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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Howie Kendrick Named NLCS MVP After Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Washington Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick took home the National League Championship Series MVP award on Tuesday after the Nats swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NL pennant. 

The 36-year-old went 5-of-15 with four RBI and four runs. His RBI single gave the Nats an insurance run in a 2-0 win over St. Louis in Game 1. He also led the Nats offense in Game 3 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs in an 8-1 victory.

The series continues an excellent October for Kendrick, who smacked a go-ahead grand slam in the 10th inning of Washington’s 7-3 comeback win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLDS.

Per MLB Stats, Kendrick is also the third-oldest player to win the NLCS MVP award, which has been in existence since 1977

Congratulations to him and his team.

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards and honors, howie kendrick, mvp, nlcs

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   1. JAHV Posted: October 16, 2019 at 02:59 AM (#5891011)
One of my favorites from his days as an Angel. He never quite became the batting champion he was hyped to be, but he was always solid (and he hit .344 this season). Good for you, Howie!
   2. My name is RMc and I feel extremely affected Posted: October 16, 2019 at 05:17 AM (#5891012)
Does Trent Grisham get a World Series share?
   3. PreservedFish Posted: October 16, 2019 at 09:26 AM (#5891026)
I was disappointed, a decade ago, when Kendrick did not become the next Rod Carew. Pretty cool to see this late career Renaissance.
   4. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 16, 2019 at 09:39 AM (#5891029)
Congrats to Howie and congrats to the Nats!
   5. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: October 16, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5891031)
Are the Mariners now the only existing franchise to have never made it to the World Series?
   6. spycake Posted: October 16, 2019 at 10:02 AM (#5891035)
Are the Mariners now the only existing franchise to have never made it to the World Series?


Yes, but don't jinx it -- the Nationals still have to get through the next 6 days first. :)
   7. Rally Posted: October 16, 2019 at 10:39 AM (#5891041)
I never expected Carew. Just can’t get past the handedness part. I thought he’d be the new Bill Madlock. Kinda close by WAR, 33 for Howie, 38 for Bill. His career BA is only 10 points lower, but the count of batting titles is 4-0. Though if Howie kept it up with 132 more PA, he would have won the 2019 batting title.
   8. The Duke Posted: October 16, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5891063)
As a cards congrats to the Nats. They thoroughly dismantled the Cardinals. The cards came as close as a team can come to being no hit four straight nights in a row
   9. Joey B. Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:06 PM (#5891072)
I'm still kind of in shock. Hard to believe all this is real. We will be underdogs in the Series (probably big ones), but that's OK, whatever happens is gravy in my book.
   10. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5891098)
The complaints of the modern game are not without merit, but storylines such as what we've seen with the Nationals are part of what makes baseball great.

Them getting to October baseball is impressive enough, given their start. But these guys were four outs away from getting bounced from the playoffs before the traditional playoff series portion started. Them getting rolled by the Dodgers seemed like a foregone conclusion. Even when they got it to a Game 5, it still didn't seem likely they'd be able to advance. And again, they were mere outs away from elimination when they made their comeback.

I had a pretty good feeling they'd get past the Cardinals, since the Cards seemed like a team that got to the Championship Series in part because of the Braves' self-destruction. But to see the Nationals just eviscerate the Cardinals in every facet of the game was still impressive.

No idea how things will play out in the World Series, but the Nationals sure look like a team that have put it all together at the right time and have that aura of destiny to them.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5891099)
Remember when the Mets demolished the Cubs in the NLCS?
   12. flournoy Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5891105)
Since the Braves last went to the World Series, we've had the Mets, Marlins, and now Nationals advance to the World Series despite losing the division to the Braves. Sickening.
   13. Srul Itza Posted: October 16, 2019 at 01:59 PM (#5891107)
This year Kendrick pinch hit 41 times -- fully a third of his game appearances -- and slashed .361/.415/.611/1.026 as a pinch hitter.

That is some damn fine pinch hitting.

   14. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 16, 2019 at 07:23 PM (#5891179)
Remember when the Mets demolished the Cubs in the NLCS?


I know, can you believe next year it'll already have been five years since the Mets won the World Series?
   15. Bote Man sez Davey is MoY Posted: October 16, 2019 at 09:32 PM (#5891195)
The joke around the Nats clubhouse is that the old guys are getting it done: Kendrick, Zimmerman, Scherzer, Aníbal Sánchez, Kurt Suzuki (can I include Fernando Rodney in the "getting it done" tag?). ¡Viva viejos!

