Clayton Kershaw’s the first pitcher to win the NL MVP and the Cy Young award in the same season since Bob Gibson in 1968. And how could the outcome have been any different? Most fans chalked up an automatic Dodger win when Kershaw was scheduled on the mound. He’s a true professional, he’s young and he’s a winner!
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been named the National League’s Most Valuable Player, receiving 18 first-place votes. He is the first pitcher to win the NL MVP and the Cy Young award in the same season since Bob Gibson in 1968. He joins Sandy Koufax and Don Newcombe as Dodgers to have won both awards in the same season, and is the first Dodger to win the MVP since Kirk Gibson in 1988.
Kershaw, 26, led the league in ERA for the fourth consecutive season, but his 2014 campaign was arguably the best of his career. He finished with a 1.77 ERA and a 239/31 K/BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings, helping lead the Dodgers to another NL West title.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton finished in second place and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen finished in third place. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, teammate of Kershaw, finished seventh while Yasiel Puig and Dee…
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Take a look at Matthew Pouliot’s Hardball Talk take on the 18 inning playoff game between the Nats and the Giants yesterday. Matt’s saying, basically, the Nats would have won if they’d left Zimmerman in the game in the 9th.
Well, this is the most ridiculous post I’ve ever read on Hardball or pretty much anywhere. If only. If only…..woulda, coulda, shoulda. Poor dears. Are you nuts? If only Sandoval had gotten a two run homer in the 3rd. If only Zimmerman had another 3 strikeouts, if only Hudson had pitched a no-hitter. If only Posey had been safe at the plate, ……. yada, yada, yada.
This is baseball and “if only’s” don’t count. The Giants won because they outlasted the Nats. Pretty simple really. Someone had to win.
Now on to Game 3 at AT&T Park and may the best team win. Oh, and by the way, congratulations to the SF Giants for their Game 2 win over the Washington Nats because it’s baseball and someone had to win. In my humble opinion, of course!
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Tagged AT&T Park, Game 2 Playoffs, Hardball Talk, Matthew Pouliot, National League, Nationals baseball, Pablo Sandoval, sf giants, Tim Hudson, Washington Nats, Zimmerman
“December 10, 1972. The American League adopts the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years.” Forty years later we’re still stuck with it. Whether you like the DH or not pretty much depends on which league your favorite team plays for.
I’m a bit obsessed with this designated hitter thing. I mean why not have a designated catcher that doesn’t have to do anything except “catch”. Once the opponent has a runner on third, the DC can step in and take the hits for the regular catcher as the runner heads for home , thereby assuring the regular catcher’s safety. The next inning, or maybe even the next play, the regular catcher can resume his position at the plate.
I tackled the subject earlier this year when I wrote about it based mostly on fact, but also with a tad bit of emotion:
“The official rules of Major League Baseball, Rule 1.01, states clearly:
“Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each …..”
I’ve been trying to wrap my arms around the designated hitter since it was first introduced by the American League back in 1973, but Official Rule, 1.01, that first rule of baseball, keeps getting in the way. The Designated Hitter Rule got thrown into MLB Miscellany as an official rule which states that a hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher in any game. This came about in 1973 and the “any game” thing meant not only the American League but also the National League.
This was news to me. I never realized the National League had a choice in the matter. But for some reason I can’t explain I’ve always thought the National League to be just a little superior in that they played the game with nine players as the game was originally intended to be played, not with the ten players the AL chose to protect their prima donna pitchers from getting a little ruffled.”
I can’t imagine any scenario that would allow me to wholeheartedly accept this notion. If anyone has any ideas, other than you’re trying to protect the pitcher, I’d like to hear them. It’s rather like a sacred cow you know, and it’s one of the reasons I find the National League just a little superior to the American League.
Okay then. I got that off my chest this morning. Wonder what’s in store for the rest of the day?
“Happy Birthday Zoe!”
