November 2012

The big apple keepin’ big names

The New York Yankees made a giant move to stay alive in the AL East- re-signing Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda was probably the Most Valuable Player runner-up in the ALDS. He won seventeen games as a starter in the regular season- beating out CC SABATHIA for most wins on the team. His contract expires off season next year.

It’s final

The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays just finalized a block buster deal- Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck are all on the Blue Jays. Owner Jefferey Loria, thought trading away Heath Bell, and these 5, was strategy for “success”. The Marlins don’t have an ace. GO NATS

Pierre, Laird on move

Juan Pierre maybe needed a new start. With a literal minor league team. The Miami Marlins basically sunk the WHOLE ENTIRE CLUB with signing the speedy LF. The Atlanta Braves, otherwise, scored world series contender Gerald Laird a two-year contract.

Pierre climbs the wall to try to rob a home run.

Laird at batting practice before game 3 of the World Series.

AFL for KIMBALL

Kimball celebrates a win with the Nats in 2011.

Out of the Scottsdale Scorpions’ bullpen, Cole Kimball was a dominant name. So he won the 2012 Arizona Fall League Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award prior to the League’s Title Game. Jonathan Mayo has more to tell you about Kimball and his award at this URL.

Melky on move!

Melky high-fives a teammate after a run was scored.

Melky Cabrera had a breakout season, but midseason, he was caught cheating with PED’s, a type of steroid. He received a fifty-game suspension from professional baseball, and the Giants’ manager did not put Cabrera on the roster for the postseason. The Giants won the World Series without him. Now, Cabrera got traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Cabrera, the All-Star Game MVP, joins practically half of the Miami Marlins team North-Of-The-Border next year.

MOY bien, Davey!

Davey Johnson taking a press conference after game 4 of the Division Series.

Davey Johnson was the hands-down Manager Of The Year in like June, but the 2012 World Champion manager, Bruce Bochy, and Central champion, Dusty Baker went into contention, it was a tough match. Davey actually won it in the end, by 7.0 votes.

R.A. Cy Young

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Dickey delivers a pitch at home.

Lots of southern baseball analysts and Mid Atlantic analysts agreed on this: Gio for Cy Young. R.A. Dickey, though, won by a short distance. Congrats to Dickey and to David Price, the AL winner!

Marlins keep getting fished


The Miami Marlins weren’t done swapping players after their Trade Deadline catastrophe, sending Set-Up Man Edward Mujica to St. Louis, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to Motown ( Detroit), and of course, Hanley Ramirez to Los Angeles. They even fired their skipper during the off-season.  They are planning on trading Mark Buehrle, John Buck, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonafacio, and Jose Reyes to the Toronto Blue Jays for unknown Blue Jays players.  The details are still being worked out.  By unloading these expensive salaries, Miami would probably be interested in free agents like Ichiro, Josh Hamilton, and Delmon Young. The Marlins need hitting help badly. The Marlins can’t win the NL East until some hitting happens. Just hope Marlins fans–Edwin Encarnacion or Jose Bautista could head to Miami!

This comes as a surprise after the Marlins spent big money last winter on big names like Reyes, Bell, Buehrle, and even bigger money on a new stadium.  Let’s see what happens in the remaining 138 days til Opening Day.

Harper is "ROY"al

 Bryce Harper was Player of the Month for June and persons started to think Harper could become the National League Rookie Of the Year. Some random persons thought Wade Miley would win the award. But, Harper actually won by a slight 7.0 votes.  Harper deserved the award for his extraordinary hustle, even losing his helmet on the bases constantly. Even his home run trot shows his hustle, probably 3 times a Prince Fielder speed on a double. HEY BRAVES FANS OUT THERE READING THIS! SORRY YOU DID NOT GET ANY REPRESENTATIVES FOR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE AWARD LIST

ATLANTA BRAVES OUT FIELDER MICHAEL BOURN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR NL

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OUT FIELDER TORII HUNTER DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR AL

LOS ANGELES OUT FIELDER MICHAEL TROUT ROOKIE OF YEAR AL

NATS AWARDS

SILVER SLUGGER= PITCHER= STEPHEN STRASBURG

SILVER SLUGGER= SHORTSTOP= IAN DESMOND

SILVER SLUGGER= FIRST BASE= ADAM LAROCHE

GOLD GLOVE= FIRST BASE= ADAM LAROCHE

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR= NL= BRYCE HARPER   

The Secretaries of Defense

Mike Trout should’ve been nominated for American League Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in July. The National League, however, was very close. The absolute worst player on the absolute worst team ( that’s in my opinion, readers) is Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn beat out all of his Nationals “teammates” for the National League nomination.