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Handicapping award season

Oct 30, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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Ian Desmond has a chance to win both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.

The regular season has long since ended. The postseason is now over, as well. And the offseason is about to kick into high gear.

But sandwiched in between all of that is another season, one that Nationals fans will need to pay attention to more than any previous year: Award season.

Yes, the time has come to hand out plaques, statues and bats and gloves made out of precious metals. The fun begins tonight with the Gold Glove awards, then concludes Nov. 15 with the MVP awards.

Plenty of Nationals are going to be in the mix for all of the honors. Let's run through each award and handicap everyone's chances…

GOLD GLOVES
Announced: Tonight, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Previous Nats winner: Ryan Zimmerman (2009)
Who votes: NL managers and coaches
Two Nationals infielders were named finalists: Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche. Desmond faces stiff competition from three fellowRead more »

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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Love Mark's chance of Nats winning the MVP

  2. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks for the new post :) Guess this means the Z family survived Sandy. I love it that your post was long and extensive because that means we have many Nats who are in the conversations. Lets' see – Cy Young, Gold Glove, MVP, Silver Slugger, Manager – legitimate candidates for all. Nice. I think Bryce should be bonus points for helping his team win a division and go to the post season for the very first time.

  3. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    The 2 sure bets seem to be Davey for Mgr of the Year and Desi for Silver Slugger. Bryce should win ROY but Mileys stats are impressive.

  4. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Love Mark's chance of Nats winning the MVP October 30, 2012 1:02 PM ______________________________Mark's chance or Desi/LaRoche chance of winning the MVP at .001 each.

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Gonat, Mark is our MVP for sure. I'm interested to see how many votes Desi and LaRoche get plus whether Bryce gets any 10th place votes.

  6. Positively Half St. - Oct 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Did Zimmerman have a bad year at third? I am surprised that he wasn't a finalist for the Gold Glove.+1/2St.

  7. Mickey Vernon - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    My MVNI (Most Valuable Nats Insider)? Three-way tie between MicheleS, NatsLady and Natsfan1a. Baseball savvy, always positive, resourceful, funny. All of you get the Golden Mickey!

  8. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Positively Half St. said… Did Zimmerman have a bad year at third? I am surprised that he wasn't a finalist for the Gold Glove.+1/2St. October 30, 2012 1:47 PM _________________________________There was a lot of discussion on that in the last thread. I thought the same as you on Zim.

  9. Navy Nats Fan - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Although Zimmerman had many many awesome plays at the hot corner, he also had a few throws either into the stands, the tarp, or the ground 5 feet in front of LaRoche – those tend to stick in the mind and were too much to be nominated. However, his throws may actually help LaRoche's chances since Adam caught almost every single one that he had even the slighest chance of catching.

  10. Section 222 - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    This post shows why the Nats were the most successful *team* in MLB. No serious MVP candidate, but several legitimate Gold Glove and Silver Slugger candidates. Plus, we have the RoY (really, did any of the others change games the way Bryce did?), and a shot at the CY. Since all of these guys except for ALR are young and can legitimately expect to be even better next year, we are going to dominate for years to come.I expect Desi will win the SS, and Harper ROY. ALR should win the GG. Anything on top of that would be gravy.

  11. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121029&content_id=40120220&vkey=news_was&c_id=was&partnerId=rss_wasFrom Ladson: Veteran arm, leadoff man top Nats' free-agency listIt didn't take long for Ladson's push for Michael Bourn.Leadoff hitter: Jayson Werth did a great job at the top spot this past season, but he is expected to be in the middle of the order next year. Braves outfielder Michael Bourn is expected to file for free agency and could be a big help to the Nationals as a leadoff hitter. This past season, Bourn hit .274, scored 96 runs and stole 42 bases for the Braves.

  12. Section 222 - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    No way Zim deserved to be nominated much less win the GG at 3B. Yes, he had a bad year. Lots of errors, especially throwing errors. Mark, didn't mention that offense seems to play into the selections for GG. How much do folks think that matters?

