Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Baseball Birthday... Steve Gierman

Happy Baseball Birthday shout out to my fellow baseball blogger and Chicago White Sox fan Steve Gierman.

Steve is celebrating birthday #38 today, in of all places, Portage, Michigan, where I grew up and went to high school.

Steve loves the ChiSox and runs the blog White Sox Cards.

One of Steve's passions is to get former ChiSox slugger Harold Baines into the baseball Hall of Fame.

Check out his blog, or go to
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#HappyBaseballBirthday shoutout.

Happy Baseball Birthday Steve!

Play Ball!

This weeks Sports Illustrated cover

The American League champion Kansas City Royals are on the regional cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated World Series preview issue.

The World Series begins tonight in Kansas City as the Royals send James Shields against Madison Bumgarner and the National League Champion San Francisco Giants.

Royals closer Greg Holland, my choice for this years Baseball Bloggers Alliance Goose Gossage Award, is the KC cover boy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BBA Awards...Stan Musial Award

My previous Baseball Bloggers Alliance post on this year's Stan Musial Award was somehow deleted, so here's a quick post to show my ballot.

American League

#1...Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

#2...Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers

#3...Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

#4...Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

#5...Jose Abreau, Chicago White Sox

National League

#1...Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

#2...Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers

#3...Andrew McCutcheon, Pittsburgh Pirates

#4...Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

#5...Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

In my original post I went into some detail on my selections.

That will have to wait until tomorrow as it takes me awhile to type.

Thanks for your patience and for reading my baseball blog.

Play Ball!

BBA Awards... Walter Johnson Awards

Today I'm finishing up my regular season big league baseball  posts for the annual Baseball Bloggers Alliance awards.

The BBA is a membership of over 200 dedicated baseball bloggers, and I'm honored to be a member of the general baseball category.

Because I write a generic/ general baseball blog I am able to vote for award winners in both the American League and the National League.

My votes are counted in with all the other voters in my category,  and the votes are totaled up for the final votes.

Before I reveal my winners in the Walter Johnson Award  for the top pitchers in each league,  I must be honest to you, my readers, on how I decied the top five pitchers and winners.

For the entire baseball season of 2014 I had no cable or satellite TV service.

My baseball TV viewing was relegated to the few FOX games of the week and the annual All-Star Game.

I was also able to watch some ball games on MLB.TV,  the FREE Game of the Day, and then several Detroit Tigers games the last two weeks of the season.

I followed baseball mostly through MLB.TV, my Twitter page... @freehan11, on my Facebook page, and on Instagram.

I must also remind you, as I try and do every year, that I will never vote for any player who has used steroids, HGH, etc.

So, for instance, I refuse to acknowledge any stats by know steroids users.

I mostly vote for players using basic, traditional baseball stats... HR, RBI, batting average for hitters,  Wins/Loses and ERA for pitchers.

There are two exceptions... OPS for hitters, and WHIP for pitchers.

Yes, I understand I'm considered a baseball stats dinosaur,  but thats OK, I actually appreciate that I still love baseball and its traditional statistics.

OPS and WHIP are SABR stats that I understand and recognize as valuable stats.

There are no right or wrong choices for fans, its just our opinions.

I hope to at the very least to be able to have good baseball conversations with all baseball fans, and will never argue that their choices are wrong...their choices are to be respected , and I hope they feel the same.

OK, with all that said,  here are my choices for the Walter Johnson Award...

In the American League...

1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians, 18-9, 2.44 era, 269 K's, 1.09 WHIP

2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners,  15-6, 2.14 era, 248 K's 0.92 WHIP

3. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers, 18-5, 3.15 era,  252 K's, 1.18 WHIP

4. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 169 K's,  18-8, 3.59 era, 1.21 WHIP

5. Matt Shoemaker, LAA, 16-4,  3.04 era, 124 K's

In the National League...

1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, 21-3, 1.77 era, 239 K's, 0.86 WHIP

2. Johhny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds,  20-9, 2.25 era, 242 K's, 0.96 WHIP

3. Doug Fister, Washington Nationals, 16-6, 2.41 era, 98 K's, 1.08 WHIP

4. Adam Wainwright,  St. Louis Cardinals,  20-9, 2.38 era, 179 K's, 1.03 WHIP

5. Zack Greinke, L A Dodgers,  17-8, 2.71 era, 207 K's, 1.15 WHIP

I did as much research as possible,  combining over stats for as many pitchers as possible.

My goal is to do as honorable job at voting with the information I've collected.

Many fans will say that Felix Hernandez should be the clear cut winner in the A.L., or wonder why Chris Sake or Phil Hughes arent on my list.

Some of my fellow Detroit Tigers fans will wonder why I didn't vite Max Scherzer, the defending A. L. CY Young Award winber, #1 on my list,  and will argue David Price should be in my top five list.

