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ralph wiggum
11-10-2008, 01:45 PM
The no-brainer Rookies of the Year will be awarded today. Catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs is a lock for the NL award, while Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria is a shoo-in for the AL.

The award schedule is as follows:

MON., NOV. 10: NL/AL Rookie of the Year

TUES., NOV. 11: NL Cy Young Award

WED., NOV. 12: NL/AL Managers of the Year

THURS., NOV. 13: AL Cy Young Award

MON., NOV. 17: NL Most Valuable Player

TUES., NOV. 18: AL Most Valuable Player

ralph wiggum
11-10-2008, 02:21 PM
And, it's official:


Rays' Longoria, Cubs' Soto win rookie of year awards (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3693976)

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is the American League Rookie of the Year, and Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto is the NL winner.

Following a season of breakthroughs for the AL champion Rays, Longoria became the first Tampa Bay player to win a national award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was a unanimous winner Monday, receiving all 28 first-place votes.

Soto, who helped the Cubs win the NL Central title, got 31 of 32 first-place votes. The other went to Cincinnati's Joey Votto.

ralph wiggum
11-11-2008, 06:52 PM
Giants ace Tim Lincecum wins NL Cy Young Award (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i3M-tjijEyU3TZyWRAZJkUIldLGQD94D0TD80)

Tim Lincecum won the National League Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin Tuesday, taking home pitching's highest honor in his second major league season. The slender kid with the whirling windup joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only San Francisco Giants pitchers to win a Cy Young.

Lincecum received 23 of 32 first-place votes and 137 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks got four first-place votes and finished second with 73 points.

"I was definitely surprised. I thought it was going to be a lot closer," Lincecum said on a conference call.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, tiny by today's standards for a big league pitcher, Lincecum defied detractors and the laws of physics by firing 97 mph fastballs past one hulking slugger after another.

The 24-year-old right-hander was 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and a major league-best 265 strikeouts, remarkable numbers for a fourth-place team that finished 72-90.

"People have been doubting me my whole life," he said. "I don't let them bring me down."

Lincecum led the NL in winning percentage (.783), ranked second in ERA and was third with 227 innings. He made his first All-Star squad, but an illness prevented him from appearing in the July 15 game at Yankee Stadium.

New York Mets ace Johan Santana, who led the league in ERA (2.53) and innings (234 1-3), also garnered four first-place votes and came in third.

The other first-place vote went to Milwaukee lefty CC Sabathia, last year's AL winner who was traded by Cleveland into the National League on July 7. He went 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA and seven complete games in 17 starts for the Brewers, pitching them to their first playoff berth since 1982.

"I definitely thought he was in fair contention," Lincecum said.

Sabathia came in fifth. Brad Lidge, the star closer who had a perfect season for the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, was fourth.

Webb, the NL winner in 2006, was runner-up for the second consecutive season after going 22-7 with a 3.30 ERA in 226 2-3 innings.

JB
11-11-2008, 07:23 PM
No surprise. Could have been him or Webb. People around here were throwing Lidge around but I don't do that whole closer as Cy Young winner thing.

Just waiting for Wed (NL manager) and Monday (NL MVP).

ralph wiggum
11-11-2008, 08:44 PM
No surprise. Could have been him or Webb. People around here were throwing Lidge around but I don't do that whole closer as Cy Young winner thing.

Just waiting for Wed (NL manager) and Monday (NL MVP).

I'm guessing Piniella for NL manager and Pujols easily as MVP.

JB
11-11-2008, 09:05 PM
I'm guessing Piniella for NL manager and Pujols easily as MVP.Don't make me track you down.

I'll surrender to Pujols but Charlie for manager, no doubt. Along with our two gold-glovers.

Actually, I don't want Howard for MVP. It's bad enough he got $10 million last year. Can't imagine what he'd want for two MVP's in the past three years.

ralph wiggum
11-11-2008, 09:16 PM
Don't make me track you down.

