Daily Archives: November 16, 2016
with the 2016 baseball season now in the rearview mirror, it is time to hand out awards to the league’s best. this year, several Cleveland Indians were nominated for hardware. Francisco Lindor was a finalist for a Gold Glove Award, Tyler Naquin was a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year, Terry Francona was a finalist for AL Manager of the Year, and Corey Kluber was a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award.
only Lindor and Francona won their respective awards. Naquin finished 3rd for ROY behind Detroit’s Michael Fulmer and New York’s Gary Sanchez, while Kluber finished 3rd for the Cy Young behind Boston’s Rick Porcello and Detroit’s Justin Verlander.
View the following original posts for more on Lindor and Francona’s wins:
Last season I visited Kauffman in Kansas City while at a “real life” work event. During that trip, there were a number of issues I ran into with fans and the park itself. I also revisited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for the third or fourth time.
Kauffman and the Royal (Pain) Fans 2015 to Now
In 2015, Royals fans were horribly rude to me. Arrogant, in fact. I assumed this arrogance was due to the team doing so well. But that doesn’t excuse rudeness.
I sat in the right field seats near the foul pole. The section numbering can be a bit confusing, and I ended up in the wrong seats. The last time that happened to me, the people were very nice, and laughed saying it wasn’t any big deal.
But last season in KC I was literally told I was an idiot as they pointed out my seat—which wasn’t as good as the “View from the Seats” feature led me to believe.
I had enjoyed the Royals HoF museum that season, but that’s about all I enjoyed.
This season, being back in the city again for work, I went to another game. I figured I owed the stadium another look.
This time, I enjoyed it again, getting to see the World Series trophy. The museum was crowded and very warm, but the air of excitement and awe was nice to feel.
At the June 2016 game I bought my Royals tickets and sat in the middle decks. I was under an overhang and in the middle of a row. And I had a great view of the diamond. And the horrible extended netting obstruction.
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Terry Francona, Joe Maddon Awarded BBBA’s Cornelius “Connie Mack” McGillicuddy Award for Best Regular Season MLB Managing Performances of 2016
The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Cleveland Indians’ Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon as the best MLB managers of the 2016 regular season.
In balloting, Terry Francona earned 150 points on 27 first place votes, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Other American League managers who received first place votes included the Texas Rangers’ Jeff Bannister (with five first place votes), the Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter and the Toronto Blue Jays’ John Gibbons. The top three NL managers finished as follows:
- Terry Francona, 150 points (27 first place votes)
- Jeff Banister, 51 (5)
- John Farrell, 29
In the National League, Joe Maddon led all candidates with 116 points on 19 first place ballots. Also receiving first place votes were the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts (seven), the Washington Nationals’ Dusty Baker (two), the New York Mets’ Terry Collins (two), the San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy (two), the Miami Marlins’ Don Mattingly and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Pete Mackanin. The top three AL managers finished as follows:
- Joe Maddon, 116 points (19 first place votes)
- Dave Roberts, 70 (7)
- Dusty Baker, 37 (2)
In total, 21 MLB managers received a vote for the 2016 Connie Mack Award. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:
- American League: Buck Showalter (26), John Gibbons (23), Joe Girardi (9), Brad Ausmus (5), Scott Servais (4), A.J. Hinch (1)
- National League: Terry Collins (27), Bruce Bochy (21), Don Mattingly (11), Pete Mackanin (9), Brian Snitker (3), Craig Counsell (3), Bryan Price (1), Mike Matheny (1), Walt Weiss (1)
Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager Awarded BBBA’s Willie Howard Mays, Jr., Award for Best Regular Season MLB Rookie Performances of 2016
The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager as the best rookies of the 2016 MLB regular season.
