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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Posnanski: Absurdly Early Awards

Bryce Harper was robbed.

We just don’t have the endurance to wait. We want same day delivery. We want instant downloads. We want stream, we want push notifications, we want instant analysis. We are a refresh button society, and we pound that thing over and over to get the latest, the very latest, the absolute latest … and then we hit the refresh button again.

In other words, hey, look, every team in baseball has played at least one game now.

It’s time for our early season baseball awards:

American League MVP: Matt Wieters, Baltimore

Many people expected Matt Wieters to be a superstar the day he arrived in the big leagues. You might remember those “Matt Wieters Facts” that (like Chuck Norris facts) were circulating for a while – my favorite being, “Matt Wieters is the reason I comes before E except after C.” He became an outstanding player in 2012. He won his second Gold Glove Award – he has developed into a brilliant defensive catcher – and he hit 23 home runs.

But he emerged in 2013. In his one game, he hit a double and a homer, walked twice, drove in two runs, scored two more and led the Orioles to victory over Tampa Bay and into a first place tie in the American League East (and people thought Baltimore would fade in 2013!). Wieters led the league in batting average (.800), slugging percentage (2.000) and OPS (2.800).

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:27 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards, chase utley, clayton kershaw, joe posnanski, jose iglesias, lance berkman, matt wieters, peter kozma, yu darvish

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   1. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4403518)
I'm just looking forward to the Cubs-Mets Wildcard play-in game... Kershaw can keep his hardware.
   2. bfan Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:05 PM (#4403530)
to the extent he is making a point about the big to-do by sports-writers who create columns for mid-season awards, then the point is well-taken. Posnanski is ahead of the curve on absurdity here, but not by a lot.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4403557)
But I like mid season awards...
   4. PASTE Transcends Almost All Generations (Zeth) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM (#4403559)
The Matt Wieters Facts thread we had here was legendary.

Might not be here or there, but man do I hate the NBCSports site's look.
   5. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 03, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4403700)
Here's an absurdly early award for Most Humiliating Cover, awarded to the current issue of The New Yorker, which depicts six crippled Yankees. Not only do we see A-Rod in a wheelchair and The Captain using a walker, but it proactively gives Ichiro a cane and Pettitte a walker while leaving Granderson out of the picture. When your own hometown magazine can't even get your DL list right, you know it's going to be a long year.
   6. Morty Causa Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:24 PM (#4403889)
"They're bad—but they'll die—so I like it." My version of Brush With Greatness.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: April 04, 2013 at 12:46 AM (#4403932)
it proactively gives Ichiro a cane and Pettitte a walker while leaving Granderson out of the picture. When your own hometown magazine can't even get your DL list right, you know it's going to be a long year.


Uh, this is obviously making fun of the old age of the players.
   8. Sleepy Took His Nesting Wife to Costco Posted: April 04, 2013 at 12:56 AM (#4403933)
Here's an absurdly early award for Most Humiliating Cover, awarded to the current issue of The New Yorker


Wow, that ad with the cartoon dude picking up the girl who proceeded to turn to dust was creepy. WTF.
   9. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 04, 2013 at 06:56 AM (#4403955)
it proactively gives Ichiro a cane and Pettitte a walker while leaving Granderson out of the picture. When your own hometown magazine can't even get your DL list right, you know it's going to be a long year.


Uh, this is obviously making fun of the old age of the players.

That's what I was thinking at first, except that then I saw that the title is "Hitting 40", and Teixeira is depicted even though he's still only 32. I guess next week's cover would include Kuroda in any case.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 04, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4404066)

Here's an absurdly early award for Most Humiliating Cover, awarded to the current issue of The New Yorker


I think that's just a rip-off of a Ziggy cartoon.
   11. CFBF: Killed In The Great Harvest Posted: April 04, 2013 at 10:13 AM (#4404074)

Wow, that ad with the cartoon dude picking up the girl who proceeded to turn to dust was creepy. WTF.


It's an ad for a videogame in the "God of War" series. The instigating action in the series' mythology was the cartoon dude, in a fit of madness deliberately brought on by Ares, unknowingly killing his wife and child. The girl who turned into dust was his child. The game it's advertising is a prequel to the main series, which takes place after what I described.
   12. Esoteric Posted: April 04, 2013 at 10:15 AM (#4404077)
The problem with that New Yorker cover art isn't that it's technically inaccurate in its details, it's that it's terrible art.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: April 04, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4404087)
I think that's just a rip-off of a Ziggy cartoon.
I see that Ziggy's back at the complaint department... "The New Yorker is stealing my ideas."
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 04, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4404113)
"If this is anyone other than Ziggy, you're stealing my bit!"
   15. Moeball Posted: April 04, 2013 at 12:49 PM (#4404255)
Isn't Kershaw leading in WAR? What, too soon?

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