October 5, 2014

National League awards [2014]



Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw beat the Diamondbacks on Opening Day in Australia, threw a no-hitter against the Rockies and pitched 41 consecutive scoreless innings. Josh Beckett, Tim Lincecum and Jordan Zimmermann also threw no-hitters.

Babe Ruth Award | Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. 21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
3. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
4. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
5. Buster Posey, Giants

Walter Johnson Award | Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. 21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

Jackie Robinson Award | Jacob deGrom, Mets. 9-6, 2.69 ERA, 144 strikeouts and 43 walks in 140.1 innings.

Connie Mack Award | Matt Williams, Nationals. 96-66 [.593]

2. Don Mattingly, Dodgers
3. Bruce Bochy, Giants



Catcher | Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers. 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, .301 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .465 slugging percentage, 53 doubles. Best hitter | Buster Posey, Giants. Best fielder | Yadier Molina, Cardinals.

2. Buster Posey, Giants
3. Devin Mesoraco, Reds

First base | Anthony Rizzo, Cubs. 32 home runs, 78 RBIs, .286 batting average, .386 on-base percentage, .527 slugging percentage, 15 HBPs. Best fielder | Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers.

Second base | Chase Utley, Phillies. 11 home runs, 78 RBIs, .270 batting average, .339 on-base percentage, .407 slugging percentage, 13 HBPs. Best fielder | DJ LeMahieu, Rockies.

Third base | Anthony Rendon, Nationals. 21 home runs, 83 RBIs, .287 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, .473 slugging percentage, 111 runs. Best fielder | Rendon.

Shortstop | Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals. 21 home runs, 75 RBIs, .263 batting average, .336 on-base percentage, .443 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies. Best fielder | Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta.

Left field | Matt Holliday, Cardinals. 20 home runs, 90 RBIs, .272 batting average, .370 on-base percentage, .441 slugging percentage, 17 HBPs.

Center field | Andrew McCutchen, Pirates. 25 home runs, 83 RBIs, .314 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, .542 slugging percentage, 10 HBPs. Best fielder | Juan Lagares, Mets.

2. Carlos Gomez, Brewers

Right field | Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins. 37 home runs, 105 RBIs, .288 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .555 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Jason Heyward, Atlanta.

2. Jason Heyward, Atlanta



Starting rotation |

1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers.
21-3, 1.77 ERA, 239 strikeouts and 31 walks in 198.1 innings.

2. Johnny Cueto, Reds. 20-9, 2.25 ERA, 242 strikeouts and 65 walks in 243.2 innings, 15 HBPs.

3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals. 20-9, 2.38 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 50 walks in 227 innings.

4. Cole Hamels, Phillies. 9-9, 2.46 ERA, 198 strikeouts and 59 walks in 204.2 innings.

5. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals. 14-5, 2.66 ERA, 182 strikeouts and 29 walks in 199.2 innings.

6. Tanner Roark, Nationals
7. Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Closer | Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta. 0-3, 1.61 ERA, 47 saves, 95 strikeouts and 26 walks in 61.2 innings.

2. Mark Melancon, Pirates
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies

Goodbye | The Greatest Hitter of All Time [1960-2014]



— Kevin Brewer

October 3, 2014

American League awards [2014]



Albert Pujols hit his 500th home run against the Nationals. Edwin Encarnacion hit 16 home runs in May. Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned. Derek Jeter had a walk-off single in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium.

Babe Ruth Award | Mike Trout, Angels. 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, .287 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .561 slugging percentage, 115 runs.

2. Robinson Cano, Mariners
3. Michael Brantley, Cleveland
4. Josh Donaldson, Athletics
5. Jose Altuve, Astros

Walter Johnson Award | Corey Kluber, Cleveland. 18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 strikeouts and 51 walks in 235.21 innings.

Jackie Robinson Award | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, .317 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Ian Kinsler, Tigers. 17 home runs, 92 RBIs, .275 batting average, .307 on-base percentage, .420 slugging percentage, 100 runs, 40 doubles.

