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Congratulations San Francisco Giants – World Series Champs!


It was a great year for me and baseball. I got to see a lot of baseball in Korea, the Braves made the playoffs in Bobby’s last year, and the Rangers finally won a postseason series making it to the World Series.  I can’t wait for next year already. I am anxious to see what happens in the off season.  Where will Cliff Lee and all the big name free agents wind up? I think some interesting things will happen.

With all of that said, Congratulations must go out to the Giants and their fans.  They have waited a long time for this, and they deserve it. They were the better team in each round and that is why they are taking home the trophy.

I think things are looking bright for the Braves and Rangers, and that is why I am very excited for next year. Once again I don’t think I will be in the States during the season, but I will watch a lot from here in Korea. I simply love this game and everything that goes along with it whether that is the wins or the bitter defeats.

With that said I will call it a day. I will be back to talk more about the Series and the year that has passed now. But I also want to look toward the future as any baseball fan does.

‘Till Then

TBJM

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World Series: Texas Rangers vs San Francisco Giants


The Texas Rangers will square off with the San Francisco Giants in the World Series this year.  I think it is safe to say that nobody saw this match up earlier this year.  Both teams are relatively big surprises to be in the Series, but on the other hand they aren’t.  They both have what it takes to win in the postseason and that is pitching.

The San Francisco Giants have a dynamic due on the hill of Time Lincecum (16-10/3.43 ERA) and Matt Cain 13-11/3.14 ERA).  Add in Johnathan Sanchez (13-9/3.07 ERA) and you have a formidable rotation for the postseason.  Not to mention perhaps the best reliever in the NL in Brian Wilson (48 saves/1.81 ERA) coming out of the bullpen. The Giants led the NL in ERA and were 4th in WHIP.

The Rangers have their stars on the hill as well.  First of all, everyone knows Cliff Lee and how dominant he has been in the postseason through his career (7-0/1.26 ERA), and this year has been no different.  Following Lee is former closer CJ Wilson (15-8/3.35 ERA) and Colby Lewis (12-13/3.72 ERA). The Rangers have a formidable pen as well with Neftali Feliz (40 saves/2.73 ERA) closing, and the Darren’s to set him up – O’Day and Oliver.

Where I think the Rangers have the advantage is on the offensive side of the ball. The Giants have some solid hitters. Buster Posey (.305/18/67), the likely NL ROY, Aubrey Huff (.290/26/86), and Pat Burrell (.266/18/51).  But the Rangers have potential MVP Josh Hamilton (.359/32/100), Vlad Guerrero (.300/29/115), and Michael Young (.284/21/91).  The Rangers still have power, but they have added speed as well stealing 123 bases to the Giant’s 55.

One thing we know is its gonna be a heck of a series. I don’t think either team sweeps, but I do think the Rangers win in 6. The Rangers are simply riding a franchise high. They have never been to this point in the season, and I think they will help propel them forward. This franchise has never been the talk of the town in Dallas, and now they are the toast of the town. The excitement they have created in Dallas is incredible, and I think the team is feeding off of that excitement the fans are showing. Not to say the Giants and their fans aren’t excited, but they have been there before.  This was the first year the Rangers even won a postseason series, let alone been to the World Series. A lot of people might look at that and see it as a negative, but I see it as a positive motivator that will help the Rangers.  They have a few of their stars that have been there and who know what it takes to win at this level.

So I stand by my prediction – Rangers in 6.

Of course, my last WS prediction of the year didn’t turn out too good, but I have a better feeling about this one.

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Hello Win Column & Hello World Series


I am speechless right now.  I did not see the game because I was visiting the DMZ.  I will be watching it tonight and will share my thoughts on it later this weekend when I can put into words what this means.

Bring on San Fran/Philly – Cliff Lee is waiting!

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BBA – Goose Gossage Award


With the regular season over, and the playoffs heating up, its time to start with the yearly awards. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes for several awards. Here is a list of the awards that I will be voting on. As part of the Miscellaneous Chapter of the BBA, I will only be voting on the NL.

Connie Mack – Manager of the year
Willie Mays – Rookie of the Year
Goose Gossage – Reliever
Walter Johnson – Cy Young
Stan Musial – MVP

Today I would like to announce my votes for both the Goose Gossage Award for 2010.

Goose Gossage – Reliever of the Year for the National League
1. Brian Wilson – There were a lot of great closers this year, but Wilson had a phenomenal year as the closer for the San Francisco Giants.  With 48 saves he led the National League and added to that with a 1.81 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and 93 strikeouts in only 74.2 innings pitched. Wilson was simply unhittable and looks to continue his success this postseason.

2. Heath Bell – Bell came up short with a trip to the postseason, but he was amazing this year out of the pen for the San Diego Padres.  Bell’s stats are very comparable to our #1 pick Brian Wilson.  Bell finished the year 2nd in saves with 47, a 1.93 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and 86 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched.

