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The Willie Mays Award 2012

October 11th, 2011 by

1. Brett Lawrie, Toronto
2. Jesus Guzman, San Diego
3. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta

Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness, goblin, ghoul, zombie with no conscious, Brett Lawrie. Question: what do these things all have in common?

That intro worked so much better in my head. Despite only playing a quarter of the season in the bigs, Lawrie hit 9 home runs and amassed a +2.7 WAR. Extrapolate that out and you’ll see why Lawrie was the easy choice here.

Special mention goes to Jesus Guzman, who would’ve taken the award had Lawrie not happened. This might be the first time Jesus has been mentioned on this blog (like I said, yuck this team) but he hit .300 at PETCO. Park. That’s amazing and even if (even when?) he never does it again, we’ll still have 2011. Unless we’ve forgotten about the entire season, which I pray we all do.

Up next will be the Goose Gossage Award for best reliever, which will include no Padres. And yes, by that, I mean Heath Bell will not be on the list. Why? Because he doesn’t deserve to be on the list. Deal with it.

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The Connie Mack Award 2012

October 7th, 2011 by

Oh hi! Been a while, hasn’t it? There’s nothing like an uninspiring, deflating season to make someone not want to blog. Luckily for you, I have to post this.

As part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, we get a vote in the BBA Awards but one of the stipulations is that we have to share our picks with the world, so here we are. First up is the Connie Mack Award, which is (obviously) for managers:

1. Kirk Gibson, Arizona
2. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay
3. Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee

I know, I know. I don’t like giving the award (any award) to a Diamondback, but Towers’ gunslinging ways just brings it out of managers. It’s kind of funny that even though Towers hired the past two Manager of the Years (am I getting ahead of myself?), they have two different managing styles with Gibson being all tough and throwing over buffet tables (that might not be true) and Black being all friendly and taking the team out for pizza after every game (that is absolutely true). Of course, Towers also had  a really good draft this year, so maybe he was replaced by some sort of cyborg. Someone look into that.

Coming up next week will be the Willie Mays Award for top rookie. Spoiler alert: a Padre cracks the list!

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