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October 2010

Hamilton, Votto Take Home Stan Musial Award

Posted on October 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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The Baseball Bloggers Alliance concluded their award season today by naming the best player in each league for 2010.  When all the votes were tallied, two men were comfortably ahead.

Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hit 32 home runs and fashioned an OPS of 1.044 while leading the Rangers into the playoffs, won the award in the American League.  Hamilton received sixteen first place votes and 261 points overall, which put him ahead of his nearest competitor, Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, by roughly 70 points.

In the National League, helping Cincinnati to an unexpected divisional title paid off for first baseman Joey Votto.  After a season where he cracked 37 home runs and posted a 1.024 OPS, Votto also received sixteen first-place votes toward his total of 252 points.  He also denied St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols the chance to win back-to-back BBA awards.  Pujols was selected as MVP by the BBA in 2009, but placed second with 197 points in this year's voting.

Winners of other Alliance awards also received votes in the Musial balloting.  In the American League, Walter Johnson winner Felix Hernandez received 21 points, while Goose Gossage selection Rafael Soriano had a single mention.  On the senior circuit, Walter Johnson winner Roy Halladay placed fourth in the voting with 101 points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Josh Hamilton, Texas (16) 261
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (4) 188
Robinson Cano, New York 158
Jose Bautista, Toronto (1) 146
Adrian Beltre, Boston 107
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (1) 102
Paul Konerko, Chicago 65
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay 56
Joe Mauer, Minnesota 50
Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland 44
Felix Hernandez, Seattle 21
Vladimir Guerrero, Texas 13
Justin Morneau, Minnesota 12
Delmon Young, Minnesota 10
Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas 8
CC Sabathia, New York 8
Alex Rodriguez, New York 7
Clay Buchholz, Boston 4
Mark Teixeria, New York 3
Jon Lester, Boston 2
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle 2
Nick Swisher, New York 2
Jim Thome, Minnesota 2
Kevin Youkilis, Boston 2
Brett Gardner, New York 1
David Ortiz, Boston 1
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay 1

National League
Joey Votto, Cincinnati (16) 252
Albert Pujols, St. Louis (3) 197
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado (1) 118
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (1) 101
Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 98
Troy Tulowitski, Colorado 98
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 93
Matt Holliday, St. Louis 84
Aubrey Huff, San Francisco 32
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 17
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 16
Josh Johnson, Florida 16
Dan Uggla, Florida 16
Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 16
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 13
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 10
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 9
Martin Prado, Atlanta 7
Jason Heyward, Atlanta 6
Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee 5
David Wright, New York 5
Adam Dunn, Washington 4
Kelly Johnson, Arizona 4
Andres Torres, San Francisco 1

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 233 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into "chapters" and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a "group ballot" was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through tenth place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Bottom Line (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
Twinkie Talk (Minnesota)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Infield Fly (Toronto)
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

National League
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Marlin Maniac (Florida)
Marlins Diehards (Florida)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
Dugger's Corner (Philadelphia)
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Pitchers Hit Eighth (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
22gigantes (San Francisco)*
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*


Prior Winners:  2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

BBA Ballot: Walter Johnson Award

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 4:00 PM
As most of you that read this blog on a semi-regular basis know, I'm part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  (OK, full disclosure, I'm actually the founder.)  The BBA is designed to really encourage cooperation and collaboration across baseball blogs.  I've used the BBA in the pre-season Playing Pepper series as well as fill-in guests when I was on vacation this summer.

To go along with that purpose, the BBA also collaborates to vote on post-season awards.  You've likely seen the press releases, at least here on this site, for the awards that we have voted on so far this season.  Ron Washington and Bud Black won the Connie Mack Award for best manager.  Neftali Feliz and Buster Posey won the Willie Mays Award for best rookie.  Most recently, Rafael Soriano and Brian Wilson won the Goose Gossage Award for best reliever.

