It doesn’t really seem like it, but I’ve been writing here at JBB for almost a full calendar year now. With the regular season coming to a close, I figured now was a great time to take a look ahead to what’s next for the page here. This one’s going to be a bit of a long post, but hopefully it will be full of useful information to you.
Month in Review and Award Winners
I had planned to do a month in review post for the month of September (and the first weekend of October), similar to what I had done in the previous months, but when I looked back through what I would write up, it involved my picks for the awards and the major stories. Instead, I am planning on doing my regular season in review early on next week instead. This post however, will not include my award picks. Instead, I will be posting about each award in the Baseball Bloggers’ Alliance. See the press release from them below:
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) recently announced the renaming of their annual postseason awards to comply with the wishes of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), thereby avoiding confusion between the two organizations. This allowed the BBA an opportunity to recognize some of the legendary greats of the game, naming their highest honors after them.
“Earlier in the year, the BBA reached an agreement with former Yankee reliever Goose Gossage to name our newest award, recognizing the best relief pitcher in each league, after him,” said Daniel Shoptaw, founder and president of the Alliance. “It only seemed fitting, then, that we rename the rest of our awards after other legends of the game.”
The five awards are given to a player in each league: The Connie Mack Award, given to the top manager; the Willie Mays Award, for the top rookie; the Goose Gossage award, mentioned above; the Walter Johnson Award, which would be analogous to the BBWAA’s Cy Young Award; and the Stan Musial Award, awarded to the most valuable player in each league.
According to Shoptaw, “These names are synonymous with quality, achievement, and dedication. These names have not only stood the test of time, but have been strengthened by it.”
The schedule for the announcement of these awards is as follows:
Connie Mack Award: October 14
Willie Mays Award: October 18
Goose Gossage Award: October 21
Walter Johnson Award: October 25
Stan Musial Award: October 28
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was founded in 2009 and numbers 222 blogs covering all major league teams and various other aspects of baseball, as well as blogs and sites that are affiliated as Friends of the BBA. The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba. Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.
I am a member of the General Baseball Chapter, and the way we’ve decided to handle this is to have each blog cast a vote similar to the overall chapter votes, and we will cast both of our votes. So I will be posting my votes for each of these awards in a post on the following schedule:
Connie Mack Award: AL on October 6th (Wed), NL on October 7th (Thu)
Willie Mays Award: AL on October 11th (Mon), NL on October 12th (Tue)
Goose Gossage Award: AL on October 14th (Thu), NL on October 15th (Fri)
Walter Johnson Award: AL on October 17th (Sun), NL on October 18th (Mon)
Stan Musial Award: AL on October 21st (Thu), NL on October 23rd (Sat)
The Other October Posts
Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot else planned specifically in between for the month of October. I am planning on commenting on about the playoffs as we go along through the month, and will have a playoff prediction up on Monday the 4th (prior to the start of the playoffs). There will definitely be a season in review post up at some point, but will definitely have more of a regular season tilt to it.
I am currently in the process of returning to work full time, and as such will probably be trying to write further in advance. As it goes now, I generally try to write as many posts as are possible ahead of time. Some of the details don’t change from a few days forward, and those are generally the ones I try to write up in advance. My goal for JBB is to continue to provide 3-4 quality posts a week. With that said, I also have some planned groups of posts for those who may not have read them last year.
Review of My Preseason Predictions
Back in February and March, I wrote up predictions of how I thought each team would perform this year based on the way the team was built at the time. Undoubtedly, some of them will be a little more accurate than others with the benefit of hindsight. In addition, I also did rankings for each position for fantasy purposes, and plan on looking back at those as well.
The Case for the Hall of Fame
During the month of December, I will take a look at each player who is on the final ballot for the National Baseball Writers’ Hall of Fame for this coming year. Players who I wrote up last year will probably only get a second glance to see if anything has changed in my opinion since last season. The difference this season will definitely be for me to review all of the eligible players, rather than just a majority like I did last season.
Prospect Reviews V 2.0
Last January and February, I reviewed a prospect from each organization in the Majors. I really enjoyed writing those last season, and will be doing them again this year in January and February again. As you may have seen in my reviews last week, I was pretty conservative overall in my predictions. The goal for next year is to try to be a bit more bold about it and see if I can nail down some of them a little bit better.
Trade retrospectives will return at the start of next season, unless a specific trade presents itself as needing a review ahead of time. That said, I do plan on continuing to review trades as they happen, as well as key free agent signings as well.
Overall, I’ve actually been really happy with the comments and response I’ve been getting to the writing, and am really happy to have as many readers as I do already.