Writer voted Mike Trout 7th in AL MVP voting

Mike Trout AngelsMike Trout finished second in AL MVP voting for the second consecutive year. That’s bad enough in itself. What’s much worse is that one voter actually placed him 7th.

Trout appeared on all 30 MVP ballots. He received 5 1st-place votes, 19 2nd, 3 third, and 1 fourth, fifth and seventh-place votes. Miguel Cabrera, who won the MVP for the second straight year, was first on 23 ballots and second on the other seven.

The person who didn’t think Trout was one of the top-6 most valuable players in the league last season was Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He belongs to the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association.

Trout’s placement wasn’t Ballou’s only unusual ranking.

Ballou voted Chris Davis first, followed by Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia and then Trout.

I really don’t understand how anyone could view Trout’s performance last season that lowly. Trout batted .323 with 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, 109 runs and 33 stolen bases. His batting average was third in the AL, his .432 on-base percentage was second, his .998 OPS was third, his 109 runs were first and his 33 stolen bases ranked him eighth. He also is a good defender in the outfield, plays a premium position, and is one of the best baserunners in the game. Trout’s offensive numbers are already close to Cabrera and Davis, and his defense and baserunning makes him a superior overall player. How could someone not see that and feel like Cano, Beltre or Pedroia were more valuable?

The only explanation for the 7th-place vote for Trout is that he played for a team that went 78-84. If that was Ballou or anyone else’s reason for dropping Trout in the voting, it’s a poor one. Why should Trout, who had the best season of any player in MLB last year, be penalized because Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Joe Blanton, and mostly everyone in the Angels’ bullpen severely underachieved? That doesn’t sound like very good logic. Without Trout, maybe the Angels are only a 65-win team. Doesn’t that make him an extremely valuable player?

Dan Sileo fired after tweets about $1,000 bounty on FSU player


Dan Sileo was fired by sports radio station WMEN in Palm Beach on Monday, a day after he tweeted that he was offering $1,000 for a Miami player to take out a Florida State player in a potential ACC championship game rematch.

Here are the since-deleted tweets he sent (as captured by Tomahawk Nation):

Dan Sileo bounty tweets

Sileo tried to back up the train and say he was kidding about the whole thing, but it was too late. WMEN posted a statement on their site to say Sileo had been fired.

“As a result of Dan Sileo’s action on his personal Twitter account on November 3, 2013, WMEN has terminated his independent contractor relationship with the station. The ownership, staff, and management of WMEN 640 Sports do not condone his actions which have no place in sports,” the statement reads.

Sileo tried to apologize in several tweets sent on Sunday and Monday and claimed he had been receiving death threats for his bounty tweet. You can see all those tweets below. You may recall that Sileo, an ex-Miami Hurricanes football player, was fired by WDAE in Tampa last year for calling three black NFL players “three monkeys.” He was also suspended by WQAM earlier this year for his inappropriate tweets sent to Erin Andrews.

Below are his tweets concerning the FSU player. Oh yeah, as the cherry on top of this whole thing, Sileo misidentified the player in the picture and put the bounty on the wrong guy.

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Phil Mushnick rips Adrian Peterson’s character in possibly worst column ever

Phil MushnickPhil Mushnick has a reputation for being a pot-stirring columnist, but he hit a new low on Sunday after ripping Adrian Peterson’s character and blaming the running back for allowing his 2-year-old son to be beaten to death.

In a column for the New York Post, Mushnick tried to draw a connection between Peterson and guys like Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. Mushnick argued that we have allowed Peterson’s accomplishments on the field to color our perception of his character off the field, much like we did with Tiger and Lance. What evidence did he use? A reckless driving incident and incident at a nightclub where the charges against Peterson for resisting arrest were dropped.

But Peterson’s biggest offense, in Mushnick’s eyes, was playing in the Minnesota Vikings’ game on Sunday, two days after his 2-year-old son died after being beaten.

