- Joe Posnanski offers his take on the AL Cy Young race – and, as usual, it's a good one (Joe's take, that is). Like Joe, we at Plate Coverage love Baseball-Reference.com. Love it. It's the best baseball site in the world. It's a box of puppies on Christmas morning. But, as Posnanski asks, did b-ref.com get it right when assessing the performance of Detroit's Justin Verlander and Boston's Rick Porcello? And did that assessment lead to the hue and cry over the Cy? (Plate Coverage picked Verlander for the Cy Young award, but we can't say this is one of the all-time worst votes in the history of Awards voting. We wrote at length about the 1999 AL MVP ballot here.
- As happy as we are for Mike Trout, we're shocked (but again, happy) that he was named AL MVP. The BBWAA got it very, very right this time.
Good votes do not make for good books, so knock it off. Oh, since you brought up books…
- (You didn't bring up books? Specifically, books about the history of the MVP vote? Huh. Sorry. My bad. I could have sworn someone brought it up… but since we're on the subject, the digital version of Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots is now a Rickey-level STEAL.)
- A rarity in boxing occurred last Saturday, as Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev engaged in a bout that lived up to expectations. As a fight, it had everything – an early knockdown by Kovalev, a valiant, uphill climb by Ward to put the decision in doubt, technical brilliance (which included some brutal fouling at the highest level), high-wire tension, and a controversial finish (in this case, a good thing). Our view is that the wrong fighter got the decision – and we can't wait for the sequel.