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BBA RECOMMENDS ALOMAR, BLYLEVEN FOR HALL OF FAME


Today MLB will announce the newest Hall of Fame class. As apart of the BBA (Baseball Bloggers Alliance), I wanted to share with you who we chose to be inducted.

BBA RECOMMENDS ALOMAR, BLYLEVEN FOR HALL OF FAME

Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

Alomar, who is on the ballot for his second year, and Blyleven, looking at his fourteenth time, both finished just shy of the BBA’s recommendation in 2010 at just a fraction under the 75% threshold.  As was the case last year, both Alomar and Blyleven received the same amount of votes from the BBA membership in 2010, but this time it was enough to push them into the recommended status.

Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate.  Again echoing the vote taken at the end of 2009, shortstop Barry Larkin was the third man in the balloting, missing selection by being named on just 70.78% of the ballots.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America and the members of the Hall of Fame.  However, the BBA has been often a predictor of awards granted by the writers, matching their selection in fourteen of the sixteen major awards in the last two postseasons combined.

The final voting results are as follows:

Roberto Alomar, 75.97%
Bert Blyleven, 75.97%
Barry Larkin, 70.78%
Jeff Bagwell, 62.34%
Edgar Martinez, 59.09%
Tim Raines, 54.55%
Mark McGwire, 44.16%
Lee Smith, 38.96%
Alan Trammel, 35.71%
Don Mattingly, 33.12%
Larry Walker, 31.17%
Fred McGriff, 27.27%
Jack Morris, 25.97%
Rafael Palmerio, 20.78%
Dale Murphy, 16.23%
Dave Parker, 12.34%
Harold Baines, 10.39%
Kevin Brown, 9.09%
John Franco, 7.14%
Tino Martinez, 5.19%
John Olerud, 5.19%
Al Leiter, 4.55%
Bret Boone, 3.90%
Juan Gonzalez, 3.90%
Marquis Grissom, 2.60%
Benito Santiago, 1.30%
Bobby Higginson, 0.65%
Charles Johnson, 0.65%
Kirk Rueter, 0.65%
Carlos Baerga, 0.00%
Raul Mondesi, 0.00%
BJ Surhoff, 0.00%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was established in the fall of 2009 for the purpose of fostering collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The BBA has quickly grown to its current membership of 256 blogs, including some of the most prominent blogs on the internet, spanning all major league teams and various other general aspects of the game.

More information about the BBA can be found at their website, www.baseballbloggersalliance.com, or by contacting the founder and administrator of the organization, Daniel Shoptaw, at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

This is an official press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.

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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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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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