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Injustices Across Sports Pt. 1

By BJ

It’s been an absolutely crazy week and a half in sports with superstars joining new teams via trades (Chris Paul) or mega-signings (Albert Pujols). But not to be overshadowed are the injustices that also seems to be breaking every other day. Let’s examine the darker side of sports.

NBA

Last week, Dan Gilbert made himself an owner to be dubiously

The desperate owner.

remembered–had anyone possibly forgotten about the LeBron James fiasco–by single-handedly getting the attention of Commissioner David Stern with this email I’ll re-post in its entirety.

Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Please advise….

Dan G.

I didn’t know you could shoot down a trade for fear of a team’s next move or that a player who averaged 12 and 7 last season is a max-salary player. (Marc Gasol quietly signed with Memphis Wednesday for four years and $57.7 million.) It’s nice to see the inner workings of NBA owners colluding to bring down better teams.

Whiny. Bitch.

Stern vetoed the trade citing “basketball reasons,” which sure as hell

The subject of all the fussing and fighting.

had nothing to do with ensuring the league-owned Hornets get as much as they can for their superstar.

What they got from the Clippers
Eric Gordon
Chris Kaman
Al-Farouq Aminu
1st-round pick

What they would’ve gotten from the Lakers and Rockets
Kevin Martin
Luis Scola
Lamar Odom
Goran Dragic
1st-round pick

I could make a case and simply say would you rather have Odom and Dragic or move up in the first round of next year’s draft? I’d argue you if you said the trade to the Clippers clearly got them better value nor did they have the foresight to see that marginal difference when they vetoed the first trade. Rather, Stern, Gilbert and co. saw the Lakers an already great team and the Clippers a non-threat.

Part of the reason the trade was admittedly vetoed was because they tried to prevent superstars from going to only big-market teams like L.A. That’s blatantly hypocritical to overlook the Clippers, who share the same stadium as the Lakers, as a big-market team.

Sunday, Lamar Odomwas traded to the defending champions for a

Maybe, 'Big Baby' Davis can finally hand off his nickname to L.O.

bag of peanuts. When responding to the trade, Kobe Bryant said they gave away the versatile forward “seemingly for nothing.” Now, you know how the Pau Gasol trade felt to everyone else. Lakers 1, Washington Generals 1.

Lakers fans have got the Odom giveaway all wrong. Or maybe, they’re just turning a blind eye as they do whenever anything doesn’t go their way. Odom cried his way out of the team. I can’t remember the last time someone got so publicly butthurt over a trade, failed or not, but the man missed both practices and had no intention of returning to the court in purple and gold. He got his wish, and there will be no sad eulogy for his departure.

MLB

Saturday, NL MVP Ryan Braun tested positive for PEDs and if it holds, will be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2012 season. The injustice? No baseball award has ever been revoked, and there’s absolutely no talk of Braun losing his. But that’s the second injustice. How Braun ever won the award to begin with, or it even being a two-man race, is beyond belief.

Matt Kemp owned Braun across the board and was one homerun shy of 40/40, a feat that I believe would’ve made the voting a little easier for the Jayson Starks‘ out there. The only reason I could think of for voters choosing Braun over Kemp is because the Brewers made the playoffs, a criterion I hate in MLB MVP voting. Braun had Prince Fielder, who had as good a season as him; the Dodgers didn’t have a single other player even have a decent offensive season, which ensures better opportunity for Braun. As if the PEDs didn’t do that.

I disagree with everything Starks says in his article, defending Braun in that he should keep his undeserving award. From reasons ranging from ‘because it’s never been done in history before and if we do it to this, when will it stop” (like a total idiot) to ‘his stats weren’t any better this year than in his career’ (which is even worse; question his entire career), it should be a no-brainer that Braun should have to give up his award to the second-place Kemp. You know, the best guy who did not cheat this season.

Rollins Wins NL MVP

By Bryan Jeon

On Tuesday, Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins edges Colorado’s Matt Holliday for the NL MVP, becoming the second Phillie in a row to win the award, joining Ryan Howard from last year.

