177 Did Sam Martin Try to Punt a Conch Shell?

Dan, Dave, and Geoff are here! We finally get a chance to go over Michigan’s “win” over Rutgers and the Brandon Peters hype train. We get Dave’s take on his Spartans almost winning a game they had no business winning. Can they really beat Penn State?…NO! Tony Paul from the Detroit News is awake this week and joins us to talk the thriller of a World Series we just witnessed, Tigers, and Kevin Spacey! Don’t miss this one, guys! Our apologies for the late posting….It’s Dan’s fault.

Bennett’s 2016 MLB Award Predictions

img_6704Now that the MLB Regular Season is in the books, the focus shifts to the playoffs and the pending MLB Awards. My basis for picking these awards ranges from individual performance, importance to their team, consistency, and maybe a coin flip or two.

So without further delay, let’s start with the National League.


NL MVP – Nolan Arenado, 3B – Colorado Rockies

nolan-arenado-31815-getty-ftrjpg_1j85mnuwfyprz1q6anhdmi39e2You will begin to notice a pattern with my MVP picks shortly. I am not a believer in a player needing his team to make the playoffs to win the MVP. Arenado finished the season leading the NL in home runs (tied with Chris Carter) and RBI. He also finished second behind Kris Bryant in WAR and oWAR, and third in dWAR. While many people will point to Bryant leading the NL in WAR, Arenado was right there with him, and most definitely deserves to be recognized for an outstanding season.


NL Cy Young – Max Scherzer, SP – Washington Nationals

max-scherzer_8cncphkc5z91799rizswg7crLeading the NL in wins, WHIP, and strikeouts, Mad Max continued his dominance after leaving Detroit. Scherzer led pitchers in WAR with a 6.4. Although finishing with a 2.96 ERA, which is good for eighth in the NL, it would be really hard to not pick Scherzer for the Cy Young.



NL Rookie of the Year – Corey Seager, SS – LA Dodgers

downloadCorey Seager finished the year with 26 HR and 72 RBI. Strangely enough, he doesn’t lead either of those categories by himself. This award was destined to belong to Trevor Story, who was having a remarkable rookie year before injuring his thumb and undergoing season ending surgery back in August. I wanted to still go with Story, but WAR also comes into play here as Seager had a WAR of 6.1, finishing fifth in the NL, and actually behind Kris Bryant in oWAR (fifth, 6.6) in ninth place.


NL Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs

Joe had the best record in all of baseball, and it wasn’t even close. Sure he has talented roster and high payroll. But as Tiger fans know now, it doesn’t mean squat if a manager can’t get the group to focus collectively on a single goal. Joe Maddon is a master at that.


AL MVP – Mike Trout, CF – LA Angels

mike-trout2-060515-getty-ftrjpg_1hxbrj3y5d8mk10jgehudx2zx1Mike Trout is the best baseball player in the world. The guy is a such a remarkable talent, he needs to be recognized unconditionally. It’s not Trout’s fault that the Angels roster is a clown show at times, but imagine for a second the Angels without Trout; it’s a whole lot worse than it already is. Trout finished the year with 29 HR, 100 RBI, 123 Runs scored (most in the AL), an OPS of .441, and he led the AL in walks and all of baseball with a Saber-metric egg plant inducing 10.6 WAR. Trout should already have three or four MVP awards, it’s time to stop with the stipulations; reward his greatness.


AL Cy Young – Corey Kluber, SP – Cleveland Indians

1-corey-kluber-041816-getty-ftrjpg_tzovbuxj3kly1asf6eiysyfh8Kluber finished the year with 18 wins, 227 strikeouts, a 3.14 ERA, and two shutouts. Kluber was second to Justin Verlander in WAR by a tenth of a point (6.5 to 6.6). The reason why I went with Kluber is, because while Verlander led the AL in strikeouts and other categories, he also played two more games than Kluber. Projecting those 2 more games for Kluber, he would’ve had comparable or better overall numbers than Verlander.


AL Rookie of the Year – Michael Fulmer, SP – Detroit Tigers

tigers-rookie-michael-fulmer-duceyAs much as I love Cleveland Indian Tyler Naquin and the way he plays the game (who could forget his memorable walk-off inside-the-park home run), Michael Fulmer was magnificent in his first season in the big leagues. Coming in with a 11-7 record with a 3.06 ERA and 132 Strikeouts and a WAR of 4.9, Fulmer gave Tiger fans hope not only this past season, but for years to come. He came up short of qualifying for the ERA title, and would’ve been the first rookie pitcher to do so since Tiger pitcher Mark Fidrych. There weren’t too many great rookies this season in the American League outside of Fulmer, Naquin, and Nomar Mazara in Texas, whose star fizzled out after a hot start in April. The nod goes to the Tigers’ young phenom.


AL Manager of the Year – Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians

Tito Francona led the Tribe into battle this season coming off a year where many people had his team as World Series contenders. The Indians struggled mightily at the plate last season and never recovered. With the additions of Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis, the Indians added some speed and power into their lineup. Nobody expected the season that Napoli posted, and Davis led the AL in stolen bases. With a midseason acquisition of  Andrew Miller, Tito took a team who is in the bottom half of baseball in payroll and won the American League Central. The Indians are poised to be good for a while. They have a young talented bunch that will only get better, and they have one of the best at the helm to make sure that happens.

Mitten Sports Talk Episode 8-Recapping the Tigers losing streak

On this week’s Mitten Sports Talk, Erick and Jeramy break down the Tigers past week and go stat heavy. Erick promises not to have Tigers in the “Trending in the D” segment and they recap the past week in sports.

Bad Hop Radio- Hot Start Radio

In this episode of BadHopRadio, Chris and special guest Tim Klonica from the 6-4-3 and What About Sports podcasts discuss the joys of child rearing and coaching, talk about the hot starts of players like Trevor Story, Tyler White, and Nomar Mazara, analyze the early season exploits of the Tigers and Nats, and generally talk about baseball a lot, because they really love baseball,

Bad Hop Radio Episode 19-There goes the neighborhood play

In this episode of BadHopRadio, Chris and Perry examine just how bad the Tigers bullpen was over the last decade, do a deep dive on the Twins with Jesse Lund of Twinkie Town, discuss the new MLB rule changes and the first few Tigers Spring Training games, and finish with a recap of Spotlight and the Academy Awards.