Sunday, December 04, 2016

Easy solution.

"The David Ortiz farewell tour was filled with many memorable moments. Most of those happened during games, as the retiring superstar nearly slugged his way into the MVP award.

His final season was also filled with just as many awkward moments. Most of those actually came before games when teams presented him with going-away gifts.

Perhaps the most awkward ceremony took place in Baltimore. Prior to his final game at Camden Yards, on Sept. 21, the Orioles rolled out the red carpet, showed highlights of Ortiz mashing home runs against the mutual rival New York Yankees, and then presented him with the actual visitor’s dugout phone he once destroyed during an in-game meltdown."


Yeah, if you're going to celebrate a player, then at least do it properly.

But, of course, there's an even easier solution that would nip this awkwardness in the bud.

Friday, December 02, 2016

All Star Game Changes

"Now the World Series team with the better record will host Games 1, 2, 6 and 7, a common-sense solution that ends the charade of tying the outcome of an exhibition to the sport’s signature event. If the teams have identical records, the first tiebreaker would be head-to-head record; the second, divisional record."

That's a good change.

Not much else going on. Tim Tebow hit .194 and did not commit to returning to the Mets. So there's that.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Correction: Four-Time Champ

He may have been on the 1996 postseason roster, but he did not play in the entire postseason.

Also, Bernie was better:

"MLB Network's Brian Kenny presents a case for Posada using OPS+, a metric which adjusts for era and park effects. From 1998 through 2009, Posada's 125 OPS+ ranked second only to Piazza's 132 OPS+, ahead of Victor Martinez (121 OPS+) and Ivan Rodriguez (113 OPS+).

What's more, over Posada's 10-year career peak from 2000-09, his 129 OPS+ is comparable to the peaks of Hall of Famers Johnny Bench (132 OPS+, 1970-79) and Berra (130 OPS+, 1950-59), while edging those of Gary Carter (128 OPS+, 1977-86) and Carlton Fisk (125 OPS+, 1972-81)."

Who knew it was all OPS+?

He walked a lot and hit a lot of HRs, particularly for a catcher.


"Though Posada was never a Gold Glove defender, his value to the Yankees was immense after moving from his original position of second base, helping him get to the Majors and develop into a power-hitting threat from both sides of the plate. Rivera said that Posada's impact on those championship clubs may even have been underestimated."

"Never a Gold Glove defender" is a nice way of putting it. It's an important point when most of his values are his offensive contributions "as a catcher."

I find the Posada-for-HOF conversation so weird. He went from underrated to overrated as soon as his career ended.

Here's a guy who got a handful of MVP votes in his career ... 3rd place one year and 6th place one year ... and now he's the second coming of Yogi Berra?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

2016 NL MVP

BBWAA


NamePoints
Kris Bryant 415
Daniel Murphy245
Corey Seager240
Anthony Rizzo202
Nolan Arenado199
Freddie Freeman129
Joey Votto100
Yoenis Cespedes45
Justin Turner44
Max Scherzer39
Paul Goldschmidt18
Brandon Crawford15
Jean Segura14
Buster Posey11
DJ LeMahieu8
Madison Bumgarner7
Jeurys Familia6
Wilson Ramos6
Addison Russell5
Noah Syndergaard5
Christian Yelich5
Yasmani Grandal4
Kyle Hendricks2
Ryan Braun2
Yadier Molina2
Charlie Blackmon1
Johnny Cueto1


 Felz Poll

NamePoints
Kris Bryant 23
Daniel Murphy10
Anthony Rizzo6
Nolan Arenado4
Freddie Freeman4
Corey Seager4
Joey Votto4
Ryan Braun2

2016 AL MVP

BBWAA


NamePoints
Mike Trout 356
Mookie Betts311
Jose Altuve227
Josh Donaldson200
Manny Machado150
David Ortiz147
Adrian Beltre135
Robinson Cano79
Francisco Lindor56
Miguel Cabrera56
Zach Britton11
Kyle Seager10
Brian Dozier9
Edwin Encarnacion7
Nelson Cruz6
Chris Sale3
Jose Ramirez2
Justin Verlander2
Adam Eaton1
Corey Kluber1
Evan Longoria1


 Felz Poll

NamePoints
Mike Trout 18
Mookie Betts13
David Ortiz9
Jose Altuve6
Josh Donaldson4
Mark Trumbo4
Adrian Beltre2
Robinson Cano2
Brian Dozier1
Edwin Encarnacion1

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Yankees don't need Mike Trout.

The Yankees already have what's his name ... Clint Frazier.

2016 NL Cy Young Award


BBWAA

NamePoints
Max Scherzer 192
Jon Lester102
Kyle Hendricks85
Madison Bumgarner46
Clayton Kershaw30
Johnny Cueto19
Jose Fernandez18
Noah Syndergaard15
Jake Arrieta2
Tanner Roark1



 Felz Poll


NamePoints
Max Scherzer 20
Madison Bumgarner18
Kyle Hendricks9
Jon Lester8
Jake Arrieta3
Johny Cueto3
Bartolo Colon1

2016 AL Cy Young Award

New faces on the AL Cy Young Award list this year. The voters wanted change.

BBWAA

NamePoints
Rick Porcello 137
Justin Verlander132
Corey Kluber98
Zach Britton72
Chris Sale40
J.A. Happ14
Aaron Sanchez6
Masahiro Tanaka6
Andrew Miller3
Michael Fulmer1
Jose Quintana1


 Felz Poll


NamePoints
Rick Porcello 18
Masahiro Tanaka9
Corey Kluber8
Chris Sale7
Justin Verlander6
Zach Britton5
Felix Hernandez3
Aaron Sanchez2
Cole Hamels1
David Price1

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

... and we officially ran out of baseball topics.

