Call me a homer, but in my opinion David Ortiz is the undisputed AL MVP. For the record, Ortiz finished the 2016 regular season with a .315 batting average (6th), 38 Home Runs (8th), and 127 RBI’s (tied for 1st). Traditionalists will argue that a DH can’t win the award, but to this blogger, his locker room contributions more than outweigh hypothetically playing first base.
While I fully embrace the statistical revolution, I would love to hear an argument defending how Mike Trout finished 1st in the AL in WAR on a near last place team. If you want to give the award to the Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion, Ortiz finished with a batting average 52 points higher and 52 less strikeouts. Show me an MVP candidate and I will tell you how Big Papi is more deserving.
In case you missed it, in the World Cup of Hockey victory by Team Canada over Team Europe, the game tying and winning goals were scored by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand respectively.
Quiz of the week…Through 5 weeks of College Football, the ACC and SEC each have 6 teams listed in the top 25. How many can you name? Answer near the bottom of the column.
If you listen to basketball people, the Ben Simmons injury is significantly longer than the 3 months the Sixers are projecting. If Simmons is lucky, he’ll be on the court by St. Patrick’s day with Mother’s Day looking more realistic if his agent lets him play at all.
If you’re keeping track at home, this was the worst LA Angels team in 17 years, the year prior to Mike Scioscia taking the helm. The coach of that Angels team? None other than the Mets Terry Collins, who resigned with 29 games left in the season. The assistant coach that finished the season? The Cubs own Joe Maddon.
Speaking of Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2016 regular season with their best record in 106 years.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham’s year-long behind the scenes report on David Ortiz is perhaps the best piece I’ve read all year. It’s funny, touching, and reads more like a book than a typical article. EVERY Red Sox fans needs to read this feature.
Although he’s been better of late, Clay Buchholz and his 4.21 postseason ERA in 5 games still makes me quite nervous.
Quiz Answer: SEC - #1 Alabama, #8 Texas A&M, #9 Tennessee, #14 Ole Miss, #16 Arkansas, and #18 Florida. ACC - #3 Clemson, #7 Louisville, #10 Miami, #17 North Carolina, #23 FSU, and #25 Virginia Tech