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Shocker: C.C. Wins the Cy Young; Lloyd Carr Done At Michigan; Sup With These Young Boys? Posada Reportedly Signs; Braun, Pedroia Rookies Of the Year

Posted in Blogroll, Brandon Jennings, C.C. Sabathia, Cy Young Award, Delmon Young, Derrick Rose, Dustin Pedroia, Eric Gordon, Fausto Carmona, Gaylord Perry, Jonny Flynn, Jorge Posada, Josh Beckett, Lloyd Carr, Michael Beasley, New York Yankees, O.J. Mayo, Ohio State University, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, University of Michigan, USC on November 13, 2007 by mizzo

First off, I have to say Happy Birthday to my lil sis. Thanks for all you’ve done Gina. I love you very much :)

Birthday wishes also go out to Ron Artest. Happy Birthday brotha. Thanks.

Props to Dwil for his SOMM mention in Jemele Hill’s latest.

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C.C. Sabathia wins Cy Young Award

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Wasn’t a surprise to me brotha

I’m shocked. Beckett second.

Sports writers were swinging on Beckett’s jock the last two months of the season. There is no denying Beckett was a monster during the playoffs. Anyone outside of Cleveland who seriously entertained the notion Sabathia would win this award is a liar. Straight up. If anything, I thought his teammate Fausto Carmona would takes some votes and Beckett would win in a landslide. He’s the first Indians pitcher since Gaylord Focker Perry won the award in ’72. Does it make up for Albert Belle not winning in ’95? Of course not.

C.C. was 19-7 with a 3.21 earned run average. Maybe the reasoning behind Sabathia winning was he pitched 40 more innings than Beckett. Becket was on the dl–most likely to rest the ace–and maybe durability was a question.

Sabathia received 18 of 29 first place votes.

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Buck Honored (finally!); Beckkkkkkkkket; Bonds Upset; Grady Jackson Cut?; Ricky Davis Loves the Heat, The Chargers Do Not

Posted in Antoine Walker, Atlanta Falcons, Barry Bonds, Boston Red Sox, Buck O'Neil, Colorado Rockies, Dustin Pedroia, Grady Jackson, Josh Beckett, Manny Ramirez, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, MLB, Ricky Davis on October 25, 2007 by mizzo

 

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Buck O’Neil was honored by the Hall of Fame for a lifetime achievement award in Boston before Game 1.

It’s about time!

As writers, there’s always some kind of muse that spurs the emotions and drives us to finish any particular piece.

Buck O’Neil, at least for me, was something way more special.

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The Lofton Get Back: Cleveland 4, Boston 2

Posted in Albert Belle, ALCS, American League, Asdrubal Cabrera, Blogroll, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Dustin Pedroia, Jake Westbrook, Jason Varitek, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez, Terry Francona, Travis Hafner on October 16, 2007 by mizzo

bill-snyder-reuters.jpgIn the top of the second inning of last night’s Game 3 between Boston and Cleveland, left fielder Kenny Lofton caught a mid-range routine fly ball and noticed Mannny Ramirez mimicking a tag at third. Lofton seemed very annoyed Manny would entertain such a ridiculous idea. Maybe Manny was just being Manny but Kenny simply wagged his finger and let his emotions chill until he could come through in the clutch. Manny showing Lofton up seemed to awaken the fire that Kenny wanted and needed.

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All Out Guys

Posted in Darryl Strawberry, Dustin Pedroia, Jimmy Rollins, race in baseball, Russell Martin, Sean Casey, Shea Hillenbrand on September 15, 2007 by jweiler

It was a throw away comment buried deep in a recent SI piece about Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll is having a great season and SI wrote a very complementary piece about him as a both a player and a presence in the Phillies’ clubhouse. The article also suggested he was a worthy MVP candidate (I’ll discuss baseball awards soon, but Rollins, who’s having a terrific season, has one area in his game that’s not great, and it’s an important area: he’s not especially good at getting on base).

In any event, author Michael Bamberger raised the subject of Rollins’ background:

The Phillies’ fan base is overwhelmingly white and middle-class; suburban Little Leaguers and their parents, and they have adopted Rollins, working-class in his inner-city boyhood in Oakland, black and proud and eager for somebody from the Phillies front office to ask him questions about the experience of the black baseball player. He said in Miami, “The black player today pretty much has to be a superstar. The role player, the guy off the bench, baseball’s not looking to black players in those positions. Baseball has to take the blinders off.” He’s experienced things in his life that many of his fans have not. In 2005 he missed the wedding of his old teammate, Doug Glanville, to attend the funeral of his first cousin, Jamonie Robinson, a reformed drug dealer, Rollins says, whose life ended with a half dozen bullets in his body. (my emphasis).

And, dare I say, Rollins is on to something.

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