  13. JaneB - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    In other news, an article about what MLB is doing to reduce the number of breaking bats. About a week old but still good. http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blog/major-league-baseball-broken-bats-48576/

  14. rarumberger - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Section 222 – I wish it didn't matter, but it does. Ryan freaking Braun is nominated for a Gold Glove in left, for Pete's sake. Who's next, Holliday? MORSE?Also, Danny Espinosa would be a GG candidate if he struck out less – fact.

  15. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Ladson mentions Bourn but if LaRoche gets re-signed then the chance of Bourn being signed is small. What concerns me about Bourn is his speed numbers and steal % is way down. Werth put up much higher OBP and power numbers but not the steals.If LaRoche leaves than its Bourn at leadoff, Morse to cleanup and Werth to the 5. That seems to be an overall step back in OPS.

  16. peric - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Also, Danny Espinosa would be a GG candidate if he struck out less – fact. Nevertheless, he managed to raise his average from .236 the previous year to .247. No mean feat considering how low it was at the 1/2 way point. Plus there's the 37 DOUBLES, 2 triples, and 17 homers to go with that. How many players on the Nats hit 37 doubles? Fact is he is one of the best 2nd basemen in baseball and probably has the best range of any currently starting. Give the guy a break will ya?

  17. peric - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Werth put up much higher OBP and power numbers but not the steals.We can't know if its the player or Davey at this point. He did say he doesn't like to steal all that often. Its another out in his eye. Harper stretching singles to doubles, and doubles to triples probably already give him palpitations … ~laughing~ Look, Ladson is a fool. What happened when Eury Perez stole third base without permission? We didn't see him for a very long time … and when we did he didn't risk a steal as a pinch runner. If Davey is re-upped which is the #1 priority, you won't see Bourn period. Whether LaRoche signs or not you will **NOT** Bourn. Its just another excuse to poke fun at Ladson's totally wrong predictions.

  18. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Agreed on the Team Concept — I think the nats resemble the Giants in many ways and this is one of them. A true team is more than the sum of its parts. I also think one of the reasons we were able to overcome so many injuries is that the talent is spread throughout the team and oozes right down to the bench and bullpen. Individual accolades are nice, but going to the post season is nicer! And a ring would be even nicer still.

  19. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Peric is right about Espinosa; his overall numbers in 2012 are head and shoulders better than Desi's 2011. Better OBP, better power and better defense. Don't let the high K rate overshadow overall performance. Yes there is lots of room for improvement but give me Espi over Scutaro 6 days a week and twice on Sundays.

  20. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    The idea that Werth belongs in the middle of the order is old school and is wrong. He is not a power guy, not a particularly good RBI guy and is likely in a decline stage of his career. What he is good at still is strike zone recognition, the ability to spoil good pitches and mainly the ability to get on base often; sounds like a lead off guy to me.

  21. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Swami, If Cincinnati finishes off the Giants as they should have we are not talking about how wonderful a team they are. This is a very average team with some excellent pitching which got hot and lucky at the right time; that's it. The playoffs are conducive to such occurrences.

  22. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    JD, Espi is not clutch. His .209 RISP BA in 2012 compared to Desi's .296 RISP BA in 2011 plus Desi's vast improvement from July 1 2011 to the end of the season showed you what you are getting.Desi had a horrific 1st half of 2011 but he was clutch and improved vastly as the 2011 went on and you see that improvement now.Espi wasn't clutch. He froze in key situations and he got worse over the entire 2nd half if 2012.Stop comparing Desi and Espi and just figure out how to keep Espi consistent.

  23. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    JD said… The idea that Werth belongs in the middle of the order is old school and is wrong. He is not a power guy, not a particularly good RBI guy and is likely in a decline stage of his career. What he is good at still is strike zone recognition, the ability to spoil good pitches and mainly the ability to get on base often; sounds like a lead off guy to me. October 30, 2012 2:59 PM __________________________________I'm in agreement with that too. I think he is either a leadoff or a 6 or 7 hitter. I would hate to see the Nats weakened in the 4 and 5 holes if LaRoche was to leave.

