So let’s see, what’s going on baseball-wise?
- Good news for the Mets’ Ike Davis. Seems he’s fully recovered from the foot injury that kept him out most of the season. The UpAlongFirst blog posted this about his projected season. Also, the team unveiled their new old uniforms to commemorate their 50th anniversary season in 2012 and Davis was one of the “models.”
- RotoHardBall posted this “Ode to Ian Kinsler.” Some sources have wondered how he got beat out for a Gold Glove Award by the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia. ESPN.com noted: “The difficulty in relying too much on the numbers can be seen at second base in the AL…. Pedroia’s 13 Defensive Runs Saved ranked behind three other AL second basemen, yet he won the nod at second from both Rawlings and the Fielding Bible. One obvious mark in his favor would be his durability and regularity at the keystone, which might put him ahead of the Angels’ oft-injured Howie Kendrick (who made just 105 starts to Pedroia’s 158) and the roving Ben Zobrist (with his 33 starts in right field). That doesn’t easily explain how Pedroia also beat Ian Kinsler (16 DRS), but even there it’s interesting to note that a big chunk of Kinsler’s defensive value came on double plays (an MLB-leading six of his 16 DRS came on twin killings) — and how much of that was a benefit of playing with Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus to his right?”
- Ryan Braun was named to the 2012 “Forward Fifty” list of prominent Jewish personalities for the year. It may not be an MVP award, but the competition has to be tougher here.
- Join hosts Bobby Valentine and Karl Ravech along with Craig Breslow and many other major leaguers at the Fourth Annual First Pitch Celebrity Gala for the Strike 3 Foundation benefitting pediatric cancer research. The Gala is Sat. November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stamford Hilton Hotel at First Stamford Place near the Stamford train station. Among the celebrities on hand will be New York Yankees radio announcer Suzyn Waldman, and Guest DJ Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. For ticket info, visit www.strike3foundation.org.
- Deal or No Deal? Depending on which source you choose to believe, Kevin Youkilis will either remain with the Red Sox for the 2012 season or be traded. Teams showing interest in the first/third-baseman include the Rockies and the Reds (Youkilis played for the University of Cincinnati, just like Sandy Koufax.)