Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday Morning Hot Links

*It's funny how I'm way more in favor of players winning awards in part because of excellence on a playoff team when it's my favorite team who made the playoffs. That said, Carlos Correa is totally deserving of winning the AL Rookie of the Year award over Francisco Lindor (who, it must be said, makes excellent chocolates).

Here's the voting breakdown:
Correa: 17 1st Place votes, 13 2nd Place votes (124 points)
Lindor: 13 1st Place votes, 14 2nd Place votes (109 points)

Correa said that the metal plate in his leg - from breaking his ankle last season at Lancaster - caused him pain over the course of the season. I don't know if that's something that will get better, because I'm soft and rarely put myself in a position to break a bone, but it's still notable.

If you told me before the season started this was going to happen, I would not believe you. I started the year in Double-A. A few years back, in 2012, they drafted me with the first pick overall, and everybody was saying I was not supposed to be the first pick and was not the best player, but the hard work came through and I've been working hard all these years to be able to get to this level and be able to accomplish some things.

*Correa joins future Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell as the only Astros to win the Rookie of the Year award.

Bagwell's 1991 (156 games): .294/.387/.437, 26 doubles/15 home runs, 139 OPS+
Correa's 2015 (99 games):   .279/.345/.512, 22 doubles/22 home runs, 132 OPS+

*I'm always fascinated by how the voters vote based on geography, so...
*Jayson Stark noted that Correa is the 1st #1 overall pick in the American League to win the Rookie of the Year, while the NL has done it three times.

*Luhnow, on Correa (back in July):
It was so quick, the light bulb went off, realizing this kid was meant to be at the highest level. And if there's a higher level than this, he's probably meant to be there, because he rises to the occasion of the competition around him, and usually beyond it. It's really impressive. 

*Dallas Keuchel won the Warren Spahn Award as baseball's top lefty pitcher. Greg Spahn, Warren's son:
I am ecstatic that Dallas Keuchel, an Oklahoman, wins my father's award.

*Astros' Assistant hitting coach Alan Zinter is now the hitting coach for the Padres.

*The Rangers and Mariners made a trade yesterday, with Leonys Martin and former Astros great Anthony Bass headed to Seattle for fireballing reliever Tom Wilhelmsen joining the Rangers' bullpen.

*So you want Aroldis Chapman? Reds beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans - one of the best - said yesterday that it would take "Two Top 100 prospect guys, and another prospect" to get him.