I'll surrender to Pujols but Charlie for manager, no doubt. Along with our two gold-glovers.

Actually, I don't want Howard for MVP. It's bad enough he got $10 million last year. Can't imagine what he'd want for two MVP's in the past three years.

I said I'm guessing Piniella, based on the fact that the Cubs had the best regular season in the NL, and the voting takes place before the playoffs.

Howard's batting average should devastate his chances, really. The AL MVP voting should be interesting as well. It's a really wide open race.

Space Gravy
11-11-2008, 09:23 PM
I said I'm guessing Piniella, based on the fact that the Cubs had the best regular season in the NL, and the voting takes place before the playoffs.

Howard's batting average should devastate his chances, really. The AL MVP voting should be interesting as well. It's a really wide open race.

And his strikeouts.

He won't get it but I think Manny deserves it. Nobody was more valuable to his team than Manny.

ralph wiggum
11-11-2008, 09:28 PM
And his strikeouts.

He won't get it but I think Manny deserves it. Nobody was more valuable to his team than Manny.

He was great, but I find it hard to vote for a guy who only played in the league for 2 months.

ralph wiggum
11-12-2008, 03:55 PM
Don't make me track you down.

I'll surrender to Pujols but Charlie for manager, no doubt. Along with our two gold-glovers.

Actually, I don't want Howard for MVP. It's bad enough he got $10 million last year. Can't imagine what he'd want for two MVP's in the past three years.

Maddon, Piniella Win Manager of Year Awards (http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iN2rTk51NBBk-q53qC1H9aT8WE3gD94DJDHG0)

Joe Maddon easily won the American League Manager of the Year award Wednesday after guiding the Tampa Bay Rays from baseball's basement to the World Series. Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs took the NL honor.

Maddon, who succeeded Piniella as Tampa Bay manager in 2006, was a runaway winner in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He received all but one of the 28 first-place votes the other went to Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire.

There has never been a unanimous winner for Manager of the Year.

Piniella led the NL Central champion Cubs to the league's best record and beat out Charlie Manuel of the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies to earn his third Manager of the Year award and first in the NL.

The fiery Piniella also won in 1995 and 2001 with Seattle.

This time, he got 15 of 32 first-place votes and totaled 103 points to 67 for Manuel, listed first on eight ballots. Florida's Fredi Gonzalez finished third with five first-place votes and 48 points.

Two other managers garnered first-place votes: Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers (three) and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals (one).

Dale Sveum got a third-place vote after managing only 12 games. He took over the Brewers on an interim basis when Ned Yost was fired in September and went 7-5 down the stretch to help Milwaukee secure its first playoff berth since 1982.

JB
11-12-2008, 06:42 PM
Damn.

Charlie got Diebolded.

Congratulations Piniella* (:D)

ralph wiggum
11-12-2008, 08:02 PM
Damn.

Charlie got Diebolded.

Congratulations Piniella* (:D)

I told you it was just my prediction. Ya' know that I'm not a Cubs fan, even though I've been to about 100 games at Wrigley over the years. Living close to the park for so long made it quite convenient.

Wilbon & Kornheiser discussed the issue of including the postseason when voting for the awards on PTI today. I believe they both thought it was a bad idea.

Manuel got his with the WS ring. I don't think he cares much about the manager of the year.

JB
11-13-2008, 06:06 PM
I officially don't put any faith in the results.

Dale Sveum (Milwaukee) received one vote. He went 7-5 for the year. :eek:

expat-pattaya
11-13-2008, 06:58 PM
Well, I am biased as a Cardinals fan. But...... Pujols was easily the best hitter in baseball last year. Add in excellent defense at first and solid base running and a level of intensity other players strive for - I don't know how he doesn't win it. But, every year there are several players that are important to their team.

ralph wiggum
11-17-2008, 02:03 PM
NL MVP to be announced shortly.

I'm guessing Pujols, but there could be some weird voting. Expect Ryan Howard, Manny Ramirez & Lance Berkman to be in the Top 5.

