2011 World Champions St Louis Cardinals
The media’s full of articles and videos of the most newsworthy items about baseball this past year. You might think this would be those articles you and I found the most interesting and representative of baseball throughout the country, but not necessarily so.
I compiled a list from a survey today of the “top 10” from USA Today, Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN.
Here’s the results and below that I’ve listed my own personal “Top Ten”. How does your list compare?
TOP TEN FROM SURVEY
- St. Louis Cardinals, World Series Champions
- Justin Verlander, AL Cy Young and MVP Winner
- Game 162 collapse of the Red Sox and Braves.
- Game 6 World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers
- Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit
- Ryan Braun’s Drug Test
- Jim Thome’s 600th Home Run
- Shannon Stone Fatal Fall at Rangers Stadium
- Mariano Rivera all time saves leader
- Bryan Stow beating at Dodger Stadium Continue reading
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I watched a TV Special recently about Juan Marichal, the former SF Giants pitcher, and I was surprised to learn that he had never won the Cy Young Award.
And then again last week a discussion was had on whether an MVP could, or should, also be named a Cy Young winner. This was concerning Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers who holds most of the AL pitching records this season. The reasoning was that the MVP should be awarded to a field player who’s generally on the field every day, compared to the pitcher who pitches every four or five days on a rotation. Supposedly that’s the reason the Cy Young Award came about ~ to be able to honor the pitchers who are not visible on a daily basis.
The Marichal program was still very much in my mind when I came across an article (referenced below) about the worst MVP “snubs” in baseball history. I found it very interesting that so many of the most popular players were slighted as MVP’s back then. Maybe they weren’t as popular in their day as they’ve become later on, and posterity has been kind to them. But probably not. The MVP selections always seem to provoke some sort of controversy each year and its understandable. Those pesky statistics always seem to get in the way of those you and I consider to be the most valuable. Not always of course, but sometimes.
Here’s a link to the article, submitted by Tim Handorf, 10 Worst MVP Snubs in Baseball History published at bestonlinecolleges.com . Take a look and see what you think!
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