In the St. Louis chapter of the BBA, we divvy up the award ballots among ourselves to get to two per award.  Bill of i70baseball and Steve of The Outfield Ivy did the voting in the Connie Mack, Bill and Nick from Pitchers Hit Eighth did the honors for the Willie Mays, and Mark of RetroSimba and Pip from Fungoes cast their ballots for the Goose Gossage.

Which brings us to the next award, the Walter Johnson Award.  Given to the best pitcher in each league, it honors one of the early legends in the game.  Since the BBWAA didn't care for us using the Cy Young title, Johnson seemed the next logical selection.

After the jump, my selections for the five spots on the ballot.
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Soriano, Wilson Dominate Goose Gossage Award Voting

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 2:46 PM
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For an inaugural vote, it wasn't much of a contest.

Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano and San Francisco closer Brian Wilson handily won the Baseball Blogger Alliance's first-ever Goose Gossage Award, handed out to the best reliever in each league.  Soriano and Wilson, besides leading their teams to the postseason, posted numbers that well-distanced themselves from their competition in the minds of the voters.

Soriano, who captured fourteen first place votes in route to an overall total of 94 points, posted a 1.73 ERA and converted 45 saves in 48 chances.  Soriano also had a 0.80 WHIP and struck out 57 in 62.1 innings pitched.  He easily outdistanced Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria, who received 48 points.

In the National League, Wilson accumulated seventeen first place votes and 104 points overall after his season in which he piled up 48 saves (in 53 chances) with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Wilson also struck out 93 in just 74.2 innings.  He outpaced San Diego closer Heath Bell, who lagged behind with 52 points.

While the BBA has named all of their post-season awards after greats of the game, Gossage gave his blessing to do so earlier in the year, inspiring the rest of the awards to be renamed as well.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):
American League
Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay (14) 94
Joakim Soria, Kansas City (4) 48
Mariano Rivera, New York (1) 23
Joaquin Benoit, Tampa Bay (3) 19
Neftali Feliz, Texas 12
Matt Thornton, Chicago (1) 9
Daniel Bard, Boston 1
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston 1

National League

Brian Wilson, San Francisco (17) 104
Heath Bell, San Diego (2) 52
Carlos Marmol, Chicago (5) 41
Billy Wagner, Atlanta 19
Arthur Rhodes, Cincinnati (1) 5
Hong-Chih Kuo, Los Angeles 2
Matt Belisle, Colorado 1
Jonny Venters, Atlanta 1

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 234 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into "chapters" and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a "group ballot" was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
Twinkie Talk (Minnesota)
Over The Baggy (Minnesota)
Contract Year (Oakland)
Misc. Baseball (History)*
National League
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Reds Fan Central (Cincinnati)
Marlin Maniac (Florida)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
The Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
Dugger's Corner (Philadelphia)
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)*
RetroSimba (St. Louis)
Fungoes (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
22gigantes (San Francisco)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

The Fox/DISH Conflict

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Now, I don't have DISH Network.  I don't even have DirecTV, so the battle that the Fox Sports regional networks are having with DISH isn't a big deal for me personally.  As long as it shows up on my cable system, I'm a happy camper.

That said, it's possible some of you are affected either by the Cardinals not being on DISH or by one of the other regional networks disappearing from your TV.  Being that FSMW treated us so well during our evening up there, I sent a few questions along to Geoff Goldman to get a little more info.  (In the interest of balance, DISH has their own site that gives their side of the story as well, so you may want to check that out.)

C70: How long have the negotiations between DISH and Fox Sports been going on?

GG: We have been trying to negotiate a fair deal with DISH for almost six months, but DISH has been slow to respond.  DISH allowed its carriage agreement with us to expire Oct. 1.

C70: This isn't just St. Louis, right, but all regional networks?

GG: Correct.  It affects 19 Fox regional sports networks (not all RSNs, just those owned by Fox), FX and National Geographic Channel.

C70: What's the major sticking point?

GG: Fox is simply asking for a fair agreement that's consistent with the agreements we have with hundreds of other cable and satellite companies.

