Awards, Hot Stove and Meetings, Bloody Meetings

Of course the 2011 AL Cy Young Award went to Justin Verlander and of course it was unanimous. Congratulations and a hearty well deserved to him! For the voting to have gone any other way would have been a crime. Verlander was just plain that dominant this season. However I was quite pleased to see Jered Weaver so solidly in second place in the voting. I think that in most other years Weaver’s 2011 performance would have earned him the Cy Young and was thrilled to see him get a subtle bit of recognition for his efforts. Next season, if he can stay away from the flu, who knows what he might accomplish! And I do have to note that I am equally pleased to be among the very few teams that actually handed Verlander a loss this season. The season may have ended with more of a whimper than anything else for the Angels but the team definitely had its moments.

A pair of second place honored players. Mark Trumbo gets the out himself while Jered Weaver looks impressed. Angels at A's, July 16, 2001 doubleheader. Photo by This is a very simple game...

Second proved to be an ongoing theme for Angels this season, with Mark Trumbo also finishing in second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. Rookie of the Year wasn’t nearly so cut and dried as the Cy Young competition this season with many strong rookies in contention. Congratulations to Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays. He is one of several players I would have been pleased to see win this honor. While I certainly think Mark Trumbo was equally worthy, I did expect his lower on base percentage would keep him from actually taking home the award…though that certainly didn’t stop the players who faced Trumbo this season from recognizing his difference making bat and the work he’s put in at first.

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That old hot stove is starting its pre-boil routine with a few unexpected quick deal bubbles rising here and there. And, of course, with the GMs meeting this week it certainly adds to the feeling that we’re all waiting. Quietly. Holding our breath. For some. Large. Important. Announcement…that in reality probably isn’t coming any time soon. Oh well, even though most years they don’t tell us much of anything, the GM meetings always intrigue me. I understand that the format is probably just like the baseball version of any number of other industry conferences, which is to say more than a little dull, but in my mind I always want to make them absolutely fascinating. Like the basic conference format should echo the passion and excitement of the subject matter. I mean, this is baseball after all! Or maybe it’s just that after attending so many dull business conferences in the mortgage industry and when I worked in fundraising, I want to live vicariously though someone, even if it’s only in my own head. :D

So, what do you think the GM meetings are like? More like this:

Or more like this: 

Don’t let the cute pajamas fool you. Slumber party politics are often the most vicious. ;)

With the rumors and red herrings that sometimes come out of these meetings, it’s clear some sort of fantasy is going on. Maybe it’s more like Rick’s Café Americain with all manner of secret deals, illicit gambling and other hijinks going on just barely undetected and Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder playing the part of letters of transit…yeah. Yeah! We’ll go with that one.

5 Comments

Um… if the GM meetings are like the p.j. pillow fight pic I think I want to be a GM REEAAAAL BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. Ah, screw it, I’m just gonna crash that party!!!! *drools*
–Jeff

Might want to hold off on that plane ticket Jeff. It would be the GMs who were staying up late, having a pajama party, exchanging skin care tips and starting pitcher rumors, while plotting one another’s ultimate social demise.

– Kristen

Verlander is the man, the Tigers always have trouble beating the Angels, though. Both good teams. Trumbo definatly was a sold ROY candidate. How many games did Trout play in? Will he be eligible next season, still?
I’m with Jeff, that pajama party looks pretty fun. May have to drop the kids off at the ex’s for a night…
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’

Well, they certainly don’t always have trouble beating the Angels, Mike, LOL. Verlander was just amazing this season. No one else even came close to touching him. And while this may wind up being the best season of his career (or it may not, you never know) I don’t think it’s a fluke either. It’s like how he gains speed in the 8th inning, he is just honest to goodness improving even further with age.

Laughing a lot over here at that last comment – I can see it now. MLBloggers gone wild in Milwaukee! Oh the humanity! Not to mention the photos and posts.

– Kristen

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