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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
End of May Baseball Awards

AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke, Kansas City Royals. He's 8-1 with a sub-1.00 ERA, which is unheard of this late in the season. He's got a strikeout to walk ratio of almost 7-1. He's even thrown five complete games, which would probably lead the league for the year even if he hurt his arm tomorrow. The lowest ERA in the league other than Greinke is three times as high as his, which really reflects his value.

AL MVP: Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays. League leader in RBI, hitting .324 with 9 homers, and playing third base. What's not to like? Last year's Rookie of the Year takes his game to the next level.

NL Cy Young: Johan Santana, New York Mets. League leader in ERA, tied for lead in wins, 5-1 K/W ratio.

NL MVP: Raul Ibanez, Philadelphia Phillies. Appears to be a legitimate triple-crown contender, with the league lead in RBI, tied for the lead in HR and a sizzling .347 batting average. I would be surprised to see if he keeps up this pace at age 37, but stranger things have happened.

Keep your eye on: Justin Upton, rightfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks. This kid is 21 years old and hitting .346. In his last 6 games he's gone 14 for 24, with five multihit games and three games with three hits. As good a player in the game as there is right now, and when you consider that he was hitting around .180 at the end of April, possibly the hottest hitter in the game.

The Team to Beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. They have the best record in baseball despite missing their slugger, Manny Ramirez. They're already 8-1/2 games in front in the West.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sotomayor to SC

There will be a minor fight about this, but expect her to be confirmed relatively easily. This is a status quo nomination and will not change the balance of power in the court. I am troubled by this quote:

"Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor [Martha] Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." [U.C. Berkeley School of Law, 10/26/2001]

If Samuel Alito had said that the richness of his life experience as a white male meant he would reach better conclusions than a black woman, we'd not be calling him Justice these days. On the other hand, it's kind of like those stupid coffee mugs that women had back in the late 1970s, proclaiming that in order for a woman to be thought half as good as a man she had to do twice the work in half the time; fortunately this is not difficult. Obnoxious, certainly, but not disqualifying.

Nate Silver points out that a little over half (29-25) of the Republican senators in 1998 voted against her nomination, including 11 current GOP members. But 6 current GOP senators (plus then Republican Arlen Spector) voted in favor of her.

Her bio is compelling; Puerto Rican girl growing up in the Bronx attends Princeton and graduates at or near the top of her class, goes on the Yale Law Journal, then a career as a prosecutor and judge. You can see the danger here for the GOP in a protracted struggle; it will become the mean Republican men against this high-achieving minority woman.


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