What a difference a week makes. Once all the actual baseball got out of the way, we got to jump into signings, trades, and awards.
First off, congrats to AL MVP Aaron Judge.
Judge is a class guy who had an amazing season. My congratulations are sincere. I’d personally vote for two way player Ohtani, but Judge put up an MVP season in any year.
That’s not the only reason Judge is in the news. Financial criminal/Mets owner Steve Cohen has made some remarks that are textbook collusion regarding Judge.
He’s not the only owner saying stupid things that violate the CBA. Jim Crane of the Astros discussed his negotiations with Justin Verlander. MLB is looking into all involved.
As for Justin Verlander, he just won his third Cy Young. Pretty nice trophy room for the whiny one: Rookie of the Year, MVP, 3 Cy Youngs, one tainted WS title, and this year’s.
Ohtani came in 4th in the Cy Young voting, but check this out:
In the NL, Paul Goldschmidt won a well deserved MVP.
Miami Marlins hurler Sandy Alcantara won the NL Cy Young Award in what was a great field.
All this pitching talk takes me to the biggest news out of Anaheim this week. The Angels signed Tyler Anderson away from the crosstown Dodgers. 3 years and $39 million for the lefty.
2Pints posited Anderson preferred to stay in SoCal and that appears to be the case.
He’ll have to face a tougher Seattle Mariners lineup as Trader Jerry landed Teoscar Hernandez from Toronto. He now has his sights set on Kolten Wong, who would also fit perfectly here. But first he had to trade Kyle Lewis to the Snakes.
The AL East is always tough and now that Baltimore is respectable, it will only get tougher. FanGraphs takes a look at how good the Orioles could be if they seriously went for it.
Rose’s staunchest defenders will say he never bet against his team. Perhaps, but there were plenty of games he didn’t bet and he seemed to lose all of them, often with suspicious management along the way.
Rose and his supporters assert he should be in as a player. He was a great player and his gambling happened as a manager. But, alas, that is also a lie. Rose clearly bet on baseball when he was a player.
I kind of feel bad for bashing Rose as he was one of my dad’s favorite players and I do think his on field accomplishments are HOF worthy. But he clearly broke the rules for decades and even a whiff of players or managers throwing games is enough to throw the credibility of the game into question. Ask boxing what happens when your credibility is in question.
Back to news. Today is the non-tender deadline. More talent could be on the move or joining the free agent pool. I took a look at some of the guys who interest me.
So after today, really fire up your off season pieces. Just remember the ground rules.
And while he might not be THE MVP he is definitely OUR MVP. Let’s enjoy the highlights of Ohtani’s 2022 season and appreciate the greatness we saw day in and day out.