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Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:39 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

While the MVP is awarded for a vague definition of value (and if you're one of the people who don't think a pitcher should receive votes, it also has a funny definition of player), the Hank Aaron Award is given every year to the "most outstanding offensive performers" in both leagues.

Of course, nobody really recognizes the award other than Major League Baseball, which gives out the award every year at the World Series. This year's winners are the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. And, since nobody really remembers who won the awards last year, I'll let you in on a little secret -- Bautista is a repeat winner. Kemp is not. The Reds' Joey Votto won the National League version of the award in 2010.

The award's voting process has changed several times, adding to the confusion. The latest process is sort-of outlined in the press release: "Fans voted for the award on MLB.com, and for the second straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron joined fans in voting for the award. The Hall of Fame panel included two new members – personally selected by Hank Aaron – Roberto Alomar and Joe Morgan. They joined panelists from last year, which included Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams and Robin Yount, forming a group comprised of some of the greatest offensive players of all-time who combined for 23,536 hits, 11,445 RBI and exactly 2,800 home runs."

The winners, whoever ultimately chose them, were certainly deserving.

Bautista hit .302/.447/.608, leading the majors in slugging, OPS (1.056), OPS+ (181), home runs (43) and walks (132). 

Kemp challenged for the triple crown, finishing third in batting average (.324), while leading the league in home runs (39) and RBI (126). He led the National League in runs (115) and OPS+ (171) and total bases (353).

It will be interesting to see where Bautista and Kemp finish in the MVP voting because of the varying definitions of value, but it's tough to argue the two weren't the best offensive players in their leagues last season -- and the award that is given was handed out to the right players.

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Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:43 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

"Actually, The Rays are brilliant. They let go of an average player in Crawford, let there rivals highly over spend, which limits there future spending, and replaced him with someone cheaper, better and younger..and less injury prone in Jennings."

Noles506 go back an look at Jennings injury hitory.  2008 Back Injury DL, Shoulder Injury Sugery missed the rest of the season.  2009 Hamstring Injury DL, Back Injury again DL.  2010 Another Hamstring Injury DL.  This season on DL with a finger injury.  This guy has been in the Rays system since 2006 and has been Big League ready for over a year.  The only reason they did not bring this Jennings up earlier is he is injury prone. Hopefully this has gone away, but his injury history is real.

I agree that Boston over spent, but Crawford is a stud.  Just had a down year. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

 First of all the Rays are only in the position they are in because they sat in the cellar for a decade stocking up on elite draft picks... Their players will leave town once they start to command market value. They will be the stars of the Yankees, Red Sox etc. And do you seriously think the Yanks and Sox dont have a major advantage with the payroll situation? Yes they can miss on a few big signings, but they can afford to absorb those signings and still put an elite squad on the field. Smaller market teams that can't generate the kind of money the Yankees can are crippled by bad signings and injuries. The Yankees can practically buy a playoff threat every single year, sure anything can happen in the play-offs but you have to spend $150million + to find out. The Rays are the exception and that only happens when you tank for a decade. They will be back in the cellar in another 2 or 3 years. 

 The reality is that the big market teams are at a huge advantage, and this won't change until a cap is implemented. There is a reason certain players command the big bucks, it's usually has something to do with their ability. Are you saying there is no link between the two?



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

My last comment was aimed at the other poster, not the one I had quoted. I just love ignorant Americans talking about the Blue Jays like they know there philosphy or there plan....



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

How many times am I gonna read the same ignorant post about the Jays? Who cares how much money the owner is worth... It's what market you are in and how much you can generate. Toronto is by no means a small city, but it simply can't keep up with the big spending teams in Boston and New York. How many teams in the league would make the play-offs in the AL east?.... hmmmm maybe 4 or 5 in the whole league, National or American. Teams that do things the right way, like bring up quality talent, good coaching, lately very good personnel moves. If it comes down to spending, which is where the league is right now, unless you are blessed to be in a weak division, the big dollar rosters are gonne win over the course of a season. The Jays could probably make some noise ii the play-offs and I'm sure they'd be a scary team for a lot of opponents. But they aren't gonna be able to compete on a consistent basis without a salary cap. Plain and simple. Baseball has become a league of 5 or 6 teams. Sure the Rays stunk for a decade and stocked up blue chip talent but they are really just grooming the next big stars of Boston, NY, etc... The World Series has become a pretty worthless championship imo. Best team out of 5 teams, great, nice work.
Who cares how much money Boston or New York spends. They waste there money on bums like John Lackey, Carl Crawford, JD Drew, Dice K, John Beckett... want me to go on and on??? Yankees are going to be stuck with A Rod until he's 50 years old. Either team has any starting pitching what so ever....Yankees haven't won a title in a while, nor will they any time soon. Boston won't either. I didn't see the "big dollar rosters" in the world series this year, did you? If you have prospects, young guys..you sign them to long term team friendly deals...you spend your money on scouting, which Toronto has done. They already tried wasting money like the Sox and Yankees, it didn't work. There going into off season with around 40 million commited. They leaves some room to make moves.

It's not ignorant, it's called reality..don't sound so bitter about it.

Actually, The Rays are brilliant. They let go of an average player in Crawford, let there rivals highly over spend, which limits there future spending, and replaced him with someone cheaper, better and younger..and less injury prone in Jennings.


