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  • November 8th, 2013

    November 8, 2013: Final BBA Award for 2013:
    The Stan Musial Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 4:13 pm in Baseball,BBA | No Comments

    baseballbloggersallianceAs the final award given annually by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), the Stan Musial Award is given to the premier player in each league.

    The American League award was once again highly debated between the league’s two premier players.

    Mike Trout – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: The Angels’ outfielder would garner his second-consecutive Musial Award by holding off the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera once again in 2013. His .323 batting average, 27 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and league leading 109 runs and 110 walks were enough to convince the Alliance that he deserved the award once again.

    Trout earned 65% of the Alliance vote while Cabrera would take the other 35%, marking the second straight year that the two players would receive the only votes. Read more…

    November 7th, 2013

    November 7, 2013: BBA Announces Walter
    Johnson Award Given For 2013 Season

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:46 pm in Baseball,BBA | No Comments

    The last two 2013 awards left for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to award bring accolades to the best pitcher and best overall player in each league.

    The Walter Johnson Award honors the pitcher in each league that excelled far beyond anyone else. This year’s award was a dominant choice in both leagues for the Alliance.

    Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers: Scherzer’s sixth year in the league would easily be his most dominant. He led the American League with 21 wins as well as with a .875 winning percentage and 0.970 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched). He kept base runners off the base paths and away from scoring. A 2.90 earned run average would be backed up by 240 strikeouts over 214.1 innings. The Tigers’ pitcher was dominant throughout most of the season and the Alliance recognized that with 95% of their vote. Read more…

    November 6th, 2013

    November 6, 2013: Kimbrel Garners 3rd Consecutive Goose Gossage Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:34 pm in Baseball,BBA,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersallianceHaving announced the Connie Mack and Willie Mays awards, given to the top manager and top rookie in each league, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) now reveals the 2013 winners of the Goose Gossage Award.

    The Goose Gossage Award honors the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball. The award is the only award given by the BBA to have been awarded to the same player in consecutive years. This year, that player adds a third consecutive award to his virtual trophy case.

    National League: Craig Kimbrel – The Atlanta Braves: In 2011, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was awarded both the Goose Gossage and Willie Mays awards. Last season, Kimbrel received 87% of the vote to claim his second consecutive award as the National League’s premier relief pitcher. Kimbrel received an astonishing 90% of the vote from the Alliance to claim his third straight Goose Gossage Award. He would lead the National League in saves again this year, reaching the magical mark of 50 saves. Read more…

    November 6th, 2013

    November 6, 2013: BBA Names 2013 Top Rookies As Recipients of Willie Mays Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:47 am in Baseball,BBA | No Comments

    The awards season continues with the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) announcement of the Willie Mays Award recipients.

    The Willie Mays Award is given by the Alliance to the top rookie in each league every year.

    American League: Wil Myers – The Tampa Bay Rays: The center piece of the trade that sent James Shields to the Kansas City Royals, Myers was one of baseball’s top overall prospects going into the 2013 season. He would arrive on the scene in June and immediately show that the hype was worthy of his presence. Myers would finish the season hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 53 runs batted in while playing highlight reel defense. The Rays will feature Myers in the outfield for some time to come and his production will help fans accept the departure of Shields.

    Myers earned 95% of the BBA vote this year. Read more…

    November 5th, 2013

    November 5, 2013:
    Connie Mack Award kicks off
    The Baseball Bloggers Alliance Postseason Awards

    Posted by Christine E. at 6:42 pm in Baseball,BBA,Red Sox | No Comments

    baseballbloggersallianceThe Boston Red Sox continue to celebrate their World Championship after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games. As the offseason begins to heat up, attention will now turn to awards and reflections on 2013 as well as rumors and projections toward the 2014 season.

    The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) recently held its 5th annual award voting in various categories. The first of those awards, The Connie Mack Award, is given to the best manager in each league.

    American League: John Farrell – The Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox skipper won the closest of all the votes held by the BBA this year. Garnering 38% of the vote, Farrell held off the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona by less than 3%.

    Farrell took over a Red Sox team that was in shambles and had just traded away a good portion of the roster to free up payroll. Expectations entering 2013 were low but the team wouldn’t be held down. Farrell, fresh from his work in Toronto, stepped in and helped right the ship. His leadership led the team to the American League’s best record at 97-65. He would continue that success into the postseason and help the team capture the eighth championship in team history. Read more…

    October 31st, 2013

    Red Sox 6, Cardinals 1:
    Holy Buckets! 3 in 10!

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

    There are about 457,000 thoughts running around in my head this morning with regard to last night’s win, and the fact that the Red Sox have won their 3rd World Series in 10 years, AND their first at Fenway Park since 1918.

    But since I am horribly sleep deprived, AND it’s Halloween (I am dressed as a Red Sox fan, natch) AND 457,000 is a pretty big number, I’ll just share a few…

    First of all. I am still in shock as to how this season finished up. This is the team I actively HATED at the end of last season. 69 wins. All I did was bitch about them ALL last summer, to the point when I seriously considered hanging up Boston Red Thoughts and moving on to something else. Yes. Seriously. I was thisclose to being done.

    But then Bobby V was fired like 4 seconds after the season was over, and John Farrell was installed as Manager, and Ben Cherington (who may even have better street cred in Boston than Theo at this point) was able to make some great moves in the offseason, signing guys who had the kind of vibe that I like to see in a Red Sox player: Non-whining, willing to play hard and play the game right, and “gets” playing in Boston… Read more…

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