C70: What's the worst-case scenario?  Could people miss all of hockey season and perhaps the start of the '11 Cardinals season?

GG: The two sides are not actively negotiating.  DISH customers could miss full seasons of their NHL and NBA team, plus college football and basketball.  Here in St. Louis you're talking about Blues hockey and Mizzou, Big 12 and Missouri Valley football and basketball.  And as of Nov. 1, DISH customers risk losing the local Fox broadcast affiliate in some markets, including FOX 2 here in St. Louis.

As for the start of the Cardinals season, there's a long way to go until then.  Fox Sports Midwest is not on DISH now and negotiations are not taking place.  We've reached an impasse.

C70: Where can people go for more information?

GG: Fox Sports Midwest is offered by a number of other local distributors.  For more info viewers should call 1-877-99-I-PAID or visit http://www.getwhatipaidfor.com.

My thanks to Geoff for taking some time on this issue.  I'm sure he's getting these questions fairly regularly.  There don't seem to be any numbers to say how many people are missing out on FSMW in the St. Louis area, though poking around a bit it seems like industry estimates are that DISH has 10-15% of a standard market.  If that's the case in the St. Louis area, there are going to be some fed up people come March if this hasn't been resolved.  It'll be interesting if people start switching off of DISH and that pressures a solution.

I'd say tune in and see, but that's really a pun beneath me.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM
As we discussed yesterday, Tony La Russa made it official and rejoined the Cardinals for a 16th year.  Let's be honest, though--there is a 2012 option on the contract and I'd say it's 95% certain that option will get exercised.

TLR stands 125 games behind John McGraw.  I don't think anyone expects less than a .500 record out of the core that the Cardinals have right now.  Assume he wins 85 games in 2011, that means he is just 40 games behind McGraw and the title of "winningest manager that never owned his team".  While I know that La Russa isn't about personal records, leaving that challenge out there seems unlikely to me.  I figure he'll be back for 2012 as a final swan song.

While the Cardinals indicated that most of the coaching staff would be offered contracts for next year in the coming week, one person that won't be returning is bullpen coach Marty Mason, who apparently expressed his opinions a bit too loudly, forcefully and often.

You know how, when you get chummy with a boss or someone above you on the corporate ladder, sometimes you start forgetting that they are the ones in control and not exactly your best bud that you can complain about work with over a couple of drinks?  That's the way Mason is coming off in these reports.  Obviously, I don't know anything first hand, but it sounds like he got comfortable in St. Louis, figuring he'd been there so long that he could talk about the organization however he wanted.  Finally, John Mozeliak had enough and, in this theory, he was looking to exert some power and shake things up anyway, so Mason made it easy for him.

I think this was Mo's way of saying, "Look, I know the old guard and the new guard are still sniping and they've been doing this for a while.  While you don't have to like it, you've got to live with it.  I'm tired of the griping and we're going to get more on the same page around here."  'Course, that could be completely projecting from having two kids.

Brian Walton gives a credible thought process to the fact that Mark McGwire won't be coming back either.  Most fans were expecting this, being that the offense seemed to have troubles, but being that McGwire was criticizing some things like the over-reliance on video that fans were also complaining about, I don't know if the problem was all him.  The offense also might have looked a little better if they could have run the bases well, something that is not in McGwire's area.  I have no problems with him returning, really, but having new triplets at home can definitely change the outlook on things.

While I've got a moment, let's wrap up the final Colorado series quickly so we can name the 2010 Hero and Goat.

Thursday (6-1 win)
Hero: Chris Carpenter.  A great complete game in his last start, showing that he's still healthy and still can be a huge part of this team next year.
Goat: Allen Craig.  Only starter with no hits on the evening.
Notes: Matt Pagnozzi got two hits, further adding to the notion that Bryan Anderson won't be a Cardinal come spring training in my mind.

