Archive for November, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving….

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 by Chuck

to the regular writers, commenters, and readers of Dugout Central, whether we actually know you or not.
It’s a testament to everyone that a lame-duck website can still function two years after ownership bailed, and I for one appreciate the contributions of everyone, regardless of how big or small they may be.
While we don’t always agree [...]

Breaking News: Joe Nathan Signs with Rangers

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by JohnBowen

The Rangers and Joe Nathan have agreed to a 2 year, 14.5 million dollar contract, which includes a 9 million dollar option.
The rumor in play is that the Rangers will make Nathan their closer and move Neftali Feliz from the closer’s role to the rotation. The Rangers appear to be very good at this, having [...]

Verlander Named MVP – Sadly, As I Expected

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by ThomasWayne

I congratulate Mr. Verlander on his win. Keep Cabrera’s (or Granderson’s, or Ellsbury’s, or Bautista’s) MVP award well dusted and polished on your mantle.

NL MVP – Who’s your pick?

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by JohnBowen

Verlander has his award, who will carry the day in the NL?

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by JohnBowen

By Bob Owens.

Who will the next one be?

Friday, November 18th, 2011 by JohnBowen

American League MVP results come out on Monday – who are your picks?

Who are your Manager of the Year Picks?

Monday, November 14th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Curious as to your thoughts!

What are your Cy Young picks?

Monday, November 14th, 2011 by JohnBowen

What are your picks?

Rookie of the Year – Who are your picks?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011 by JohnBowen

So awards season is getting ready to get into high gear.
On Monday, November 14, the rookies of the year will be announced. I maintain that at least five rookies from the class of 2010 class would have won in the National League, while the American League featured several solid starting pitchers. Here are my picks:
National [...]

5 Reasons Why Brewers Should Pursue Reyes, not Fielder

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Following the Brewers defeat in the National League Championship Series, team owner Mark Attanasio vowed that the Brewers would be “participating in the sweepstakes” for All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder, who has entered the free agent market this season after six full seasons as the Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman.
Prince Fielder has been everything that the [...]

Are the Orioles in the Twilight of their Basement-Dwelling Years?

Monday, November 7th, 2011 by JohnBowen

By Bob Owens

The Baltimore Orioles wanted a General Manager with experience in the American League East.
But after seeing Tony LaCava reject them, Brain Cashman stay in New York, and Theo Epstein head to Cook Country, it appared they would have to switch directions. But they had a surprise up their sleeve, hiring former Red [...]

Plenty of Stars Shine at the Rising Stars Game

Sunday, November 6th, 2011 by Chuck

In what has quickly become a haven for Major League scouts and Executives, the prestigious Arizona Fall League held its sixth annual “Rising Stars” game last night in Surprise, AZ.
And there were plenty of stars on hand to see.
The announcement earlier in the week of the opposing pitchers began the game’s anticipation when the top [...]

Veteran’s Committee Finalists for 2012

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 by JohnBowen

As of 2010, revisions were made to the Veteran’s Committee voting process. There are now three categories of players to be selected:
Pre-Integration (3 billion BC – 1946 A.D.)
Golden Era (1947-1972)
Expansion (1973-now)
Each year, one of these era’s possible candidates are examined, such that each era is examined once every three years.
A committee of 16 people (composed [...]

American League Silver Slugger Predictions

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 by JohnBowen

Tonight (11/2/11), the Silver Sluggers will be announced at 7 PM EST. Yesterday, I announced who my picks should be for the National League – now onto the Junior Circuit.
Catcher: Alex Avila (Detroit Tigers)

Stat Line: .295/.389/.506 (143 OPS+), 33 2B, 19 HR, 82 RBI
Alex Avila enjoyed a break-out season for the American League [...]

National League Silver Slugger Predictions

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 by JohnBowen

Continuing in the awards fun are the silver sluggers, given to the best hitters at each position in both leagues. With less guess-work, this award is generally a better indicator of performance than the gold glove award, which this man once won playing designated hitter. Which is kind of like a silver slugger given to [...]