’s been 29 (!) years for Royals and 7 for the Cookies. It’s freaking madness…

    I guess we have progressed far enough that I can throw my predictions out for who are the teams that will meet in the World Series.

    Let’s break it down:

    AL: KC Royals vs the Baltimore Oreos: Royals in 6. I just think that there is a team that is destined to make it all the way–and I think it’s KC. Plus I really can’t stand Buck Showalter, and the Cookies annoy the crap out me as a team…
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    September 30th, 2014

    September 30, 2014:
    And that, is that…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:01 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Nine random thoughts as I continue to work on my final project/case study for Lifespan Development…

    1. So the Sox have finished packing up their lockers, and heading to the links while 10 other teams head to the dance. Hard to believe that this time last year, they were heading there themselves, and the hopes of a 3rd World Series were very, VERY possible…

    2. But then again, the year before that, they were 69-93, has Bobby Valentine as a manager, and very few members of the Boston Red Sox gave a crap about the team, the fans, or anything other than themselves…)

    3. And while most of us never expected the Sox to repeat this year, I KNOW we expected a damn sight better than 20 games UNDER .500 (71-91), and last place in the AL East, with the fracking OREOS winning the division, and ending up THIRTY games over .500 Read more…

    September 25th, 2014

    Red Sox 11, Tampa Bay 3:
    One…More…Game…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:52 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So right now, the Sox have the exact same number of wins as they did during the abysmal season that was 2012. They need to win one more over their next 4 to better that.

    While 70 wins is certainly NOTHING to be proud of (22 win UNDER .500–crappy doesn’t even BEGIN to cover that nonsense), at least they cannot be any worse than the flaming car wreck that was 2012.

    Anthony Ranaudo had a great outing last night for his 4th win, leaving him with a 4-3 record, and a 4.81. Not bad for a 4th or 5th starter. Unfortunately, that’s all the Sox seem to have at this point…

    His line: 7IP, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while walking 1 and striking out 2. He threw 98 pitches, 66 for strikes…

    So it’s official: with their loss against the Oreos last night, the Skanks have been eliminated from playoff contention. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Yeah, the Sox suck, but the Skanks couldn’t get it done either…and that makes the postseason that much more palatable… Read more…


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