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Major League Baseball Announces The 2012 Silver Slugger Award Winners!!

Major League Baseball Announces The 2012 Silver Slugger Award Winners!!

From MLB.com

Baseball’s postseason hardware continued to be handed out Thursday, as the American League and National League distributed Silver Slugger Awards to the best offensive players at each position live on MLB Network.

Eleven players were first-time honorees, including seven of the nine NL sluggers. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun each won their fifth Silver Sluggers Awards, with Braun’s coming in succession.

The Nationals led all of baseball with three Silver Slugger Award winners: first baseman Adam LaRoche, shortstop Ian Desmond and right-hander Stephen Strasburg, all of whom were first-timers.

The Silver Slugger, which was first awarded in 1980, is voted on by coaches and managers from both leagues, and voters are prohibited from rewarding players on their own team.

The first-time NL winners were led by Giants catcher Buster Posey, the NL MVP Award favorite who posted a Major League-high .336 batting average. Three other NL MVP finalists were awarded: Padres third baseman Chase Headley, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Braun. Headley led the NL with 115 RBIs, McCutchen led the league with 194 hits and Braun posted an NL-high 41 home runs.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce also earned his first Silver Slugger Award for hitting 34 homers and 99 RBIs, while D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill earned his second career Silver Slugger after hitting .302 with 26 home runs.

In the AL, MVP favorites Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout each were honored. The Tigers third baseman, who won the Triple Crown by leading the AL in batting average (.330), home runs (44) and RBIs (139), earned his fourth career award. The Angels center fielder was awarded in a rookie season that saw him lead the Majors with 129 runs and 49 stolen bases while also hitting .326 with 30 homers.

Cabrera’s teammate, Prince Fielder, earned the first base award in his first season in the AL after winning two times previously in the NL. The longtime power hitter hit a career-high .313 this season.

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton earned his third Silver Slugger Award after hitting .285 with a career-high 43 home runs, while Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was honored for the third straight season and fourth overall.

The rest of the AL honorees consisted of first-time winners. White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski was honored after hitting .278 with a career-high 27 home runs, while Twins outfielder Josh Willingham’s 35 home runs and 110 RBIs in spacious Target Field earned him his first MLB award of any kind.

Kansas City’s Billy Butler earned designated hitter honors for hitting .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBIs.

Did You Know…

Philadelphia is the only city to produce two Triple Crown winners in the same season.  Chuck Klein for the Phillies and Jimmie Fox for the Athletics both won their respective leagues in 1933.

 

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

And The Contest Winner Is….

Well, major league baseball’s individual awards have been handed out, so my first contest on this blog has concluded.

And the winner is….  Bailey from the blog – ‘The Nennth Inning’

NL MVP – Pujols
AL MVP – Pedroia
NL ROY – Soto
AL ROY – Longoria
NL CY – Lincecum
AL CY – Lee
NL Manager –
Torre
AL Manager – Maddon

This season’s awards featured some obvious winners as well as some puzzling ones.  But, Bailey did remarkably well and scored 7 out of 8 possible points.  We had 3 more readers with 6 points each so we certainly have some pretty educated baseball fans reading my posts!!!

Bailey – Feel free to pick from any of the cards shown below.  Either post a comment with your selection or shoot me an email to let me know your decision!!!

Thanks to all that participated and please stay tuned for more contests on ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!

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Finally, The Contest Can Begin!!!

This week, major league baseball will hand out it’s awards.  We will finally find out how will be taking home the titles of 2008’s Manager of the Year, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Most Valuable Player.

There are some great players in line to take home the hardware, so let’s sit back and watch what unfolds.

For all of you that entered the contest I am running, Good Luck!!!

I’ll email the winner of the contest as soon as all 8 award winners are announced.  And don’t forget, the winner gets their choice of 1 of 9 autographed baseball cards….