I'm pretty sure no one will complain about the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw as my #1 choice, and I believe the Reds Johnny Cueto deserves his #2 place on my list.

Again, I did my best,  and wish all my fellow bloggers good luck in their voting this year.

My next post will be for the annual BBA Stan Musial Award for leagues MVPs.

Play Ball!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BBA Awards...Goose Gossage Award

This is my official ballot for the 2014 Goose Gossage Award as a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

In the Ameican League my vote goes as follows...

1. Greg Holland, Kansasas City Royals

2. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners

3. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles

...and in the National League...

1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

2. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

3. Kenley Jensen, Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hurdle, Showalter win BBA Connie Mack Awards

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance announced the the winners of their annual Connie Mack Award today.

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is the National League winner, the second consecutive year the Bucs skipper has won the award.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy finished second, followed by Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams.

In the American League, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is the landslide winner, beating out Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals and Mike Sciocia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

For complete story and balloting follow the link below...


Thursday, October 9, 2014

BBA Awards...Connie Mack Award

Here are my picks for this years Baseball Bloggers Association Connie Mack Awards for the top managers this year in big league baseball.

In the American League...

1. Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles

2. Mike Scocia, LA Angels

3. Ned Yost, KC Royals

In the National League...

1. Matt Williams, Washington Nationals

2. Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals

3. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates

Next up for the BBA Awards will be the Goose Gossage reliever of the year awards.


BBA Awards...Willie Mays Rookie of the Year Award

It's time for my annual Baseball Bloggers Alliance post.

Each year the 200+ members of the BBA vote on the traditional big league baseball awards as a group.

As a general baseball blog I always vote for winners in both leagues.

We start with the Willie Mays Award for Rookie of the Year.

In the American League...

1. Jose Abreau, Chicago White Sox.

2. Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

3. Nick Castellanos,  Detroit Tigers

In the National League...

1. George Springer, Houston Astros

2. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

3. Travis d'Amaud, New York Mets

My next BBA Award post will be for the Connie Mack Award for the top Managers in big league baseball.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This weeks Sports Illustrated Regional Covers

This week Sports Illustrated has combined previews of the 2014 big league baseball post season and the 2014-15 NHL season preview on three regional covers.

The East Coast cover has Baltimore Orioles Gold Glove center fielder Adam Jones and Washington Capitals goal scoring great Alex Ovechkin.

In the Midwest its the St. Louis Cardinals ace right hander Adam Wainwright and USA Hockey and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

Out West the cover features Los Angeles Dodgers Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Stanley Cup Champion Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings.

Sports Illustrated points out that no team since the 1935-36 sports year have both the World Series and the Stanley Cup Champions resided in the same city.

That city?

Detroit, Michigan... The 1935 Detroit Tigers won the World Series and the following spring the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.

With that very fact in hand, why didn't SI have a cover with Miguel Cabrera and Pavel Datsyuk on the cover representing the ONLY city to accomplish the feat?

Happy Baseball Birthday...Johnny Podres

Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday of 1955 World Series hero Johnny Podres.

John Joseph Podres was born on September 30, 1932, in Witherbee, New York, and attended high school at local Minerville HS in Witherbee.

In 1951, at the age of 19, Johnny signed as a amatuer free agent with the Brooklyn Dodgers,  and made his big league debut with Brooklyn on April 17, 1953.

In 15 big league seasons Johnny Podres compiled a 148-116 record, with a ERA of 3.68,   for the Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres.

Johnny pitched in 2,265 innings, striking out 1,435 batters, walking 743 batters in 440 big league games.

Podres led the NL in ERA in 1957, at 2.66.

Johnny was a National League All-Star for the Dodgers in 1958, '60, '62.

Johnny won at at least 12 games for the Dodgers between 1957 and 1963... 12, 13, 14, 14, 18, 15, and 14.

His best regular season was in 1961, when Johnny won 18 games, losing just five games in 255 innings pitched, leading the NL in winning percentage, at .783%.

In the 1955 World Series Johnny Podres became part of Brooklyn Dodgers lore and big league baseball history.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won their one and only World Series in 1955, and it was because of the pitching of Series MVP Johnny Podres.

Podres went 2-0 against the New York Yankees, including a complete game 2-0 shutout win in Game 7 at old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Podres pitched 18 innings against the Yankees, allowing just 3 runs, 2 earned, striking out 10.

For his performance Podres became the first ever WS MVP, given out in 1955 by Sport Magazine.

Later that year Podres was also named Sports IlIllustrated Sportsman of the Year.

Johnny won three more WS titles with the Dodgers, all of them in Los Angeles, in 1959, '63, and '65.

After his big league career Johnny became a big league pitching coach, working for the Padres, Red Sox, Twins, and Phillies.

Johnny Podres passed away on January 13, 2008, in Glens Falls, New York, at the age of 75.

Today we remember Johnny Podres and say Happy Baseball Birthday Johnny!