Major League Baseball announces its major awards this week, starting with the two Rookies Of The Year late this afternoon.
The drama will come on Thursday, when the MVP awards are announced. Regardless of who wins the AL MVP – either Mike Trout or Miguel Cabrera – there will be a huge reaction in the online circles. I think I’m not going to check Twitter all day on Thursday; it will be like avoiding Facebook on election day.
One thing that would be awesome, and I believe it is possible: Trout and Cabrera could tie for the MVP. It has happened before, in 1979. Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez each had exactly 216 points in the baseball writers balloting, and they were named Co-MVPs. We had a tie game in the NFL this weekend, let’s have an MVP tie!
One former Rainiers has a real chance at a win this week: New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey is a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.
I recently read Dickey’s autobiography, which has been on the shelves since before the season (I read my baseball books during the off-season, when I have more time). It’s a pretty good read, and it moves quickly.
Dickey has had a lot of interesting things happen in his life, and not all are good – it’s really a story of perseverance, in my opinion. Knuckleball enthusiasts will get details on learning the pitch, minor league baseball fans will get a few zany stories, and spirituality is a recurring theme (but not to a point of overdoing it).
The Tacoma/Seattle element is pretty brief, as he spent only one season in our corner of the country – although he makes it clear that our weather is very good for knuckleballing. In the afterward, he reveals that he started writing the book while he was with the Rainiers – something I did not know at the time.
The centerpiece of the book is his story of trying to swim across the Missouri river, which runs right behind the old team hotel in Omaha. Dickey did tell this story to the team while on a bus trip when he was with the Rainiers; to say he had everyone’s attention would be an understatement.
It’s a good read, I recommend it.
There was no baseball news of any consequence to us over the weekend, but we do have a few stories of note:
- Back to that MVP tie in 1979, there was some drama. Split votes, shredded ballots, hanging chads…
- Congratulations to Barry Zito, who won the 2012 Fred Hutchinson Award and will be honored in Seattle.
- The oldest baseball Hall Of Famer passed away over the weekend: executive Lee MacPhail. He has a very interesting obituary.
- My guy Neil Young absolutely killed it at the Key Arena on Saturday night.