Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bobby V.

Bobby Valentine will reportedly be introduced as the Red Sox manager tomorrow. Is it a good fit? I'm anxious to see how he handles the pitching staff with controversy at the end of the year.

He seems to be a "big" personality and they seem to fail as managers more than they work out in big baseball markets like Boston.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Tobacco Rules

An overlooked point of the new MLB collective bargaining agreement is the tobacco rules. Players, managers and coaches cannot use tobacco during interviews and cannot carry tobacco in their uniforms. I think that's a big deal. No more cans in back pockets of players.
We've heard from everyone during the steroid scandals, the most important reason for Congress getting involved was for the kids. Now kids won't have to ask their parents what that round thing is in player X's back pocket.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Another Wild Card

Today also marks the agreement of a new collective barganing agreement for Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. One of the main points is adding a second wild card team to the mix. The two wild card teams will play a one game, winner take all, play in game. I wasn't a fan at first, but it allows another team and city an opportunity to get into the playoff and puts more emphasis on winning the division.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cy Young Winners

Justin Verlander wins the AL pitching triple crown - wins, ERA and strikeouts - and is a unanimous choice for the Cy Young. Clayton Kershaw wins the NL pitching triple crown, but doesn't win the NL Cy Young unanimously? I understand that Verlander's Tigers won the division and made the playoffs, but that is more a compliment to the other pitchers on the Tigers staff.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Another Round of Zambrano?

New Cubs' GM Theo Epstein reportedly met with Carlos Zambrano and his agent today to discuss the former ace's future. Would you want him on your team? Does he deserve another chance?

Rookies of the Year

The start of the MLB award season started today with the Rookies of the Year being chosen in the respective leagues. 
Braves' closer Craig Kimbrel was named NL Rookie of the Year earlier today. He was a unanimous selection, receiving all 32 first place votes. Kimbrel finished with a 2.10 ERA and shared the NL lead in saves (46) with the Brewers' John Axeford. Kimbrel's teammate Freddie Freeman finished second in the voting and the Phils' Vance Worely rounded out the top three.
Rays' starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been voted as the AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers of America. He led all Major League rookies in ERA, innings and opponent's batting average. The Angels' Mark Trumbo and the Royals' Eric Hosmer finished second and third, respectively.
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