Thursday, August 8, 2013


Mid-Summer Awards

New York, NY (McC) We’re here at the site of this year’s mid-summer classic taking a final look at the players and coaches that will make up this year’s mid-summer award winners and the McCabe Magazine mid-summer all-pro squad. The McCabe Magazine selection committee is made up of McCabe Magazine baseball writers, senior editors, all 32 major league beat writers, and selected MLB front office personnel.
The Candidates
This year the mid-summer MVP candidates are Julio Martin (43 HR 315 BA) of the Chicago Cubs, last year’s winner Tony Cortes (27 HR 369 BA), and Colorado’s Philip Priest (28 HR 350 BA). With all three candidates so closely matched we decided to let the team’s records and position in the standings be the deciding factor. That said, the mid-summer MVP is Tony Cortes of the Kansas City Royals (68-44). Of the three candidates Corte’s team is the only team in first place, leading the American League South division by 9 games. With season’s 19 MVP Cortes leading the way, the Royals have won the division four consecutive years 14-18, tying with Texas in season 14 for the division crown. Cortes is a free-agent at the end of this season and at 32 will he command another max deal, and when will the skills start to decline? We’re guessing a 4-5 year deal at max money which would be well worth the cash if that signing produces a World Series contender.       
Outstanding Pitcher

Our mid-summer Outstanding Pitcher award winner came down to four excellent nominees. They are Arizona’s Luther Abercrombie (12-6, 1.99 ERA), San Diego pitchers  Asdrubal Pelaez , (17-3, 2.31 ERA), Tony Tanaka (16-5, 2.97 ERA), and New York Met’s Shawn Bunch (11-3, 2.14 ERA). After crushing the numbers and analyzing all the data we decided the winner of this year’s mid-summer Outstanding Pitcher award goes to the best pitcher on the best team, Asdrubal Pelaez. The San Diego Padres (79-33) have the best record in baseball and lead the best division in major league baseball by 7 games and well on their way of depending their season 18 World Series championship.    
Top Closers
The mid-summer Fireman award nominees are Harry Diaz (31 saves 0.96 whip 1.76 ERA) of the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City’s Harry Diaz (29 saves 1.17 whip 1.41 ERA), and the Rockies Ronald Kipnis (22 saves 1.22 whip 1.98 ERA). Our mid-summer Fireman award winner for season 19 is Harry Diaz. This closer is a week 3 pitcher of the week award winner and should establish new career highs in saves (40) whip (1.12) and ERA (1.98).  

We recognize the Coaches 

For the first time in McCabe Magazine history, we would like to recognize some of the outstanding coaches in the Robert E. McCabe Major Leagues.  Our mid-summer Bench Coach of the year is Eddie Barker of the San Diego Padres. Our pitching coach selection is also from the Padres organization Peter Westbrook (2.96 team ERA). The hitting coach of the year is Jimmy Salazar of the Kansas City Royals which lead the majors with a .851 OPS.

Season 19 Mid-Summer All Pro Team


Hersh Mays
Age: 27B/T: L/R
Born: Lytle, TX
Position(s): C
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30 HR 78 RBI 320 BA  1.045 OPS

1st Basemen 

Dicky Wilkerson
Age: 27B/T: R/R
Born: Marion, KY
Position(s): 1B
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33 HR 92 RBI 296 BA  0.941 OPS
2nd Basemen

Mark Pence
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: Thetford, VT
Position(s): 2B/CIF/OF/DH
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34 HR 82 RBI 324 BA 1.095 OPS

3rd Basemen 

Barry Henley
Kansas City
Age: 28B/T: L/R
Born: Trail, BC
Position(s): 3B/1B/2B/COF/DH
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23 HR 78 RBI 326 BA 0.968 OPS


Willie Silva
Red Sox
Age: 29B/T: R/R
Born: San Francisco De Macoris, DO
Position(s): SS/IF/OF/DH
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21 HR 83 RBI 286 BA 0.846 OPS

Designated Hitter 

Neifi Vargas
White Sox
Age: 31B/T: R/R
Born: San Mateo, CA
Position(s): DH/C/1B/COF
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30 HR 88 RBI 316 BA 1.010 OPS

Tony Cortes
Kansas City
Age: 32B/T: R/R
Born: Barahona, DO
Position(s): LF/CIF/2B/OF/DH
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27 HR 98 RBI 366 BA 1.180 OPS

Philip Priest
Age: 32B/T: R/R
Born: Carrollton, KY
Position(s): LF/1B/RF/DH
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28 HR 94 RBI 349 BA 1.102 OPS

Diego Hernandez
New York
Age: 30B/T: S/R
Born: Oakland, CA
Position(s): CF/IF/OF/DH
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35 HR 104 RBI 292 BA .965 OPS

Starting Pitcher 

Asdrubal Pelaez
San Diego
Age: 26B/T: R/R
Born: Ciudad Bolivar, VE
Position(s): P (SP2)
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17-3 W/L 1.02 Whip 2.31 ERA 

Middle Relief 

Evan Heving
Los Angeles
Age: 27B/T: L/L
Born: Wolfforth, TX
Position(s): P (SuA)
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72 Games 2-3 W/L 1.27 Whip 2.97 ERA


Harry Diaz
Blue Jays
Age: 28B/T: S/R
Born: Laguna Verde, DO
Position(s): P (ClA)
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31 Saves 34 SVO 2-2 W/L 0.96 Whip 1.76 ERA  

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