Friday (3-0 win)
Hero: Jake Westbrook.  I don't know if he'll be back or not, but if not, he finished his Cardinal career in style.  Nine strikeouts and no runs in 7.2 innings.
Goat: Albert Pujols.  That 0-4 really hurt his chances to continue leading the team in hitting, and in hindsight, one hit in this game would have done it.
Notes: Trever Miller perhaps should have gotten the Hero tag, getting out Carlos Gonzalez (bad wrist might have helped, but still) with the bases loaded in the eighth to preserve the game.  Good to see Craig with a couple of hits as well.

Saturday (1-0 win in 11)
Hero: Matt Holliday.  Two of the four hits, drove in the winning run.
Goat: Daniel Descalso.  He and Colby Rasmus both went 0-4 with two strikeouts, so we'll pick on the new guy.
Notes: A stellar game by Kyle Lohse has well.  His command wasn't completely there, with four walks, but if that's any indication of what we can get some of the time out of the '11 Lohse, maybe that contract won't be quite as bad after all.

Sunday (6-1 win)
Hero: Brendan Ryan.  I've given him a lot of grief this year, but his 2-4 got him up to .223, which is much better than most of us thought around the All-Star Break.
Goat: Matt Holliday.  Earlier in the season, there was no way that the team wins with an 0-fer from him and Pujols in the same game.  Did they learn too late how to win without the big guys?
Notes: Two hits again for Pagnozzi.  When Anderson doesn't even get into the final "let's play everyone" game, that's a sign.

Which means that not only does Albert Pujols have to relinquish his team batting crown, but for the first time he's not the undisputed Hero of the team either, as he and Holliday tied with 24 nods.  Ryan gets the down side, with 14 Goat tags.

Remember, we've got Bill DeWitt III at 5 PM today and Matthew Leach tomorrow night!  Join us! 

Feliz, Posey Win Two-Man Races For Willie Mays Award

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM

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The battle for the Willie Mays Award, given by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance to the top rookie in each division, turned out to be a two-man affair in both leagues, with Texas Rangers closer Neftali Feliz and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey finishing solidly ahead of their closest competition, Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, respectively.

Feliz posted a 2.73 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP while tallying 40 saves and helping Texas into the postseason for the first time since 1999.  Feliz only blew three save opportunities while fashioning a 3.94 strikeout to walk ratio.

Feliz garnered eighteen first-place votes and 102 points overall, finishing 22 points ahead of Jackson, who received six nods at the top of the ballot.

Posey did not begin the season in the major leagues, but did so much with his time in San Francisco that voters selected him as the National League's top rookie.  Posey hit .305 and slugged .505 in just 108 games, tallying 18 home runs and 67 RBI after his callup at the end of May.  Posey's offense helped San Francisco make up ground and eventually pass San Diego for the divisional crown.

Posey received 103 total points, including fifteen first-place selections, to outpace Heyward by 17 points.  Heyward received ten first-place votes for his work in helping Atlanta secure the National League Wild Card.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League

Neftali Feliz, Texas (18) 102
Austin Jackson, Detroit (6) 78
Danny Valencia, Minnesota 16
Brian Matusz, Baltimore (1) 12
Brennan Boesch, Detroit 11
Wade Davis, Tampa Bay 3
John Jaso, Tampa Bay 3

National League

Buster Posey, San Francisco (15) 103
Jason Heyward, Atlanta (10) 86
Jaime Garcia, St. Louis 20
Starlin Castro, Chicago 7
Ike Davis, New York 7
Gaby Sanchez, Florida (1) 6
Tyler Colvin, Chicago 2
Mike Stanton, Florida 2
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh 2

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 233blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into "chapters" and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a "group ballot" was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League

Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Detroit Tigers Scorecard (Detroit)
Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Twins Target (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Tampa Bay Rays News (Tampa Bay)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
MiscBaseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