Here’s what Mushnick wrote:

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Steve Lyons: Not a fan of home runs

Steve LyonsOne of the few benefits of having MLB playoff games broadcast exclusively on TBS (or another Turner channel) is that fans don’t have to listen to Steve Lyons’ inane ramblings while watching Los Angeles Dodgers games.

The guy’s commentary routinely doesn’t make sense, and he frequently gets indisputable items — like MLB rules — incorrect while providing analysis.

Even though Lyons wasn’t broadcasting Game 2 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, fans still couldn’t avoid his absurd commentary. For instance, Lyons tweeted after the Dodgers lost 4-3 to the Braves that the team’s big mistake was Hanley Ramirez hitting a 2-run home run in the 8th inning to make it a 1-run game. Seriously.

I’m not even sure what’s the worst part about those tweets. That Lyons thinks we have to think deeper to get on his level of stupidity? That a guy who is a former Major Leaguer doesn’t even realize that half the relievers in baseball pitch from a stretch even with the bases empty? That he would rather have fewer guaranteed runs than more?

Shows how closely he was watching the game, because he didn’t even realize that Braves reliever David Carpenter pitched out of the stretch to start the inning when nobody was on:

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John Sterling botches Alex Rodriguez home run call (Audio)

John-SterlingNew York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling scripts his home run calls. Anyone who has listened to games that are broadcast on WFAN could tell you that. For that reason, his screw-ups have a tendency to become magnified. Sterling gave us a perfect example of that on Tuesday night when he mistakenly thought that Alex Rodriguez had blasted a home run.

The problem was Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Rajai Davis turned the fly ball into a routine out near the wall.

“That ball is high, it is far, it is gone …,” Sterling proclaimed enthusiastically, via The Big Lead. “It hit and kicked over. (pause) I’m sorry, I’m sorry I got that all wrong. I got that all wrong. At the wall Davis made the catch, honestly I didn’t think he made it. I thought he gave up on the ball that’s why I thought it was out.”

Ouch. It was so bad that Sterling didn’t even know how to recover and basically just stopped talking in the middle of his explanation. Considering he has made some epic botched home run calls in the past, you would think Sterling would be used to it. Apparently not.

Skip Bayless thinks Seattle Seahawks are in the AFC

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless, master troll and ESPN carnival barker, showed everyone just how uneducated he is about the NFL.

A day after boasting about how good New England looked in the preseason, Bayless conceded that the Seattle Seahawks might pose the best threat to the Pats in the AFC.

Skip Bayless Seahawks

Sorry to break it to you, Skip, but the Seahawks switched from the AFC to the NFC back in 2002. Did you just happen to miss out on the past decade of football? I guess that’s what happens when you’re busy focusing on being the biggest antagonist possible instead of actually watching games and leagues.

Nice tweet, clown.

Andy Murray post-match interview at Wimbledon was awful (Video)

Andy Murray gutted through a five-set match to come back and beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon, and his reward was enduring a horrible interview with BBC Radio 5′s Garry Richardson after his victory.

Richardson asked some asinine questions and suggested that Murray’s coach, Ivan Lendl, would chew out his player for his performance. Keep in mind that Murray had just come back from down two sets to none to win the match.

“Is this match a warning to you in any way?” Richardson asked to start the interview.

Murray seemed somewhat incredulous at the notion that Verdasco should not have been a challenge.

“No, it’s not a warning, because I know how good these players are,” Murray said in response.

Richardson then brought up that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in the crowd for the match and asked if Lendl would give his player the “hair dryer treatment” in a manner similar to Ferguson.

“Will [Ivan] Lendl say some things to you Andy to help cheer you up, or do you know it all yourself?” Richardson asked in what was one of the most poorly framed questions we have ever heard.

“I don’t see why I should get told off after that,” Murray responded calmly, unaware that he had done something wrong. “I came through in an incredibly tough match.”

Richardson was out of questions at that point, so he settled for making a blunt statement.

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