3. Billy Wagner – Wagner’s last season was a great one for this all-time great.  Wagner finished the year with 37 saves, a miniscule 1.43 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and an astonishing 104 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched.  Wagner has announced his retirement from baseball and finishes his career 5th on the all-time saves list with 422.


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WASHINGTON, BLACK WIN CONNIE MACK AWARD


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WASHINGTON, BLACK WIN CONNIE MACK AWARD

Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres were named winners of the Connie Mack Award by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, noting them as the best managers in their respective leagues for 2010.

Washington, who weathered a drug controversy in spring training, led Texas to their fifth divisional title since 1994 and their first since 1999.  While the voting was based on his regular season accomplishments, Washington also guided his team to their first ever postseason series victory when they eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in five games in the American League Divisional Series.

Washington received ten first place votes in route to accumulating 74 total points.  He edged out Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who received 67 points.

In the National League, Black’s guidance of a Padres team almost universally expected to finish last to first place most of the summer helped him edge Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds by the slimmest of margins. The fact that the Padres fell just short of the playoffs while the Reds won the NL Central helped lead to the tight race.  Black garnered nine first place selections and 53 total points to Baker’s seven first place nods and 51 total points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Ron Washington, Texas (10) 74
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota (7) 67
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (4) 35
Terry Francona, Boston (3) 20
Cito Gaston, Toronto 9
Buck Showalter, Baltimore 9
Joe Girardi, New York 2

National League
Bud Black, San Diego (9) 53
Dusty Baker, Cincinnati (7) 51
Bobby Cox, Atlanta (2) 33
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (3) 29
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (1) 27
Brad Mills, Houston 3
Mike Quade, Chicago 2

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 224 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Toeing The Rubber (Boston)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
One Royal Way (Kansas City)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
Contract Year (Oakland)
Jeff’s Mariners Fan Blog (Seattle)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

National League
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Astros County (Houston)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
i70 Baseball (St. Louis)
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*
Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*

Prior Winners
2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

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Get Your Own Antlers Ranger Fans


Chevrolet and Chevy Texas Baseball have brought Ranger fans an interesting site.  AntlerYourself.com allows Ranger fans to upload pictures of themselves and then post antlers on yourself.  It’s a great concept that I know a lot of Ranger fans are going to jump onto.  The antlers and claws have really taken over in Arlington and rightfully so.  If you want a picture of yourself, head on over to AntlerYourself.com.  I’d be interested in seeing some. I did a photo of myself.  You can see it below.  If you do one, send me a link so I can post it here.

Get Your Own Antlers at AntlerYourself.com

Chris Wilson from FreshPeel.com pointed this site out to me.  Thanks Chris.

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards Announcement


With the regular season over, and the playoffs heating up, its time to start with the yearly awards. The Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes for several awards. Here is a list of the awards that I will be voting on. As part of the Miscellaneous Chapter of the BBA, I will only be voting on the NL.

Connie Mack – Manager of the year
Willie Mays – Rookie of the Year
Goose Gossage – Reliever
Walter Johnson – Cy Young
Stan Musial – MVP

Today I would like to announce my votes for both the Connie Mack and Willie Mays Awards for 2010.

Connie Mack – Manager of the Year for the National League
1. Dusty Baker – Bringing together the Cincinnati Reds this year was a tough task for Baker. He did an amazing job leading the underdog reds to a NL Central title winning 91 games and dethroning the St. Louis Cardinals. Baker did a fine job with a young pitching staff and some of the finest young hitters in the game. He was able to mesh the veterans with the young players and lead the team to the playoffs.

2. Bruce Bochy – Bochy did a great job leading the Giants to a NL West division title. Having trailed the Padres most of the season, his team never quit and continued to charge hard toward the title. Bochy did a great job utilizing his great young pitchers and hitters meshed with an array of “has been” hitters who were discards from other teams.

3. Charlie Manuel – Manuel led the Phillies to the best record in baseball, but it didn’t look that way for most of the season. Having to deal with injuries all year long, Manuel keep his team in the hunt for a title.

Willie Mays Award – NL Rookie of the Year
1. Buster Posey – Posey burst onto the scene in the National League this year with a great performance for the Giants. Hitting .305, with 18 home runs, and 67 RBI in 108 games, Posey clearly showed he is one of the elite catchers in the game. Add to it his ability behind the plate, and Posey is the clear choice for ROY.

2. Jason Heyward – Heyward was the early pick for ROY, but stumbled through some rookie problems. He will be a fantastic player, and had Posey not burst onto the scene he would be my choice for winner. Heyward anchored a Braves lineup that lacked power, but he provided 18 home runs, 72 RBI, and hit .277 which is very respectable for a rookie.

3. Steven Strasburg – Despite only making 12 starts and going on the DL, Strasburg showed what he can do and its dominate. His era of 2.91 and whip of 1.07 is great for a rookie. Where he really showed his dominance was his 92 strikeouts in 68 innings. Now it only remains to be seen how quick he can recover and return to the mound.

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Hello Win Column – Texas Rangers Style


I have never been more excited to be a Texas Rangers fan. Then again there has never been a better time to be one.

