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I think Eric Wilbur summarized the hysteria over the MVP award this week in his post at Boston.com. Wilbur used the poster children for the new age vs. old school writer in his piece by highlighting Keith Law of ESPN and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Law represents the new-age sabermetrician and Grant the traditional BBWAA writer. Both made good point, but came off looking awfully bad in a discourse over the American League MVP that became increasingly uncivil. At times, downright rude.
In case you haven’t heard, the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera won the American League MVP after producing a Triple Crown season, the first since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967. Cabrera hit 44 HRs, drove in 139 runs and hit .330. Ironically, it wasn’t even the best year of his career since 2010 produced a higher OPS (1.042 versus .999) and his OPS+ in 2011 was 179 versus 165. It was enough to help propel Detroit into the playoffs and erase a 3-game deficit the final two weeks of the season. Clearly, someon...
BEST OF MAXIM
My mother rarely let me have Twinkies. I ate them every once in a while at a birthday party or holiday celebration, but I never gorged myself on them. And you know what? I’m probably a better and healthier person because of that.
Mitch Albom and the rest of the baseball writers who voted for Miguel Cabrera for MVP have eaten too many Twinkies. They voted for the feel-good, gooey...
By Geoff Bilau - AngelsWin.com Senior Editor
Of all the superlatives that can be lavished upon Mike Trout’s rookie season, perhaps the simplest and most appropriate is “unprecedented,” because no rookie in Major League history reached the statistical heights Trout achieved. For that matter, no second-, third- or even 20th-year player did so, either.
And he did it all as...
If you believed in the MVP candidacy of Mike Trout over Miguel Cabrera, then the day since the announcement has likely been a frustrating one.
Obviously there was the vote itself, in which 22 of 28 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America said that Cabrera was the more “valuable” player in 2012 — the other six did indeed vote for Trout. But beyond the outcome...
I was able to cast a ballot - for the end-of-season MLB awards - in a vote held by the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America. The full list of 2012 Award Winners, as selected by IBWAA members, can be found here.*Click either picture to embiggen.*Thanks to Howard Cole, as always, for the opportunity to participate. Feel free to discuss the ballots and my selections, whether...
I figure there is no better time than the present to post the one piece of Mike Trout swag I have. It goes without saying he was the true AL MVP, but then again, Matt Kemp was last year's true NL MVP, so it's no surprise the BBWAA would screw it up yet again. If you're the best player, you add the most value to your team. Plain and simple. Anyways, without further adieu...
As I'm sure you've all heard by now, the American League MVP award winner was announced on Thursday night as Miguel Cabrera, who picked up 22 of 28 first place votes. Cabrera beat out Mike Trout of the Angels, who received the other six first place votes, 21 second place votes, and one third place vote. Cabrera was the choice of many old school fans and analysts, who believed...
We've talked endlessly about Miguel Cabrera winning the AL MVP award over Mike Trout, and that's a debate we're not going to get into anymore. But looking at the balloting, there were plenty of players that didn't receive nearly enough support in either league for their performances this season. Here are some of them. Ben Zobrist, Rays. Seven points: one seventh...
Dave Winfield yesterday tweeted this of Mike Trout and a Yankees jersey. Then Trout’s girlfriend, Jessica Cox, retweeted it. This all happened on the same day when Trout, a rookie, was runner-up for the A.L. MVP.
Angels fans don’t want to hear it, but Trout grew up in New Jersey idolizing Derek Jeter. Trout was selected in 2009 with the Yankees compensatory pick by the Angels...
ESPN's Rob Parker, the man who makes Skip Bayless look like a professional sports analyst, has gained infamy across the internet for his comments attacking intelligence and individuals who prefer advanced statistical metrics to understand baseball. Why a man who went to Columbia hates learning new things is beyond me, but nevertheless, this jockular wagon that makes him look...
Technically, or literally, the year’s longest plate appearance was probably this one, in which a visiting Miguel Cabrera insisted upon the re-drawing of the batter’s boxes. The discussions and subsequent work by the groundskeepers caused something like a nine-minute delay before Cabrera flew out on the very next pitch. So that’s one way of looking at this, but that’s probably...
We all know the stubborn, backwards-thinking BBWAA hosed our beloved Mike Trout by snubbing him in the American League voting yesterday. It was wrong on so many levels, yet also disappointingly predictable. What you may not know is that the MVP wasn't the only award that Mike Trout was wrongly overlooked for. The following is an extensive, but incomplete, list of those...
Whenever I am struggling with writer's block or just insanely bored, I like to take a look back through the traffic sources for the blog, Sometimes the keyword referrals provide me with an idea but most of the time they just provide a good chuckle, like the time someone cam across the site by Googling "is Jeff Mathis a homosexual." That was my personal favorite...
You know that moment when you feel like you've been kicked in the stomach? Nothing actually touches you, but all the air just escapes your body. Yeah, the MVP voting in the AL felt just like that. At least most of the voting went as it should in the Junior Circuit, well almost most.MVP: Mike Trout Miguel CabreraThis whole thing has been argued ad nauseum. Triple Crown or WAR...