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Davey Johnson Wins Manager of the Year

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Move over Jack Strumski.

Davey Johnson has won something for the second time today. Everyday he wins the battle vs. Death, but today he won something special additionally. Davey took home Manager of the Year honors for the 2nd time in his career, having done so in Baltimore in 1997.

Davey beat out Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, and a few others who received votes. While Baker famously had a stroke this season, it was not a stroke of luck. His poor fortune continues with losing this award. Bochy’s style of ball got praise from all around the league, but insisting on using bocce balls during BP because of the similar sounding name lost him some votes. And some lives of his players. Ozzie Guillen was also considered for the award, until people realized he managed a chop shop instead of a baseball team.

Billy Beane Bob Melvin took home the award in the AL, having led the A’s to the ALDS. His listening to what Beane told him good managing skills were considered the tops in the AL in a close race. Oakland really would not have done well without Beane Melvin. It’s an award not well deserved for Melvin.

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2012 Nationals Player Profile: Henry Rodriguez

Henry Rodriguez remembers the dark days

Henry Rodriguez throws hard. He throws hard even by the standards of Major League Baseball pitchers, who tend to throw harder than average people (Livan Hernandez excepted). His fastball has been known to reach 100mph, which means that if he stood on one side of the original 100-square mile-boundaries of Washington, DC and threw a fastball towards the other side, it would get there in…probably about an hour. Assuming no gravity and that it didn’t hit an office building, presidential memorial or homeless person on the way, of course.

Henry Rodriguez has always thrown hard. Henry grew up in Zulia, Venezuela, where there were plenty of things to throw. As a baby, Henry Rodriguez once threw a pacifier through a wall. When he was five, he threw a squirrel through a tree. When he was eight years old, he threw a six-year-old through a five-year-old. That was a very traumatic event in Henry’s life (not to mention the lives of the other children involved). After that, Henry stopped throwing living things and started throwing baseballs. Continue reading

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