Category Archives: Twins

Rookies, Managers, and Relievers

If the Baseball Bloggers Alliance is voting on awards this season, I’m late on three out of five.  I’ve covered the best players and the best pitchers, but haven’t touched on rookies, managers, or relievers yet. I’ll make these brief. … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Great AL Shortstop?

It looks like the Golden Era for shortstops is over. From 1984 to 1996, there was little debate about who should start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the American League.  Cal Ripken, Jr. was always healthy, always playing, and … Continue reading

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2014 Walter Johnson Awards

The awards for best pitcher, at least in the American League, are worth far more ink than I’m about to spill on them. Alas… NL Walter Johnson Award 1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers You were expecting Dan Haren? Kershaw hasn’t quite … Continue reading

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An Early All-Star Ballot

In the past, I’ve used this space to name my quarter-season All-Star team. With the actual All-Star ballot now out, I’m tempted to post both a novelty piece about the players enjoying unexpected success through 40-45 games and an actual … Continue reading

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Stan Musial Award Ballot, 2012 Edition

This is it. Night five of my five-night series of Baseball Bloggers Alliance-demanded postseason award ballots. I’ve covered managers, rookies, relievers, and pitchers. Now let’s take a look at the game’s best players, or as I interpret the Stan Musial … Continue reading

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Ranking Rotations with True Season Score

A few weeks ago, I introduced True Season Score, an update on last year’s Season Score. If you haven’t been following, Season Score attempted to evaluate a pitcher’s cumulative success at any point in a season by accumulating his Game … Continue reading

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2012 Quarter Season All-Stars

Most teams have played 42 or 43 games at this point in the season, enough to at least begin to evaluate player seasons. We know that Josh Hamilton’s excellence is more than a streak. Albert Pujols’s futility is more than … Continue reading

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True Season Score Leaderboard

Most starting pitchers have made six starts at this point in the season, with a few aces having made seven. While that’s not enough of a sample to draw meaningful conclusions from many statistics, one of the selling points of … Continue reading

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2012 Baseball Preview – AL Central

I’ve covered the NL West, AL West, and NL Central in my six-part 2012 baseball preview. Now it’s on to the most predictable division, where the only horse in 2011’s one-horse race made the division’s only major acquisition. My AL … Continue reading

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What Jack Morris Would Mean to the Hall of Fame

First, a few Hall-related notes: One of my new favorite bloggers, Diane at Value Over Replacement Grit, reminds us that “Lee Smith Cooperstown” is an anagram for “Whoops… elect on merits”. Diane’s site may keep me from getting any work … Continue reading

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