My NL MVP: Matt Holliday, .340 with 120 R, 36 HR, 137 RBI, 11 SB
MLB – Jimmy Rollins, .296 with 139 R, 30 HR, 94 RBI, 41 SB

Analysis: Rollins became the first player ever to have 30 homers, 30 doubles, 30 steals and 20 triples in one season and the first NL shortstop in 34 years to play in every game. His fielding was also phenominal, committing just 11 errors and owning a .985 fielding percentage, resulting in a Gold Glove to go with his Silver Slugger award. Rollins and Holliday were both a part of their team’s exciting come-from-behind division win, but the year goes to Holliday in a close one over Rollins. The NLCS MVP won the batting title, led the NL in RBI and wasn’t much of a liability in left field himself, committing just three errors en route to a .990 fielding percentage. And he capped off the magical season fittingly with a head-first slide for the winning run in extra innings in the wild-card tiebreaker against San Diego.

On Monday, New York’s Alex Rodriguez won his third MVP and first since 2005, missing a unanimous selection, as two of the 28 votes went to Detroit’s Magglio Ordonez. A-Rod was just the fifth player in the last 75 seasons to lead the majors in runs, home runs and RBI, the last being Roger Maris in 1961.

My AL MVP – Alex Rodriguez, .314 with 143 R, 54 HR, 156 RBI, 24 SB
MLB – Alex Rodriguez

Analysis: As with Peavy, this selection was a given, as A-Rod led all of baseball in three of the major categories. He earned a $1.5 million bonus with the win and has a new 10-year contract to reach Barry Bonds‘ record seven MVPs.

On Thursday, San Diego’s Jake Peavy became the 12th-ever unanimous NL Cy Young after leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts, with Arizona’s Brandon Webb the near-unanimous runner-up.

My NL Cy Young – Jake Peavy, 19-6, 240 K in 223.1 IP, 2.54 ERA
MLB – Jake Peavy

Analysis: The easiest pick thus far, Peavy became the just fourth pitcher in the last 40 years to lead the NL in wins, ERA and strikeouts in the same year, joining Randy Johnson (2002), Dwight Gooden (1985) and Steve Carlton (1972). He was the only pitcher in all of the majors to have a sub-3.00 ERA and also owned the lowest WHIP (1.06).

On Tuesday, Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia comfortably beat out Boston’s Josh Beckett for the AL Cy Young Award.

My AL Cy Young – C.C. Sabathia, 19-7, 209 K in 241 IP, 3.21 ERA
MLB – C.C. Sabathia

Analysis: I thought John Lackey could have made a stronger case against Josh Beckett, but to compare with Beckett with Sabathia, the Indians ace had 40.1 more innings pitched while sustaining a better ERA. Beckett being the only 20-game winner in baseball doesn’t mean anything when five other pitchers won 19 games, including Lackey, who had a league-best 3.01 ERA.

On Monday, the Rookies of the Year were announced. In the American League, Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia won in a landslide over Tampa Bay right fielder Delmon Young. In the National League, Milwaukee third baseman Ryan Braun edged out Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

My AL Rookie of the Year – Delmon Young, 65 R, 13 HR, 93 RBI, 10 SB, .288 AVG
MLB – Dustin Pedroia, 86 R, 8 HR, 50 RBI, 7 SB, .317 AVG

Analysis: Pedroia finished 10th in the AL in batting average, but Young commanded a respectable .288 average. His 93 RBI are something I can’t look past, and he should not be penalized for having 125 more at-bats than Pedroia. MLB should have had a much closer race than this one-sided display, as I feel Young was left out even more so because his Devil Rays were the worst team in baseball. Last time I checked, being a fan favorite, having a solid October and doing that with a broken hand all didn’t add points to a regular season award.

My NL Rookie of the Year – Troy Tulowitzki, 104 R, 24 HR, 99 RBI, 7 SB, .291 AVG
MLB – Ryan Braun, 91 R, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 15 SB, .324 AVG

Analysis: Close race statistically and if the award was all on offensive categories, I’d nudge Braun over Tulowitzki as well, having a much higher batting average. However, Braun committed 26 errors at the hot corner to Tulo’s 11 while manning shortstop. In a close one, I’d have another reversal of finishes, with Tulo being the year’s best NL Rookie.