Connie Mack Award | Mike Scioscia, Angels. 98-64 [.605]

2. Buck Showalter, Orioles
3. Lloyd McClendon, Mariners



Catcher | Yan Gomes, Cleveland. 21 home runs, 74 RBIs, .278 batting average, .313 on-base percentage, .472 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Salvador Perez, Royals.

First base | Jose Abreu, White Sox. 36 home runs, 107 RBIs, .317 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, .581 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Chris Davis, Orioles.

2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers.

Second base | Robinson Cano, Mariners. 14 home runs, 82 RBIs, .314 batting average, .382 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Jose Altuve, Astros. Best fielder | Ian Kinsler, Tigers.

2. Jose Altuve, Astros
3. Howie Kendrick, Angels
4. Ian Kinsler, Tigers

Third base | Josh Donaldson, Athletics. 29 home runs, 98 RBIs, .255 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, .456 slugging percentage. Best hitter | Adrian Beltre, Rangers. Best fielder | Donaldson.

2. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
3. Kyle Seager, Mariners

Shortstop | Erick Aybar, Angels. 7 home runs, 68 RBIs, .278 batting average, .321 on-base percentage, .379 slugging percentage. Best fielder | J.J. Hardy, Orioles.

Left field | Michael Brantley, Cleveland. 20 home runs, 97 RBIs, .327 batting average, .385 on-base percentage, .506 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 45 doubles. Best fielder | Alex Gordon, Royals.

2. Alex Gordon, Royals

Center field | Mike Trout, Angels. 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, .287 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .561 slugging percentage, 115 runs. Best fielder | Lorenzo Cain, Royals.

2. Adam Jones, Orioles

Right field | Jose Bautista, Blue Jays. 35 home runs, 103 RBIs, .286 batting average, .403 on-base percentage, .524 slugging percentage, 101 runs, 104 walks. Best fielder | Josh Reddick, Athletics.

Designated hitter | Victor Martinez, Tigers. 32 home runs, 103 RBIs, .335 batting average, .409 on-base percentage, .565 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Corey Kluber, Cleveland.
18-9, 2.44 ERA, 269 strikeouts and 51 walks in 235.21 innings.

2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners. 15-6, 2.14 ERA, 248 strikeouts and 46 walks in 236 innings, 18 wild pitches.

3. Chris Sale, White Sox. 12-4, 2.17 ERA, 208 strikeouts and 39 walks in 174 innings, 11 HBPs.

4. Max Scherzer, Tigers. 18-5, 3.15 ERA, 252 strikeouts and 63 walks in 220.1 innings, 10 wild pitches.

5. Jon Lester, Red Sox-Athletics. 16-11, 2.46 ERA, 220 strikeouts and 48 walks in 219.2 innings.

6. David Price, Rays-Tigers
7. Dallas Keuchel, Astros

Setup man | Wade Davis, Royals. 9-2, 1.00 ERA, 3 saves, 109 strikeouts and 23 walks in 72.0 innings.

2. Dellin Betances, Yankees.

Closer | Zach Britton, Orioles. 3-2, 1.65 ERA, 37 saves, 62 strikeouts and 23 walks in 76.1 innings.

2. Greg Holland, Royals.

Best Picture | The Battered Bastards of Baseball



— Kevin Brewer

June 18, 2014

76 | 1994



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regular | Kevin Brewer | @RealKevinBrewer
guest | Daniel Johnson | @filmbabble | Film Babble Blog




1. Movies [1:15] Pulp Fiction + Ed Wood + Quiz Show + Hoop Dreams + Bullets Over Broadway + Leon: The Professional + Cobb




2. Music [32:00] Kurt Cobain [1967-1994] + Unplugged: Bob Dylan + American Recordings + “Sabotage” | “Buddy Holly”




3. Television [47:00] ER + Friends + My So-Called Life + David Caruso + “Saturday Night Live”




4. Sports [1:01:30] O.J. + Tonya and Nancy

May 7, 2014

April 30, 2014

Age [20] All-Star team



Forward | LeBron James [Cavaliers] 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 49.9 2-point shooting, 35.1 3-point shooting, 75.0 free throw shooting, 2.2 steals. [2004-05]

