SOMETHING YOU GOTTA GAIN OR PROVE BY WINNING SOME SILLY FIGHT

I know the regular season of baseball has ended and I am few months late with my annual Admirable Thoughts Baseball Awards. Sorry about that. I could give you a long story about the sun in my eyes, but I am just coming to the dugout and saying sorry to my team mates. I missed it, I will get it next time.

Still before we turn our thoughts to the dreams of spring training; here the eighth annual end of the season Admirable Thoughts Baseball Awards. Even through I am so late in this post, it still only includes regular season events not playoff stories (or that Ranges/Blue Jays insane seventh inning would win most of these awards).

CODE MONKEY’S JIM LEYLAND AWARD
Description: Given to someone who quits on their team early in the season
Nominees:
1. Detroit Tigers: After four straight seasons in first place and then around half way into the season they just fell apart and came in last in the division.
2. Cincinnati Reds: They found a way to finish in last in their division even after the Brewers started off so bad.
3. Colorado Rockies: They seem to only play well in April and September, but since they don’t ever sign any starting pitching it is like management doesn’t plan on them winning anyways.
Winner: I know it was a hard division, but the Reds with a lot of good players just fell apart.
 
CODE MONKEY’S CUBBIES CHOKING AWARD
Description: Given to someone that falls-apart when it matters
Nominees:
1. Minnesota Twins: Through they ended the season on losing streak, at least they were back in a playoff hunt
2. San Francisco Giants: It was not an even year
3. Washington Nationals: Traded for Papelbon
Winner: Yea, Nats win this one. The team choked once Papelbon got there.
 
CODE MONKEY’S JOSE CANSECO AWARD
Description: Given to the player or team who who had the worst defensive day
Nominees:
1. Jeff Francoeur Can’t Throw a Baseball – learn more…
2. Eury Perez Thinks He Caught the Ball That He Didn’t Catch – learn more…
3. Rockies Win on Wild-Walk-Off Pitch – learn more…
Winner: Jeff Francoeur wins this one. It was really funny to see a major league player not be able to throw a baseball.
 
CODE MONKEY’S HATFIELDS & McCOYS AWARD
Description: Given for the best brawl
Nominees:
1. White Soxs/Royals – learn more…
2. Royals/Angels – learn more…
3.A’s/Royals Athletics/Royals – learn more…
Winner: The Royals. It seems a they had a lot of fight this year, but hey they won the World Series so maybe fighting is not always for losers.
 
CODE MONKEY’S CONGRESSIONAL AWARD
Description: Given or the biggest waste of money
Nominees:
1. A-Rod: $28.0 million
2. CC Sabathia: $26.5 million
3. Josh Hamilton: $27.7 million
Winner: Josh Hamilton – What a disaster the Angels contract with Hamilton turned out to be.
 
CODE MONKEY’S DEER MEAT AWARD*
Description: Given for weirdest injury of the year
Nominees:
1. Ronald Belisario: Fractured left shoulder which he suffered getting out of a swimming pool – learn more…
2. Michael Saunders: Stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls, tearing cartilage in his knee – learn more…
3. Fernando Abad: Bruised tailbone trying to sit on a beanbag
Winner: Fernando Abad for reminding us all of the dangers of being stuck in the 70ies.
 
CODE MONKEY’S THREE BLIND MICE AWARD
Description: Given to ump who made the worst call of the year
Nominees:
1. Replay: Two blown calls on same play – learn more…
2. Joe West: Called out Minnesota’s Torii Hunter on a checked swing to end game. There were two problems with that: Hunter didn’t go around, and West never beckoned first-base umpire – learn more…
3. David Ross: Charges the pitcher – learn more…
Winner: David Ross wins this one as an ump should not lose his cool and charge a player.
 
CODE MONKEY’S MICHAEL JACKSON AWARD
Description: Given for the weirdest event of the season
Nominees:
1. For the first time explanation to 30 teams (1998) every home team won – learn more…
2. Brewers radio crew trapped in booth – learn more…
3. Position player throw 48 pitches because their bullpen phone was off the hook – learn more…
4. Lights go out a Wrigley Field but game continues – learn more…
Winner: The Phillies for not finding another way to contact the bullpen when the phone was off the hook.