Archive for November, 2018

And the 2018 Nominees Are…

November 6, 2018

The MLB postseason awards are upon us again. The new system of announcing the top three finishers before actually telling us who won the various awards has struck again. The nominees are out and here they are:

National League MVP: Christian Yelich, Nolan Arenado, Javier Baez

NL: Cy Young: Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, Aaron Nola

NL: Rookie: Ronald Acuna, Juan Soto, Walker Buehler

American League MVP: Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Jose Ramirez

AL: Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Blake Snell, Justin Verlander

AL: Rookie: Shohei Ohteni, Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres

There appears to be no particular rhyme or reason for the order listed. I just hope they were smart enough not to list the winners first, the runner-ups second, and the other guy last. If so, it takes all the guess-work out of it.

Anyway, there’s the list. Pick your favorites.

RIP Stretch

November 1, 2018

Willie McCovey

Just saw that Willie McCovey died. He was 80. For years he joined Willie Mays as a terrific three-four combination in the San Francisco Giants batting order. He ended up with 521 home run, tied with Ted Williams, the most be any left-handed hitter in the history of the National League (since broken). He made the Hall of Fame and McCovey Cove beyond right field in San Francisco is named in his honor. He was 6″4′ and was known for being a big target at first base. That combination got him the nickname “Stretch.” He is perhaps best known for the drive that ended the 1962 World Series in Bobby Richardson’s glove.
Although never a Giants fan, I always admired McCovey. RIP “Stretch.”