  24. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… Stop comparing Desi and Espi and just figure out how to keep Espi consistent.October 30, 2012 3:11 PM ______________________________Great point. Why do people keep trying to compare Espi to Desi? Compare Espi with Espi because he is a tale of 2 ballplayers. Who is he? The July 2012 player? The April 2011 player or the September 2012 player?He has many long slumps and a few hot streaks which is a very inconsistent player. I see a player with power who sees himself as a power hitter and that's what I believe causes his problems.

  25. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Ghost, my point is that it's too early to give up on Espi and I am using Desi as an example which I feel is valid. I am not a great proponent of the notion of 'clutch'. I think this normally evens out over the years.

  26. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    'He has many long slumps and a few hot streaks which is a very inconsistent player. I see a player with power who sees himself as a power hitter and that's what I believe causes his problems.' That's exactly what everyone said about Desi a year ago.

  27. Section 222 - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Agree with JD and Gonat about Werth. He shouldn't move to the middle of the order until he shows his power is really back, and maybe even not then. Davey doesn't like to steal, and Werth is a great baserunner going 1st to 3rd and making things happen when he's on base. Right now, he's a plus leadoff hitter, and will be even better with more power to drive in runners who get on base from the bottom of the order. Agree with Ghost that OF – Werth, Bourn, Harper, 1B-Morse is a step down or back from OF- Morse, Harper, Werth, 1B- ALR. That's the choice. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure ALR won't stay without a 3 year deal, and Rizzo won't offer him that. But that's a discussion we've had many times, and we'll know the answer soon enough.Disagree with peric on Espi. He had a crappy year despite the doubles and despite the creeping up of his BA. His frequent Ks were often rally killers. He plays great D, but a championship team needs a better hitting 2B. If he doesn't improve he should be traded.

  28. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Here's Espi's production during Nats losses which was by far worst on the Nats. He has to carry his weight. .187BA .235OBP .298SLG .533OPS Those are beyond bad.

  29. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    One of the best things about keeping Jayson at leadoff is the affect he seems to have on Bryce at the second spot. Bryce watches everything Jayson does and it seems to have a positive affect on him to follow him. Jayson takes lots of pitches for Bryce to watch on deck. It's almost like JW is blocking for Bryce. JW has talked about how he does not make things easy on Bryce and holds him accountable. Their relationship is really interesting to watch. There seems to be a synergy going on when they are together in the line up.

  30. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Very few players improve like Desi and I never was concerned by his mechanics rather his approach.Espi is a flawed batter. He has mechanics and approach issues and he finished the last 60 days poorly. He regresses at key times. The team needs better but I have said he needs to be given Spring Training to show improvement or else needs to work it out in AAA which is what I said last year. I never felt that way about Desi as you could see he was close in 2011 and finished strong.

  31. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    I've never seen any hitter transform themselves from a strikeout every third at bat to a selective, high on base, grinder at the plate.Danny may improve, but his habit of striking out way too much will probably remain.

  32. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Adam Dunn never figured out how to cut down on his strike outs.

  33. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    NatsJack in Florida said… I've never seen any hitter transform themselves from a strikeout every third at bat to a selective, high on base, grinder at the plate.Danny may improve, but his habit of striking out way too much will probably remain. October 30, 2012 3:47 PM ____________________________________He was in the top 12 worst swing & miss % in the Majors and not a power hitter. I think SteveM is right, approach and mechanics issues and that's a death wish combo in the Majors. Changing both is tough but the silver lining may be in tweaking both and getting some improvement with consistency.I also wouldn't suggest getting rid of Espi. I do agree that he has Spring Training with no excuses to show improvement.

  34. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    baseballswami said… Adam Dunn never figured out how to cut down on his strike outs. October 30, 2012 3:49 PM _______________________________Yes, and Adam Dunn is a true power hitter. Espi just thinks he is.

  35. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    I would also suggest some humbling time in AAA while Lombo tears it up in the majors, or some platooning while he has time to think as he sits on the bench. Right now he has zero motivation to do anything different – he knows he is the managers pet.

