Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekly Link Round-Up

Stuff to read.

  • Lew Freedman talks about the frustration of devoting yourself to a player who may or may not be with your team when you wake up tomorrow morning. While my Brad Hawpe shirsey gently weeps.
  • Dodgers fans are complaining about James Loney still being their first baseman. I advise them to remember that the Dodgers will play the Rockies 18 times, so that's 18 chances for Loney to be way better than he actually is.
  • Love this by Bryan Kilpatrick.
  • Of course, leave it to Scott Boras to ruin all the warm fuzzies with his whining.
  • These are my feelings on pitchers who win the MVP. An MVP should be a player who contributes the most value overall to their team compared to all the other players in the league. I realize this is a simplistic way of looking at things, but generally that means dominance in the Triple Crown categories, to me. I'm talking top five in all three. If no one achieves that offensively, chances are good somebody did it from the mound. Justin Verlander won the pitching Triple Crown, so he was WAY more valuable to his team than Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Bautista were to theirs. WAR plays a role in this calculation as well, and Verlander's was lower than Ellsbury's and Bautista's. But it was higher than any other pitchers besides Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia and, combined with his superiority in the individual categories, it was enough to make him the standout player in the American League. That's what I think. Feel free to disagree. But he won.
  • While we're on this subject though, poor Matt Kemp! You want to talk about dominance, he led the National League in home runs and RBIs and was third in batting average. Not only that, he was first in the league among offensive players in WAR! What on EARTH was the BBWAA thinking giving the MVP to Ryan Braun? Something about it's harder to perform on a contending team and those numbers count for more. Bull. Through and through. Kemp should have won. Don't like him personally, don't like the Dodgers, but this was stupid.
  • According to MLBTR, 20% of MLB teams are interested in Huston Street. Let's pump that number up! Come on Padres, you know you want him!
  • Pirates fans continue the tradition of people who get Clint Barmes on their team not appreciating what he can do. But hey, this post has lots of videos, so there's that.

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