Found October 05, 2011 on Boston Red Thoughts:
It’s that time of year again, where all of the member blogs of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) get together to vote for our Postseason Awards… Each Chapter gets 2 votes, and, as Boston is an AL team, we only voted on that 1/2 of the league, and we have chose run it pretty much like other awards organizations do, where each member of the chapter votes for any and all of the awards. Each vote getter is assigned a number value, based on where they are in the voting, and whoever gets the most votes, gets our nod for that award. In addition, the results of the voting must appear in at least one of the chapter’s blogs for the votes to count. This ensures transparency in our voting process. The first award of 2011 is The Connie Mack Award, given to the Best Manager in the American League. Here are the Boston Chapter’s Top 3 Selections: 20 Points, Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays 6 Points, Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers 5 Points, Ron Washington, Texas Rangers Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon, who w...

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Jim Leyland had a routine pre-game press conference Thursday leading up to Game 5 between the Tigers and Yankees. He was asked by a reporter if he arrived at the ballpark early for the game. Apparently that was a reference to a previous occasion when Leyland showed up for a playoff Game 7 extremely early [...]

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Stealing Championships

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Alburquerque struggling with command in ALDS

If Tigers manager Jim Leyland can help it, he's going to avoid the middle of his bullpen in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.

Ace as Game 5 reliever may be catnip to Tigers

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Tigers manager Jim Leyland said yesterday that Justin Verlander is not an option out of the bullpen for tonight's do-or-die ALDS Game 5 against the Yankees. "No," Leyland said when asked if his ace is available. Verlander technically started two ALDS games already, though he pitched just one inning...

No reason for panic button

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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon not giving up; Maddon has high praise for Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli; rookie Desmond Jennings accomplishes rare power feat

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The One Where We Discuss Dave’s Job Hopes, Looking Ahead, And Sternberg’s Patience

Off-Season (click image for random Wikipedia page) The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. The White Sox hired Robin Ventura to be their new manager. This is significant because Dave Martinez was considered a top candidate, if not the top candidate. But it turns out Martinez never even spoke with the White...

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said ace Justin Verlander will not be available out of the bullpen for the decisive fifth game of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.

A no for Verlander, yes for Scherzer

Though manager Jim Leyland is adamant that Justin Verlander won't pitch in Game 5 tonight, he said Wednesday that fellow starting pitcher Max Scherzer will be available tonight to pitch out of the bullpen. "My arm feels great," Scherzer said late Tuesday night as the Tigers prepared to head to New York.


ST. PETERSBURG The preference would have been for champagne, of course, sprayed wildly around the room. Instead, the Rays gathered in the quiet Tropicana Field clubhouse after the 4-3 playoffs- and season-ending loss, sipping Charbay and Johnny Walker Blue Label whiskey from small plastic cups. They had done so earlier this season, on the April 6 flight to Chicago after they lost...

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