Found November 02, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
We're down to the nitty gritty, the most important awards of all: the most valuable player. There's a wide open competition in the American League, which is where I'm going to focus on first. Names like Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers are the ones who you'll find at the top of most ballots across the internet. What did the OC's staff think of the race? Midseason winner: Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays VOTING RESULTS1) Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (86 points, six first place votes)2) Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox (72 points, two first place votes)3) Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (62 points)4) Justin Verlander, Tigers (60 points, one first place vote)5) Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox (53 points)6) Curtis Granderson, Yankees (42 points)7) Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox (34 points)8) Ian Kinsler, Rangers (27 points)9) CC Sabathia, Yankees (17 ...

Bautista adds Silver Slugger to collection

Jose Bautista has another piece of hardware for his collection after it was announced on Wednesday evening that he is a recipient of the Silver Slugger Award.

Tale of the MVP Tape

Jacoby Ellsbury is routinely mentioned as an MVP candidate in the AL, but Adrian Gonzalez is not. I never questioned this; AG dropped off (a lot, it seemed) and never really felt like the MVP after the All-Star break. But to me Jacoby never felt like MVP either.So I looked at the numbers. Baseball Reference knows all. Jacoby Ellsbury Adrian Gonzalez ...

Movember MLB Mustache Madness: Current Players, Round 1 - Chavez vs. Bautista

The Movember MLB Mustache Madness continues.  Time to break up the weak middle infield mustache offerings with some hot offerings from the hot corner (I kind of hate myself for that sentence).  So who brings the heat? Eric Chavez To think that Eric Chavez wasted all those years in Oakland.  Maybe if he had grown these fine whiskers, the Moneyball movie could have had a much...

Ells, Gonzo and Papi Slug Their Way To Silver

The Sox may not have made the post season, but the awards keep piling up in the off season.  The Silver Slugger Awards were announced today and three Sox players came away with the prize: Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury.  The Silver Slugger awards the player with the best offense at each position.  This is the first time that Ellsbury and Gonzalez has received...

Your Morning Dump...where three Sox bring home some hardware

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. Prior to the 2010 season, Theo Epstein made what became one of his more ill-fated decisions, electing to sign veteran outfielder Mike Cameron to a two-year, $15.5 million deal. The plan was to upgrade the...

Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez All Win American League Silver Slugger Awards

The postseason individual awards continue to come in for the Red Sox, as three members of baseball's best offense were honored Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez, Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz were all awarded with American League Silver Slugger awards as the top offensive players at their respective positions. It is the fifth time that Ortiz has won the honor as a designated hitter...

Adrian, Ellsbury, Pedroia pick up Gold Gloves

While it was the offensive numbers of Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez that led to MVP debate, perhaps not enough was made of their glovework. The terrific trio was unveiled as Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2011.

End of Season Post-Mortem: The 2011 Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays came into the season not really looking to contend for the AL East title as much as continuing to build towards that goal. Their 81-81 record left them well out of the race, but there's still a fair amount of talent on the roster.   WHAT WENT RIGHT Jose Bautista had another amazing season, hitting .302/.447/.608 with a major league leading 43 home...

Three Sox Win Meaningless Awards

Take it for what its worth. Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury won AL Gold Gloves, as the awards were announced last night.In my opinion, they are the most overrated awards in sports. But it sounds like all three actually deserved to win them this year.Congratulations to them anyway.

Ells, Pedey and Gonzo Are Golden!

The Gold Gloves were announced last night.  Three Sox players walked away with the prize.  Dustin Pedroia won for second base, Adrian Gonzalez won for first base and Jacoby Ellsbury won for centerfield.  Kevin Youkilis was also nominated at third base, but given that he missed a bunch of time due to injury and didn't have his best year defensively, it was no surprise he did...

Their Gloves Smell Like Roses

Gordon Edes reports that four Red Sox players are finalists for Gold Gloves: Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Jacoby Ellsbury.
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