Baseball Awards, 2018

This is the first of 2 articles to discuss baseball’s annual awards.  The MVPs and Rookies of the Year will be done today.  Next time, the Cy Young winners and best managers will be discussed.

MVP, AL:  The race for this award often comes down to a 3 man race.  But consider a 4th: Alex Bergman (Astros).  His slash line is: .286/.394/532//.926.  Add his EBH (83) which includes 31 homers.  His walks (96) are higher than his strikeouts (85) and his RBIs (103) and RS (105) are over 100.  His WAR was 6.9.  Remember him. But the 3 names that will probably be considered most frequently are: Mookie  Betts, J. D. Martinez, and, as usual, Mike Trout.  To avoid a blizzard of stats, I’ll just point out all 3 players had a slash line over the ideal of .300/.400/.500.  In fact, Trout had the highest total of OPS (1.088).  But I think Mookie Betts (see below)  will come out on top, and Trout will have a top 3 finish.  Not bad for a GOAT player.  And for those who love the stat WAR, Mookie bested Trout by 10.9 to 10.2.

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MVP, NL:  The race here will again come down  to a 3 man race: Christian Yelich, Javier Baez, and Nolan Arenado.  Baez has begun to play down his reputation as a (too) free swinger, and had a wonderful year.  Arenado had another fine year with a bat, and his excellent fielding cannot be overlooked.  But I think the winner should be Christian Yelich. (see below)  His slash line is fine (.326/.402/.598//1.000).  He stole some bases, too (22 on 26 attempts).  He came close to the Triple Crown and, for good measure, he had 6 hits in a game, twice, in 2018.  And, perhaps, by coincidence, his Brewers had the best record in the NL.  Yelich also had the highest WAR score (7.6).

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ROY, AL:  Here are some fine AL Rookies who arrived in 2018.  Daniel Palka  CWS   (124 games; 27 HR; .240 BA).  Brad Keller KCA (140.1 IP; 9 – 6; 3.08 ERA).  Lou Trivino OAK (74 IP; 8 – 3; 2.92 ERA).  Joey Wendle TBR (139 games; 7 HR; .300 BA).  Diego Castillo TBR (56.2 IP; 4 – 2; 3.18 ERA).  Ryan Yarbrough TBR (147.1 IP; 16 – 6; 3.91 ERA).  The Rookie of the Year race could be between: Miguel Andujar NYY (149 games; 27 HR; .297 BA).  Gleyber Torres NYY (123 games; 24 HR; .271 BA).  And the Winner = Shohei Ohtani (see below) LAA(as a hitter: 104 games; 22 HR; .285 BA and as a pitcher: 51.2 IP; 4 – 2; 3.31 ERA).

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ROY, NL:  Here are some fine NL Rookies who arrived in 2018.  Brian Anderson MIA (156 games; 11  HR; .273 BA).  Jesse Biddle ATL (63.2 IP; 6 – 1; 3.11 ERA).  Shane Carle ATL (63 IP; 4 – 1; 2.86 ERA).  Caleb Ferguson LAD (49 IP; 7 – 2; 3.49 ERA).  Jack Flaherty STL (151 IP; 8 – 9; 3.34 ERA).  Reyes Moronta SFG (65 IP; 5 – 2; 2.49 ERA).  The Rookie of the Year race could be between:  Ronald Acuna ATL (111 games;  26 HR; .293).  Juan Soto (116; 22 HR; .292 BA).  And the winner = Walker Buehler (see below) LAD (137.1 IP; 8 – 5; 2.62 ERA).

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Next time, the 2nd, and final part of “Baseball Awards, 2018.”                    

 

 

 

 

About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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