HumpLinks: BBWAA Manages a clear thought

I have written this before, but what if at the start of last season you said to a manager the following:

You will be gifted the very best defender in all of baseball as your shortstop, and the best defensive catcher in the League. And you will have the greatest player of the modern era, but:

You will only get that greatest player for 75% of the season.

You will be denied a Major League quality starting rotation, all 5 slots, pretty much all season.

You will be denied a Major League quality closer. And your bullpen will have been assembled at the last minute.

You will be denied a Major League quality second baseman.

You will be denied a Major League quality third baseman.

You will be denied a Major League quality left fielder.

You will get to use a DH, but he will be the very worst producing baseball player in all of the Major Leagues.

Oh, and your first baseman and right fielder will be underwhelming.

And then that manager went out and took that bucket of bolts and stayed in the playoff race - which is what the regular season is all about - for 98% of the season!

Would that not be the very definition of managing to succeed? Well, that would have been Mike Scioscia. But the BBWAA ignore all that. Sosh wasn’t even a finalist.

As it happens, the BBWAA didn’t do too badly this year in choosing their winner. They fell in favor of doing more, with less. But it would have been better had they seen fit to post Sosh as at least a Top 3 out of 15 in his own league.

In the AL, A.J. Hinch’s Astros yielded the best team fWAR in all of baseball at 33.0. Terry Francona’s Indians were #4 at 27.3. Paul Molitor’s Twins were 9th at 24.2. And Molitor won the honor.

Over in the NL, Dave Roberts’ Dodgers were #2 in all of MLB 30.1. Torey Lovullo’s D’backs were #14 at 19.8. And Bud Black’s Rockies #22 at 13.7. Torey Luvollo got it, probably because he made the playoffs and Black did not, even though Black had the higher mountain to climb and almost made it anyway.

The BBWAA chose Paul Molitor (AL, Twins) and Torey Luvello (NL, Diamondbacks) as their Managers of the Year. Not the very best choice, but it could have been a lot worse.

Here on the outside, the IBWAA chose Terry Francona (AL, Indians) and Torey Luvello (NL, Diamondbacks) as our Managers of the Year.

My choices were Mike Scioscia (AL, Angels. 17th overall in team fWAR) and Bud Black (NL, Rockies). Accidentally right in line with those team fWAR observations above. So everybody else was wrong, and they screwed up. But what more can I do?

Have some Mike-Scioscia-Commemorative-Offseason-Links:


A Little Bit of Angels News

JC Ramirez is responding well to stem-cell therapy. He may end up avoiding surgery, and he may be ready for Spring Training. This is optimistic news to me, personally, since this is something the missus will be undergoing in January and we hope for similar results...........

Of all the places where Shohei Ohtani could land, LAA would maximize his impact..............

Here is a swing and a miss. The Angels BIGGEST offseason need is...pitching? People are still refusing to pay attention to the 2017 injury profile..........I prefer to believe this one, where Billy Eppler doesn’t take a big bite out of the FA pitching market............

Brian Kenny, The Enlightened One, with the same Trout Porn that I pushed out to you recently. Not that it will make any difference, except to piss off MFY fans.............


Everywhere In Baseball

I forgot all about recognizing an MLB Executive for 2017 honors. I’m glad somebody remembered. Chris Anonetti is a winner. Of course, he goes into the office everyday with far less dead weight shackled to his ankles than some other GM who shall remain unidentified (but whose name rhymes with “Shmilly Shmeppler”)..............

Yeah, I thought that the Cards and Nats firing their pitching coaches, and hiring each other’s fired pitching coaches, was pretty weird. So did The Washington Post............

I also see that SI read my Links from yesterday and went looking closer at the rookie seasons of Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger. Not quite the greatest of all time, after all, as ESPN had claimed..........

Let me be one of the first to warn the MSM. You guys and gals are forgetting that Mike Trout is entering his prime and had he not injured himself his 2017 season was on a pace to challenge even the best of Babe Ruth. If he remains healthy in 2018, all these other guys you are excited about could be mere footnotes............

Jeff Sullivan, having way too much fun with Javy Baez strikeouts..........

This is Home Run Happy Times. And in 2017 rookies hit a lot of them. But did you know that in 1969 the rookies then hit a greater percentage of the MLB home runs than ever, even 2017?..........

Now that we have finally given Aaron Judge his RoY, look at how fast the MSM has turned the page. Yeah, even they are exhausted of it all............

At the end of the day sports is merely one form of distraction away from the harsh reality of daily survival, which we call life. It is only one of many choices for “entertainment”. But we are about to learn something. In the dog-eat-dog cage match of a free market, what is the relative value of sports compared to other forms of video entertainment? What would happen to an OOT streaming service if it was everything except sports? Competing with sports, then, will it survive? I don’t think people spend enough time focusing on the real-time aspect of live sports that makes it so compelling. One can time-shift CSI and miss out on nothing. But watch a sports event after the outcome has become common knowledge and it ain’t the same experience, at all. I truly wish for non-sports content to stand on its own and succeed. But I fear that will only be possible if it lowers itself to the greatest common denominator, and everything ends up like daytime TV.........

I really don’t care that the great ballplayers of yesteryear of part of the lore of some franchise I loather in today’s era. To me, that is as meaningless as all those Yankee “championships” they accrued back in the days of very few other competitors, rigged trade shenanigans, and racial discrimination that excluded vast numbers of superior talent. So when a Bobby Doerr dies at the age of 99, I am truly saddened. That’s a guy who got to play against Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Hank Greenberg and Johnny Mize, and alongside Jimmie Foxx. he played back when Leo Durocher was a player and not a manager. Doerr had a very credible career., 14 seasons and 51.2 career bWAR, all for one team (BoSux). RIP, Mr. Doerr.......At 99, Doerr was the oldest living MLB player. That title now passes to Red Shoendienst, currently 94..........


Hot Stove

What if Carlos Santana comes to the AL West after all, but it’s because Jerry Dipoto still reads HH every day and Santana lands in Seattle?..............Well, Ok, it won’t be because of reading HH. Everybody already knows about Santana...........

ESPN is only two days behind on the Logan Morrison - LAA rumors............

You all are free to your own opinions, but I really hope we don’t shoot our wad this offseason and only end up with Mike Moustakas..........I also don’t follow the Lucas Duda thought process. To me, that’s about as exciting as Brad Fullmer. But this is kind of the way that other GM’s are thinking that Eppler is playing his hand.........

The Marlins appear to be asking for a shockingly high amount of return for Giancarlo Stanton. It was never going to be easy, what with his contract terms. Still they have suitors. They just won’t tell us which ones are in line with Stanton’s list of acceptable criteria..........

Cameron Maybin, now a Free Agent, to the Royals?..........Most of you are too young to know, and improperly raised to retain the knowledge, that the Royals are one of our long-standing arch-enemies..........

FanGraphs posts their Top 50 FA list. Add that to your Tracker bookmark............


The Duffle Bag

Yeah, the offseason is full of Free Agency silly talk. That’s part of the fun..........Cole Hamels takes us inside the head of Yu Darvish during Darvish’s WS failure..............Beware, Miguel Cabrera might not be fading away after all..........An authentic Lou Gehrig bat is coming up for sale. The one he used to smack his last 2 home runs..........Something I found on reddit. Scroll down this list of Cleveland Indians images and notice the 1921 jersey. That’s what I’m talking about!.........

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