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  • November 14th, 2016

    November 14, 2016:
    Mike Trout, Kris Bryant Awarded BBBA’s
    Frank Musial Award for 2016

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:12 pm in Baseball,BBBA,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersalliance-thumb-200x155-12545-8.pngFollowing balloting by the constituent blogs of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, voters chose the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant as the best regular season performers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

    Mr. Trout received 22 first place votes and 403 points, the highest point total among all players in both leagues. Finishing a close second was the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts, with 331 points (9 1st place), while Jose Altuve finished a respectable third with 263 (5 1st place). The American League Top 10 finished as follows:

    Mike Trout, 403 points (22 1st place votes)
    Mookie Betts, 331 (9)
    Jose Altuve, 263 (5)
    Josh Donaldson, 152
    David Ortiz, 107 (1)
    Manny Machado, 101
    Francisco Lindor, 67
    Robinson Cano, 61
    Miguel Cabrera, 39
    Corey Kluber, 37 Read more…

    November 10th, 2016

    The Offseason:
    Random Thoughts…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:11 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | Comment (1)

    Some thoughts while I try to juggle dance, swim class, Thanksgiving in 2 weeks, Christmas in 6 (The hell???) and 42 million other things…

    Well, THAT certainly would never qualify as the World Series of Boring. Despite the fact Cleveland did not win (despite being up 3-1 at one point–Tito should have KNOWN what was going to happen), The Chicago Cubs did, which means that hell has officially frozen over..and now they are being all nice to Steve Bartman, who should tell them all to kiss his ass for the humiliation and torture they have put him through for the last 13 years…

    So now, ironically, Cleveland holds the dubious honor of being the team with the longest World Series Win drought in baseball at 68 years. Can Tito get them to the promised land again next year? Well, the Indians’ front office HAS extended his contract to 2020, so anything is possible. Wow, imagine that….job security for a manager….for like more than a year… Read more…

    November 2nd, 2016

    Cleveland 3, Cubs 9:
    Onto Game 7…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:35 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts | No Comments

    And the final game of the 2016 Campaign. This is it, for all the marbles. No more second chances…

    So the team that has not won since 1908 is playing the team who has not won since 1948, and even though it has been over a hundred years for the Cubs, and I love Jon Lester and Theo…I just…can’t…

    I reallyREALLY want Cleveland to win. Not only for my Dad (who was 5 when they won last time), or my friend David (who has never seen a Cleveland win), but because I think they need it more. I’m sorry, but the Cubs are just ANNOYING…and so are their fans. Honestly, were we that annoying? Don’t answer that– I know we probably were…

    Although I still cannot stand that obnoxious punk, Cleveland’s 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis…he’s way too arrogant. Holy hell, Dustin Pedroia who has 10 times the talent, doesn’t act like that….Blech… Read more…

    October 30th, 2016

    October 30, 2016:
    Fielding Bible Announces Award Winners for 2016

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:02 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    Who was the best-fielding shortstop in Major Leagues Baseball in 2016?
    Was it Andrelton Simmons of the Angels?
    Or the Giants’ Brandon Crawford?
    Or maybe Addison Russell of the Cubs?
    Or the guy who played SS on your favorite team?

    If you only follow the Gold Glove awards, you won’t have to choose just one, because two different players will win a Gold Glove award for his respective American or National League play. But what if you just want to know (or at least be able to argue about) who was the absolute best fielder at each position last year? Then the Fielding Bible Awards are for YOU!

    After each of the eleven seasons from 2006 to 2016, the twelve judges of the Fielding Bible Awards have publicly (and before the Gold Gloves were announced) stood up and said fearlessly: “THIS was the best fielder at his position in Major League Baseball THIS YEAR!

    So, who was the best shortstop in the major leagues last year? Well, as announced today in the just-released Bill James Handbook 2017, according to the twelve judges (listed below) it was Simmons, but by the closest of margins (one point) over Crawford. This is the fourth year in a row that Simmons has won at shortstop, considered by many to be the premier defensive position in baseball. No one has yet won five Fielding Bible Awards in a row at ANY position. (Mark Buehrle, Yadier Molina, and Albert Pujols have all won four in a row at their position, but all of their consecutive streaks have ended.) Read more…

    October 19th, 2016

    October 19th, 2016:
    Cleveland, you have ONE job…

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:42 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    Holy Buckets Terry Francona, you KNOW what can happen when a team is down 0-3 and you take your foot off the gas (or their throat, depending on what analogy you want to use…) Actually NO ONE knows it better than you.
    Which is why it is so very troubling that your Cleveland Indians, up 3-0 in this ALCS allowed Toronto to win last night. I know its baseball and anything can (and usually does) happen, but its human nature for folks to think “No worries, we’re up 3-0, no WAY they are going to win 4 in a row…”

    And holy crap the SOX did this to them in 2007! They were down 3-1 and came back to win the next 3. And not only did they win, they beat the SNOT out of them, out scoring them 30-5 in those contests…, and 51 to 32 over all 7…While this was fun for Red Sox fans, Tito, of all people should remember….

    Honestly, I think Cleveland will make it to the World Series, but the Chicago Cubs are still the favorite to win the World Series, which is kind of surprising, seeing the Cubs are down against Los Angeles. But again, it’s baseball..fickle mistress that she is… Read more…

    October 17th, 2016

    October 17, 2016: Guest Post:
    The Red Sox Postseason So Far…

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:34 pm in Baseball,Guest Post,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    by: Andy Gen.

    After being swept by the Cleveland Indians in the recent MLB Division Series, the Boston Red Sox announced second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent surgery on his left knee. Despite the injury, Pedroia finished the 2016 campaign with some of the best statistics of his career, and should be back in action in time for spring training. The 33-year-old played in 154 of the Red Sox 162 games during the regular season, including all three contests against the Indians in the ALDS.

    Pedroia batted .318 with 15 homers and 74 RBIs during the regular season, with the four-time All-Star’s 201 hits accounting for his highest total since his AL MVP season back in 2008. While Pedroia and his teammates had been hoping to send David Ortiz off with another World Series success, the early exit could well be a blessing in disguise for the Red Sox, as Pedroia will have an extended period in order to get himself back to full fitness. As management is expected to fill some holes for next season, BettingSports.com have not only made the Red Sox the overwhelming favorite to once again win the American League East title, but a more successful post season is also expected. Read more…


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