Joey Votto wins National League MVP

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was a favourite to win the NL's Most Valuable Player.

Cincinatti Reds first baseman and Etobicoke Ontario native, Joey Votto has won the National League MVP award yesterday.  It was only the third time in baseball history that a Canadian has captured the award.  Larry Walker and Justin Morneau were the other players.

Votto beat out three time winner Albert Pujols with 31 first place votes.  Votto led the Reds to the NL Central title for the first time since 1995.

His season stats are .324 with 37 home runs and 113 RBI’s.

Congratulations Joey!!!!!

–Mark Gauthier

 

 

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In Search of the Cubs

Yesterday, Mary Beth and I travelled to Watertown to do some cross border Christmas shopping.  The line-.up at the border was minimal and we got through in record time. We arrived in Watertown a short time later.  Our first stop was Kohl’s.  Mary Beth loves that store.  There’s some great deals there.  We love shopping there.  Like I said before, there’s great deals, but we spend time together maybe go to TGI Fridays for lunch.  Yesterday was different.  Our little guy Darcy was back home with his Aunt and Uncle because we haven’t gotten his passport yet.  We needed the break anyways, but yeah, we missed him.

All right,another reason why I love shopping in the States is they have things that we don’t have back home.  I’m sure it’s vice versa too.  In Canada baseball is almost non existent except for the Blue Jays.  If you want hockey–it’s everywhere.  Now, I love the Ottawa Senators, but I think it’s the searching for Cubs gear and the quest for Wrigley Field that drives me.

That euphoric feeling when we unearth that rare Cubs item tucked away at some discount store in the shopping district of Watertown.  Yesterday, we found a wooden pinball game.  I didn’t buy it as Dirty Harry would say,”A man’s got to know his limitations.”  Yeah, I guess it has more to do with catching a 20 pound Pike and releasing it so someone else can share in the experience.

I wish that MLB wasn’t territorial with the teams.  I understand why, but I would love to just go and get Cubs garland for the Christmas tree just like Yankee fans can do every year.  So when Darcy starts talking and one Christmas he lays out his Nutcracker beside the tree and it has a paper Cubs logo taped on top of a New York Yankees logo(the pinstripes are similar) and he looks up at me and says,”Why Daddy, why?”  I’ll put my hand on his shoulder and say, “That’s all they had Darcy, that’s all they had.”

–Mark Gauthier

 

Who is going to be the League MVP?

2010 was dubbed,”the pitcher’s year”.  We’ve seen outstanding pitching with Doc’s perfect game Dallas Braden’s perfect game on Mother’s Day no less and of course Neftali Feliz’s mastery on the mound which will likely continue with a future trip down to Cooperstown.

We watched as The Hawk was inducted as an Expo and the Cubs gave fans a glimpse into the future with Castro and Colvin.  Let’s not forget Byrd’s stellar all star performance.

So, which leaves us to decide the MVP.  Is it going to be Joey Votto’s Wham Bam highlight reel with the Reds? or could it be Josh Hamilton’s comeback?  What about Bautista in TO?

This week we find out.

 

–Mark Gauthier

Broadway Larry

Longtime Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild, has joined the Bronx Bombers staff.  Rothschild was expected to be with the Cubs organization throughout the 2011 season, but was invited to interview for the vacant position left by Dave Eiland.

The mighty New York Yankees were beat out this post season by the surging Texas Rangers.  There is speculation that this may have contributed to the releasing of Eiland.

Rothschild had informed the Cubs that he would like to be closer to his home in Tampa Florida.

The move leaves a big hole in the team’s staff.  Rothschild had been with the Cubs since 2002 when Yankees manager Joe Girardi was with the team.

I’m not sure I like this move because pitching was an area that the Cubs were strong in.  Rothschild is known as a communicator and I think right now, Zambrano is on his way back and would have benefited well under Rothschild.

We’re going to miss you Larry at Wrigley.  Good Luck!

–Mark Gauthier

Who’s on First?

This is the burning question at Wrigley Field this off season.  With the departure of Derrick Lee, the Cubs have some major shoes to fill.  A positive sign is Aramiz Ramirez will be back at third putting stability in that position.

Let’s take a look at the Cubs options at first.  There’s Adam Dunn, Lyle Overbay, Lance Berkman, Paul Konerko and Carlos Pena.  All really good players that the Cubs will eventually choose one.  It’s going to be hard,   There’s experienced players there and I would take Lyle Overbay.  He’s reliable and maybe the Cubs can sign him to a one year deal because Fukodome is all but through with the Cubs.

The Cubs need rebuilding.  They also need a second baseman, but judging from the young talent like Castro and Colvin, I think the Cubs should spend less this year and dig into the farm system for more young talent to rebuild the organization.

–Mark Gauthier

Halladay wins Cy Young

 

Phillies’ pitching ace, Roy “Doc” Halladay has won his second Cy Young award for outstanding pitching.  Halladay had garnered a no hitter in his post season debut.  He is the fifth pitcher in history to win the award in both leagues and the only pitcher to have a perfect game and a no hitter in one season. 

Halladay finished the season with a 2.44 ERA and a 21–10 record with 219 strikeouts.

 

Way to go Roy!!!

 

–Mark Gauthier