  36. rabbit34 - Oct 30, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Too much gobble-de-gooook to read. Just wait to see what the results are. Then we can all just say…Oh, ok.

  37. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    ESPN 2 at 9?

  38. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    baseballswami, that's beyond humbling, just ask Lannan who got over the humbling, the anger, and came back with something to prove, and he did.

  39. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Ghost- I was thinking about Lannan- he went to AA in 2011, Syracuse in 2012 and sucked it up and worked hard. I don 't think Danny spent a long time in the minors. It could be the right place for him to figure things out , out of the spotlight. Not as a punishment, just as an adjustment.

  40. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    And yet he was still a 3.8 WAR player based mostly on spectacular defense. What I am saying is that he still has enormous potential and lets not be too hasty to dispatch him elsewhere by giving him unrealistic deadlines or else. It's worth the investment in the end. Nats Jack, No he will never be a patient hitter but neither did Desi and look at him now.

  41. MicheleS - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Peavy just signed 2 year deal with White Sox

  42. Theophilus T. S. - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    "What concerns me about Bourn is his speed numbers and steal % is way down.'He ain't getting any faster.Dunn never tried to cut down on the no. of Ks. To my mind he has fallen into the Dave Kingman category of player.

  43. baseballswami - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    What concerns me about Bourn is that Davey Johnson doesn't really believe in stealing that many bases – so why would we want a guy known for base stealing? What we need is a guy who can play center field – Bryce. What we need is a guy who can play center field and hit with some power – Bryce. We also need a lead off hitter – Jayson Werth. Why does one player need to fulfill all the roles at once?

  44. PChuck - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I think Desmond's GG chances are much better than that because the error and fp numbers are almost identical for all of them and Desmond had a MONSTER year offensively. Offense production, though it isn't supposed to be, is a big part of choosing gold glove winners.

  45. BigCat - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Here is the thing. We had the best record in baseball. why all the talk about change? We are young and athletic. Keep things the same way going into ST. But we gotta sign Laroche. I'd sign Jackson too. He is an inning eater who doesn't complain. He has been unhittable at times. Too much is made about the money. its 8 bucks for a beer and 7 bucks for a sausage dog at the stadium…..and 25-40 bucks to park. Jackson throws 94 mph and has a "swing and miss" slider. Show me a better #4 starter in MLB

  46. BigCat - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    The only ones on the bubble, in my mind, would be espi and Morse.

  47. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    JD said… And yet he was still a 3.8 WAR player based mostly on spectacular defense.October 30, 2012 5:30 PM ________________________________The Managers on opposing NL teams didn't see him as a great defender as he didn't even make the Top 3 at 2nd base. Lombo's arm isn't great but he made every play around him and I didn't see a drop-off when Lombo played 2nd base when Espi shifted to SS.My hope is that JD is right and Espi magically puts it all together with the bat.

  48. JD - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Gonat, The GG competition is a popularity context and has nothing to do with real defense. When Ryan Broun is mentioned in the same sentence as the word defense you know it's not a serious award. There is very little doubt that Espinosa is in the top 2 defensive 2nd basemen in the NL (with Brandon Philips). Lombo is ok at 2nd but he is nowhere the athlete Espi is and he doesn't get to balls Espi gets to.

  49. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    JD, I personally like the jumps and plays Braun makes. I've seen him play a lot and think he is above average. Is he Gold Glove, no.

  50. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121030&content_id=40126988&vkey=news_was&c_id=was&partnerId=rss_wasGood info on Goodwin and a nice video. I'm hoping that both Rendon and Goodwin are going to put Rizzo in a tough decision mid-2013 to call them up.

  51. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    I have the same opinion of Braun defensively. He is better than adequate and has improved by leaps and bounds since moving to left field but Gold Glove? …Hardly.

  52. Gonat - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    NatsJack, its amazing how much we agree. Can't wait to see you March 1st but before then, much planning on shaping this team LOL

  53. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    Gonat…..I'm really interested in how Rizzo reshuffles and constructs the entire 40 man roster. Aside from LaRoche and Jackson, I expect several tough decisions not so readily apparent will have to be made.

