It’s time for postseason awards

Posted on November 10th, 2008 – 9:44 AM
By La Velle

In case you were wondering, MLB postseason awards will start rolling out today with the announcement of the Jackie Robinson AL and NL rookies of the year – which should go to  Evan Longoria and Geovany Soto, respectively. Here’s the rest of the schedule, followed with my predictions:  

Tuesday, November 11: NL Cy Young Award – Brandon Webb, although it’s not with a lot of conviction.

Wednesday, November 12: AL Manager of the Year. Joe Maddon.

Wednesday, November 12: NL Manager of the Year. Lou Piniella.

Thursday, November 13: AL Cy Young. Cliff Lee.

Monday, November 17: NL Most Valuable Player. Albert Pujols

Tuesday, November 18: AL Most Valuable Player. Dustin Pedroia.

Our ballots are due at the end of the regular season, so postseason efforts do not factor. And, in most cases, we are assigned one award.

Joe C. has been monitoring Twins news lately while I’ve been busy jinxing the Gophers’ football team. He mentioned a few names of players the club has kicked around. I’m not that fired up about Casey Blake because he’s going to be 36 next season but I must admit that 20 homers and 80 RBI would blow away what Twins third baseman have done recently.

Now, as soon as I wrote that I thought, `Let me check the numbers to make sure.’ Twins third basemen went .283/.330/.399 last season with 7 homers and 91 RBI

91?!?!

Check it out. I remember, like, five of Mike Lamb’s RBI.

Of the list of possible targets, J.J. Hardy jumps out at me. He’s 26, has pop and can play short or third base. He solves problems. To get him, the Twins might have to trade one of their starters but you’d still bring back four starters with a battle among several pitchers for the fifth spot.

Question: Would you consider this man as a fall back plan if the Brewers ask for too much for Hardy?

I’ve been told that Kevin Kouzmanoff isn’t the sweetest defensive player. His walks and strikeouts are very appealing either.

But….

Home: .226/.269/.390 with 11 homers and 38 RBI

Road: .292/.329/.488 with 12 homers and 46 RBI

Does Petco park negatively affect mashers? Can we glean from those numbers that he’d hit better at the Dome (then Target Field) than Petco?

At least we’re hearing about some players who are more than stopgap solutions.

I’ve also heard the Twins were looking at LaTroy Hawkins before he re-signed with Houston and there might be some interest in Oakland’s Huston Street.

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