In balloting, Mr. Seager earned 130 points with 26 first place votes, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Other National League rookies who earned first place votes included the Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner (with two), the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, the Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Almedys Diaz. The top three NL rookies finished as follows:
- Corey Seager, 130 points (26 first place votes)
- Trea Turner, 36 (2)
- Trevor Story, 34
In the American League, Mr. Sanchez earned 99 points on 14 first place votes, narrowly edging out the Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer with 95 points and 12 first place votes. Other first place vote getters included the Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin (two), the Boston Red Sox’ Andrew Benintendi (three), the Chicago White Sox’ Tyler Anderson and the Houston Astros’ Yulieski Gurriel. The top three AL rookies finished as follows:
- G Sanchez, 99 points (14 first place votes)
- M Fulmer, 95 (12)
- T Naquin, 33 (2)
In total, 32 rookies received a vote for the 2016 Willie Mays Award. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:
- American League: Andrew Benintendi (15), Nomar Mazara (7), Tyler Anderson (6), Yulieski Gurriel (5), Max Kepler (4), Matt Bush (4), Edwin Diaz (4), Cheslor Cuthbert (3), Byron Buxton (3), Aaron Judge (3), Hyun Soo Kim (1), Dylan Bundy (1), Chris Devenski (1)
- National League: Kenta Maeda (27), Willson Contreras (10), Almedys Diaz (8), Steven Matz (7), Dansby Swanson (4), Jose Peraza (3), Seung Hwan Oh (3), Ryan Schimpf (2), David Dahl (1), Jon Gray (1), Jameson Taillon (1), Tony Wolters (1), Zach Davies (1)
Zach Britton, Kenley Jansen Awarded BBBA’s Richard “Goose” Gossage Award for Best Regular Season MLB Relief Pitching Performances of 2016
The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Baltimore Orioles’ Zach Britton and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen as the best relief pitchers of the 2016 MLB regular season.
In balloting, Mr. Britton received 24 first place votes and 200 points overall, highest among all candidates in both leagues. The only other American League reliever to earn a first place vote was the Cleveland Indians’ (and previously New York Yankees’) Andrew Miller, with nine selections atop the ballot. The top five AL relievers finished as follows:
- Zach Britton, 200 points (24 first place votes)
- Andrew Miller, 131 (9)
- Cody Allen, 36
- Dellin Betances, 34
- Francisco Rodriguez, 22
In the National League, Kenley Jansen earned 181 points on 20 first place votes. Other first place vote getters included the New York Mets’ Jeurys Familia (8), the Washington Nationals’ (and previously Pittsburgh Pirates’) Mark Melancon (3), the Mets’ Addison Reed (1) and the Chicago Cubs’ Justin Grimm (1). The top five NL relievers finished as follows:
- Kenley Jansen, 181 points (20 first place votes)
- Jeurys Familia, 102 (8)
- Mark Melancon, 83 (3)
- Seung Hwan Oh, 29
- Addison Reed, 26 (1)
In total, 49 MLB relievers received a vote in the 2016 Goose Gossage Award balloting. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:
- American League: Roberto Osuna (19), Alex Colome (16), Christopher Devenski (16), Sam Dyson (15), Brad Brach (7), Kelvin Herrera (6), Craig Kimbrel (4), Bryan Shaw (2), David Robertson (2), Joseph Biagini (2), Ken Giles (2), Mike Montgomery (2), Nate Jones (2), Nick Vincent (2), Wade Davis (2), Will Harris (2), Edwin Diaz (1), Matt Bush (1), Mychal Givens (1), Ryan Dull (1)
- National League: A.J. Ramos (15), Justin Grimm (10), Travis Wood (10), Hector Rondon (8), Joe Blanton (5), Raisel Iglesias (5), Tyler Thornburg (5), Jeanmar Gomez (4), Shawn Kelley (4), Carlos Torres (3), Santiago Casilla (3), Tony Cingrani (3), Tony Watson (3), Fernando Rodney (2), Kyle Barraclough (2), Brad Hand (1), Hector Neris (1), Jim Johnson (1), Josh Smith (1)
Back in 2011, MLB Draft experts had their eyes set on the magnificent haul of draft picks that the Tampa Bay Rays had at their disposal, all of which had been acquired by dismantling their bullpen. A record ten first round picks out of 60, including highly touted prep arms Taylor Guerrieri and Blake Snell, as well as top college outfielder Mikie Mahtook highlighted the long list of high-profile future Rays. Tampa Bay was considered set for the long term because of this sudden influx of talent.
Well, the 2016 season is a wrap and we’re in to awards and hot stove season. Before we get to the hot stove, lets look at some fun facts for a few of the Tigers this season…
- For as bad a start to the year that Justin Upton had, he still finished with a 2.0 WAR, just 0.9 behind the 2017 top free agent Yoenis Cespedes 2.9