Bits and pieces, awards and football

Report: Yu Darvish bid tops Dice-K I’m not quite sure how this works, like a lot of things in the business end of baseball, as I understand it, this pitcher, Yu Darvish wants to come to play in the MLB. So the MLB teams that want him have to bid for him. Then his team (the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters) decides if they’ll accept the bid, then the team who made the bid gets to ‘talk’ to the player, to see if they can reach a deal. I don’t know if then the team has to pay MORE money to the player. I can’t find that out. However, the bidding has closed and the highest bid is a lot of money.

Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs) were announced on Friday night as the final word on Major League Baseball’s awards season. The Yankees had three: Derek Jeter for Performance of the Year, David Robertson for Setup Man and Robinson Cano for Wow Factor. Jose Valverde of the Tigers won Closer of the Year, which I was going to cry about, but it’s just for the year, and his numbers were better then Mo’s this year. However, Mo is still the greatest of all time. Speaking of Mo ….

Rivera recovering well after surgery on throat He had polyps removed from his vocal cords. We haven’t heard the results of the testing on the polyps, but this is one area where bad news usually travels faster then good news. Pretty sure he’ll be fine.

Yankees take two players in Rule 5 Draft Left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral, so if I understand this right, he was with the Red Sox, then the Royals picked him in the draft, then the Yankees paid the Royals for him (sounds a little bit like a slave auction, hmmm). So was he a Royals, or a Red Sox? The other player is a right-handed pitcher Brad Meyers, who was a starter with the Nationals.

The Yankees are keeping Hector Noesi as a starter and released Greg Golson. Good-bye Greg, I’ll never forget that throw you made from right field, it was a beauty.

Freddy Garcia will be a Yankee next year, they offered him a one year deal and he accepted. He likes playing in Pinstripes.

All eligible Yankees tendered contracts Joba, Phil, David, Brett, Boone (Boom-Boom-Boone) and Russell (HI! Russell) are all coming back next year. Russell even tweeted it. If it wasn’t so late I would find it and post a link.

Cano and Swisher are coming back, of course Cano is a no-doubter (as is Swisher in my mind). There is talk that the Yankees might use Swisher for trade, but I doubt it. If you trade Swisher, who’s going to play right field? Not only that but he can relieve Mark at first and he is good for 30 home runs a year and contributes to the clubhouse moral. Not only that, he loves New York and would cry if he had to leave.

The biggest news of all (pun intended) is that CC is coming back. So we will have our Ace, our Big Stoppa, our Great Devourer of Innings. He also let the fans know, he posted a video saying he wanted to let the fans know himself, he is coming back to New York.


However, the Yankees are not the only ones busy acquiring things during the off-season, I got these two beautiful pins.

On the subject of football, I’m not really a football fan, but I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied instead of just moping about waiting for baseball to start again. I have been a Bills fan since I lived in Buffalo, it wasn’t that hard to abandon the Bucs when I left Florida, and I still am. However, I decided I can root for two teams. I picked the Ravens for 3 reason. One is they beat the Steelers (TWICE!) and I hate the Steelers. Two is their uniforms are purple (pretty!). Third is the quarterback is a real cutie (his wife is pregnant with their first baby, how presh is that!). So I bought some cute purple stuff, a t-shirt, some fuzzy socks and a dog tag (it has an engraveable back, I don’t know what I would put there but if I ever do, ….. So I am hoping they make it to the superbowl. If not them, maybe the Giants, I can root for the Giants, they are almost a New York team.

MVP! MVP! MVP!

The chants were there this year, I heard them them all the time, I even participated in them. Curtis Granderson for MVP, and he had an amazing season, batting .262 and setting new career highs, including hitting 16 home runs off left-handed pitching. He led the league in runs scored (136), gave Jose Bautista a run for his money in hitting home runs (41) and in the 156 games he played brought in 119 runs. He is also the only Major League player to record 40 home runs, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in a single season. Sounds like an MVP to me.

But he didn’t get it, neither did Robinson Cano (the best 2nd baseman in baseball), instead the award went to Justin Verlander, who also won the Cy Young award. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve either award, after all he helped his team make it to the world series …… [snark]

That comment is because I am still sore at the person who didn’t vote for Cano last year because the Yankees finished in 3rd place at the end of their season. In fact in 2009 the AL MVP was Joe Mauer, of the Twins, the team the Yankees eliminated in the ALDS.

So now you know more about me. I am able to hold a grudge for years, I get it from my mom, I’m still mad at the Braves for hitting all those home runs off Andy Pettitte in 1996.

2011 GIBBYs Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards

The categories are listed below. Of course I voted for the Yankee players, maybe I’m prejudiced, but if I didn’t believe the players were the best, ….

Anyway if you click on this link, you can vote for the players you think are great!
Player
Starting Pitcher
Rookie
Closer
Setup Man
Defensive Player
Breakout Player
Comeback Player
Wow Factor
Manager
Executive
Postseason MVP

Trying to get past this

This is something that I know I shouldn’t let bother me, but I can’t get past it. How do you give a golden glove to Dustin Pedroia instead of Robinson Cano? Because he had a higher fielding percentage and made fewer errors? He also had fewer chances, fewer put outs, fewer assists and fewer double plays! Not only that but he didn’t help his team get to the post season, didn’t prevent their historic collapse and he’s an ugly, sawed off, runty garden gnome.

Now I feel better.

Notes from the baseball world (and some thoughts from me)

After two days, Ramos rescued in Venezuela

Starting with some good news.

Papelbon agrees to four-year deal with Phillies

And this means I don’t have to stop hating Papelbon

Yankees continue to rake in postseason awards

Outfielder Curtis Granderson named the AL’s Outstanding Player in the 2011 Players Choice Awards, as selected by Major League players.

Gardner was given a nod with his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award, indicative of the best fielder at a position in 2011, as announced in “The Bill James Handbook”.

Granderson was tabbed as the Bombers’ Player of the Year, closer Mariano Rivera took honors as the team’s Pitcher of the Year and right-hander Ivan Nova’s rookie campaign earned respect as the Yankees’ Breakout Player of the Year.

Granderson and second baseman Robinson Cano selected for AL Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions, as announced by Louisville Slugger. (Curtis’ first and Robbie’s third)

Grandy, Cano among All-Stars headed to Taiwan