With the recent trend toward eschewing expensive veteran free agents and favoring the cheaper newer models, this is quite the counterpoint.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: October 16, 2019 at 10:20 PM (#5891202)
Damn, a Joey B. sighting.

Congrats to you and Bote and any other Nats fans around here.

   17. TomH Posted: October 17, 2019 at 07:21 AM (#5891213)
If I had an NLCS MVP vote, it would have gone to Scherzer or Sanchez, who practically won games by themselves, tossing zeroes when the Nats were hard-pressed to score runs. Howie had a nice series, but he did less than the arms to win games.
   18. Bote Man sez Davey is MoY Posted: October 17, 2019 at 07:35 AM (#5891217)
Howie looked horrible in the field early on in the post-season, but I think the grand slam weighed heavily in his favor even though that occurred in the Wild Card game. If that's excluded, then there's a case to be made that somebody else should've gotten the MVP. Meh, I can't get too excited about these voted awards as the voters have their own personal criteria; measurable accomplishments like OPS+ mean more to me.
   19. Gary Truth Serum Posted: October 17, 2019 at 09:55 AM (#5891237)
Howie looked horrible in the field early on in the post-season, but I think the grand slam weighed heavily in his favor even though that occurred in the Wild Card game

If it makes you feel any better, the grand slam occurred in Game 5 of the Divisional Series.
   20. Rally Posted: October 17, 2019 at 10:07 AM (#5891240)
¡Viva viejos!


There is a decent group of 34-36 old players still producing, including Howie, Scherzer, and Sanchez. Above 37 though and there's almost nobody.

Hitters age 37+: 8 (excluding pitcher batting stats)
Hitters 37+ playing regularly: 2 (Cruz, Pujols)
Hitters 37+ playing well: 1 - Cruz

Pitchers 37+ (excluding hitters on the mound): 6
Pitchers 37+ with full season workloads, either 25+ GS or 50+ GIR: 3
Pitchers 37+ with 162+ innings: 1 (Wainwright)

Next year the 37+ crowd of pitchers will have Verlander joining them. On the hitter side, the 36 year old group is a mix of DH types who still hit something, but not at a star level, and catchers who have enough defense to still be worth some playing time. Best WAR of the 36 year olds was 2.7 from Encarnacion.

   21. Bote Man sez Davey is MoY Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5891352)
If it makes you feel any better, the grand slam occurred in Game 5 of the Divisional Series.

See, it's all still a blur to me. Tears in my eyes...I guess. It's a Cinderella story.
   22. Bote Man sez Davey is MoY Posted: October 17, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5891353)
On the hitter side, the 36 year old group is a mix of DH types who still hit something, but not at a star level, and catchers who have enough defense to still be worth some playing time.

And Jeff Mathis.
   23. Walt Davis Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:56 AM (#5891518)
Aged 37+, 250+ PA

2000 -- 13, 4 topped 100 OPS+
2001 -- 15, 11, 7 newbies**
2002 -- 16, 9, 9
2003 -- 18, 9, 7
2004 -- 18, 10, 5
2005 -- 17, 9, 7
2006 -- 17, 5, 4
2007 -- 19, 12, 5
2008 -- 16, 6, 5
2009 -- 16, 7, 9
2010 -- 9, 6, 0 (!!)
2011 -- 16, 7, 10
2012 -- 9, 3, 2
2013 -- 11, 5, 7
2014 -- 8, 2, 3
2015 -- 8, 5, 2
2016 -- 9, 5, 5
2017 -- 7, 1, 2
2018 -- 7, 4, 4
2019 -- 4, 1, 1

So 2019 might have been the first year of a new level. Cruz and Pujols are the only two with a chance to repeat in 2020. As #20 noted ... there are 12 potential new entrants next year, 5 of whom are good bets to make at least 250 PA and Choo, and Mathis might too (the last two just missed this year). I wouldn't bet on more than 3-4 of these guys topping a 100 OPS+ though and only the contract guys (Miggy, Cano) and maybe EE are good bets to top 250 PA at 38 too.

EDIT: Also 2018 looks like the first year without a 40-year-old making it to 250 PA, same with 2019; Pujols turns 40 so there will probably be one in 2020.

** note the 250 PA limit; newbies are the 37-year-olds; some 38+ may have had fewer than 250 PAs the year before
   24. Rally Posted: October 18, 2019 at 08:19 AM (#5891527)
Here's a question,

Are we seeing players age more quickly and losing skills? Or did we just have a few down years for producing good players about 37 years ago?

We could look at players born between 1980-1982, and compare to players born 1965-67, who would have been in the 37-39 group back in 2004.

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