Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Simply Put, Rick Porcello Got Jobbed

Look, I have voted for the American League Rookie of the Year Award before - and all the other major baseball awards. I understand the decisions are subjected to debate.
I am sure my fellow members of the Baseball Writers Association of America did what they felt was right. So it is in that context I write the following:
Rick Porcello finishing third in the balloting was an utter joke. He won more games than any rookie pitcher. He pitched outstanding baseball down the stretch for a team struggling to stay in the race. He was brilliant in a one-game playoff at Minnesota under the most adverse conditions.
Aaron Bailey did not pitch under pressure. Oakland stunk. And you can't tell me winning 14 games, and going 6-3 with a 3.76 ERA under the pressure of a tight pennant race in the second half, doesn't trump Elvis Andrus and his .267-6-40 numbers.
Next Tiger pitcher to get jobbed: Justin Verlander in Cy Young Award voting.

Random Thoughts

- The Silverdome only sold for $583,000? There are a lot of Metro Detroit homes being sold for more than that even in this tough economic environment. Wonder what Tiger Stadium would have brought if it were put up for public auction?

- Sorry. Couldn't help it. I know one is a Hall of Fame coach, the other on the opposite end of the spectrum. But I did think of Marty Mornhinweg Sunday night when Bill Belichick made The Decision. Wonder if he has ever taken the wind instead of the ball in overtime?



Blogger Barry said...

Wow Pat, buying the Silverdome for $583 000 is a good deal. I wonder if the new owners have any debts to clean up or any back taxes. If not, they probably charge 50K per event and get their money back within a couple of years. The Silverdome must have been in bad shape? They should have auction off Tiger Stadium unless it was unsafe. You could have put in a nice broadroom, restaurant and hold special event for companies that wanted to play ballgame around their yearly conference ect.

11:42 AM 
Blogger Fred Brill said...

In total agreement Pat - Porcello exploded well beyond our (mine at least) expectations of him this year - and he certainly did get jobbed / robbed / knobbed / and kabobbed.

Unfortunately (for us fans anway) the voting body doesn't have to provide an explanation. But it certainly appears he suffered by association to the Tigers.

Just another line item on the long list of disapointing events.

What stinks is that you are only eligible for this award once - there is no next year.

12:27 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Almost too good to be trus. Judge halted sale not long afterward. Silverdome literally a white elephant. Great memories from there, though.

1:39 PM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Fred Brill,
Great point about rookie of the year. He doesn't get a second chance after earning it the first time.

1:40 PM 

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