Sunday, October 31, 2004 

Jumpin' Jim Brunzell for President

With all the focus on the big dogs, let's not overlook the race for Hillsborough County Commissioner here in Tampa. While you can't vote, I'm sure you are all on the edge of your seats wondering if B. Brian Blair, former rasslin' Killer B, will win.

Remember how the Bees were so over despite the fact that they cheated every match? Forget about the issues, how can we ever trust this guy?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004 

Rickey Henderson Award

Who do you think won? You have a guess, right, but you wouldn't bet anything on it? I don't blame you. There were some big seasons in the LOC this season, but no runaway and hide ones. That said, I still can't believe that Esteban Loaiza came out of nowhere to win his second straight...okay, okay. Owners were a little more sober this year. In a race tighter than Hilary Duff, your Most Valuable Player of 2004 is Amsterdan rightfielder Manny Ramirez. The results:

Manny Ramirez, Amsterdan: 14 (2)

Johan Santana, Minnesota: 13 (2)

Carlos Beltran, ToC: 12 (4)

Vlad Guerrero, St. Paul: 9 (1)

Ichiro, Justinapolis: 3 (1)

Others receiving votes: Curt Schilling 3, David Ortiz 3, Gary Sheffield 2, Alex Rodriguez 1

Note: Yes, once again Beltran did not receive any votes other than his 4 first place ones which were twice as many as anyone else. Just call him Al Gore.

Monday, October 18, 2004 

Kevin Mitchell Award

Sometimes players live up to the hype. When the news came down that Vlad Guerrero was going to be LOC-eligible, owners across the league salivated at the thought of adding this genuine stud in his prime to their lineup. The Bees did (Paul has a thing for studs) and they certainly got their money's worth. Now, they can spend the winter trying to figure out how they didn't make the playoffs with Vlad, Sheff, and A-Rod. The results:

Vlad Guerrero, St. Paul: 21 (4)

Manny Ramirez, Amsterdan: 19 (4)

Carlos Beltran, ToC: 6 (2)

Gary Sheffield, St. Paul: 6

Others receiving votes: Ichiro 3, Melvin Mora 2, Alex Rodriguez 2, Miguel Tejada 1

Notes: Beltran's 2 first place votes were the only votes he received. I know I'm not exactly objective, but I think some people lost track of his stats when he switched leagues. Anyway, wait until you see the Rickey results.

Saturday, October 16, 2004 

Rick Reuschel Award

First, my apologies for the delay, but the final three award results are worth the wait.

As to which starting pitcher would be labeled this season's "Big Daddy," you knew it was coming down to two candidates. In a nine inning duel, Minnesota's Johan Santana snags the W. Santana's season was one for the LOC record books and it will be interesting to see where he places for the Rickey.

Here's how this tight race played out:

Johan Santana, Minnesota: 25 (7)

Curt Schilling, ToC: 21 (3)

Pedro Martinez, Alexandria: 7

Others receiving votes: Tim Hudson 3, Brad Radke 3, Mark Mulder 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 

1-0

There are 4 things the Yankees can take away from last nights win. First, Schilling is hurt more than anyone let on to believe. Second, the Yankees can still get timely hitting from top to bottom of the lineup (the Lofton home run was huge). Third, it's gotta be tough on the Sox that they couldn't come back on a very exhausted Rivera. And fourth, the Yankees won the game, which hurts the Sox even more.

I don't know if I so much agree with Pedro starting tonight. It's gonna be a rough atmosphere, although he is a big game pitcher. I just don't know what else he has left. Then again, he could turn it all around. Who knows. That's why they play the games.

Thursday, October 07, 2004 

Mark Davis Award

After losing closer Jason Isringhausen after their first LOC Championship, the Cactus Franks opted for a bullpen by committee approach last season. Fortunately for them, their offense made up for whatever bullpen instability resulted. Before this season's trade deadline, ToC GM Bob Mastermind felt his team once again needed that game anchor and swung a deal for 2004's best fireman, Mariano Rivera. The deal was controversial (for a variety of issues, including the Franks taking on $17 million), but that doesn't take anything away from Rivera's amazing year. The results:

Mariano Rivera, ToC: 20 (6)

Armando Benitez, Amsterdan: 13 (1)

Joe Nathan, Amsterdan: 11 (2)

Francisco Rodriguez, Minnesota: 7 (1)

Others receiving votes: Francisco Cordero 5, Keith Foulke 3, Tom Gordon 1.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004 

Chris Sabo Award

If there is any consolation to a disappointing season, it's having found some building blocks for the future. This year's top rookie, SS Bobby Crosby, should give Kissimmike a solid foundation as they try to claw their way to the playoffs. The best part for the Wilders? He's not alone. The results:

Bobby Crosby, Kissimmike: 10 (2)

Shingo Takatsu, Carolina: 8 (1)

Lew Ford, Kissimmike: 4 (1)

Justin Morneau, Minnesota: 3 (1)

Others receiving votes: Jayson Werth, Zach Greinke, Kevin Youkilis, and John Buck (For the record, Rich Harden was not a rookie this year). I was surprised Morneau did not receive more support.

Monday, October 04, 2004 

Mike Moore Award

It can't be a coincidence that the most improved team in the league made so many shrewd moves throughout the season. Amsterdan's Joe Nathan takes this year's prize as the team lands 3 of the top 4 vote-getters. The results:

Joe Nathan, Amsterdan: 10 points (3 first place votes)

Travis Hafner, Amsterdan: 7 (1)

Juan Uribe, Amsterdan: 6 (2)

Carlos Guillen, Alexandria: 6 (2)

No one else received a first place vote. There were 10 other players who received individual votes, as this category continues to be interpreted freely.