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Baseball’s MVP Award Should Be Named After…

I found it very interesting who you thought that the name of the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards should be changed to if baseball decided to give these awards a modern twist.

Let’s do the same thing with the MVP award.  The rules are the same:

  1. The player has to have won this award in their career
  2. Awards must have been handed out during the 1980 season or after
  3. Pitchers and position players are eligible

There have been some incredible statistical seasons in the last 30 years.  Barry Bonds, Cal Ripken, Dale Murphy… and the list goes on and on!!

I am proud to announce that I will call the MVP award the ‘Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award.’  Schmidt won the award 3 times in a 7 year span and ended up with 8 Top 10 finishes.  Schmidt is one of baseball’s most complete players offering the perfect mix of offense and defense.

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Modernizing 2 Of Baseball’s Awards

I in no way would do anything to take away from the monumental careers that Cy Young and Jackie Robinson put together. 

But since major leage baseball will be naming their 2008 award winners in the coming weeks, I thought it would be fun to re-name the Cy Young award and the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards giving them a more modern twist.

Ready??  Let’s play.  Here are the rules:

  1. The player has to have won this award in their career
  2. Awards must have been handed out during the 1980 season or after
  3. Pitchers are eligible for the ROY award

So, with all that being said here are my picks…

Baseball’s Best pitcher award will be renamed the ‘Greg Maddux Award’.  Over the course or Maddux’s career, he has won the Cy Young Award 4 times.  This award commemorates his excellence during the 1995 season in which Maddux won 19 games and lost only 2.  In that season Maddux pitched 209 innings while only allowing 147 hits.  He struck out 191 batters and walked a mere 23.  Maddux’s ERA for the 1995 season was 1.63.

Other players I considered were: Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, and Randy Johnson.

The award for baseball’s best rookie will now be called the ‘Nomar Garciaparra Rookie of the Year Award’.  During Nomar’s rookie season in 1997, he batted an amazing .306 in 153 games.  Nomar also amassed 30 home runs and 98 RBI.  85 of Garciaparra’s 209 hits that season were for extra bases which displays his ability to hit for power and average.  Nomar won the ROY award in 1997 unanimously.

Other players I considered were: Fernando Valenzuela, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, and Ichiro.

Now it’s your turn.  Make your picks and let’s see who stands heads and shoulders above the rest of the field…

Last Call – Contest Entry Ends Monday Night!!!

You’ve got just 24 hours to submit your entries!!!

Contest entry ends Monday night!!!

There Is A Very Good Reason That It’s Called The Cy Young Award…

…  and it’s because there will NEVER be another pitcher like him in the history of the game.

I don’t know much about Cy Young.  I’ve always tried to learn as much as I can about this game that we love, but my interest has been primarily on players from 1950’s to today.  Luckily my father was a big baseball fan growing up in New York so he has passed on tons of stories about the Yankee, Giants, and Dodgers teams and players from his era.  But since I have no living relatives to share stories about baseball’s history prior to that generation, I guess that I have kind of forgotten that baseball was played 50 years prior to then.

But, there are names that still hold their weight today and Cy Young is one of those names; if not the most prominent one.  After spending some time researching his pitching career, it is very clear to me who the greatest pitcher of all-time is.  It’s just too bad that this generation and future ones have little to look back to so we can witness it for ourselves even if it is not live.

Check out some of these amazing feats:

  • holds the record for all-time wins with 511
  • started an amazing 819 games during his career; pitching the full 9 innings in 749 of them
  • (5) 30+ win seasons & (10) 20+ win seasons
  • 2,803 career strikeouts
  • (5) 400+ innings pitched in 1 season & (11) 300+ innings pitched in 1 season
  • (4) seasons with an ERA lower than 1.00
  • in 22 year career, only had 1 season with an ERA higher than 2.00

There is no one to compare Cy Young to.  His numbers are greater than any of the competition during his time and versus any players since.

I can absolutely see why the award for baseball’s best pitcher is named the Cy Young award.