National League

Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Marlin Maniac (Florida)
Marlins Diehards (Florida)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
Bernie's Crew (Milwaukee)*
Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
Dugger's Corner (Philadelphia)
Phighting On (Philadelphia)
Where Have You GoneAndy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
i70 Baseball (St. Louis)
Pitchers Hit Eighth (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
22gigantes (San Francisco)*
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
MiscBaseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*
Ron Kaplan's Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*

Ballots that were unofficial or helped make up their chapter ballot:

Bottom Line Sox (Boston)
Raise the Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
The Crazy Crabbers (San Francisco)
Stan Musial's Stance (St. Louis--unofficial)

Prior Winners

2009: Andrew Bailey, Oakland; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

The Return

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM
While it's not official yet, it sounds like Tony La Russa will take the helm for the St. Louis Cardinals again next season.  The UCB has talked about this already as part of the roundtables that are going on right now (you can see the list over at the official site), but since Cardinal news is pretty scarce right now, it's worth discussing again.

I'm not really sure what I think of this move.  Earlier in the year, I was ready for TLR to pack it in. 16 years in one place is a long time, and maybe it was time to get some new ideas or approaches in here, since the team has been in a funk for large parts of the last four years.  This season's August collapse seemed to seal the deal.

That said, TLR is still fairly effective, at least most of the players like him, and he would have Dave Duncan coming back with him, which is definitely a selling point.  Besides the fact that you don't know if a new manager could have the respect or the ability to deal with this veteran clubhouse and the fact that Albert Pujols really likes Tony La Russa and you can talk yourself into acceptance of his return.

I really thought, though, that the longer this took to get a decision, the more likely it was that La Russa would just stay home.  As Bernie Miklasz's column this weekend noted, there's not a lot that has changed in St. Louis.  TLR knows who is going to be here, he knows what his relationship is with the owner and GM, he knows what goes into the job.  You'd have thought that he'd only needed this much time if he was trying to make peace with walking away.  Either that or, as some suggest, he's been asked to make some changes on the staff that he doesn't necessarily want to do.

It'll be interesting to see if the announcement comes today.  It sounds like, when it does some, it'll be by press release and not a press conference, so we may not get a lot of the answers we want until later on in the winter.

In other news, the telecasts on Fox Sports Midwest topped major league baseball in ratings this last season.  As you know, I got to see the work these guys put in on a regular basis and I have to say it is an honor well deserved.  I think St. Louis is a town that would have wonderful ratings if there was just one stationary camera at the park, because they love baseball, but FSMW puts on a presentation that's much more than that.

Speaking of FSMW, I have some questions in to Geoff about their dispute with DISH Network.  Hopefully I'll bring you the answers to those later this week.

Some special guests for the UCB Radio Hour this week.  In our regular slot on Wednesday night, we'll be talking to MLB.com beat writer (and a blogger in his own right) Matthew Leach, talking about the past season and the upcoming moves that will need to be made.  Matthew is always a great conversation, so you should definitely tune in for that one.

But before that, Tuesday afternoon we get another crack at Bill DeWitt III.  You may remember that he came on last year about this time and talked about various things.  Bill Ivie from i70baseball and I will talk to him about social media, the off-season plans, and anything else we can squeeze into 20 minutes.

Keep checking back this week as the Baseball Bloggers Alliance releases a couple more of their postseason awards.  I will be voting on the Walter Johnson (our Cy Young), so you'll see that ballot as well.

Washington, Black Win Connie Mack Award

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM

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Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres were named winners of the Connie Mack Award by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, noting them as the best managers in their respective leagues for 2010.


Washington, who weathered a drug controversy in spring training, led Texas to their fifth divisional title since 1994 and their first since 1999.  While the voting was based on his regular season accomplishments, Washington also guided his team to their first ever postseason series victory when they eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in five games in the American League Divisional Series.

Washington received ten first place votes in route to accumulating 74 total points.  He edged out Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who received 67 points.