  54. NatsJack in Florida - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    And in the meantime, the Wizards still stink.

  55. Don - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Gold Glove for Desi? Come on Zuck. Desi's just not a very good glove man.

  56. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    NatsJack, will it be 3 years in a row that Riz trades with Beane?By the way, it looks like the Braves set their pitching staff with picking up options on Hudson and Maholm.

  57. NatsLady - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Rays picked up the option on James Shields. Maybe they will look to trade him. They need a 1B and offense. Morse for Shields? Throw in a prospect.Goodwin is the AFL player of the week.

  58. NatsLady - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I agree with BigCat. Sign LaRoche and make the qualifying offer to Jackson. With luck EJax will accept.

  59. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    NatsLady said… I agree with BigCat. Sign LaRoche and make the qualifying offer to Jackson. With luck EJax will accept. October 30, 2012 8:32 PM _________________________________"With luck EJax will accept." Are you kidding me? $13.3 million for a 4.00+ ERA pitcher? NatsLady, you were the one that kept saying wait until the post-season because that's why Rizzo got EJax. He didn't do the job at the most critical times.To me, time to turn the page and get the pitcher you thought EJax was supposed to be.

  60. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Don said…Gold Glove for Desi? Come on Zuck. Desi's just not a very good glove man.While I disagree with your sentiment — I think Desmond had a very strong year in the field — I'm not the one suggesting he could win the Gold Glove. He was named one of four finalists for the award.Speaking of which … show begins at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2 for all those interested to watch.I'll have a new story posted as soon as the results are announced.

  61. NatsLady - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Y'know, Gonat, I don't really care what I said last year or last week. I wrote what I think at the present moment. I'm so tired of this constant who said what when and who was right or wrong when, and pulling posts from a year ago. Have a nice evening.

  62. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I have been getting messages all day about options being picked up for players. Each time I think it's going to be a Nat – but then, no. I was thinking about EJax – he CAN really be good, but maybe he would be more consistent if he had a real home and a team that he actually belonged to instead of always knowing he has to keep things in boxes. Maybe he would be more settled with the same coaching and the same teammates for more than one year.He does have talent. Go Desi! Go Adam!!

  63. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    I tried to keep an open mind about EJax thinking others were seeing something I didn't see so I bought in just to be disappointed time after time and nothing was worse than being crushed sitting in Nats Park for the 1st home playoff game ever when EJax gave up 4 runs in the 1st 2 innings.Yes, he pitched 15 good games for this team and 3 horrible games, 5 lousy games, and 8 average to below average games but it was the 1 post-season game that summed it up at the most critical time when Edwin gave up 4 runs in the 1st 2 innings of this years NLDS.You don't pay $13.3 million for a pitcher who is as inconsistent as EJax and didn't perform at the most critical times.

  64. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Agreed that he is not worth 13.3. If we could pay him for what he actually does, though…. Could John Lannan give us those innings with about the same results? I think maybe he could. If you don't compare "stuff" or resumes, just results.

  65. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    GMs take gambles all the time with impending Free Agents by making contractual offers that they expect to be turned down just so the team can receive draft compensation.I see Edwin Jackson fitting in that category.

  66. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Wait- it's not on.

  67. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    From MLBTR: •Edwin Jackson: This case probably gives the Nationals pause, as $13.3MM is a bit steep for Jackson. Still, they had good results for $11MM in 2012 and are likely to take the risk of the 21% raise. I imagine Jackson is all about a multiyear deal this time, anyway._______________________________That's MLBTR's take on EJax.

  68. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    WOW! I just get in and i missed nothing. GO DESI GO ADAM!

  69. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    This show is pretty cheesy. Can't believe Reddick beat Trout.

  70. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Wow Adam Jones over Trout. I except next year in the NL that Bryce will get it.

