Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Midseason MLB Awards

American League

Most Valuable Player: Mike Trout, LAA
Cy Young Award: Felix Hernandez, SEA
Rookie of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia, LAA
Reliever of the Year: Dellin Betances, NYY
Comeback Player of the Year: Phil Hughes, MIN
Hank Aaron Award: Mike Trout, LAA

National League

Most Valuable Player: Troy Tulowitzki, COL
Cy Young Award: Adam Wainwright, STL
Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton, CIN
Manager of the Year: Ron Roenicke, MIL
Reliever of the Year: Pat Neshek, STL
Comeback Player of the Year: Josh Beckett, LAD
Hank Aaron Award: Andrew McCutchen, PIT

2014 National League WAR-Stars

C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL; Devin Mesoraco, CIN
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI; Matt Adams, STL
2B: Chase Utley, PHI; Dee Gordon, LAD
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, COL; Jhonny Peralta, STL
3B: Todd Frazier, CIN; Anthony Rendon, WSN; Pablo Sandoval, SFG;
      Matt Carpenter, STL
OF: Andrew McCutchen, PIT; Giancarlo Stanton, MIA; Jason Heyward, ATL;
      Carlos Gomez, MIL; Seth Smith; SDP; Yasiel Puig, LAD;
      Juan Lagares, NYM; A.J. Pollock, ARI; Marcell Ozuna, MIA;
      Hunter Pence, SFG
SP: Adam Wainwright, STL; Clayton Kershaw, LAD; Johnny Cueto, CIN;
      Jake Arrieta, CHC; Jason Hammel, CHC; Julio Teheran, ATL;
      Zack Greinke, LAD; Josh Beckett, LAD; Henderson Alvarez, MIA
RP: Jonathan Papelbon, PHI; Pat Neshek, STL; Rafael Soriano, WSN

2014 American League WAR-Stars

C: Salvador Perez, KCR; Yan Gomes, CLE
1B: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR; Brandon Moss, OAK
2B: Robinson Cano, SEA; Ian Kinsler, DET; Brian Dozier, MIN;
      Jose Altuve, HOU; Dustin Pedroia, BOS
SS: Erick Aybar, LAA; Alexei Ramirez, CHW
3B: Josh Donaldson, OAK; Kyle Seager, SEA; Adrian Beltre, TEX
OF: Mike Trout, LAA; Michael Brantley, CLE; Alex Gordon, KCR;
      Jose Bautista, TOR; Adam Jones, BAL; Desmond Jennings, TBR;
      Steve Pearce, BAL
DH: Victor Martinez, DET
SP: Felix Hernandez, SEA; Mark Buehrle, TOR; Masahiro Tanaka, NYY;
      Chris Sale, CHW; Garrett Richards, LAA; Max Scherzer, DET;
      Dallas Keuchel, HOU; Scott Kazmir, OAK; Yu Darvish, TEX
RP: Dellin Betances, NYY; Wade Davis, KCR; Koji Uehara, BOS

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My 2014 MLB All-Star Ballot

American League

C: Derek Norris, OAK, .309/.408/.509 (Leads AL catchers with 158 OPS+)
1B: Miguel Cabrera, DET, .311/.368/.542 (Would be Encarnacion if listed as 1B, w/ V-Mart at DH)
2B: Jose Altuve, HOU, .343/.383/.445 (Leads AL in average, hits, and steals)
SS: Alexei Ramirez, CHW, .294/.327/.421 (Aybar better by metrics, but can't beat Jeter)
3B: Josh Donaldson, OAK, .245/.325/.459 (Second in AL with 4.6 WAR)
OF: Mike Trout, LAA, .311/.405/.609 (Is this finally the year he wins the MVP?)
OF: Jose Bautista, TOR, .304/.431/.539 (Leads AL in walks and OBP)
OF: Michael Brantley, CLE, .312/.380/.500 (Top 5 in AL in Offensive WAR)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion, TOR, .281/.370/.603 (Leads MLB in homers, RBI and total bases)

National League

C: Jonathan Lucroy, MIL, .331/.399/.511 (Third in NL in batting WAR)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, ARI, .305/.395/.536 (Leads NL in doubles and extra base hits)
2B: Daniel Murphy, NYM, .300/.351/.421 (Leads NL in hits with 104)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, COL, .351/.443/.613 (Best hitter - and player - in baseball so far this season)
3B: Todd Frazier, CIN, .289/.356/.503 (Third in NL in homers, top 10 in steals)
OF: Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, .313/.412/.585 (Leads NL in homers, RBI and total bases)
OF: Andrew McCutchen, PIT, .313/.419/.519 (Reigning MVP leads NL in walks)
OF: Carlos Gomez, MIL, .306/.372/.516 (Top 10 in NL in WAR and OPS+)

Monday, May 19, 2014

'No Love Lost' Between Greens, WFP

A source with knowledge of the situation does not believe that the Working Families' Party will cross-endorse Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor this year.

The source states that there is "no love lost" between the two parties.

