Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Series Awards - @ Baltimore, May 14-15

I'm cutting the Series Wrap, and just doing the Series Awards. This is due to two reasons...

1. You guys don't need another write-up about the individual games. You can get those elsewhere, and some of them are a lot more in-depth than mine are.

2. Due to a new job, and not having a whole lot of free time anyway, it's really hard for me to get them up as soon as I'd like.

The second reason is also the reason I haven't posted much lately. Thankfully Burch has been posting some great things regarding sabermetrics and prospects.

Series Awards

Jake Taylor Award
Mark Teixeira - He was only 3/8 in the series, but he did record hits in both games, including a bomb in Game 1. Honestly, nobody really stuck out to me. Robbie Cano was pretty good, as he had a couple hits in Game 1 (1 double), and his 1 hit in Game 2 was also a double. ARod had a great Game 1, going 3-5, but was 0-3 with a walk in Game 2. And Curtis Granderson had 2 homers in the series, but those 2 were his only hits as well.

Gentry Award
Nick Swisher - This one was kind of tough, as Swisher had 2 RBI and walked twice in the first game of the series. But Nick did have only 1 hit in the series, and did nothing for the team with his bat Tuesday night.

Rick Vaughn Award
Boone Logan - This is the first time a reliever has gotten this award, but neither Nova nor Sabathia pitched well in their starts. Freddy Garcia was the only Yankee reliever that threw more than 1 inning in the series, but he did give up a run. The fact that Logan has struck out 11 batters, while walking none, over his last 4 innings of relief work made me look his way.

Kelner Award
Ivan Nova - Ugh. 5.1 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs (all earned), and 3 walks to 4 Ks. Ivan hasn't been the bastion of consistency this season, as his 7 starts this season have gone good-meh-good-bad-bad-good-bad. This is not the guy Yankee fans expected before the season.


*The awards are named after one of the best baseball movies of all time... Major League.

Jake Taylor Award - Awarded to the most valuable position player. Named after the hard-nose veteran catcher that, despite making the league minimum, was the heart and soul of the 1989 American League East winning Cleveland Indians.

Gentry Award - Awarded to the least valuable position player. Named after the very first man cut from the 1989 Cleveland Indians, #47 Gentry. A man so insignificant he wasn't even given a first name.

Rick Vaughn - Awarded to the best pitcher in the series. This one is, of course, named after the "Wild Thing". The man that made Clu Haywood look silly in the division deciding game.

Kelner Award - Awarded to the worst pitcher in the series. Named after the Opening Day starter for the '89 Indians. Not a good game for Mr. Kelner, as Indians' announcer Harry Doyle famously quipped "thank God" after Kelner left the game. And yet another bad player without a first name.

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