Awards

How fitting that in the “Year of the Pitcher” we would be tasked with casting a ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s Walter Johnson Award, choosing the top pitcher of the season for the National League. Thankfully, this award is also based upon the regular season, which keeps us within the “Year of the Pitcher” [...]

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Matt Holliday is leading the NL with a .349 average?  Been there, done that.  Lance Berkman is close behind at .338?  Sure, no problem.  Joey Votto is cruising along with another great season?  Yep, that’s what we’ve come to expect.  Placido Polanco is slapping the ball around consistently enough to post a .335 average?  No [...]

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I’m usually hesistant to predict individual awards, because there is about a 20% chance of getting any of them correct, and I’m all about hitting the 1/4 mark.  Then again, this is for the UCB, and I’ll gladly sacrifice quality for quantity in the name of the UCB. American League AL MVP – Robinson Cano [...]

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I’m not announcing anything you don’t already know, but I can certainly provide you an easy way to see the entire ceremony. Below is the White House feed of the entire ceremony.  Stan Musial wasn’t the only one receiving the honor today from President Barack Obama, there were a lot of big names on the [...]

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Bottom of the 9th

by on November 22, 2010 · 0 comments

It’s the bottom of the 9th, and I’ve been brought into the game to seal the deal with a 10 run lead.  That’s how I would describe the last couple months at PH8.  I wasn’t around for most of the year, so I deserve very little credit for PH8′s UCB award win for “Best Team [...]

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Let’s begin with the assumption that the voting process for the Gold Glove awards is horribly flawed and a complete joke.  If you don’t agree with this assumption, then go pat Derek Jeter on the back for winning a Gold Glove about 14 years past his defensive prime.  It’s not that I don’t like Jeter, [...]

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The Gold Glove which is technically the “Rawlings Gold Glove Award” is voted on by the managers and coaches of each league.  Voters are not permitted to vote for players from their own team in an effort to eliminate bias.  That said, it’s probably fair to say that most voters don’t take the time to [...]

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I have had a hard enough time keeping up with with the Cardinals in late 2010 and into the off-season much less trying to watch much “other” baseball.  Thankfully, the tools at the disposal of an otherwise occupied blogger (FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference, Twitter) are more than enough to formulate the PH8 ballot for the BBA National [...]

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As part of the Baseball Bloggers’ Alliance’s yearly awards voting process, we hold the honor of helping choose who wins the BBA’s Willie Mays Award for the National League – the winner being recognized by the BBA as the NL’s most outstanding rookie player or pitcher. 3.  Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants Posey was Bryce [...]

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Calling Out The BBWAA

by on October 6, 2010 · 1 comment

Yeah, that’s right.  I’m calling out the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) – the group that votes on the NL and AL MVP awards.  I’m challenging its voters to explain how they fill out their ballots.  Dare to consider advanced statistics, defense, intangibles, and team strength in proper context.  Go ahead.  Do it!  I double dog dare [...]

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