Even though the season has been over for months and the Hot Stove really hasn’t been stoked up just yet, I am itching for some kind of baseball news. I don’t know about you, but it’s getting to be about time for a tasty, juicy, hunk of good baseball news. For example, when will the Red Sox name a successor to Torey Lovullo in Pawtucket?? Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Famer, was just named the manager of Lehigh Valley, the Triple A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Sandberg has done a great job where ever he’s been. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was on the Red Sox radar. Supposedly, “Ryno” wanted to return to the organization that originally drafted him as a player. What is it with these guys wanting to come “full circle?” Who needs symmetry. Life is messy with loads of gray areas. Not everything is black and white.
Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was named the American League Cy Young Award winner for 2010. His record was a very mortal 13-12. “King Felix” lead the A.L. with a tidy 2.27 ERA. He also lead the junior circuit in innings pitched, was second in strikeouts and held hitters to a measly .212 batting average. Hernandez outdistanced David Price of the Rays and the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia in balloting. I guess Hernandez couldn’t be held accountable because his team stunk. I’m not sure he deserved the award, but I stopped getting upset about things like this years ago. I was thrilled to see that a pair of former PawSox standouts finished in the top six in the voting. Jon Lester was fourth and Clay Buchholz finished sixth. That is so exciting, to think of the pair that will be the nucleus of the Boston rotation, just a few short years ago, pitched at McCoy. Lester went 19-9, 3.25 and lead the league with 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Buch was second in the A.L. with a 2.33 ERA. He boasted a 17-7 mark. Those are our guys.
Heard from my friend Josh Wetzel, radio voice of the Rochester Red Wings. Told me that Jeff Bailey signed a free agent deal with Minnesota. More than likely, Bailey will play some for Rochester this year. Bailey, was the I.L. MVP in 2008 after a standout season as a member of the PawSox. Jeff spent most of 2010 in the Pacific Coast League with the Arizona organization