In the National League, Black's guidance of a Padres team almost universally expected to finish last to first place most of the summer helped him edge Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds by the slimmest of margins.  The fact that the Padres fell just short of the playoffs while the Reds won the NL Central helped lead to the tight race.  Black garnered nine first place selections and 53 total points to Baker's seven first place nods and 51 total points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Ron Washington, Texas (10) 74
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota (7)
67
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (4) 35
Terry Francona, Boston (3) 20
Cito Gaston, Toronto 9
Buck Showalter, Baltimore 9
Joe Girardi, New York 2

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Bud Black, San Diego (9) 53
Dusty Baker, Cincinnati (7) 51
Bobby Cox, Atlanta (2) 33
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (3) 29
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (1) 27
Brad Mills, Houston 3
Mike Quade, Chicago 2

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One Royal Way (Kansas City)
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A Little Catchup

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 1:11 PM
Spending a little time out of the office has left me little time to catch up on the blogging, and there are numerous things I need to do.  I still need to finish up the Colorado series.  The UCB roundtable is going on, though my question is still a ways down the line.  The BBA awards start coming out this week, which has me working to get all that lined out.

One thing that I've been meaning to do, though, is to cover the Heroes and the Goats from my vacation back at the end of July and the beginning of August.  We all know how those games came out, so I'm not going to rehash them much, but I definitely wanted to get them out of the way.

Besides, right now the only Cardinal talk is that Jack Clark won't be back on Fox Sports Midwest and Colby Rasmus might be interesting to teams.  We've definitely hit the doldrums.  Let me weigh in briefly on those before getting to the old recaps.

First off, I never thought Jack Clark brought a whole lot to the post-game show the times I saw him on there.  He seemed disinterested a lot of the time and did not come across all that well.  Couple that with him deriding the product and it's not a surprise that he's not returning.  It's not that FSMW wants all happy talk about the Cards, but when you become the story, when your comments go so far as to create headlines, that's going to be an issue.  They aren't a hard news organization, they are selling Cardinal baseball to a degree.  So Clark's remarks, both at the beginning of the year about Mark McGwire and his recent "quitters" controversy, probably were just too much for the network to bear.

Secondly, the Rasmus stuff....honestly, VEB tears it up today, but the most ridiculous part of the whole thing was the fact that Joe Strauss made such a big deal about it, Twittering that "major trade possibilities" would be talked about in his chat.  First off, if it's news, it's not going to be in his chat.  Secondly, this was it?  Other teams have noticed Rasmus and his issues in the past with Tony La Russa?  They might like a power-hitting center fielder who basically costs nothing?  Wow, thanks for that blinding flash of the obvious!

Of course trading Rasmus might be the only way to really revamp the roster and stay under budget.  You have to figure John Mozeliak will listen to any offers.  That's a long way from saying Rasmus is on the block or he is actually going to get moved.  I'd be shocked if Rasmus didn't start 2011 with the Cardinals.

OK, on to the recaps:

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An Excellent Cardinal Adventure: Part V

Posted on October 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM
For the rest of this series, click on the following: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.

After slipping away from the pressbox, Geoff had to leave us for a softball game, so we thanked him profusely for the whole experience.  Earlier in the evening, he had given us our tickets for the game, so Mike, Nick and I hit the concession stand, then headed down to our seats.

The seats definitely went along with the first-class treatment that we had received all evening long.  They were along the third base line, about nine rows away from the field.  Close enough to see everything very well, far enough away that foul balls weren't that much of an issue.  There were a few that went rows behind us, and Skip Schumaker hit one screamer that, if it had had more elevation, might have been a danger to us, but on the whole, it was a nice area to watch a game from.

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It was already into the third by time we hit our seats, but that didn't diminish our enjoyment of the evening at all.  By now, with the sun down, the ballpark was a nice cool temperature, with just the hint of a breeze coming through occasionally.

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Jake Westbrook picked a great night to throw one of his best games as a Cardinal.  Befitting the bipolar status of this team, with the NL West-leading Padres in town, the Redbirds stepped up and played a wonderful game all the way around.

Of course, there was one player I really wanted to see.

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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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