Top 10 mid-season MLB awards

As we get ready for the second half of the MLB season to begin, we want to present our Top Ten Furnace Awards (TTFA) for random accomplishments.

And the winners are:

 1. N.L. MVP- Andrew McCutchen-Pirates; .362-18 HR-60 RBI-58 Runs-14 SB. Joey Votto-Reds came in a close second; .348 14 HR 50 runs 48 RBI 8SB. Neither team wins without them.

2. A.L. MVP- Mike Trout- .341-12 HR-40 RBI-57 Runs-26 SB

3. Most improved player N.L.- R.A. Dickey; 12-1- 2.40 ERA- 0.93 WHIP-123 K’s- 26 BB.

4. Most improved player A.L.- Melky Cabrera-119 hits leads the majors!

5. Most intersting Team Stat- N.Y. Mets have a bonafide MVP and Cy Young award candidate in Wright and Dickey.

Read all of them here…

Pittsburgh Pirates: Looking to keep division-leading ship afloat

2012 pittsburgh pirates

To say that the past nineteen baseball seasons have been a disappointment for a city that boasts the sporting tradition that Pittsburgh does is about as much of an understatement as saying that Terry Bradshaw was just another quarterback or Mario Lemieux just a decent hockey player.  The summer months in the Steel City have hummed to a familiar cadence over the past two decades; fans root for the Penguins as deep as they go in the Stanley Cup playoffs and then start counting the days until Steelers camp opens up.  This year though the Pirates lead the NL Central by a game over Cincinnati at the All Star Break and have given fans reason to believe that the once-proud franchise’s run of futility will finally come to an end.  If the Bucs continue their winning ways it’s not unthinkable that the only meaningful games in town this fall won’t be played across the street at Heinz Field, but also at PNC Park, which has proven to be the toughest place for opposing teams to win in the Majors thus far.  Read more here…