Marty Lurie Talks San Francisco Giants Baseball

Who Gets This Year's First Greenwald Awards? by Doug Greenwald

Doug Greenwald has been a minor league baseball broadcaster for eight years.
He just finished his first season with the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. He has experience with both the Giants and A’s in the minor leagues. For two seasons, Doug was the voice of the former AA Giants affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana and then spent the 2002 campaign with the Modesto Athletics of the California League.

Despite calling 144 Pacific Coast League games, Doug found plenty of time to
follow the Major League game. Now that 162 games are through, it’s time to cast his votes for the year-end individual awards.

Click Below to read the recipients of the first Annual Greenwald Awards exclusively on! Thanks, Doug.

Folks, we know it’s called the Most Valuable Player. But in a year like this where there is no clear-cut MVP in the American League how do you go against Alex Rodriguez? Miguel Tejada has made a late bid, so has Eric Chavez. The Red Sox and Yankees have great sluggers up-and-down their lineups, everyone offsets. There were certain players like Carlos Delgado and Frank Thomas who at times showed up this year with MVP like performances and then we never heard
from them. A-ROD posted 47 home runs, 118 RBI’s, and a .298 average. He finished second in total bases, was also in the top ten in: walks, on-base percentage, led the league in slugging percentage, third in extra base hits.
Eventhough A-ROD picked a bad team as a free agent, it’s not his fault. He’s played
his butt off for the three years, has the respect of his teammates and peers
i.e. showing value. He might not have a great supporting cast behind him, but you can’t penalize a guy from winning the MVP just because he’s on a bad team. Especially in a year where no one really stands out.

Plain and simple…Roy Halladay. Winning 15 straight games is somthing only a handful of pitchers in Major League history have ever done. Twenty-two (22) wins aren’t something you shake a maple leaf at, he started more games than any Major League pitcher (36), had nine complete games, led in innings pitched, and finished just two behind Pedro Martinez for strikeouts. All this pitching for a mediocre team. Enough said, Roy Halladay, congratulations.

All this stuff about how Hideki Matsui not really being a rookie since he played in the Major Leagues in Japan. This is the American Major League award. He’s a rookie to this league. Matsui got hot in the second half and didn’t
just help his team down the stretch but himself for this award. He showed speed, ability to play left field, and power. This was a great year in the American League for rookies with Angel Berroa, Rocco Baldelli, and, Carl Crawford.
Matsui led all rookies with 106 RBI’s, and was in top ten in all major offensive categories. He finished first in total bases for rookies with 270, and also belted two Grand Slams. Let’s not overlook his 13 outfield assists. Again,
tough call here but I don’t think the Yankees are quite the same team if it weren’t for Matsui’s accomplishments.

This should be no debate, Tony Pena. He took a team which lost over 100 games last year and made them into contenders into the last two weeks of the season. The Kansas City Royals were made up of mostly young players and whenever it looked like they were going to fade early in the season, or, the middle of
the season, they always rallied and were in the race all season. Most knew Tony would make a great manager, most not this quickly.

Bonds, Barry Bonds. The Giants without Bonds struggled. They have no Jeff
Kent this year, no Reggie Sanders, Bonds carries that team. Just the name puts
fear into opposing managers, and, pitchers. The Giants as great as they are, aren’t clearly the same team without him. As awesome as Albert Pujols is, he has plenty of support around him. Barry Bonds all the way.

Eric Gagne. He has clearly been the best pitcher in the National League.
Perfect in save opportunities with 55, the game was over when he came in. The
reason why the Dodgers were in playoff contention until the last week was because he made sure they were. Mark Prior, Russell Ortiz, and, Jason Schmidt are all big-game pitchers but the Cy Young Award is given to the best pitcher each year, Gagne was the best.

Whatcha talking about is Dontrelle Willis? What we’re talking about is a man or kid who
started this year at AA. The Marlins have taken off since his arrival. He has brought national attention to this team—but mostly based on his performance. An impressive 3.41 ERA, 13 wins, two complete games, and 136 strikeouts. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks is a close second, as should the
Milwaukee Brewers Scott Podsednik, but Willis really helped turn that team around when he arrived. Oh by the way, he was named a National League All-Star. Not bad for someone wearing a Carolina Mudcat uniform in April.

A new team, new players, injuries, deaths in the family, following a very popular man in the same post. No problem for Felipe Alou. No argument to this one. Although he inherited a World Series team last year, half the team is
new, the disabled list was visited all season as was the bereavement list, and all he did was win 100 games, and, lead his team from the day one to day 162 in first place. We knew Felipe Alou was a great manager with a limited budget in Montreal, but what he has done this year with so many distractions has been amazing. Jack McKeon has had a remarkable turnaround in Florida but Felipe
just goes with the flow, like his team.


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