  71. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Swami. Reddick is RF trout is CF. They do separate the by position in bow in the OFand yes this is cheezy

  72. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Seriously though- this show is, what can I say? Pretty bad as a show. Andre Dawson – no future in tv.

  73. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    Oh, yeah, it was jones. Just surprised it was not trout.

  74. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    They don't seem to give any credit for throwing people out at home or third. I would think that would be part of good defense.

  75. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Wait J Hey wins? Geesh he ought to give it to Bryce since Bryce schooled him in the OF play in ATL earlier this year.

  76. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    baseballswami said… Seriously though- this show is, what can I say? Pretty bad as a show. Andre Dawson – no future in tv. October 30, 2012 10:01 PM _______________________________That State Farm commerical with Andre Dawson and Kerry Wood is funny.I think ESPN was banking on that and got this.

  77. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    baseballswami said… Oh, yeah, it was jones. Just surprised it was not trout. October 30, 2012 10:02 PM ____________________________________For those UZR lovers, Trout led all AL centerfielders and Jones was way down the list with a negative UZR and who could forget that mis-read by Jones vs. the Yankees in the All Star game that probably cost them the game.

  78. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    This show is pathetic. No one can make it funny

  79. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    How in hades did Hardy win? Someone explain that to me.

  80. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=cf&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=700&type=1&season=2012&month=0&season1=2012&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0Yep, look how far Bryce is on the UZR for CF. Very impressive. With his arm and range, Bryce just needs to work on hitting cutoffs.

  81. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Bernie's game-ending catch in center field has got to be in the top three of the yearly web gems, right?

  82. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    Do the voters actually watch a decent sample size on the players or is it based on an impression? Seems like it's somewhat reputation or a well- publicized highlight. How can you not show an outfielder throwing someone out at the plate? It 's not just catching.

  83. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    MicheleS said… How in hades did Hardy win? Someone explain that to me. October 30, 2012 10:16 PM __________________________________Someone said it on Twitter, Angelos must have something over Rawlings because Jones in CF and while Hardy at SS is good, how doesn't Brendan Ryan win. It makes a mockery over the stats and actual play by much more deserving players.Jones defense really dropped off this past season. Trout wins that award running away, glove arm and degree of difficulty.

  84. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    Yea ADAM!!!

  85. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    "WOO-HOO!!"Like everything else thrown his way this year, ALR snares it. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.Now, please sign the guy to a multi-year, please. Pretty please?

  86. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Woohoo Adam LaRoche! He did it!

  87. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Adam!!!!!

  88. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Wow, Darwin Barney but that is the right call.

  89. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Screw Rollins.

  90. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Boo- Rollins is old and sucks.

  91. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    I demand a recount. Jimmy Rollins. Another in a long line of jokes tonight but not expected.

  92. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Jimmy rollins Is a DOUCHE BAG AND DIDN'T DESERVE IT! BOOOOO

  93. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    Zim is better than all three of those guys.

  94. Gonat - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    MicheleS said… Jimmy rollins Is a DOUCHE BAG AND DIDN'T DESERVE IT! BOOOOO October 30, 2012 10:25 PM _____________________________________A big "agree" on that comment!

  95. Mark Zuckerman - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Full story on LaRoche's first career Gold Glove posted.

  96. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Shocked Brandon Phillips lost. That means Danny has a chance next year.

  97. SonnyG10 - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Congrats to Adam on his gold glove.

  98. MicheleS - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

    Headley got it for his offense. Ryan will win it next year and so will you be DESI!

  99. baseballswami - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    I think Darwin Barney just slammed Phillips. Not overtly, but there was a dig in there.

  100. Tcostant - Oct 31, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Has anyone seen their credit for the NLCS yet? Today was suppose to be the last drop dead day. I know they might blame "Sandy" but the fact is these were suppose to be processed last week and it might take 'til today to post. Does anyone have an update?P.S. Congrads to ALR, he was the best 1B in the league by far.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 63 -- 0
ATLANTA 75 76 12.5
MIAMI 73 77 14.0
NEW YORK 73 79 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 81 18.0
Through Tuesday's early games
x-Clinched division title
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