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Our status for tonight’s game in Cedar Rapids is still up in the air. Here’s the current scene:
In lieu of a pregame interview tonight, I thought I’d post last night’s conversation about the Midwest League Post-Season All-Star selections. You already read my thoughts on the subject yesterday, but I was fortunate to have LumberKings’ PA voice Brad Seward in the booth to weigh in on the selections. He has some fairly good insight on talent, having seen his share of big-leaguers over the last 14 seasons.
MWL Post-Season All-Stars Chat with Brad Seward.mp3
Just as I’m completing this post, the game has been postponed due to rain. We’ll play two tomorrow at 5:30 PM in Cedar Rapids. You can listen to both seven-inning games on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton and 1390kcln.com.
The 2009 Post-Season All-Stars were announced by the Midwest League office earlier this afternoon. The choices are determined by the 14 managers in the league, there are no media or front office votes. Spoiler Alert: There are no LumberKings on the list.
First Base: Rebel Ridling (PEO)
Second Base: Alexi Amarista (CR)
Third Base: Josh Vitters (PEO)
Shortstop: Dee Gordon (GLL)
Outfielders: Kyle Russell (GLL), Kyler Burke (PEO) and Josh Harrison (PEO)
DH: Billy Nowlin (WM)
RH Starter: Kenny Smalley (KCC)
LH Starter: Casey Crosby (KCC)
RH Reliever: Brad Brach (FTW)
LH Reliever: Andrew Taylor (CR)
MVP: Dee Gordon and Kyle Russell, Great Lakes Loons
Prospect of the Year: Dee Gordon, Great Lakes Loons
Manager of the Year: Doug Dascenzo, Fort Wayne and Marty Pevey, Peoria
And now, for my commentary. There’s no real surprises or huge snubs on this list that I can see, but I was hoping to see Kenn Kasparek on this list. Smalley is an exceptional pitcher, but Kasparek will finish with better numbers in ERA and strikeouts, most likely. Had this evaluation been done based on numbers from May onward, Kasparek wins, hands down.
Also, another thought comes to mind. I’m a big fan of rewarding both Gordon and Russell with the MVP award for the Loons…the man who set the table and stole 69 bases, plus the guy who drove him in with a league-high 25 home runs. I won’t dispute those two. However, it makes me wonder how many votes former Kings’ first-baseman Mitch Moreland (pictured left) would have needed to tie Beloit’s Ben Revere for a split of the 2008 MVP award. That one still stings a bit.
Revere in ’08: .379 (129-for-340), 17 doubles, 10 triples, 51 runs, 43 RBI, 44 steals.
Moreland in ’08: .324 (151-for-466), 37 doubles, 18 HR, 64 runs, 99 RBI.
They finished 1-2 in the league in average, but Moreland recorded his numbers in 40 more games than Revere. I will continue to campaign for the asterisk on that MVP award, even to likely no avail.
Oh yeah, tonight’s game notes: