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The final nine

TWJ 2014

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the final nine 2014 TWJ baseball cards are in the books (the last two were uploaded this morning). The virtual set consists of 260 base cards, twenty-eight highlights, and an eighteen-card All-Star subset. The final nine were highlights, featuring each league’s Most Valuable Player (Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw), Cy Young (Corey Kluber and Kershaw), Manager of the Year (Matt Williams and Buck Showalter), and Rookie of the Year (Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu) Award winners, and a special World Champions card for the San Francisco Giants featuring Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and his catcher Buster Posey.

I liked the 2014 TWJ set, and enjoyed producing these cards. I’m still tinkering with a design for 2015 and some possible subsets for the off-season. I hope you enjoyed it as well.

The full set (as well as previous years’ sets and subsets) can be viewed at TWJ cards on tumblr.

The BBBWARAOAAE congratulates Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom

Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year

After taking home the BBWAA top rookie awards yesterday, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom can continue their celebrations today as both are winners of the Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere Rookie of the Year Award!

Jacob  deGrom Rookie of the Year

Abreu was the clear winner in the American League, taking all but one first-place vote; deGrom faced stiff competition from the Reds’ speedy Billy Hamilton, but edged him out 11-7 in first place votes, and winning by the slim margin of seven points. Only one other National Leaguer, David Peralta, received a first-place vote.

BBBWARAOAAE voters recognized one AL and four NL rookies that were overlooked by the BBWAA; the BBWAA listed two AL and one NL first-year players that were ignored by BBBWARAOAAE voters.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Jose Abreu 18 94 150 (1)
2. Matt Shoemaker 1 42 40 (2)
3. Masahiro Tanaka 24 16 (5)
4. Dellin Betances 20 27 (3)
5. Yordano Ventura 18 9 (6)
6. Collin McHugh 17 21 (4)
7. George Springer 4 1 (8t)
8. Danny Santana 3 3 (7)
9t. Xander Bogaerts 2 n/a
9t. Nick Castellanos 2 1 (8t)
x. Brock Holt n/a 1 (8t)
x. Jake Odorizzi n/a 1 (8t)

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Name FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Jacob deGrom 11 82 142 (1)
2. Billy Hamilton 7 75 92 (2)
3. Kolten Wong 21 14 (3)
4t. Ken Giles 13 8 (4)
4t. Ender Inciarte 13 4 (5)
6. Kyle Hendricks 6 2 (7t)
7t. Jeurys Familia 5 2 (7t)
7t. David Peralta 1 5 n/a
9t. Joe Panik 3 3 (6)
9t. Travis d’Arnaud 3 n/a
9t. Javier Baez 3 n/a
12. Yangervis Solarte 1 n/a
x. Chase Anderson n/a 1 (10)

Don’t forget to vote…baseball style!

I’m not talking about the November elections…that’s way too far away to think about. I’m talking about baseball awards. Forget the BBWAA, you can be a member of the BBBWARAOAAE and vote for the MVP, Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year, and a couple of other awards! And it’s free!

BBBWARAOAAE

Click here for all the details and remember your ballots are due by Tuesday, September 30, at noon eastern!

Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere

2014 BBBWARAOAAE

Or BBBWARAOAAE for kinda not really shorter and honestly harder to remember.

A couple of years ago, I decided to collect votes on who you thought should win the various baseball awards. Last year I forgot. Sorry.

This year, I’m back at it.

Every year, the BBWAA honors the top players, pitchers, and rookies, by voting for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award, and Rookie of the Year Award winners. Why should they all have the fun?

Announcing the second-ever (but not annual) BBBWARAOAAE awards! All you have to do is e-mail me your top five picks in any or all of the below categories, and we’ll see whether the BBWAA agrees with the common fan! Rank your picks; there will be no ties on individual ballots. Votes must be received by Tuesday, September 30, at noon eastern time.

The categories are:

  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • American League Most Valuable Player
  • National League Cy Young Award
  • American League Cy Young Award
  • National League Rookie of the Year
  • American League Rookie of the Year

And two “just for fun” categories:

  • Most deserving player not in the Hall of Fame
  • Greatest shortstop ever

Vote for any category or all, up to five players in each. Remember, rank your picks in each category from 1-5, with 1 being the best. Sound like fun? Send your lists to jasontcarter at gmail dot com by next Tuesday, noon eastern time.

(Feel free to share this link or repost this information to your own blog…the more participation we get, the better!)

In 2012, the BBBWARAOAAE picked the following players (BBWAA winner in parenthesis if different):

Announcing the BBBWARAOAAE National League Rookie of the Year…

While the American League award was a no-brainer, the National League Rookie of the Year could have reasonably gone to any number of youngsters. Each week it seemed like a new name would top the list. In the end, it was a three-dog fight, but only one could prevail…

Frazier

National League Rookie of the Year

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
Todd Frazier 3 2 27
Wade Miley 2 1 1 21
Bryce Harper 1 2 2 21
Norichika Aoki 1 2 4
Anthony Rizzo 1 4
Jordan Pacheco 1 4
Wilin Rosario 1 2
Starling Marte 1 2
Yonder Alonso 1 2
Lucas Harrell 1 1

Ballots are revealed at each voter’s discretion. Justin’s World, Lifetime Topps Project and Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff each posted their picks on their respective sites.