Many on the left in New York, including the Greens, view the Working Families' Party as having 'sold out' progressives in years past for having endorsed Democratic Party candidates. The WFP ran Andrew Cuomo on their line for governor in 2010.

The source does say, however, that Hawkins himself, who was nominated in Troy on Saturday, expressed no "ill will" for the Working Families' Party.

Speculation has raged as to who the WFP would nominate since last month. In April, a Siena College poll showed an unnamed Working Families' Party candidate drawing 24% in a three-way race featuring Cuomo and Republican Party nominee Rob Astorino. Astorino also drew 24%, while Cuomo led with 39%. In addition to putting pressure on Cuomo from the left this year, the WFP has hopes of gaining 'Row B' on the ballot for future elections. This more prominent position could come if the WFP placed second in the election for governor.

Despite this apparent cause for optimism, the Working Families' Party is actually in a rather difficult predicament. Running their own candidate would likely split the vote on the left between the WFP and the Green Party. In addition, some unions have already stated that they may unilaterally endorse Cuomo even if the WFP (a labor-backed party) does not. An endorsement of Cuomo by the WFP would most definitely draw further ire from the left.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

More Home Runs than Strikeouts

With all the talk tonight about Victor Martinez having more home runs than strikeouts, here are all the players to have done so since 1901 in a qualifying season:

Rk Yrs From To Age
1 Joe DiMaggio 7 1937 1948 22-33 Ind. Seasons
2 Yogi Berra 5 1950 1956 25-31 Ind. Seasons
3 Bill Dickey 5 1932 1938 25-31 Ind. Seasons
4 Ted Kluszewski 4 1953 1956 28-31 Ind. Seasons
5 Frank McCormick 3 1939 1944 28-33 Ind. Seasons
6 Ernie Lombardi 3 1935 1939 27-31 Ind. Seasons
7 Lefty O'Doul 3 1929 1932 32-35 Ind. Seasons
8 Ken Williams 3 1922 1925 32-35 Ind. Seasons
9 Johnny Mize 2 1947 1948 34-35 Ind. Seasons
10 Tommy Holmes 2 1944 1945 27-28 Ind. Seasons
11 Charlie Gehringer 2 1935 1936 32-33 Ind. Seasons
12 Lou Gehrig 2 1934 1936 31-33 Ind. Seasons
13 Joe Sewell 2 1929 1932 30-33 Ind. Seasons
14 Mickey Cochrane 2 1927 1932 24-29 Ind. Seasons
15 Irish Meusel 2 1923 1925 30-32 Ind. Seasons
16 Barry Bonds 1 2004 2004 39-39 Ind. Seasons
17 George Brett 1 1980 1980 27-27 Ind. Seasons
18 Vic Power 1 1958 1958 30-30 Ind. Seasons
19 Don Mueller 1 1951 1951 24-24 Ind. Seasons
20 Andy Pafko 1 1950 1950 29-29 Ind. Seasons
21 Stan Musial 1 1948 1948 27-27 Ind. Seasons
22 Lou Boudreau 1 1948 1948 30-30 Ind. Seasons
23 Willard Marshall 1 1947 1947 26-26 Ind. Seasons
24 Ted Williams 1 1941 1941 22-22 Ind. Seasons
25 Arky Vaughan 1 1935 1935 23-23 Ind. Seasons
Rk Yrs From To Age
26 Bill Terry 1 1932 1932 33-33 Ind. Seasons
27 Al Simmons 1 1930 1930 28-28 Ind. Seasons
28 Mel Ott 1 1929 1929 20-20 Ind. Seasons
29 Billy Southworth 1 1926 1926 33-33 Ind. Seasons
30 Tris Speaker 1 1923 1923 35-35 Ind. Seasons
31 Jimmy Ryan 1 1902 1902 39-39 Ind. Seasons
32 Ed Delahanty 1 1902 1902 34-34 Ind. Seasons
33 Nap Lajoie 1 1901 1901 26-26 Ind. Seasons
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/18/2014.

Dystopia in the the Present Tense

A state of perpetual warfare. Armed forces occupying foreign territory for over seventy years. Active combat ongoing for more than thirteen.

An ubiquitous surveillance state. Continuous monitoring of communications using advanced technology. Exposers of the truth persistently pursued and prosecuted.

A police state. Local units equipped with military hardware. Prisons overwhelmed with disproptionately minority populations. Inmates regularly murdered, with applause from the public.

An oligarchic state. Corporate elites manipulate "elected" government officials for their own profit. Massive inequality in the distribution of wealth.

An impoverished state. Millions of citizens struggling to scrape by from day to day. Crime and drug use rampant in major metropolitan areas.

A fundamentalist state. Fanatical religious doctrine permeates through systems of healthcare and education.

An anti-intellectual state. Scientific findings and medical breakthroughs routinely rejected by vast swaths of society.

A propaganda state. Mass media breathessly conveys "news" passed down from the elite masters, filling the remainder of their programming with "infotainment".

A rapidly degrading state. Prolonged pollution of the atmosphere by corporate elites produces climate threat to future existence of human race.

This is not a scene from a George Orwell novel. This is a description of the United States in 2014.