Forward | Anthony Davis [Pelicans] 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 52.2 2-point shooting, 79.1 free throw shooting, 2.8 blocks. [2013-14]

Center | Spencer Haywood [Rockets | ABA] 30.0 points, 19.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 49.6 2-point shooting, 77.6 free throw shooting. [1969-70]

Point guard | Magic Johnson [Lakers] 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 54.0 2-point shooting, 81.0 free throw shooting, 2.4 steals. [1979-80]

Point guard | Chris Paul [Hornets] 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 46.4 2-point shooting, 84.7 free throw shooting, 2.2 steals. [2005-06]



[BENCH]

Forward | Chris Webber [Warriors] 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 55.9 2-point shooting, 53.2 free throw shooting, 2.2 blocks. [1993-94]

Forward | Kevin Durant [Thunder] 25.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 48.6 2-point shooting, 42.2 3-point shooting, 86.3 free throw shooting. [2008-09]

Center | Shaquille O’Neal [Magic] 23.4 points, 13.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 56.3 2-point shooting, 59.2 free throw shooting, 3.5 blocks. [1992-93]

Guard | Kobe Bryant [Lakers] 19.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 49.4 2-point shooting, 83.9 free throw shooting. [1998-99]

Point guard | Kyrie Irving [Cavaliers] 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 47.4 2-point shooting, 39.1 3-point shooting, 85.5 free throw shooting. | 59 games [2012-13]



Honorable mention | Andre Drummond [2013-14] Adrian Dantley [1976-77] Dwight Howard [2005-06] Elton Brand [1999-2000] Kevin Garnett [1996-97]

Rookies of the Year | Spencer Haywood [1970] Adrian Dantley [1977] Shaquille O’Neal [1993] Chris Webber [1994] Elton Brand [2000] Mike Miller [2001] Amare Stoudemire [2003] Chris Paul [2006] Derrick Rose [2009] Tyreke Evans [2010]

NBA Finals MVP | Magic Johnson [1980]
— Kevin Brewer

April 19, 2014

NBA awards [2013-14]



The New Orleans Hornets became the Pelicans. Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Bobcats. Lebron James scored 61 against them. Kyle Korver broke the record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. David Stern retired as commissioner. Adam Silver replaced him.

Player of the Year | LeBron James [Heat] 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 62.2 2-point shooting, 37.9 3-point shooting, 75.0 free throw shooting.

2. Kevin Durant [Thunder]

Rookie of the Year | Victor Oladipo [Magic] 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 44.8 2-point shooting, 78.0 free throw shooting.

Coach of the Year | Steve Clifford [Bobcats] 43-39 | .524

2. Terry Stotts [Trail Blazers]
3. Jeff Hornacek [Suns]
4. Dwane Casey [Raptors]
5. Randy Wittman [Wizards]

Defensive Player of the Year | Joakim Noah [Bulls] 1.5 blocks, 1.2 steals.

Sixth Man of the Year | Taj Gibson [Bulls] 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 48.3 2-point shooting, 75.1 free throw shooting.

2. Manu Ginobili [Spurs]
3. Vince Carter [Mavericks]

Teammate of the Year | Tim Duncan [Spurs] 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 49.3 2-point shooting, 73.1 free throw shooting.



[FIRST TEAM]

Forward | Kevin Durant [Thunder] 32.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 54.9 2-point shooting, 39.1 3-point shooting, 87.3 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Forward | LeBron James [Heat] 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 62.2 2-point shooting, 37.9 3-point shooting, 75.0 free throw shooting. Age [29]

Center | Joakim Noah [Bulls] 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 47.6 2-point shooting, 73.7 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Point guard | Stephen Curry [Warriors] 24.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 50.9 2-point shooting, 42.4 3-point shooting, 88.5 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Point guard | Chris Paul [Clippers] 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 49.8 2-point shooting, 36.8 3-point shooting, 85.5 free throw shooting, 2.5 steals. Age [28]



[SECOND TEAM]

Forward | Kevin Love [Timberwolves] 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 50.2 2-point shooting, 37.6 3-point shooting, 82.1 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Forward | Blake Griffin [Clippers] 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 53.7 2-point shooting, 71.5 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Anthony Davis [Pelicans] 20.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 52.2 2-point shooting, 79.1 free throw shooting, 2.8 blocks. Age [20]

