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Thursday, November 17, 2016

MVP Award winners unveiled | MLB.com

Two for two.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout earned his second career AL Most Valuable Player Award, while in the NL, Cubs slugger Kris Bryant became the fourth player to win the MVP Award a year after being the Rookie of the Year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 07:08 PM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Will Angels’ Mike Trout be AL MVP runner-up again despite another stellar season? - The Orange County Register

I hope not. I love Mookie Betts, who had a great year. I’d vote for Trout.

National Troutrage Day is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards, mike trout, mvp

MLB 2016 Cy Young Award winners announced | MLB.com

Scherzer, who just finished his second season with the Nationals, was an easy pick as the National League winner. But Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters had a tougher time determining the best pitcher in the American League.

Max Scherzer wins the 2016 NL Cy Young, becoming the sixth pitcher to win the award in both leagues after also winning in 2013 with Detroit

Porcello, who was 22-4 in his second season with the Red Sox, edged Verlander, the career Tiger, in the second-closest vote since 1970. He won on the strength of his second-place votes, as Verlander beat him in first-place voters 14-8.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cy young award, max scherzer, rick porcello

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cy Young Award winners too close to call | MLB.com

AL finalists Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber were 1-2-3 in FanGraphs’ WAR rankings, but the margin between them was tiny. Porcello, who led the Major Leagues with 22 wins, registered 5.2 fWAR—the same as Verlander. Kluber, who finished third at 5.1, would have been the first horse eliminated in the photo finish, but only by the length of a nose.

Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are named as the finalists for BBWAA’s 2016 NL Cy Young Award

National League finalists Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer might be just as tough for voters to separate. You also have to wonder how much separation they achieved from the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard and late Marlins starter Jose Fernandez, who ranked 1-2 in the Major Leagues in fWAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cy young award

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

BBWAA AL and NL Managers of the Year announced | MLB.com

Terry Francona, who led a depleted Indians roster to the franchise’s first division title since 2007, has been named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, while first-year skipper Dave Roberts of the Dodgers won the honor in the National League.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2016 at 07:02 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, managers

Monday, November 14, 2016

BBWAA Rookie of the Year Awards announced | MLB.com

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously named the Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award winner in the National League, while Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer earned the top honor in the American League.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 07:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, rookie of the year

Best Statistical Non-MVP seasons – The Hardball Times

Number one.

1941 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox LF: 11.0 WAR; 143 G; 135 R; 37 HR; 2 SB; .406 AVG; .553 OBP; .735 SLG; .568 wOBA; 221 wRC+; -8.8 DEF
Williams’ 1941 campaign was one of the greatest in baseball history. Seventy-five years later, Williams is still the last player ever to hit .400 in a full season. He cemented the feat by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Aside from batting average, he also led the majors in WAR, runs, home runs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA and wRC+.

But Joe DiMaggio had his league-record 56-game hitting streak in 1941, too, and Williams finished second to him in the American League MVP voting. Williams was also the runner-up in 1942 when he had an 11.6 WAR and batted .346 with 36 home runs and 141 runs scored. He won MVPs in 1946 and 1949.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 09:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, history, mvp

Why Gary Sanchez has real shot to be named Rookie of the Year | New York Post

I would have voted for Fulmer.

The Baseball Writers Association of America’s “Awards Week” kicks off with the announcement of the Rookies of the Year. Whereas the National League honor figures to go unanimously to Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the American League trophy is up for grabs between Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, whom the Mets traded to Detroit for Yoenis Cespedes on July 31, 2015.

Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin is the third finalist for the AL award, as announced last week. Naquin, who put together an impressive .296/.372/.514 slash line in 116 games totaling 365 plate appearances, is as sure a bet to finish third as Gary Johnson was in last week’s Presidential election.

