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Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 3:46 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With just a few days left until 2012 brings us a whole new year, it's only fitting to look back at the year that was. Sure, there's an actual baseball season, including spring training, the regular season and the postseason, but things happen nearly every day throughout the entire calendar year. So we're going to create a fake award and call it a Bloggie. 

We'll set the table with some nominations and let you, our readers, vote for the winners. We did Part I on Monday and this is Part II: Electric Boogaloo. Friday, we'll post the winners and our staff picks. Without further ado ...

Best Twitterer
• @JGuthrie46 (Jeremy Guthrie): The Orioles starter loves his Air Jordans and often gives updates on his newest kicks, but he also trash talks with his teammates in an entertaining feed.
• @BMcCarthy32 (Brandon McCarthy): The A's right-hander may be the most prolific tweeter of English Premier League analysis in baseball. He also shows off a great sense of humor.
@LoMoMarlins (Logan Morrison): The Marlins' brass may disagree, but Morrison is candid and entertaining with his tweets, even if it got him in trouble with the front office.
@DatDudeBP (Brandon Phillips): Phillips not only engages with his fans on Twitter, but also brings them into his real life. He's held contests to give away not just merchandise, but also a trip to spring training and even asked fans what to do on a day off, and when a kid invited him to his baseball game, Phillips showed up.
@str8edgeracer (C.J. Wilson): The off-season's most sought-after starter tweeted during the season, throughout the World Series and even in free agency.

Biggest bonehead move
• A-Rod's popcorn snafu: Usually having a famous actress feed you popcorn is a badge of honor -- unless you're Alex Rodriguez. Not only did Fox cameras catch then-girlfriend Cameron Diaz feeding A-Rod popcorn during the Super Bowl, but then Rodriguez made it worse by allegedly was upset about the shot.
Mike Leake's shopping spree: The second-year Reds pitcher was arrested for taking $60 worth of shirts from a downtown Cincinnati Macy's in April. He eventually pled guilty to a lesser charge.
• Distracted baserunner: The Reds and Phillies went 19 innings on May 25, but the game could have ended earlier -- with a different winner -- had Phillips been playing more attention to pitcher J.C. Romero than to his conversation with Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. While gabbing with Rollins, Romero picked Phillips off at second. What made it worse was that the Reds had two on and one out -- and were a ball away from loading the bases -- before Phillips got picked off. After walking Scott Rolen, Romero walked Jay Bruce to load the bases with two outs, but David Herndon replaced Romero to get out of the inning.
Beer and chicken: Beer and fried chicken are great things -- unless you're consuming those two in the clubhouse as your team is playing on the field. The backroom hijinks got Terry Francona fired and may have cost the Red Sox a shot at the playoffs.
Tony La Russa's communication breakdown: If the Cardinals hadn't come back to win the World Series, Tony La Russa's gaffe in Game 5 would go down as one of the worst of all time. La Russa claimed the crowd noise at Rangers Ballpark prevented him from communicating with his bullpen. He said he wanted his closer, Jason Motte, to get warmed up, and instead Lance Lynn was told to get warm. When Lynn came into the game, his manager was surprised and the Cardinals went on to lose the game.

Best celebration:
Brewers: Milwaukee's "Beast Mode" was inspired by Prince Fielder's kids and the movie Monsters, Inc.
Diamondbacks: Was the team's "Snake" inspired by the movie Dodgeball?
Yadier Molina: The Cardinal catcher either did a "cry baby" or motorcycle celebration during the NLCS.
Rangers: Texas' "claw and antler" started in 2010 and started the signaling to the dugout trend.
None, they're all lame.

Weirdest injury:
Jeremy Affeldt: The Giants left-hander suffered a deep cut that required surgery on his right hand when he used a knife to attempt to separate frozen hamburger patties.
Sergio Escalona: The Houston reliever suffered a spraining ankle when he tripped over a glove during batting practice.
Matt Holliday: The Cardinals left fielder left a game after a moth flew into his ear.
Zack Greinke: The Brewers' ace debuted on the disabled list after he broke a rib in a pickup basketball game before spring training started.
Chris Narveson: Another Brewer pitcher with an odd injury, the left-hander cut himself while fixing his glove.


Most Impressive home run:
Juan Francisco

Justin Upton

• Prince Fielder

Mark Trumbo

Mike Stanton

Best defensive play:
Asdrubal Cabrera

Brandon Phillips

Ben Revere

Jeff Francoeur

Sam Fuld

So, cast your vote and check back Friday for not only the winners, but also the choices from our staff.

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Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:57 pm

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

That's the only way allows videos to be embedded.

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:16 am

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

Did we really need to have commercials thrown at us for EVERY play view for the Home Run and Defensive gem questions?  I gave up viewing.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2011 6:19 am

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

The BP defensive gem was downright sick!!!!!  The best defensive 2nd baseman in MLB hands down.....and not a bad hitter to boot.  Now time for the Reds to win the NL Central again in 2012 like they did in 2010.  Go Reds!

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:45 pm

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

The only thing boneheaded about the arod situation was how pitiful writers tried to make it a story, ya he was so angry that he joked about in a press rally.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 28, 2011 5:58 pm

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

im not even sure if that was datdudebp best defensive play of his year...look for brandon phillips defensive gems best single season defense highlight-real i have ever seen!

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:40 pm

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

All I took from this is that the Reds are either really good or really bad. They could play at times with the best but at times they played equal to the worst.

Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 11:10 am
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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:48 am

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

Phillips also had a similar gaffe, picked off 2nd base while gabbing, in Cleveland around the 4th of July.  That play also shut down a rally and the Reds  never recovered.  Th
e Reds have Phillips, the Bengals had Ocho Cinco.  Less Twitter and more focus on the field #85 learned. 

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:35 am

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

I didn't see a category for best home run.  I did see a category for most impressive home run.

Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:20 am

Voting for the 2011 MLB Bloggies, Part II

Nelson Cruz' walk-off grand slam against the Tigers in the ALCS was the best home run of the year. It's not even close.

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