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With All-Star break right around the corner I decided to give out some mid-season awards for the National League players.

MVP: Joey Votto (1B Cincinnati Reds)

This guy has been on fire all season long. 21 HR’s 59 RBI’s .316 BA and is slugging .594. Tell me how you could not put this guy here. Apparently MLB doesn’t think he’s All-Star game worthy and it’s left up to the fans to choose him. In my mind as of right now Votto is an All-Start starter and the first half MVP.

CY Young: Ubaldo Jimenez (P Colorado Rockies)

To even think of putting someone else here is ridiculous. Jimenez is 14-1 with 107 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA. He is one win away from breaking his career record of wins (15) and it’s only the first half of the season. Not to mention throwing a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves earlier this month. The kid has an incredible gift and just to think he could have turned down being a MLB pitcher to be a doctor instead makes me as a baseball fan shutter. His talent needs to be used and right now he’s Cy Young worthy.

Rookie of the Year: Gaby Sanchez (1B Florida Marlins)

A lot of people would figure to put 20 year old Braves star Jason Heyward here but Sanchez is looking like a better case. Hitting just over .300 (.309 which is better then Heywards .251 BA) with 9 home runs and 38 RBI’s. He has been a solid player on the young Florida Marlins team which includes another young talent Mike Stanton, another 20 year old call up in the majors this year. Look for Sanchez to continue his strong season.

Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker (Cincinnati Reds)

When the season started I said that the Reds could be a solid team but what I’ve seen so far is unexpected. The pitching staff filled with lots of youngsters has really emerged and the position players have found their grove. Dusty Baker has been making the right calls all year. The Reds are a top the N.L. Central with St. Louis right behind them. Dusty has to continue to make the right calls for the Reds to continue this great season.

-Timmy Dimas

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Hanley being ... Hanley?

We have heard of players not hustling and being taken out of the game by their managers for it. The best part is the day after reactions to all of it. Last night Florida Marlins star Hanley Ramirez was benched by Fredi Gonzalez, the manager. In the bottom of the first Ramirez fouled a ball awfully hard off his leg and was checked by medical staff right then and there. He gave the team an okay to continue to play but he’d be on the field for only a short time. In the top of the second inning Tony Abreu, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, blooped a single over the head of Ramirez. At first Hanley was chasing it down like any other fielder but after it hit his shin he started to do something less of a jog after the ball. Gonzalez’s would bench him for the rest of the game.

Now lets fast forward to this morning.  Gonzalez said that Ramirez was not benched do to the shin injury but because of the lack of hustles.  Quote, “we felt that the effort wasn’t there that we wanted.” He later said that Cody Ross had been hit by a 95 mph fast ball but remained in the game and did not slow up his game because of the hit.

Hanley responded this way about being benched. “It’s his team. He can do whatever he [expletive] wants.” Then he responded this way about his teammates saying he should apologize. “We got a lot of people dogging it after ground balls. They don’t apologize,”  He said this on chasing the ball, “I wasn’t trying to give up. That was the hardest I could go after the ball.” The best thing he said though was this. “That’s OK. He doesn’t understand that. He never played in the big leagues,” and “He” in this comment is of course the manager.

So if you haven’t grasped the concept yet, Hanley seems to be not caring as much about the situation as people would think he would. He says he did his best and that being taken out of the game was a load of garbage. I can tell you this much. Hanley needs to relax before he becomes the next Ramirez to be given the slogan “Manny being Manny” even though “Hanley being Hanley” does have a nice ring to it.

The Marlins aren’t known for playing players but Ramirez was a different case. They gave him a 6 year 70+mil contract extension to remain in Florida. Ramirez is touted as a top 3 short stop in the game if not number 1 but this isn’t the way to keep a good image. Hanley needs to stop being Hanley and start being a Marlin. Like Fredi said, and I quote, “I got 25 guys all wearing the same uniform with all of the same Marlins insignia on the front and I think it’s disappointing if anybody did it, not just one guy.” Sorry Hanley, just because you’re a marquee guy does not mean you can do what you want.

-Timmy Dimas

All quotes provided in the article was thanks to The New York Post, MLB.com and ESPN

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