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Tagged American League, BASEBALL, Designated Catcher, Designated hitter, Major League Baseball, National League, Pitcher, regular catcher, Sports, United States
SF Giants vs. St Louis Cardinals
“Opening Day April, 2011”
On April 9, 2011, I wrote a blog titled “Those Classy Cardinals”. It was opening day, the first league game after the Giants won the World Series, and they were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a great game and the blog got a record number of views and comments. It was one of my favorites. Here’s a link to that post “Those Classy Cardinals”.
And then again, on November 14, 2011, I published a blog about the young, new Cardinals Manager, Mike Matheny, who had left baseball some five years earlier as a promising catcher with the SF Giants after sustaining a series of concussions. He’d just been named as General Manager of the St Louis Cardinals and he was my new hero. Here’s a link to that post “Mike Matheny ~ Leading by Example.”
“2011 Opening Day in San Francisco”
So there’s just a little bit of irony here as I’m settling in to watch the first game of the race for the 2012 National League Pennant between the SF Giants and the St Louis Cardinals. Who knew? I’ve been anxiously awaiting this series which I projected without a doubt would be between Cincinnati and Washington. But the Giants and Cards have this way of sneaking in and surprising everyone and now they’re the contenders.
“Calm & Cool as a Cucumber”
But, seriously folks, there’s no dilemma here. My home team is the San Francisco Giants (I’m a huge fan), and I really love those Cardinals. And like many true blue baseball fans, I just love to see a really great game no matter who wins and I think I’ve recovered enough after the 2010 World Series to be able to handle this ~ calm and cool as a cucumber.
But I’m not sure. I’ll let you know when it’s over.
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Tagged 2010 World Series, 2011 World Series, Cincinnati, Mike Matheny, National League, San Francisco Giants, St Louis Cardinals, washington nationals, World Series
“Non-Blind Unhappy Umpire”
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012, the home plate umpire for a minor league game between Daytona and Fort Myers in Florida ejected the guy in charge of music from the ballpark. Not only did he eject him from the ballpark but he demanded no more music or public address system announcements be made for the remainder of the game.
The cause of this heinous infraction? The music being played over the PA system was “Three Blind Mice”, after what some, and obviously the DJ, considered to be a questionable call. And even though the umpire’s actions might seem a little drastic, there is a precedent for this and “Three Blind Mice” does have a definite history in Major League Baseball.
Consider this. Back in 1941 the Brooklyn Dodgers had a somewhat volunteer band made up of fans that paraded around the stadium during the games playing fight songs, charge songs, and doing the regular things that pep bands do to inspire the crowds. Not that the Dodger fans needed inspiring. And when, in the minds of the fans and the band, an umpire would make a questionable call the band would break out into “Three blind Mice” much to the thrill of the wild and rowdy crowd. Ebbets Field probably only had an average 5,000 fans at the park back in those days, but it sounded like twice that many as the noise from the stadium was loud and intense. Rumor has it that the practice continued until the National League added a fourth umpire to the previous crew of three, rendering the three mouse ditty passe’. But in reality, the league office ordered the team to stop the practice, likely in response to umpire antagonism and threats of a walk out related to the unruly crowds inspired by the song.
This probably wasn’t the case last Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Florida, but you never know. There is such a thing as respect you know? Just saying …..a one – a two – a three
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Tagged Baseballs 3 blind mice, blind umpires, Brian Harper, Brooklyn Dodgers, Daytona Beach Florida, Daytona Cubs, Disc jockey, Florida, Fort Myers Miracle, Mario Seneca, National League, non-blind umpires, Public address, Three Blind Mice, umpire
All Photo’s Courtesy of San Jose Mercury News
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To repay the fans who stuffed the ballot box, the Giants stuffed the box score Tuesday night.”
Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey and Matt Cain propelled the National League to an 8-0 victory in the 83rd All-Star game at Kauffman Stadium, silencing a weeklong uproar from a sour Big Apple.
Sandoval, who surpassed Mets third baseman David Wright in the controversial final balloting, hit a three-run triple to key a five-run first inning.
Cain, who got the starting nod over Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, pitched two scoreless innings and became the first Giants pitcher to win an All-Star game since Vida Blue in 1981. Continue reading
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Tagged all star game 2012, american league all stars, BUSTER POSEY, Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Matt Cain, Melky Cabrera, National League, national league all stars, Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants