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Posted on: November 15, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:26 am
 

Two voters left Posey or Heyward off ballots

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News (via Twitter ) has gotten the breakdown of the BBWAA voting for Rookie of the Year and the four voters that broke with the consensus of Buster Posey and Jason Heyward as the National League's top rookies.

Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , didn't vote for Heyward. He voted Posey first and then a pair of Pirates, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata.

Yasuhi Kikuchi of Kyodo News voted Florida's Gaby Sanchez first, followed by Heyward and St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia.

Sanchez's other first-place vote came from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald.

Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News gave Garcia his first-place vote.

UPDATE: Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chroicle has spoken to Kikuchi about his vote. Kikuchi said he didn't vote for Posey because of his May 29 call-up.

"Obviously it was a tough decision," Kikuchi said (via Schulman's Twitter ). "To me, Rookie of the Year is the best rookie player throughout the whole season."

UPDATE: Kovacevic checks in on Twitter with his reasoning:

"Felt very firmly about Posey, thus chose him 1st. Felt Walker/Tabata had strong years, comparable to rest of class. ... Neither Walker nor Tabata is off-the-board choice, as seen from list of NL rookies with 400 PA, ranked by OPS. ... Obviously saw way more of Walker/Tabata than others, but that also gave perspective on them performing at high level in poor lineup/setting."

The one problem with that is that Heyward was second in OPS among NL rookies with 400 plate appearances or more, ahead of Walker.

He is right that Walker isn't off the board. Tabata had a .746 OPS, more than 100 points lower than Heyward. It appears Kovacevic gave the local kids some recognition with his second- and third-place votes, but wanted to make sure his idea of the "right" player won.

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Feeling always has been with voting that broadest variety of perspectives bring best results. Few can argue final overall tally, I'd think."

I don't agree, but see where Kovacevic is coming from. As an aside, having read Kovacevic for years, he's far from a homer, although he's already been accused of being one. I don't agree with his vote or even his reasoning, but isn't that why you have a vote instead of just a decision? In the end, the trophy is going to Posey and Heyward is second.


-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:36 am
 

Feliz, Posey win Rookie honors

Buster Posey Rangers closer Neftali Feliz and Giants catcher Buster Posey are your Rookies of the Year. No surprise, really.

The only question about today's results was which deserving National League rookie would win. Buster Posey ended up winning, taking the award over Atlanta's Jason Heyward.

While I would have voted for Heyward, I have zero problem with Posey winning. Both were incredible. What strikes me as interesting is the voting results, as Posey won comfortably, getting 20 of the 32 first-place votes and finishing with a total of 129 points. Heyward got nine first-place votes and 107 total points. I honestly thought it would be closer.

Three voters didn't vote for either, one voter went with Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, while two voted for Gaby Sanchez.

The American League spread was about the same, as the National League. Feliz received 20 first-place votes and finished with 122 points. Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson finished second, with eight first-place votes and 98 total points. Twins third baseman Danny Valencia was third.

Pedro Feliz The difference, as discussed last week, was the caliber of candidates in both leagues. Feliz had a good year, but he's a closer, and that's a different role. Just for the record, let's look at the stats from the American League Rookie of the Year:

69 1/3 IP, 43 H, 21 R, 21 ER, 18 BB, 71 K, 2.73 ERA, .880 WHIP

Not bad numbers. Now let's look at a rookie in the National League who didn't garner a single vote.

68 IP, 56 H, 25 R, 22 ER, 17 BB, 92 K, 2.91 ERA, 1.074 WHIP

How about that? How did that guy not even get considered for the National League Rookie of the Year?

That's because he got hurt -- and he was a starter.

Stephen Strasburg made just 12 starts, but still pitched nearly as many innings as Feliz, who was the Rangers' closer. He didn't have 40 saves.

That said, Feliz definitely deserved the award.

The voting:
National League (points)
Buster Posey 129
Jason Heyward 107
Jaime Garcia 24
Gaby Sanchez 18
Neil Walker 3
Starlin Castro 3
Ike Davis 2
Jose Tabata 1
Jonny Venters 1

American League
Neftali Feliz 122
Austin Jackson 98
Danny Valencia 12
Wade Davis 11
John Jaso 3
Brandon Boesch 3
Brian Matusz 3

The National League Cy Young Award will be announced tomorrow.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:35 am
 

R.I.P. Marlins: New wave arrives

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the oft-maligned Florid Marlins.

The Marlins were slapped on the wrist in the offseason for not spending enough money on major-league payroll, then had their financials leaked. Meanwhile, owner Jeffrey Loria walked Fredi Gonzalez right out of town and into the grateful arms of the Braves, and the team missed .500 by one game.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Marlins had a gaping hole at catcher for much of the season. John Baker was on the verge of establishing himself as a permanent starting catcher, but his 2010 season was cut off as soon as it had began and he underwent Tommy John surgery. That left Ronny Paulino, good only against lefties, to play full time before angering the organization after testing positive for PEDs. That left the team with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis down the stretch.

For the last two seasons, the Marlins have been waiting on Cameron Maybin to break out. They'll have to wait some more, as Maybin hit just .234/.302/.361 in 322 plate appearances and Cody Ross got the bulk of playing time in center before he was sent to the Giants. Florida remains high on the 23-year-old, but at some point has to start producing.

Ricky Nolasco has been far, far better than his ERAs of the last two seasons might indicated. Nolasco shacked up respective ERAs of 5.06 and 4.51 in 2009 and 2010, but his xFIP tells a far different story at 3.28 and 3.55, respectively. Luck and poor defense abandoned Nolasco, however, so he remains a tantalizing pitcher who just needs breaks to go his way.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Mike Stanton The Marlins introduced some intriguing prospects to the majors, the most interesting of all being Mike Stanton (pictured, right). At just 20, Stanton bashed 22 home runs in 396 PA along with 22 doubles, good enough for a .259/.326/.507 line. All he has to do is cut down on strikeouts, raise the batting average and he will be a once-in-a-generation stud. As it is, he's already a once-in-a-generation power hitter.

He's joined by Logan Morrison, a natural first baseman who is playing out of position in left for the moment. In 287 PA, LoMo hit .283/.390/.447 and gives the Fish an incredible 3-4 combo for years. First baseman Gaby Sanchez also impressed, albeit at the advanced age of 27.

Josh Johnson was a dominating pitcher and proved Florida made the right call in signing him to a four-year deal just before the regular season. Johnson had a pedestrian 11-8 record thanks to bad luck, but was absolutely stellar in other facets of the game. His 2.30 ERA, 3.15 xFIP and 186 punchouts in 183 1/3 innings makes the 26-year-old one of the best pitchers in the game.

HELP ON THE WAY

Florida has graduated most of its better prospects already in Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison, Scott Cousins and Alex Sanabia. However, there are still two top prospects that could make an impact as soon as 2011.

Matt Dominguez, despite not playing above Double-A, is a candidate to start at third base for Florida as early as 2011. While that may be an aggressive move, Dominguez is major-league ready with the fielding and his bat should eventually come around. First, the team needs to figure out who plays where between Dominguez, Dan Uggla, Morrison, Sanchez and Chris Coghlan.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth will eventually be the answer to Florida's catching issue. While he can't step in and contribute in that capacity in 2011, he could make his debut in advance of a 2012 job. Skipworth will spend most of the year in Double-A as a 21-year-old and needs to improve his contact skills. The power is there, all Skipworth needs is to string together a few more hits.

Dan Uggla EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins expect to contend, which is partly why owner Jeffrey Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez. What he didn't realize, however, was that the talent of the Marlins was pretty much of a .500 team. The club should be better next year with full seasons from Stanton and Morrison, but need to upgrade its rotation and find a capable catcher to make some noise.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins shouldn't rush Matt Dominguez to the majors. He deserves to see his bat develop more in a less strenuous setting. However, the team should plan around Dominguez' eventual promotion, even if that's not until 2012. In addition, Logan Morrison is too much of a liability on defense to stick in left field.

The club should stick Coghlan in left field with the intention of leaving him there for the next few years, or until either Scott Cousins or Isaac Galloway knock the door down. Morrison shifts to first base, with Sanchez being dangled as trade bait for either a catcher, top relief pitcher or a starter that can give Florida a deep rotation.

Dan Uggla (pictured above, right) is entering the final year of his arbitration, and the club would do well to sign him for three- to four years, although Uggla may be looking for a longer deal than that. If the Marlins can convince Uggla to take three or four years, they can go into 2012's rebranding as the Miami Marlins with a new stadium and have Uggla as a name to sell fans on. If not, Coghlan can shift to second and free agency or internal promotions used for a left fielder. Florida could also opt to trade Uggla this offseason, put Coghlan at second and package Uggla and Sanchez for a major upgrade. The latter scenario is unlikely, plus Uggla is needed by Florida if they hope to win over the next several years.

2011 PREDICTION

Florida will hang around the wild card chase and could even put a scare into a few teams down the stretch, but will ultimately fall short.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2010 6:36 pm
 

Marlins' Sanchez drops appeal

Gaby Sanchez Nyjer Morgan is playing for the Nationals this tonight against the Marlins, awaiting word on his appeal, but Florida's Gaby Sanchez has decided to forgo his appeal and serve his three games starting today.

Sanchez received a three-game suspension for his part in the Marlins-Nationals brawl. The Marlins first baseman reached the mound at nearly the same time as Morgan in the brawl, clotheslining the Nationals outfielder.

According to the Sun Sentinel , Sanchez told manager Edwin Rodriguez about his plan to drop the appeal during early batting practice on Friday. He decided the team needed him more against the Phillies than against the lowly Nationals.

"I just want to get it over with and not worry about when it's going to be," Sanchez said. "If I wait, then who is [the suspension] going to be against? Is it going to be against the Braves, who are ahead of us, or the Phillies, who are ahead of us? Just want to get it out of the way and not have to think about when a hearing is going to be, when this is going to be, what kind of suspension am I going to get?"

Wes Helms is starting at first against left-hander John Lannan on Friday.

UPDATE: Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten is also dropping his appeal, MASNSports.com reports . Slaten will miss all three games of the series with the Marlins.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Year of the Rookie in NL

Of all the postseason award races, the most stacked and most interesting is probably the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Almost impressive as the names on this list are the names not on this list of front-runners, guys like Stephen Strasburg, Jonathon Niese, Tyler Colvin and Mike Stanton. You could add Ike Davis, Neil Walker and Jhoulys Chacin to that list, as well. And Mike Leake and Ian Desmond...

Starlin Castro SS Starlin Castro
Chicago Cubs
.317/.360/.438 3 HR 40 RBI -2.8 UZR/150 2.3 WAR

Castro had six RBI in his big-league debut on May 7 and has been nearly as impressive since.  In fact, he's been better since the All-Star break, hitting .363/.388/.493 in the second-half of the season. Castro has a good bat and good speed, but needs to refine his game. He has eight stolen bases, but has been caught stealing six times. His glove has been erratic, but he has the raw tools to be very good. In short, his future seems brighter than the present, and that's saying something.

Jaime Garcia SP Jaime Garcia
St. Louis Cardinals
13-6 153 1/3 IP 2.35 ERA 61 BB 124 K 3.5 WAR

Although he's behind Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals' rotation, he has been just as good as either of those two. The left-hander, two years off of Tommy John, has been at his best even as his team has hit the skids. During the team's recent slide, losing 14 of 21 games, Garcia is 3-1 with a 0.67 ERA. In his lone loss during that run, his team let him down, allowing three unearned runs against the Brewers on Aug. 17. The only earned runs he's allowed in that time are the two he gave up in the series-opening 3-2 victory over the Reds on Friday.

Jason Heyward OF Jason Heyward
Atlanta Braves
.281/.389/.473 16 HR 65 RBI 3.1 UZR/150 3.7 WAR

In spring training, it was tough to find anyone who hadn't already awarded the Rookie of the Year to Heyward. It was easy to see why, he's big, strong, fast and has good plate discipline. In short, he's a can't-miss prospect. And he hasn't missed. Although, injuries have slowed him, he's still been nothing short of impressive.

Buster Posey C Buster Posey
San Francisco Giants
.328/.374/.506 11 HR 55 RBI -6.9 UZR/150 3.1 WAR

It took until May for the Giants to finally call Posey up to the big leagues and he quickly showed why people were calling for him to be on the roster since opening day. He took over the starting spot when the Giants traded Bengie Molina on July 1 and is expected to anchor the Giants' lineup for years to come. Since Molina was traded, Posey has hit .346/.400/.562. There are still questions whether he can be an elite defensive catcher, but his bat will carry him.

Gaby Sanchez 1B Gaby Sanchez
Florida Marlins
.284/.353/.467 16 HR 72 RBI -0.2 UZR/150 2.7 WAR

Not only can Sanchez swing the bat, he has a heck of a cross-check, taking out Nyjer Morgan in last week's brawl in Florida. While that may have been his most high-profile hit, Sanchez has plenty moret. He leads major league rookies in total bases (227), doubles (35) and RBI (72).

Jonny Venters RP Jonny Venters
Atlanta Braves
4-2 71 1/3 IP 1.77 ERA 32 BB 81 K 1.7 WAR

Venters won't get too many votes, but he's been fantastic for the Braves out of the bullpen this season. He leads all rookies with 65 appearances, 21 more than the next most-used rookie pitcher in the National League. With Billy Wagner retiring after this season, Venters could be the team's closer in 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan suspended eight games

Nyjer Morgan Nyjer Morgan has received an eight-game suspension for his actions this week according to Jon Heyman of Sports Ilustrated , which is on top of a seven-game suspension for throwing a ball at a fan in Philadelphia.

Morgan has appealed the original seven-game suspension and may see it reduced after a Phillies fan rushed to his defense , but his eight-game suspension for his latest actions are well deserved. He clocked Bryan Anderson for no reason, was benched the next day for the transgression and compounded the incident by calling out his manager.

Things ratcheted up when he bowled over a Marlins catcher in extra innings in a play that could have won the Nats a game had he slid. The catcher -- Brett Hayes -- will miss the rest of the season with injuries sustained in the crash. He then cussed out a Marlins fan and things finally came to a boil Wednesday night when the Marlins plunked Morgan.

The center fielder then swiped two bags, angering the Marlins more, feeling Morgan hadn't been taught his lesson. Chris Volstad threw at him again in the sixth (although he and manager Edwin Rodriguez have denied the purpose pitch -- but there's no denying the evidence). An honest-to-god fight then broke out between two teams (see video ) that featured some punches landing and a WWE-caliber clothesline of Morgan by Florida first baseman Gaby Sanchez.

The Marlins were to blame for the fight -- after all, the punishment was doled out in the plunking, and Morgan was within his rights to steal the bases. However, there's no questioning he's brought all this upon himself, and there's near-zero chance that his eight-game suspension will be reduced.

And in light of recent events, that seven-game suspension might stand, knocking Morgan out for 15 games. If he has any brains in him, he'll serve the suspensions immediately so he doesn't miss any time in 2011. It's not as if the team needs him now, anyways: the Nats are out of the postseason race and expanded rosters mean they can cover Morgan's absence in the field without losing any other players.

Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post notes that Volstad was suspended six games, Alejandro Sanabia five and Gabe Sanchez three.

UPDATE : The Associated Press has revealed the rest of the suspensions. Nats pitcher Doug Slaten was docked three games for throwing at Sanchez in the seventh inning, and Jim Riggleman was suspended two games along with third-base coach Pat Listach (three games), who jumped in the beginnings of the fray and got in some shots at Volstad. Fish manager Edwin Rodriguez was docked one, and reliever Jose Veras was fined, as were all suspended players.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 9:34 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 10:27 pm
 

Brawl after Marlins throw at Morgan

Nyjer Morgan
It seemed like a matter of when, not if, the Marlins threw at the Nationals' Nyjer Morgan on Wednesday night.

Everyone in the ballpark knew payback was likely after the outfielder barrelled over Marlins catcher Brett Hayes on Tuesday night, causing a season-ending shoulder injury. It came in Wednesday's fourth inning, when Chris Volstad hit Morgan. Morgan responded by stealing second and third, with the Nationals already trailing 14-3.

Then Morgan came up again in the sixth and the fireworks really started, as Volstad threw a ball well behind him. According to this video and accounts of those at the game via Twitter, Morgan charged the mound and took a few wild swings at Volstad, connecting with a left, before being taken down by a Gaby Sanchez clothesline. Volstad then got a couple of punches in on Morgan as benches emptied. This wasn't your normal baseball scrum, this was a real fight.

Morgan has put up quite a tally lately: allegedly throwing a ball at fans and drawing a seven-game suspension, mowing down two catchers (though at least the one against Hayes looked clean), apparently cursing a Marlins fan Tuesday night, then inciting a bench-clearing brawl.

UPDATE: Nationals pitcher Doug Slaten plunked Sanchez in the midsection in the seventh, earning the hook for himself and manager Jim Riggleman.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 8:09 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2010 12:34 am
 

Uggla ruins Strasmas


Stephen Strasburg Dan Uggla has welcomed Stephen Strasburg back from the disabled list with a a two-run homer in the first and a two-run double in the third.

Strasburg was making his first start since going on the disabled list last month and allowed one other hit in his first three innings. Through three innings, Strasburg has walked two and struck out three, allowing three hits -- Uggla's two and a double by Hanley Ramirez.

Strasburg needed 60 pitches to get through three innings.

UPDATE: Strasburg gave up another hit and added a strikeout in a scoreless fourth. He's at 71 pitches.

UPDATE: Strasburg is out of the game after a Gaby Sanchez double made it 5-1 in the fifth. He was replaced by Miguel Batista with one out and a runner on second. Sanchez scored on a Wes Helms double, closing the book on Strasburg. His final line: 4 1/3 innings, six hits, six runs (all earned), two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 84 pitches, 51 strikes.

UPDATE: From MASN's Ben Goessling , here's what Strasburg had to say after the game: "I'm a little disappointed in myself because I really went out there not focusing on the one thing you've got to focus on every other start, just going out there and competing and going with what you have. I spent the whole time worrying about trying to fix what was going wrong, instead of just letting it go and throwing the ball."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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