Sanchez, who didn’t stick with the Yankees for good until early August, recorded a remarkable .299/.376/.657 slash line in 53 games totaling 229 plate appearances. The 23-year-old finished with 20 home runs, and he set major league records for hitting his 11th, 18th and 19th homers in the fewest games ever. While Sanchez tied Texas’ Nomar Mazara for the most homers by an AL rookie in 2016, Mazara tallied his home run total in 568 plate appearances.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gary sanchez, rookie of the year, yankees

MLB award winners: Previewing the week ahead | MLB.com

Interesting week of award announcement coming. Will Mike Trout win the AL MVP?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sunday Notes: Awards Voting, Benintendi, Beresford, Kuhl, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Every draft contains decisions gone awry. Some prospects flop. Others simply fail to attain the same level of success as players taken with subsequent picks. Mike Trout was famously bypassed by 21 teams in 2009, with the Nationals and Diamondbacks each missing a pair opportunities to grab the future superstar.

Things didn’t go much better for Arizona the next two years. In 2010, they took Barrett Loux with the sixth pick when they could have had Matt Harvey, Chris Sale or Christian Yelich. In 2011, they took Trevor Bauer and Archie Bradley third and seventh overall when they could have had Francisco Lindor and Jose Fernandez.

It’s admittedly not always fair to criticize scouting directors for missed opportunities. Projecting the future of amateur players is extremely difficult, and the final word on top picks isn’t always in their hands. Ownership and/or the GM need to be on board. Even so, the Diamondbacks would be a very different team had they been in possession of a higher-quality crystal ball.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 Silver Slugger Awards announced | MLB.com

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Salvador Perez (Royals)
First base: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Josh Donaldson (Blue Jays)
Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
Outfield: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
Outfield: Mike Trout (Angels)
Outfield: Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
Designated hitter: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher: Wilson Ramos (Nationals)
First base: Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Shortstop: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Outfield: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)
Outfield: Christian Yelich (Marlins)
Pitcher: Jake Arrieta (Cubs)

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:44 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, silver slugger

Monday, November 07, 2016

2016 BBWAA Award finalists announced | MLB.com

Not many surprises. Corey Seager in the top three for MVP was a little surprising, though.

National League
Kris Bryant, Cubs
Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Corey Seager, Dodgers

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: awards

Monday, October 31, 2016

The 2016 Fielding Bible Awards - ACTA Sports

Position Winner Points
First Base Anthony Rizzo 113
Second Base Dustin Pedroia 114
Third Base Nolan Arenado 119
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons 106
Left Field Starling Marte 119
Center Field Kevin Pillar 109
Right Field Mookie Betts 116
Catcher Buster Posey 120
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel 103
Multi-Position Javier Baez 105

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, fielding bible

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gold Glove Award finalists | MLB.com

Click through for the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, gold glove

Jose Altuve voted Sporting News MLB Player of the Year for 2016

Altuve may himself be on his way to Cooperstown, as through his age 26 season, he has 1,046 hits, a career line of .311/.354/.437 and 199 stolen bases. The only second basemen with more hits at such a young age were Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Bobby Doerr and Mazeroski. This award is not about Altuve’s career path, though. It’s about this season, and this season, he was spectacular.

VOTING RESULTS

Voting by MLB players

1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros-84

2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox-64

3. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox-41

4. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs-36

5. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals-26

6. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels-22

7. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies-20

8. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles-14

9. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers-5

10. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers-4
Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins-4

11. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles-2

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, jose altuve, mike trout, mvp, sporting news

David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league.

Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league.

Yeah, okay.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 12:39 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cubs, red sox

Monday, October 03, 2016

Why the best player in baseball won’t win MVP

Jeff Passan discusses his award choices.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mike trout, mvp

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Heyman - Passing Out The MLB Awards

Jon Heyman’s recent notes column includes his award picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 08:43 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, notes

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fox Sports: Ken Rosenthal’s 2016 MLB awards

I know, I know—Britton’s innings total, currently 65 1/3, would be the lowest ever for a Cy winner.

Problem is, the top nine starters in the league are virtually indistinguishable, with ERAs between 3.06 and 3.21. And the last AL pitcher to win the Cy with an ERA above 3.00 was CC Sabathia in 2007.

