Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Casting my vote in the MLB & NFL

It's the rookie phenom vs. Triple Crown winner,
for the AL MVP award. Who would get your vote?
On Election Day, being the outstanding sports blogger as I am, I thought I would cast my vote on the postseason awards for the Major League Baseball season that concluded a week ago, with the SF Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Some close races, the closes one coming from the AL MVP, in which you have Mike Trout, LA Angels rookie phenom who did a little bit of everything this season with his bat & glove in the outfield. The other candidate, Miguel Cabrera, won the AL Triple Crown, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrezemski in 1967. He also was apart of the Detroit Tigers team to win the AL Central division and a appearance in the World Series, following the Tigers sweep over the NY Yankees in the ALCS. Other close races, include both leagues Cy Young awards, as there were a number of outstanding pitching performances this season. Below, I will reveal my vote for each award, along with a runner-up. MLB Hot Stove

The 2012 NFL season has reached the mid-season point, and it has been a wild one so far. With the replacement referees starting out the season with their attempt to officiate a football game, to Peyton's comeback tour out in Denver, it's been a fun season so far. The Atlanta Falcons are 8-0, yet, the Packers, Bears, Giants, 49ers, and even the Eagles & Cowboys are getting more attention so far in the NFC. The AFC has the 7-1 Houston Texans leading the way, but after that it's a wide-open race for the rest of the contenders. Some teams haven't lived up to the hype, while others are off to surprising starts. With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, I'm here, to give my mid-season awards out to some of the guys that have had outstanding seasons so far. NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

Matt Ryan, has guided the Falcons to an 8-0 start, will
the 2nd half of the season be just as perfect?

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, winner of the Triple Crown, and guiding your team to the World Series, those two things swing my vote to the Tiger's third basemen. Runner-up: Mike Trout.

AL Manger of the Year: Bob Melvin, in a close race with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, I go with Melvin, who guided an A's team to a unbelievable run to the AL West crown, and a postseason appearance for the first time since 2006. Runner-up: Buck Showalter.

AL Cy Young: David Price, in a close race, leading the league in wins (20) and ERA (2.56), I side with the lefty in this one. Runner-up: Justin Verlander.

AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, I mean come on, this one is a no-brainer, 2nd in BA (.326), 1st in Runs (129) and stolen bases (49). Runner-up: Yoenis Cespedes.

NL MVP: Buster Posey, in another close race, I lean towards the SF Giants catcher, who helped guide the SF Giants to their 2nd World Series Championship in three years. Runner-up: Andrew McCutchen.

NL Manger of the Year: Davey Johnson, managing the Washington Nationals to the NL East crown, and their 1st postseason appearance since 1981 (when the franchise was the Montreal Expos). Runner-up: Dusty Baker.

NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, in an unbelievable story, Dickey with his knuckleball had an amazing season winning 20 games (2nd in the NL) and leading the league in IP's (233.2), SO's (230) and CG's (5). Runner-up: Johnny Cueto.

NL Rookie of the Year: Todd Frazier, did an amazing job filling in for injured starters Scott Rolen and Joey Votto for the Reds, batted .273, hit 19 HR's and 67 RBI's. Besides, he's not a high school dropout. Runner-up: Bryce Harper.

Games to watch this week in the NFL: (Complete Week 10 Schedule)
Indianpolis at Jacksonville, The Colts look to continue their surprising success, when they travel down to face the MJD-less Jags on TNF.
Detroit at Minnesota, With the Bears & Packers, the NFC North has a chance to have three teams make the playoffs. This game is an elimination game for these two NFC North rivals, Vikings won the 1st meeting of the season in Detroit.
Atlanta at New Orleans, A Saints win, would end the Falcons perfect season, and throw the Saints back into the playoff conversation, after their 0-4 start.
Dallas at Philadelphia, A game between two NFC East long-time rivals, at this point is a "must-win" for either team, with the winner keeping their slim chances alive, while the loser plans for a long off-season.
Houston at Chicago, A Super Bowl preview? With both teams sporting 7-1 records and outstanding defenses, this one has the makings of being a goodie on SNF.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh, Who schedule this one for MNF? This one could get very ugly for the Chiefs, who haven't held a lead in a game all season!

Midseason Awards in the NFL:

NFL MVP: Peyton Manning
Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson
Defensive Player of the Year: Tim Jennings
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Andrew Luck
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Luke Kuechly
Coach of the Year: Mike Smith
Comeback Player of the Year: Peyton Manning & Adrian Peterson