Time to finish off the postseason awards circuit with TCR’s unique take on the season. It was a bit more difficult a task than last year, because, well, the Cubs didn’t completely suck, but the selection committee did their best.
Splendid Splinter Award (Honoring the Rookie who was firmly planted on the bench for no real good reason)
The Cubs looked set at the catching position going into the year with the offensive-minded yet defensively challenged Michael Barrett. Unfortunately the offense didn’t show up this year and the defense was never there. After serving as Z’s personal punching bag in early June and suffering mistake after mistake, he finally got shipped off to San Diego.
That would seem like a good chance to bring in the catcher tearing up the PCL and already on the 40-man roster, but instead the Cubs brought over Rob Bowen and his whopping _______ batting average. He managed to perform even worse as a Cub and the Cubs moved him to the A’s.
Alright, fine, no major harm done, let’s go Soto in that lineup.
Um, nope, time f
Tallest Midget of the Year (Perceived Greatness amongst Mediocre Peers)
“…people say “gritty” and “scrappy” and “smart” when they really just mean “short.” (Keith Law)
I think that best sums up the man who eventually took over shorstop duties for 2007.
Nomar Garciaparra’s Groin Award (Crushing Injury That Ruined Hurt the Season)
Cecil Fielder Award (Most Unathletic Player)
Mitch Williams Award (Heart Attack Bullpen Guy)
Ryan Dempster/Will Ohman
Lord Voldermort Trophy (Most Hated Cub)
Brant Brown Award (The Most Amazing Way to Lose a Game)
Ronny Cedeno slide
Grady Little Award (Boneheaded managerial decision of the year)
Carlos Zambrano Game 1
Allard Baird Award (GM’s worst move; Could also be called the Cam Bonifay Award or Chuck Lamar award and by next year possibly the Jim Hendry Award)
Let’s see here, team is second in NL in ERA and Runs Allowed, everyone’s healthy, I know, we need to trade for a pitcher who was good about 10 years ago. YeahSteve Trachsel trade…