I remember the days of old — lots of offense and no pitching. Those were some fun times spent at the Ballpark watching what amounted to home run derby. But what the Rangers have been able to put together this year is something magical. I have so many great memories of not only the Ballpark in Arlington, but old Arlington Stadium as well.  All of my childhood memories of going to baseball games are from the old stadium to see the likes of Buddy Bell, Tobby Harrah, Gary Ward, Pete O’Brien, and the great Nolan Ryan.

There may be better times ahead with more memorable moments, but for now and the foreseeable future, Eric Nadel’s call of the final out will be etched into my memory.  The call come courtesy of Jamey Newberg of the Newberg Report and Mike Disen of KRLD Radio.

Rangers/Rays Game 5- Final Out

I really only get goose bumps when I hear one other call from baseball — the 1992 NLCS Game 7 call from Skip Carey.

I was happy for a lot of people after the win.  Josh Hamilton who has fought back after derailing his career with drugs and alcohol.  Manager Ron Washington who earlier this year was put on the hot seat after the report came out that he tested positive for drugs.  Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg who took over control of the team from former owner and perhaps the most hated man in Dallas, Tom Hicks. But there is no doubt that I am happiest for Michael Young.  He is the quintessential professional, and through his career in Arlington he has been through a lot.  He moved to SS when they traded Aroid.  He moved to 3B when the team felt Elvis Andrus could help the team, and through it all he has not only been a professional but one of the best hitters in the game.

I don’t really even know what to say.  I really wish I was still in Dallas so I could go to the airport to greet the team when they come home.  It’s just not the same watching the games here early in the mornings by myself.  I do at least have Twitter (@baseballjourney), and I am able to text some friends from home during the game.  But I would love to be in Dallas soaking up the atmosphere.

Now the Rangers must take on the hated Yankees, and I think this series will be a wild one.  I have to say I have never been more confident of our ability to win a series, and that all comes from the pitching staff.

Game 1 starts Friday.  Get your antlers, claws, and boomsticks ready!

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Hello Win Column – Texas Wins 2nd Postseason Game Ever


Texas Rangers 5, Tampa Bay Rays 1

Cliff Lee is ridiculous.  What else can you say?  Today he goes 8 innings allowing 5 hits and only 1 run while striking out 10.  He was simply amazing on the mound in Game 1 of the ALDS leading Texas to its 2nd postseason win ever.

Texas was able to jump on Tampa Bay ace David Price early.  The late season pickups of Jeff Francoeur started the scoring off with a RBI double in the second.  He was then promptly driven in by the other late season pickup Benji Molina.  The Rangers continued to pour on the runs with a single run in each the 3rd, 4th, and 5th to extend their lead to 5-0 where it would stay until the 7th.  Tampa Bay would get their lone run on a Ben Zobrist solo home run.

It was a shaky start for Lee as he loaded the bases in the top of the first with only 1 out.  But Cliff Lee was Cliff Lee the rest of the inning striking out Carlos Pena and Rocco Baldelli to end the inning.  There was a controversial call in the at bat with Carlos Pena.  With the count 2-1, Cliff Lee ran the ball inside on Pena’s hands.  Pena checked his swing but the umpire said he tipped the ball for strike 2.  Watching the replay it did not look like it hit anything, but you could definitely hear it hit something.  That made the count 2-2 instead of 3-1, which was a huge advantage for Lee.

On the offensive side of things, Nelson Cruz and Benji Molina used their “Boomstick” for solo home runs and Vlad Guerrero hit a 2-run double driving in Josh Hamilton who had gotten on base and stolen 2nd.

Over all it was a great game for Texas and just what they needed going into Game 2.  They will throw CJ Wilson against Tampa’s James Shields.

In other Postseason action:

Philadelphia 4, Cincinnati 0

Philly defeated Cincinnati 4-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS.  Roy Halladay outdid even Cliff Lee throwing his 2nd no-hitter of the year.  He pitched a complete game no-hit shutout of the Reds striking out 8 and walking only 1.  He is simply the best pitcher on the planet right now.  Along with Oswalt and Hammels, the Phillies pitching looks stout going into the postseason.  They are the team to beat in the NL.

New York Yankees 6, Minnesota Twins 4

The Yanks take Game 1 of their series with Minnesota as they come back late to beat the Twins on a 2-run home run by Mark Teixiera.

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Hello Win Column: Wild Walk Off Strikeout in Texas


I have seen walk off walks, home runs, singles, and many others.  But a walk off strikeout where the winning team struck out?  This was a first and it came in Arlington on Wednesday.

In the bottom of the 9th with Mitch Moreland on first base and two outs, Nelson Cruz swings at a wild pitch that gets away from the catcher.  Cruz realizes it got away and starts to run to first as the Mariners catcher retrieves the ball and promptly throws it into right field.  Still running on the play, Mitch Moreland continues around the bases scoring all the way from first with the winning run.

You have to see it to believe it.

Walk Off Strike Out Win for Texas Rangers

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