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November 2011



Morning News: AL MVP, Death, and Rex Ryan

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And the AL MVP goes to: None other than Detroit’s own Justin Verlander. He had 13 first-place votes which was 9 more than Jacoby Ellsbury, who came in 2nd. It seemed kind of obvious that Verlander would win it even though many people think that pitchers should not be eligible for the award because they do not have to experience the daily grind like position players do. Jim Ingraham compared starting pitchers in the MLB to starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Ingraham left Verlander off his ballot completely. Verlander got 24 of the Tigers 95 wins (that’s 25% for you math people out there). Without his wins, they would have been in the same boat as Kansas City.

Verlander was also the 2006 Rookie of the Year and he won the AL Cy Young this year. He’s the first starting pitcher to win MVP since Roger Clemens did it in 1986.

Would you have picked Verlander for MVP? If not, who would you have picked instead?

Death in Major League Baseball: Seattle Mariners’ Outfielder Greg Halman was found bleeding of a stab wound in a home in the Netherlands on Monday. The Dutch police arrested his brother as a prime suspect in the case.

Halman started in all 3 outfield positions for Seattle and was later optioned to Triple A Tacoma.

Rex Ryan Fined: New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan was fined $75,000 for cussing at a fan last week (8 days ago).  He says that he is not going to appeal the fine because he should be held accountable for his actions. He is also a repeat offender, which may be why the fine was so steep. Way to keep it classy, Rex.

  • Buddy

    Verlander wasn’t a bad MVP choice, though I would have voted for Batista.

  • Eddie Von White

    Nice guy. Great numbers. Too bad they didn’t win the WS.

  • Norm

    I would have went Ellsbury, Bautista, Cabrera, Verlander.

  • Chuck

    MVP: I have a hard time supporting a pitcher for MVP simply because pitchers have the Cy Young award just for them. That being said, it is hard to get worked up over another canidate not winning other than maybe Ellbury. While I am a supporter of “advanced metrics” there is still a place in my heart for supporting a guy who was on a contender versus a guy who was on a team going nowhere. This is why Braun should win NL MVP over Kemp.
    Death: If you are going to be murdered, it will most likely be by someone you know. Out of that group, family members are at the top of the list. Usually drugs or alcahol will be involved over something stupid.

  • Seymour Butts

    I’ll back upchuck.
    Pitchers have their own award, position players not so much. Silver sluggers( and Golden Gloves) muddy that however, but pitchers get one of those as well.
    Murder is not usually funny.
    The Ryan’s are average Joe’s uncomfortable in a world that desires above average comportment. Flying the bird to an annoying ahole is a lot less important in the scope of things than say making up stuff to excuse your lust for invading foreign countries (see how I twisted it to violating the commandment against politics).

  • Doc Raker

    Seymour- at least be accurate when you break a commandment. I assume you are inferring Bush’s contention that Iraq had WMD’s was a lie, yet the Clinton administration believed the same as did many other world leaders. The fly in the ointment was that Iraq’s Hussein wanted Iran to believe Iraq had WMD’s. Remember Iraq and Iran had a viscous war and a deep distrust of eachother. Hussein fooled everyone. Put your comic books down every now and then and read a book without pictures. Cubbiedude, help Seymour out.

  • Seymour Butts

    Wow, somebody is feeling guilty about his idols lack of conscience.
    I was actually referring to Grenada.

  • Doc Raker

    Reagan is an idol on Grenada as it should be. Check out his library if you ever get a chance, some great history their and lot’s of pictures.


    My vote for MVP was Curtis Granderson, the UIC alum.

  • Buddy

    Who knew that former Cub Phil Regan was so involved in world affairs?

  • Eddie Von White

    I’m sure Dick Selma was involved too.

  • Doc Raker

    Former Cub announcer, Ronald Reagan. Reagan announced Cubs games for 2 seasons in the late 30’s. Reagan announced in1938 when the Cubs played the Yanks in the Series.

  • Little know fact: Reagan’s home run call was “TEAR…DOWN…THIS…WALL! Its a rouuuuuuund tripper!”

  • Buddy

    Roger Wates had a similar home run call: “Tear down the wall!”

  • Doc Raker

    A rooooooooouuuuuund tripper says the gipper! Tear down this wall!!!! Oustanding, LOL!