On edit - just heard that Pujols won. More details forthcoming.

ralph wiggum
11-17-2008, 03:02 PM
2008 NL MVP Award Voting
Player, Club
1. Albert Pujols, STL 369
2. Ryan Howard, PHI 308
3. Ryan Braun, MIL 139
4. Manny Ramirez, LAD 138
5. Lance Berkman, HOU 126
6. CC Sabathia, MIL 121
7. David Wright, NYM 115
8. Brad Lidge, PHI 104
9. Carlos Delgado, NYM 96
10. Aramis Ramirez, CHC 66


The National League's best player has also been named its most valuable.

Albert Pujols' magnificent season earned him his second NL Most Valuable Player Award. Pujols finished ahead of Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, who beat him out by a narrow margin to win the 2006 MVP.

Pujols has finished in the top 10 in the voting in every one of his eight Major League seasons, and has been fourth or better seven times. He is the 11th player to win two NL MVP awards.

As baseball waited to hear the results of the ballot, the discussion centered on the definition of "most valuable." Some argued that because Pujols' Cardinals did not make the postseason, he could not be the most valuable player in the league. It was the only possible case against Pujols, who was indisputably his league's best hitter and who plays Gold Glove-caliber defense at first base.

More at LINK (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081117&content_id=3681885&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

expat-pattaya
11-17-2008, 06:00 PM
:D::D Pujols is da MAN :D:D

SaintLouieWoman
11-17-2008, 11:01 PM
:D::D Pujols is da MAN :D:D

You've got that right!! I was at Busch Stadium last week and was able to take a behind the scenes tour. It was so cool, sat in the dugout. What a view. And what a player Pujols is! He's also a good guy, does a lot of charity work here.

Ralph, thanks for the update. Yay Pujols!

ralph wiggum
11-18-2008, 01:48 PM
AL MVP to be announced shortly.

Dustin Pedroia, Joe Mauer, Kevin Youkilis, Justin Morneau....someone else....who knows who's gonna win?

ralph wiggum
11-18-2008, 02:04 PM
And the winner of the AL Most Valuable Player is....

...Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia.

More details & voting results coming soon.

ralph wiggum
11-18-2008, 02:31 PM
Pedroia named AL MVP (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20081118&content_id=3683215&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb)

1. Dustin Pedroia, BOS 317
2. Justin Morneau, MIN 257
3. Kevin Youkilis, BOS 201
4. Joe Mauer, MIN 188
5. Carlos Quentin, CWS 160
6. Francisco Rodriguez, LAA 143
7. Josh Hamilton, TEX 112
8. Alex Rodriguez, NYY 45
9. Carlos Pena, TB 44
10. Grady Sizemore, CLE 42


Just call him Mr. November. Or better yet, refer to Dustin Pedroia as the Most Valuable Player of the American League.

The second baseman of the Boston Red Sox continued his rapid burst into the national spotlight on Tuesday, when he was recognized with that impressive honor.

Though most pundits expected the race for MVP to be agonizingly close, Pedroia won in comfortable fashion, outdistancing a solid field that included, among others, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Following a 2007 season in which Pedroia helped fuel the Red Sox to a World Series championship and won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, the right-handed hitting machine staged quite an encore.

Pedroia joins Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard as the only players to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in consecutive years.

For his performance in 2008, Pedroia received a Gold Glove Award, a spot on the American League's Silver Slugger team and now the MVP.

By prevailing in the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting, Pedroia became the first Red Sox player to cart home the coveted MVP Award since Mo Vaughn in 1995. But unlike Vaughn, one of the most physically imposing figures in club history, Pedroia will go down as one of the slightest.

Officially listed at 5-foot-9 in the Boston media guide, Pedroia is probably two or three inches shorter than that.

JB
11-23-2008, 05:24 PM
What was that Albert?

"Someone who doesn't take his team to the playoffs doesn't deserve to win the MVP." ~ Albert Pujols

Open mouth. Insert foot.