So, it’s a good but not great group of starters vs. a record-setting reliever. Or hadn’t you noticed? Britton is a perfect 47-for-47 in saves. His 0.55 ERA would be the lowest in history for a pitcher with a minimum of 50 innings.

Porcello’s 22-4 record is partly the product of his league-leading run support, but he also has produced the lowest opponents’ OPS among qualifiers. Yet, even in that category, the difference between first and eighth is minuscule; all of the starters are that close.

It’s not unprecedented for a reliever to win the Cy; it just takes unique circumstances. I would say these are pretty darned unique.

To which BK responds:

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:33 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brian kenny, cy young, ken rosenthal, relievers, robothal, writers

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

What MVP and Cy Young Awards are really about

We should be in the middle of the Mike Trout M.V.P. era.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, mvp

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MVP Ryan Braun to speak at dinner

BBWAAH, must we?

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, who faces a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, is expected to speak at a banquet where he will accept his award for being voted National League MVP.

Braun will appear at the annual awards dinner of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Saturday in New York, a spokesman for the player told The New York Times.

“He will be there and he will accept his award,” Matthew Hiltzik told The Times.

...He has not made a public appearance since news of the positive test broke on Dec. 10. Hiltzik told The Times that Braun does not intend to do interviews Saturday. Braun was named MVP on Nov. 22.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:14 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, brewers, rumors, steroids

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pedro Martinez on The Big Show: Of MVP and Cy Young snubs, the Steroid Era

Weeee! More fun than Whack-A-Gerbil!

Still, the fact that Tigers ace Justin Verlander was named the AL MVP re-opened an apparent wound for Martinez about his distress in being snubbed in the 1999 MVP voting, a year when Martinez went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts but was left off the ballots of two writers (George King of the New York Post and LaVelle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune), resulting in Martinez finishing second to Ivan Rodriguez in the race. Martinez also rankled at the memory of finishing second to Barry Zito in the 2002 AL Cy Young race.

“I was kind of pissed off at first [when Verlander won the MVP], but then I went to realize that they are the [voters] are going to have to live with that label on their back. If anyone calls them prejudice or racist for not voting for me, everyone will have to understand that it’s their responsibility for not voting for me at that time,” said Martinez.

...“I was ripped apart,” added Martinez. “I’m not afraid to say that the way that George King and Mr. LaVelle Neal III went about it was unprofessional.”

On pitching during the Steroid Era:

At the time, all I wanted was to compete. To me, it was normal. There were so many players doing it that it was normal. … You could see the guys being beefed up from one year to the next. I told so many guys, I remember Brady Anderson going from 40 homers to nearly seven the next year. I saw Luis Gonzalez go from 57 to, what, 17 the next year? It was weird. It was weird.

Everybody just admired what I was doing. Everyone was so caught up in my success. But I thought I was doing what I was supposed to do. All I wanted to do was to compete, to help the Red Sox win. It didn’t matter to me what I did individually. If I left Boston without that ring, without that championship, I’d feel like a bitter man right now. It didn’t matter to me that I was called a prima donna when I would miss two or three starts. I never did a steroid to [recuperate] in the time those guys would recup. I know how much a quad would probably hurt someone or a hamstring, how long it would take. I saw guys like [Clemens] sometimes get a hamstring or a quad or something, and in two days, he was right back and throwing 97.

I don’t know what went on. I certainly know that he recuped a lot quicker than I would, and I was younger. I pitched less, a lot less, than Roger did. He wasn’t young. He was a Hall of Famer before he got into that.

Repoz Posted: January 10, 2012 at 08:57 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, hall of fame, history, red sox, sabermetrics

Brisbee: Alan Trammell: Victim of Context

[Barry] Larkin getting in after a couple of decades or a Veteran’s Committee ballot wouldn’t add to Trammell’s cause. But Larkin got in on his third year of eligibility with 86 percent of the vote. Larkin wasn’t a borderline case—he didn’t satisfy the extra-super-special-first-ballot-bonus-points ninnies, but he was clearly a Hall of Famer in the voters’ eyes right from the beginning.