Tomorrow we’ll take it to the mound…

Announcing the BBBWARAOAAE American League Rookie of the Year…

It was a last-minute, but not altogether hare-brained idea. Tired of the pros always having the ultimate say in who is the best, I decided that the fans should have a say. And so the Base Ball Blog Writers And Readers Association Of America And Elsewhere was born. I sent out some e-mails and made an announcement here that I would take your votes and tabulate the winners for Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and Cy Young Award in each league, as well as the best player not in the Hall of Fame. You were permitted to submit a top-five list for each category. The #1 name on your list received seven points, #2 four, #3 three, #4 two, and #1 one (the same scoring system used for the BBWAA MVP voting). This week we’ll begin looking at the results, starting with the one that really had no competition…

Trout

American League Rookie of the Year

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
Mike Trout 6 42
Yoenis Cespedes 5 20
Yu Darvish 1 2 2 14
Jarrod Parker 1 1 1 6
Jesus Montero 1 1 5
Will Middlebrooks 1 1 5
Matt Moore 1 3
Scott Diamond 1 1
Brent Lawrie 1 1
Tommy Milone 1 1
Ryan Cook 1 1

Ballots are revealed at each voter’s discretion. Justin’s World and Lifetime Topps Project each posted their picks on their respective sites.

While I was a little disappointed in the voter turnout, I do believe this award will probably line up well with the professionals’ picks. Perhaps next year I will organize the event a little better and more will respond to the call.

Come back tomorrow for the National League Rookie of the Year, which turned out to be a much closer race with what many may consider a surprise winner.

End of the season baseball awards: OUR picks!

DON’T FORGET THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR PICKS IS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 @ 11:59 P.M.

Every year, the BBWAA honors the top players, pitchers, and rookies, by voting for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award, and Rookie of the Year Award winners. Why should they all have the fun?

BBBWARAOAAE

Announcing the first-ever BBBWARAOAAE awards! All you have to do is e-mail me your top five picks in any or all of the below categories, and we’ll see whether the BBWAA agrees with the common fan! Rank your picks; there will be no ties on individual ballots. Votes must be received by Thursday, October 4, at 11:59 p.m eastern time.

The categories are:

  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • American League Most Valuable Player
  • National League Cy Young Award
  • American League Cy Young Award
  • National League Rookie of the Year
  • American League Rookie of the Year
  • We’re going to add one additional category, just for fun: Most deserving player not in the Hall of Fame

Vote for any category or all, up to five players in each. Remember, rank your picks in each category from 1-5, with 1 being the best. Sound like fun? Send your lists to jasontcarter at gmail dot com by Thursday at 11:59 pm eastern time.

(Feel free to share this link or repost this information to your own blog…the more participation we get, the better!)

The best in baseball: week 2 (National League)

If the season ended today, who would get your votes for the annual awards in the National League? That’s the question Baseball Happenings is asking each week, rotating between the American and National League. Here are my picks after two weeks of play:

Justin UptonNational League MVP
1. Justin Upton – This was a tough call, still early in the season, but Upton gets the nod for the combination of 5 HRs and 11 RBI, along with a .400 average. As the season progresses, I’m sure this will get easier as some players will set themselves apart.
2. Pat Burrell – 3 of his 4 round-trippers and more than half of his RBI have come against Cincinnati (the Phils would love to play them all year).
3. Mark Reynolds – He has as many HRs and more RBI than his teammate Upton, but his average is 100 points lower.

Ben SheetsNational League Cy Young
1. Ben Sheets – Only 3 earned runs in 3 starts, a 2-0 record and 20 Ks. If Sheets keeps this up, there won’t be any competition for this award.
2. Johnny Cueto – He got hit harder on Sunday and took the loss, but his 24 strikeouts lead the league. He was nearly unhittable in his first 2 starts, but didn’t get the run support from the Reds and had to settle for a non-decision in one of those games.
3. Brandon Webb – Webb or Peavy…Webb or Peavy…Both are 3-0, both have about the same number of strikeouts, earned runs, hits allowed. It’s really a toss-up on this one, and Webb landed heads-up.

Johnny CuetoNational League Rookie of the Year
1. Johnny Cueto – The guy stole Homer Bailey’s thunder during spring training, and is stealing the hearts of Reds fans in Cincinnati.
2. Kosuke Fukudome – His 9th inning home run in the Cubs’ opener put him as the early front-runner, but he has slowed down a bit since then. He’s batting .333 with 9 walks, but has also struck out 7 times.
3. Geovany Soto – One of three NL rookies with 2 home runs, he also has 8 RBI, 3 doubles and a triple. Plus he’s a catcher and has thrown out 3 of 11 potential base stealers.

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