Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

Home » Archives » November 2004 » Glancing at MLB's awards pages....

[« Thought for the Day:] [Gem o'the Day, baseball edition: »]

11/12/2004: Glancing at MLB's awards pages....

a couple more awards have been handed out, and I see that when the dust clears we have a no brainer, and one (for me) surprise....

The no-brainer is Minnesota Twins southpaw Johan Santana as AL Cy Young award winner, the unanimous choice of the writers for the Cy Young award in the Junior Circuit. I don't pay a lot of attention to the AL (hey, the Cardinals are a National League team, and the Browns left town several years before I was born), but whenever I did hear about Santana (a lot in The Hardball Times, since he was regular contributor Aaron Gleeman's favorite pitcher (Aaron's a Twins fan, so what would you expect? *grin*)) I heard nothing but good things. I'm a little surprised that the vote was unanimous, but there's no doubt that the award was well deserved.

The surprise (to me) was Bobby Cox as NL Manager of the Year. Leave aside for a minute that my natural sympathies go to Tony LaRussa, but I do think TLR had a pretty good case this year--after all, before Opening Day nobody (ok, nobody except King Kaufman, who also picked Houston to take the NL Wild Card) expected the Cardinals to do better than maybe 85 games and third place in the NL Central behind the Cubs and Astros, and then not only do the Cards take the division (which even in the pre-season predictions was within the realm of possibility, since nobody expected the Cardinals to be far behind the Cubs or 'stros), but they piled on a 105 win season and outright dominated the division. That should have counted for more than it did, IMHO. For what it's worth, Bobby seems to agree with me:

"I thought Tony [La Russa] deserved it, to be honest," Cox said. "I was telling [BBWAA secretary-treasurer] Jack [O'Connell] earlier that I'd be more than happy to split the vote and have both of our names on [the award]. He had a pretty tough division with the Cubbies and Astros and he waxed them pretty good. Everybody figured those two would finish ahead of the Cardinals.

"Tony did one of his better jobs. He never does a bad job, but that was a great one. Tony did a super job."
If not LaRussa, my second (sentimental) choice for NL Manager of the Year would have been Houston's Phil Garner; the Astros' positively demented second half run (moving from a roughly .500 club at the All-Star break (which is when Garner took over), and then racking up enough wins to pass up the Cubs to take the NL Wild Card) speaks a lot to me, not to mention Houston's just about incredible stretch run in September.

What I say here isn't to detract from Cox's performance; he wouldn't have gotten my first or second place vote if I had one, but the award seems pretty deserved. If my memory hasn't completely crapped out on me, I seem to recall that nobody exactly picked Atlanta to finish first in the NL East this year, either (wasn't it supposed to be Philadelphia's year this year?), and Cox seemed get his team to overachieve mightily.

Congratulations, Johan and Bobby. Well done!

On the other hand, Rob at STL Outsider breathes a sigh of relief that TLR wasn't given the NL MoY nod. He posts some interesting data to suggest a "MoY jinx"; namely that the team managed by last year's MoY doesn't tend to do as well as they did the season the manager won the MoY award.

Of course, at 105-57, you have to expect that the 2005 Cardinals are going to regress a bit towards the mean, anyway.....

Len on 11.12.04 @ 07:26 AM CST

New Comment

November 2004

Archives of Blogger site

Powered by gm-rss

Len's sidebar:
About Len (The uncondensed version)
Memorial to a dear friend
Frederick W. Benteen
The Web of Leonards
The St. Louis Cardinals
The Memphis Redbirds
The St. Louis Browns
The Birdwatch
Hey! Spring of Trivia Blog
BlogMemphis (The Commercial Appeal's listing of Memphis blogs)
The Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Len's extended blogroll:

Brock's Sidebar:
About Brock
Boing Boing
Crooked Timber
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Heretical Ideas
John and Belle Have a Blog
Jon Rowe
Letters of Marque
Literal Minded
Marginal Revolution
Matthew Yglesias
Oliver Willis
Political Animal
Positive Liberty
Signifying Nothing
Unqualified Offerings

Karen's Sidebar
About Karen
The Ig-Nobel Prizes
The Annals of Improbable Research
The Darwin Awards
EBaums World
Real Clear Politics
U.S. News Wire
Foreign Affairs
The Capitol Steps
Legal Affairs
Nobel Laureates for Change
Program On International Policy
Law of War
Sunday Times
Media Matters
Is That Legal?
Andrew Sullivan
Literal Minded
Jon Rowe
Freespace Blog
Thought Not
Publius Pundit
Blog Maverick
Rosenberg Blog
Crooked Timber

The Rocky Top Brigade:

Rocky Top Brigade Sampler

A New Memphis Mafia

The liberal alternative to Drudge.

Get Firefox!

Cardinals Countdowns:
Days until pitchers and catchers report:
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until first Grapefruit League game (3/3/05; @ NYM):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until Opening Day (4/5/05; @ HOU):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until Home Opener (4/8/05; vs. PHI):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

How many visitors are here:

Blogrings/Blog indexes/Blog search:
« ? Verbosity # »

Listed on Blogwise
Popdex Citations
Blog Search Engine

Greymatter Forums
template by linear