Nice try though. 



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:14 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

Perhaps both teams (Blue Jays/Dodgers would have had Cy Young winner and MVP winner if you still count Roy Halladay as a Jay. With baseball not having a salary cap, the teams that have lower payrolls can not hold on to their star players. Clayton Kershaw is obviously the other pitcher I am referring to.

Well you can't count Halladay as a Jay, he doesn't play for them.  As for the Dodgers, their payroll is pretty middle of the road right now and Kershaw, well he made $500,000 last year whatever the Dodgers' payroll was--quite a bargain for the Cy Young winner (my prediction, if they give it to someone else they might as well eliminate the award as nobody has ever won the triple crown - wins, ERA, and Ks-- like Kershaw and not won the Cy Young).



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:06 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

The Jays are 1 starting pitcher and a good closer away from contending for the playoffs.



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:50 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

Since this has become a Blue Jays talk I thought I would add my two cents.  Payroll does not mean everything.  A great example is this season.  Only 3 of the teams with payroll in the top 10 made the playoffs, 2 out of the bottom 10 teams made the playoffs. 

I dont think the Blue Jays are obligated to spend money, but in the division they are in they either need to get much better at finding talent in their own farm system or go out and spend a bit of money on free agents.  They cant keep trading away their star players for future potential stars and expect to make the playoffs. Lawrie looks like he is going to be a great hitter, but what hurt Toranto more than anything else this season was pitching.  I am not saying trading Macum was a bad idea.  I think this was a great move, but I think this is indicative of Toranto's mentality.  Trade for the future. If a team is continually trading for the future they will have one of two things happen: either get very lucky and have all their traded for prospects pan out (probably will not happen) or the team will contintue to just trade for the future. 

Im not even sure if Jose would be a Blue Jay if he had really wanted to go out a test the free agent market.  He is very under paid for the star he has become. 



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:12 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

How many times am I gonna read the same ignorant post about the Jays? Who cares how much money the owner is worth... It's what market you are in and how much you can generate. Toronto is by no means a small city, but it simply can't keep up with the big spending teams in Boston and New York. How many teams in the league would make the play-offs in the AL east?.... hmmmm maybe 4 or 5 in the whole league, National or American. Teams that do things the right way, like bring up quality talent, good coaching, lately very good personnel moves. If it comes down to spending, which is where the league is right now, unless you are blessed to be in a weak division, the big dollar rosters are gonne win over the course of a season. The Jays could probably make some noise ii the play-offs and I'm sure they'd be a scary team for a lot of opponents. But they aren't gonna be able to compete on a consistent basis without a salary cap. Plain and simple. Baseball has become a league of 5 or 6 teams. Sure the Rays stunk for a decade and stocked up blue chip talent but they are really just grooming the next big stars of Boston, NY, etc... The World Series has become a pretty worthless championship imo. Best team out of 5 teams, great, nice work.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:27 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

Got to love mis-informed uneducated folks talking about my Blue Jays, a team I have been a fan of for at least 20 years.

Rogers has spent money in the past, and it was spent stupid. BJ Ryan, AJ Burnett, Vernon Wells,Frank Thomas...I could go on & on. No sense in spending money just to spend it.  The team will spend the money when it should be spent. Why go out and throw money around like the Nationals with Werth and the Red Sox with Crawford (both of which are colossal failures) . The team is being built from the bottom up, we have one of the best farm teams in baseball. Having so many top prospects opens the GM to make all sorts of different deals. That is where the Jays will improve there club, via the trade..not over priced free agents just looking for a big pay day.

As for the person with the Halladay comment, I have answered this question a million times. Roy gave Toronto most of his carrer, he gave the team his all. It WAS NOT a money issue. It was an issue of him wanting to contend for a world series title. I wouldn't be surprised if he signs back with the Jays if he can win a championship or perhaps maybe takes an office job after retirement. 

Congrats Jose, I expect him to have an even better season next year. This year he had a lot of ups and downs, I think he had like 31 homers at the all star break, and only hit 12 after it. His numbers could have been huge.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:27 am
 

Jose Bautista, Matt Kemp win Hank Aaron Award

Got to love mis-informed uneducated folks talking about my Blue Jays, a team I have been a fan of for at least 20 years.

Rogers has spent money in the past, and it was spent stupid. BJ Ryan, AJ Burnett, Vernon Wells,Frank Thomas...I could go on & on. No sense in spending money just to spend it.  The team will spend the money when it should be spent. Why go out and throw money around like the Nationals with Werth and the Red Sox with Crawford (both of which are colossal failures) . The team is being built from the bottom up, we have one of the best farm teams in baseball. Having so many top prospects opens the GM to make all sorts of different deals. That is where the Jays will improve there club, via the trade..not over priced free agents just looking for a big pay day.

As for the person with the Halladay comment, I have answered this question a million times. Roy gave Toronto most of his carrer, he gave the team his all. It WAS NOT a money issue. It was an issue of him wanting to contend for a world series title. I wouldn't be surprised if he signs back with the Jays if he can win a championship or perhaps maybe takes an office job after retirement.

Congrats Jose, I expect him to have an even better season next year. This year he had a lot of ups and downs, I think he had like 31 homers at the all star break, and only hit 12 after it. His numbers could have been huge.  


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