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  • October 15th, 2014

    October 15, 2014: Boston Chapter names Kluber as their selection for the BBA’s Walter Johnson Award.

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:24 am in Baseball,BBA,Old Friends | Comments (2)

    The Walter Johnson Award is given by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) toBaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545 the Best Pitcher in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Cleveland Indians hurler Corey Kluber. The 28-year old right hander received all but one of the first place votes, with Seattle’s “King Felix” got the remaining first place vote from the chapter. Logging 235.2 inning, an average of nearly 7 innings per game, Kluber lead the AL with an impressive 34 starts (including 3 complete games), also leading the AL with 18 wins with a 2.44 ERA (#3 in the AL), and 269 strikeouts (#2 in the AL).

    Hernandez, and Oakland’s Jon Lester placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with Detroit’s David Price, Minnesota’s Phil Hughes, Detroit’s Max Scherzer, and White Sox’ Chris Sales round out the voting for the chapter.

    My personal selections for the Walter Johnson Award Corey Kluber, Jon Lester (no surprise there) David Price, Max Scherzer, and Felix Hernandez… Read more…

    October 14th, 2014

    October 14, 2014: Boston Chapter Weighs in for the BBA’s Goose Gossage Award.

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:19 am in Baseball,BBA | Comment (1)

    BaseballBloggersAlliance-thumb-200x155-12545The Goose Gossage Award is awarded by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the Best Reliever in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Yankee reliever Dellin Betances. Born and raised in New York City, the 26 years old right-hander, fared very well in his first full season in the bigs, going 5-0, with a 1.40 ERA, 147 strikeouts, and a WHIP of .778 in 70 appearances.

    Looking like an ALCS matchup, Kansas City’s Wade Davis and Orioles Zach Britton placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with KC’ Greg Holland, Orioles’ Andrew Miller, and Tampa Bay’s Jake McGee rounding out the mix

    My personal selections for the Goose Gossage Award were Dellin Betances (shocking, I know), Wade Davis, and Andrew Miller… Read more…

    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


    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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