Here is an article about Tim Tebow not answering a question about Donald Trump.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

.216

Montero, 33, slashed .216/.327/.357 in 242 at-bats in the regular season, but watched as Willson Contreras handled most of the catching duties in the three postseason series. Also, David Ross appeared in eight games and had more at-bats (16) than Montero.

Montero was happy, however, to be behind the plate for the final two innings of Game 7.

"Catching the last two [innings] of the World Series made it sweet," Montero said. "Otherwise, it would have been nice because I'm part of it but maybe I didn't help as much as I wanted to help. To be more involved ... I would have felt bad to go home with the trophy and not even catch one inning in the World Series. That would be the tough part."

Thursday, November 03, 2016

He even inspired himself to strike out with the bases loaded.

The dumbest story line to emerge from Game Seven:

"Heyward hit .104 with one RBI in 16 postseason games, yet his words in that weight room during the brief delay served as a turning point for the Cubs, who went on to score two runs in the 10th before holding on in the bottom of the inning to win their first World Series in 108 years."

The writers sure love this guy for some reason.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Someone is thinking too hard.

Winning is better than losing.

It's why you play the game.

I'm quite sure most Cubs fans/players/coaches would take a ring over mystique.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

I doubt Chapman is coming back to the Yankees.

"In addition to rescuing the Cubs’ season on Sunday night, Aroldis Chapman probably raised the bidding on his impending free agency with his first-ever eight-out save.

And if you’re a Yankee fan hoping Chapman winds up back in the Bronx this winter, you should probably root for the Cubs to pull off this comeback and win the World Series.

Because if they lose, they’ll be under enormous pressure to pay whatever it takes to keep the Cuban star in Chicago to continue pursuing that elusive championship."


I don't know why he would come back to the Yankees. Well, there's money, of course. So maybe the Yankees will lure him with a lot of money.

In any case, there's a lot of presumptions here with two games to go. What if Chapman blows Game Seven and is suddenly a weird combination of Steve Bartman and Blair Walsh? What if he's carried off the field as World Series MVP ... that scenario would increase his chances of returning to the Yankees?


"I can vouch for such a sentiment because as I was getting back to my hotel in the early morning hours after Game 5, I got a text from Marc Malusis, who was hosting the overnight show on WFAN, and as a lifelong Yankee fan, he was as fired up as those on the calls he was taking.

'Tell you what,' he texted. 'If I’ve gotta watch Chapman and Miller dominate the World Series, then Gleyber Torres better be the next Derek Jeter and Clint Frazier better at least be Bernie Williams.' "


That's not how it works.

Maybe things will click sooner than expected, but the Yankees are a long way from the World Series.

 Yankee fans are going to have to get over the 2016 World Series matchup ... and the weird attachment to Chapman, who was in pinstripes for a whole 31 games.


" 'I’m just saying he better be right about those kids he got because one of these teams is going to have Cashman to thank for winning a championship.'

I couldn’t argue with that. The Cubs’ win in Game 5 on Sunday night not only saved them from elimination but also evened the score a bit between the dueling ex-Yankee relievers, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman."


"The battle between ex-Yankee relievers."

Have you ever seen such a myopic statement?

The Yankees were Miller's fifth team and, after serving his suspension, Chapman was in the Bronx for about three months.


I mean, sure: Cashman had better be right about some of these young players or the Yankees are headed for many years of mediocrity.

Same prognosis for the Yankees if the 2016 World Series happened to be Los Angeles vs. Toronto.

A lot of teams are better than the Yankees right now. A lot of those teams happen to be in the AL East. It is going to get worse before it gets better.

As Cashman is quick to point out, it's not bad to see your ex-players perform well. It helps with your future credibility when you're at the bargaining table.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

That's a mild complaint.

Sometimes, two Yankee bullpen pitchers were warming up at the same time.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

No fair ... we should have lost 10-3.

I think he was out. His hand was hovering above the plate.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1-for-17.

Not much going on in NY baseball.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Phil Mushnick cares about the batting title.

"Even the golden goodies — the old standards — no longer apply, lost to modern standards, which means low standards or none at all.

Remember, 'Winners never quit and quitters never win'?

But quitters now win, so much the 2016 National League batting title was won by sitting out the season’s last 4 ²/₃ games. Yet, that barely made a sound from a media who have lost their ability to identify cheap and cheesy while surrendering their tacit responsibility and public trust to distinguish right from far less."

The media was not paying attention to the Rockies or the batting title.


"To think he could’ve told them he chose to risk losing the title by trying to win it rather than to win it by quitting. To think his legacy might have been as a man who wouldn’t exploit circumstances to win rather than one who did."

He really doesn't have a legacy. 


"On Sept. 28, 1941, Boston’s Ted Williams, just 23 — five years younger than Reyes and LeMahieu when they won their titles — was batting .3996, which rounded to .400, before the last two games of the season — a doubleheader, Red Sox at the Philadelphia A’s.

He was given the option to sit them out and finish at .400 — the first since Bill Terry hit .401 in 1930. 

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox, 17 games behind the Yankees, were in a race.

But Williams insisted on playing both games, with, 'If I can’t hit .400 all the way, I don’t deserve it.'

Williams went 6-for-8 to finish at .4057 — rounded to the now unapproachable, known-by-heart-head .406. No one since has come close."

The go-to Ted Williams story, huh? God Bless America.

Technically speaking, Brett came close in 1980 (.390). Gwynn came close in 1994 (.394). Carew came close in 1977 (.388).

Manly McManly would have probably hit .400 back in the Good Ol' Days, but he strained his back Fixing America during the off season.