The first thing you will notice when you look at the National League rosters compared to the American League rosters is how young the NL players are. Weird, right? Because I thought every good baseball player was pushing 35 but maybe thats because the only games that ever get shown on TV are Yankees/Red Sox games. Its crazy to think that some teams out there are currently developing talent instead of just auctioning the same old players. How did that work out Tampa? Here are just a few, of the loooong list, of solid young players that we think are poised for a break out this year.
Every year in every sport people rise above the cream of the crop and become the new favorites in a sport, and others show their true colors and become the newest Milton Bradley in their respective league. Now it takes quite a bit to reach Milton’s level, but there are some guys on the Junior circuit who may be big enough closet assholes to come out and win this award. Now for me to pick this I’m probably going to pick someone I just effing hate, see Ozzie Guillen, but to truly win it you have to be hated for good reason, and generally hold your team’s head under water as though you’re baptizing them.
The Junior Circuit is a place where a breakout player is a difficult thing to find. A majority of the good teams in the AL revamp rosters through their George Costanza size wallets rather than by calling on youth like the pop industry. Most of the studs on the Junior Circuit have more gray hair on their balls than the passengers of an Alaskan cruise. However there are young players in the AL that could make a huge mark this year, and could be on their way to stardom by the end of 2011. Last year Neftali Feliz, closer for the Rangers, won the Rookie of the Year, however we are choosing to avoid the rookie of the year status because we don’t want to do any research so we are trying to pick a breakout player. My crop involves a couple potential ROY’s and a couple guys who have been up, but may be in for a bigger year than in years past.
I don’t know if you are one of those people who sits around thinking of reasons why the National League is better than the American League, but if you are here is another one: pitching. The NL has the better pitchers by far. So picking a Cy Young winner is not going to be the easiest job in the world. I’d like to spend some time on each pitcher but there are just too many that are capable of giving Cy Young worthy performances so I’m going to have to just pick a couple. Its Friday so I am lacking in patience and motivation.
The Most Valuable Player award is supposed to go to the player who had the best season. Now we know that doesn’t always happen. For example, every Red Sox fan knows, even if they won’t admit it because thats just the way they are, there is no way Dustin Pedroia should have won the MVP in 2008. He didn’t even have the best numbers on his own team! But this isn’t about the past. There will be plenty of time to hammer everyone’s least favorite team. This is about this year. Who will be the new NL MVP?
Now the point of this exercise is not for me to pick who I want to be the MVP but who I predict will win. Naming a winner is not a clear cut case of who had the best season. It should be, but its not. Too much emphasis is put on how the team as a whole does. Instead of the best player winning the award it becomes the best player on the best team wins the award. So, what I am saying is that other factors need to be considered besides who has the best numbers.
Oh, the Junior Circuit. I’m doing my best not to be biased but I don’t care for A.L. baseball, hate most of the teams and don’t generally watch. I’m qualified to pick an A.L MVP like Cordell Walker is a peaceful negotiator. However, I’m going to do it anyways because, like David Eckstein, I do my damndest even if I’m completely unqualified. Josh Hamilton won the award last year absolutely tearing the cover off the ball despite injuries and jumping on and off the wagon like a kid playing Oregon Trail. Actually I think he was sober all of last year, but that picture is just too good. I think he has a lineup around him that will give him a serious chance at repeating, however there are numerous other candidates with a real chance at winning, and I’m not sure the Rangers will get the wins they piled up last year to support his bid. Thus further discussion is necessary.
Thank the ghost of Nate Dogg baseball season is almost here. With the start of the season we will be putting out some predictions about what we believe will happen in the coming season. We generally have little to no basis for our predictions other than our Frank Drebin like poor instincts and Darwin Award-like intelligence. Three dead people references in one paragraph! Anyways, we will make the predictions starting with the MVP races, followed by Cy Young, Breakout players, guy you will hate by the end of the year, division winners, and World Series Champs. Hopefully we can spark some conversation, or argument. If not, well then we’re geniuses and got it all right.