Category: Blog News

Orioles Come In To Town On A Slide

After starting the season 3-0 against the lackluster Minnesota Twins, the presumed “real” Baltimore Orioles  showed up for their intra-division series against New York falling 0-3 to the Yankees which included blowing a 4-1 lead on Tuesday to lose 5-4 in extra innings.  Most pre-season talking heads have Baltimore finishing in last place again this season, and a 3-game losing streak is what the Jays like to see from their opponent coming into town.

The Blue Jays themselves are riding a mini 2 game streak themselves though in the positive direction.  If not for a haphazard 9th inning on Monday, though, it could be a larger 5 game streak.  Even though the bats aren’t firing on all cylinders just yet, Jose Bautista is only 4 for 23 with 1 home run sporting an average of .174 over the first 6 games, the Blue Jays are getting the timely hits from un-expected sources.  Rajai Davis was lights out in the matinee Wednesday, and Edwin Encarnacion tore the cover off the ball Wednesday night.  As long as the arms continue to fire well, as Ricky Romero did in the finale against Boston, it only takes a couple runs to win the game.

Baltimore will send Tommy Hunter to the mound who went 7 innings allowing only 2 unearned runs against Minnesota on Saturday.  He allowed 6 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk over that span.  Toronto counters with Brandon Morrow, also making his 2nd appearance of the season.  Morrow started the 12-inning second game of the season against Cleveland where he also gave up 2 unearned runs, only allowing 1 hit over 7 innings.  In 12 career starts against Baltimore, Morrow is 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA.

Baseball North News

A “programming note” of sorts, this weekend a new series will debut on Baseball North, “Remember Them” will feature a different Blue Jay from the past every week starting with 1982-1984 backup catcher Geno Petralli.  Watch for the debut this weekend at baseballnorth.weebly.com

LINEUPS

Baltimore Orioles (3-3)

  1. Reimold, N – LF (.238)
  2. Hardy, J – SS (.200)
  3. Markakis, N – RF (.238)
  4. Jones, A – CF (.292)
  5. Wieters, M – C (.364)
  6. Betemit, W – 3B (.188)
  7. Reynolds, M – DH (.176)
  8. Davis, C – 1B (.267)
  9. Andino, R – 2B (.318)

RHP Tommy Hunter (1-0  0.00ERA  7IP)

Toronto Blue Jays (4-2)

  1. Escobar, Y – SS (.200)
  2. Johnson, K – 2B (.292)
  3. Bautista, J – RF (.174)
  4. Lind, A – 1B (.250)
  5. Encarnacion, E – DH (.269)
  6. Thames, E – LF (.211)
  7. Lawrie, B – 3B (.240)
  8. Rasmus, C – CF (.095)
  9. Arencibia, J – C (.091)

RHP  Brandon Morrow (0-0  0.00ERA  7IP)

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Jose Bautista Wins Stan Musial Award

One of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance post season awards is given to the best position player in each league, named for Stan “the man” Musial.  On the day that “the man” was paraded around Busch Stadium before game 6 of the World Series, the award in his name was given to Matt Kemp in the National League, and the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista for the American League.

Bautista earned 11 first place votes (50%) and a total of 225 points, holding off Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox who had 5 first place votes and a total of 200.  Earlier this week, Bautista was honoured with his 2nd straight Hank Aaron award which is given to the best hitter in each league as voted on by the fans and members of the media.  Interestingly enough, Matt Kemp was the winner of the National League award in that category too.

Bautista  hit .302 with a Major League leading 43 home runs and 132 walks.  He played in 149 games this year while proving 2010 wasn’t just a fluke, and cemented himself as the leader of the up and coming Blue Jays.

BBA Names Top Rookies

Courtesy Of The Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Reproduced Here With My Thanks To Them.
 

Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves easily won the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s Willie Mays Award for top rookie in the National League.  The American League award, though, was a much different story.

Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer and Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson both received 67 points in American League voting, creating the first tie for an award since the Alliance began handing out the honors in 2009.  Hosmer received nine first place votes, while Hellickson garnered eight.  Rounding out the top three in the AL was Mark Trumbo, the first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In the National League, Kimbrel, who set a rookie record for saves as Atlanta’s closer, outpaced his teammate, first baseman Freddie Freeman, by thirty points.  Kimbrel received 65 points, including 11 of 16 first place selections.  Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was a distant third.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay (8) 67
Eric Hosmer, Kansas City (9) 67
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles of Anaheim (3) 27
Michael Pineda, Seattle (3) 23
Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay 7
Ivan Nova, New York 7
Brett Lawrie, Toronto (1) 5
Dustin Ackley, Seattle 4
Zach Britton, Baltimore 3
Alexi Ogando, Texas 3
Jordan Walden, Los Angeles of Anaheim 2
Chris Sale, Chicago 1

National League
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta (11) 65
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta (3) 35
Danny Espinosa, Washington (1) 17
Vance Worley, Philadelphia (1) 10
Wilson Ramos, Washington 5
Darwin Barney, Chicago 1
Brandon Beachy, Atlanta 1
Dillon Gee, New York 1

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first through third place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Baltimore Sports and Life (Baltimore)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)
Contract Year (Oakland)*
Detroit Tigers Scorecard Blog (Detroit)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Infield Fly (Toronto)
Kings of Kauffman (Kansas City)*
Lady At The Bat (New York)
Misc. Baseball (History)
North Dakota Twins Fan (Minnesota)
Old English D (Detroit)
The Rays Rant (Tampa Bay)
Seattle Mariners Musings (Seattle)
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Twins Trivia (Minnesota)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

National League
Appy Astros (Houston)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Dugger Sports (Philadelphia)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Misc. Baseball (History)
RetroSimba (St. Louis)
Rockies Woman (Colorado)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*

Prior Winners: 2010: Neftali Feliz, Texas; Buster Posey, San Francisco
                  2009: Andrew Bailey, Oakland; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

The official website of the BBA is located at baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

BBA Names Top Managers

Courtesy Of The Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Reproduced Here With My Thanks To Them.
 
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon were named the 2011 Connie Mack Award winners monday by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.  The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.

Gibson took over an Arizona team that finished last in the National League West in 2010 and led them to a divisional title in his first year on the job.  Gibson’s Diamondbacks led all year long and finished a comfortable eight games ahead of defending World Champion San Francisco to move on to the postseason stage.  Voting was done before the Diamondbacks lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the National League Divisional Series.

Gibson was a unanimous winner, scoring the top slot on all 21 ballots cast by the portion of the membership that voted on the National League award.  Ron Roenicke, whose Brewers defeated Gibson’s squad, finished second in the balloting, while St. Louis Cardinal manager Tony La Russa finished third.

Maddon was rewarded after leading his team to the largest September rally in history, leading his Rays from nine games back in the wild card race to passing up the Boston Red Sox on the last day.  As in the National League, voting did not take into account the Rays falling to the Texas Rangers in four games in the American League Divisional Series.

Maddon received the top billing on 22 of the 25 ballots cast for the American League voters, easily outpacing Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington.  Washington garnered the three first place votes that did not go to Maddon.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (22) 113
Jim Leyland, Detroit 48
Ron Washington, Texas (3) 37
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim 13
Joe Girardi, New York 9
Manny Acta, Cleveland 5
John Farrell, Toronto 1

National League
Kirk Gibson, Arizona (21) 105
Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee 39
Tony La Russa, St. Louis 16
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia 13
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh 7
Terry Collins, New York 5
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco 3
Freddi Gonzalez, Atlanta 1

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first through third place. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Baltimore Sports and Life (Baltimore)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
Baseball North (Toronto)
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Contract Year (Oakland)*
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Kings of Kauffman (Kansas City)*
Misc. Baseball (History)
Monkey With A Halo (Los Angeles of Anaheim)
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
North Dakota Twins Fan (Minnesota)
Old English D (Detroit)
The Rays Rant (Tampa Bay)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Seattle Mariners Musings (Seattle)
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Twins Trivia (Minnesota)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

National League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Appy Astros (Houston)
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Dugger Sports (Philadelphia)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
The Flagrant Fan (General)
I70 Baseball (St. Louis)
Left Coast Bias (San Diego)
Misc. Baseball (History)
On The Outside Corner (St. Louis)
Padres Trail (San Diego)
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
Rockies Woman (Colorado)
22 Gigantes (San Francisco)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

Prior Winners:

2010: Ron Washington, Texas; Bud Black, San Diego
2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The official website of the BBA is located at baseballbloggersalliance.wordpress.com. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

New Logo Sneak Preview

If the Blue Jays can do it in 2012, then why shouldn’t I? Here is a sneak preview of the new Baseball North Blog logo.

There will be more of a Canadian feel with no representation of the Blue Jays in the official logo. Don’t be mislead though, the blog will still have a strong Blue Jays presence, but I wanted to capture the country and it’s contribution to the game of baseball in the official logo.

The new logo should be fully integrated into the blog and companion website within the week.