It’s that last statistic up there that’s the reason for the gap between the HOF perception gap between Larkin and Trammell. CRiL is a proprietary statistic I developed specifically to measure shortstops against each other. It’s a park- and era-adjusted stat that can sum up a shortstop’s Hall-of-Fame chances in a single number. It stands for “Cal Ripkens in League.” Larkin outpaces Trammell easily on this one.

Again, it’s not that Larkin wasn’t better than Trammell. By most metrics (and obviously in the court of public opinion), he certainly was. But if Larkin is a Hall of Famer, Trammell certainly deserves a closer look. The gap between them wasn’t that big…

Another difference between Larkin and Trammell is that the latter had a sidekick who was also worthy of the Hall of Fame. For just under two decades, Lou Whitaker played along Trammell, making All-Star teams and hitting at a position where most teams shouldn’t have a hitter. The two rode around on tandem bikes and finished each other’s sentences, and there might have been a tendency to pretend that the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. If Trammell played a couple decades with Doug Flynn, maybe he would have stood out more.

I’m sure many of us remember the Trammell/Whitaker Starting Lineup figures.

The District Attorney Posted: January 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, hall of fame, history, tigers

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Neyer: Elect Jeff Bagwell To The Hall, And Cooperstown Will Bloom Again

Apparently “Craig” only needs a first name, like Cher, Madonna or Snooki.

This morning, Craig [Calcaterra] wrote a couple of compelling Hall of Fame-related posts.

In the first, he noted that attendance at the Museum is way, way down: more than 20 percent just from 2007 through 2011… In the second, Craig gave some Calcaterrian whatfor and whatnot to three Chicagoland Hall of Fame voters who have (again) not voted for Jeff Bagwell because of suspicions that he used performance-enhancing drugs (not including amphetamines, because hey if Willie Mays used greenies it’s cool)...

While I believe Bagwell should be in the Hall of Fame, I’ve never quite understood the argument that a Hall of Fame voter—if he thinks steroid use is germane—should ignore every scrap of evidence that doesn’t appear in the Mitchell Report or wherever… I believe that it’s intellectually indefensible to disqualify a player solely because you think he used steroids ... but I also believe it’s perfectly defensible to decide for yourself, based on everything you’ve seen and heard, if a player did use steroids.

Some of that makes sense, I hope. And I really didn’t intend to get into this whole thing. Really, I just wanted to express my mild surprise that Craig didn’t make any connection between Hall of Fame voting and Hall of Fame visitors. The Hall of Fame derives 98 percent of it publicity from one thing: new Hall of Famers. But lately—and for some years into the future, I’m afraid—a great deal of that 98 percent is going to be negative. It will be about Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield and Mike Piazza and all the terrible things they did, and there might well be years when literally nobody is elected to the Hall of Fame. You think attendance has been down? You ain’t seen nothing.

The District Attorney Posted: January 03, 2012 at 10:50 PM | 240 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, awards, baseball geeks, hall of fame, history

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

HOF Ballot: William Faulkner

There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will the ballot be stuffed up?

Edgar Martinez – Called ‘gar’ after the fish that has lurked in reed lined waters still and waiting since there were fish and waters and lesser animals condemned to a perdition life of preydom and chased by higher forms make thinbodied and needleteethed by time or Godhand and touched with the breath of life. Called that by the denizens of a rain-soaked city not because he was thin but because his bat would hold still and then lash out at the rotating sphere of cowhide and twine stitched by women in Costa Rica who will hear tonight the low call of the yigüirro and catch sight: a shift of red-gray holding briefly the last rays of light coming through the canopy above.

Dave ParkerAnd you are?
Dave Parker.
And you have been on the ballot –?
Fifteen years.
And your career was—?
Up and down. Undone by cocaine.
Cocaine?
Yes, cocaine.
And you have been on the ballot—?
Fifteen years.
And you are?
Dave Parker.

The District Attorney Posted: December 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, hall of fame, history, special topics

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