Guard | James Harden [Rockets] 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 51.5 2-point shooting, 36.6 3-point shooting, 86.6 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Point guard | Kyle Lowry [Raptors] 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 46.0 2-point shooting, 38.0 3-point shooting, 81.3 free throw shooting. Age [27]



[THIRD TEAM]

Forward | Dirk Nowitzki [Mavericks] 23.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 53.2 2-point shooting, 40.2 3-point shooting, 89.9 free throw shooting. Age [35]

Forward | LaMarcus Aldridge [Trail Blazers] 23.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 46.1 2-point shooting, 82.2 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Center | Dwight Howard [Rockets] 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 59.4 2-point shooting, 54.7 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Guard | Goran Drajic [Suns] 20.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 54.2 2-point shooting, 40.8 3-point shooting, 76.0 free throw shooting. Age [27]

Point guard | Mike Conley [Grizzlies] 17.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 48.4 2-point shooting, 36.1 3-point shooting, 81.5 free throw shooting. Age [26]

[HONORABLE MENTION]

Forward | Carmelo Anthony [Knicks] 27.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 46.9 2-point shooting, 40.2 3-point shooting, 84.8 free throw shooting. Age [29]

Forward | Serge Ibaka [Thunder] 15.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 54.6 2-point shooting, 78.4 free throw shooting, 2.7 blocks. Age [24]

— Kevin Brewer

February 21, 2014

72 | Midseason TV report



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regular | Kevin Brewer | @RealKevinBrewer
returning | Q | @rhquesenlarry

1. Introduction [0:00]
2. House of Cards | trailer | 95. Robin Wright [5:45]
3. True Detective | trailer [22:50]
4. Girls | trailer | 54. Allison Williams [39:15]
5. Community | Fincher homage | 2. Alison Brie [57:10]

February 10, 2014

71 | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno



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regular | Kevin Brewer | @RealKevinBrewer
guest | Daniel Johnson | @filmbabble | Film Babble Blog

1. Introduction [0:00]
2. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno | last show [00:30]
3. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon [24:25]
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman | imdb.com [31:30]
5. Woody Allen | NY Times editorial [42:00]
6. The Monuments Men [55:15]
7. The Lego Movie | Film Babble Blog [1:12:40]

January 20, 2014

70 | Oscar nominations



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regular | Kevin Brewer | @RealKevinBrewer | Best of 2013
guest | Daniel Johnson | @filmbabble | Film Babble Blog

1. Introduction [0:00]
2. Best Picture [1:30]
3. Best Actor
4. Best Actress
5. Supporting Actor and Actress

January 12, 2014

69 | Baseball Hall of Fame



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guest | Lacy Lusk | @lacylusk

1. Introduction [0:00]
2. This year’s class | voting [00:35]
3. Mock ballot [1:25]
4. Bonds & Clemens [2:55]
5. Class of ’99 [5:10]
6. Managers [7:00]
7. Rafael Palmeiro [9:45]
8. Next year’s class [11:20]
9. Tim Raines | raines30.com [12:00]
10. Dan Le Batard | Deadspin ballot [13:20]
11. Voting irregularity [16:45]
12. Don Mattingly | statistics vs. Kirby Puckett | statistics [20:30]

January 6, 2014

68 | ACC basketball preview



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regular | Kevin Brewer | @RealKevinBrewer
guest | Patrick Stevens | @D1scourse | The Post-Standard

1. Introduction [0:00]
2. Karl Hess #whereintheworldisKarlHess [00:25]
3. Twitter [7:00]
4. Duke [9:25]
5. New teams [12:15]
6. Teams to watch [16:45]
7. Maryland [20:00]
8. Debbie Yow [28:15]
9. N.C. State [29:50]

January 5, 2014

Jerry Coleman [1924-2014]



Jerry Coleman, the only major league player to see combat in two wars, was also an All-Star second baseman for the Yankees, the World Series MVP in 1950 and an iconic Padres broadcaster for 41 years, becoming famous for his numerous malaprops.

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