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  • November 18th, 2016

    November 18, 2016:
    Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer Awarded
    BBBA’s Walter Perry Johnson Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 2:09 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersalliance-thumb-200x155-12545-8.pngThe bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer as the best pitchers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

    In balloting, Mr. Verlander received 11 first place votes and 130 points overall, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Finishing a close second with 125 points and nine first place votes was the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber. The Boston Red Sox’ Rick Porcello finished third with 110 points and nine first place ballots. Also earning the top spot on BBA ballots were the Chicago White Sox’ Chris Sale and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. The top five American League pitchers finished as follows:

    Justin Verlander, 130 points (11 1st place votes)
    Corey Kluber, 125 (9)
    Rick Porcello, 110 (9)
    Chris Sale, 46 (1)
    Aaron Sanchez, 44 (4) Read more…

    November 17th, 2016

    November 17, 2016:
    Holy Buckets, Rick Porcello!

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:03 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox | No Comments

    So we have been Red Sox baseball-less for over a month–unless you count all the former Red Sox players/management who comprised the Cubs and the Indians, and it’s a LONG way to Pitchers and Catchers…

    And next week is Thanksgiving, and it’s doubtful Dave Dombrowski will spend dinner with a potential Ace, just like Theo did with Curt Schilling and family all those years ago. Honestly, that is a story that legends are made of…

    It all just goes into the bucket for when Theo comes up for the Hall of Fame…Because how could he NOT be worthy? He broke 86 and 108 year baseball curses…Who does that?? And what’s next? Becoming GM of Cleveland???

    So for right now, Sox fan need console themselves with the fact Ric Porcello has won the first Red Sox CY Young award since Pedro did it in 2000! And he did it in a rather weird way, beating Justin Verlander by a mere 5 points; and it was not by having the most 1st place votes from the BBWAA (he had 8, Verlander had 14), but by his 18 2nd place votes, and the fact that 2 writers inexplicably left Verlander off their ballot. Now, I have no idea what they were thinking, but for some reason they thought Verlander was not in their top 5. But then again, a lot of people have been questioning a lot of balloting in the last couple weeks, so nothing surprises me… Read more…

    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…

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