The American League MVP discussion was one of the most intriguing debates of the MLB offseason. The young Mike Trout of the Angels led the American League in stolen bases and runs and led all of baseball in wins above replacement (WAR) at 10.4. Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers was the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski ion 1967. Yesterday, the Baseball Writers of America selected Miguel Cabrera as the MVP receiver 22 of 28 first place votes. More here.
In the National League, the award was up for grabs. 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun put up MVP numbers again but was tainted by his positive test for PEDs in December that was later overturned. Andrew McCutchen was the hottest hitter in baseball in July and sustained a very successful season at the plate. In the end, the MVP award went to the World Series champion Buster Posey who led the NL in hitting this season. The AL MVP was at the plate when the NL MVP began celebrating his World Series victory. More here.
The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills squared off at Ralph Wilson Stadium last night on Thursday Night Football. The Bills jumped out 10-0 before Marcus Thigpen took the ensuing kickoff back 96 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 10-7. Following three field goals from the Bills, the Dolphins were able to score to cut the Bills led to five. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw two interceptions inside of the final two minutes with the Dolphins trailing by five. The loss drops the Dolphins to 4-6 and the win improves the Bills to 4-6. More here.
The NHL labor situation keeps getting worse and worse. Sources are reporting to TSN’s Aaron Ward that commissioner Gary Bettman has recommended to the NHLPA that they take two weeks off before restarting CBA negotiations. The outlook for the season looks bleak at this point but some believe that it is a ploy to put pressure on the NHLPA. More here.