Well, maybe not. Zunino for the Rays and Will Smith for the Dodgers had comparable seasons in terms of bWAR, and their teams also won 100 games. Zunino got the same 1 point, Smith was shut out. (I suppose I'd expect more because of Posey's name recognition and stature.)
― clemenza, Friday, 19 November 2021 00:52 (six months ago) link
Tip O’Neill Award to Vlad--eight more and he'll tie Larry Walker (Votto has seven).
― clemenza, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 16:32 (five months ago) link
damn, tyler o'neill picked the wrong time to become a good canadian baseball player! you'd think he would have been a shoe-in for the T O'Neill award
― my hands are always in my pockets or gesturing. (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 December 2021 17:09 (five months ago) link
The Paul O'Neill Award, of course, was given annually to the player or manager who gave the best performance in a Seinfeld episode. Beside O'Neill himself, previous winners included Keith Hernandez, Danny Tartabull, and Buck Showalter.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 17:23 (five months ago) link
i never saw the buck showalter episode! i think i saw the rest, somehow, in real time on thursday night on NBC when they aired.
god, 25 years ago was very different
― my hands are always in my pockets or gesturing. (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 8 December 2021 17:30 (five months ago) link
He's good! "All of a sudden there's a problem with Tartabull's swing..."
― clemenza, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 19:59 (five months ago) link
(Showalter's line needs context from earlier in the episode.)
― clemenza, Wednesday, 8 December 2021 20:03 (five months ago) link
I was wondering if Fergie Jenkins would have won 11 or 12 of those Tip O'Neills in a row--from '67 to '79, possibly--but he definitely would have lost to John Hiller in '73; Fergie was atypically mediocre, and Hiller had one of the greatest relief seasons ever (7.9 bWAR). Jenkins had other so-so years near the end of that run, but I don't know if there was anyone else around to beat him. Terry Puhl might have won in '79.
― clemenza, Thursday, 9 December 2021 03:55 (five months ago) link
Rob Butler won in 1993 -- with a 97 OPS+ in 56 PA with the Blue Jays? Slow year.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 9 December 2021 11:34 (five months ago) link