Thursday, August 26, 2010

BASEBALL MEXICO Summer 2010 Awards coming

Beginning Friday, August 27, we will be announcing our Baseball Mexico Awards for the 2010 Mexican League season.

The BBaMmys (sorry) are selected by a committee of one: Me. Being hundreds of miles from the USA-Mexico border poses some challenges, the largest of which is an inability to watch players from all 16 Liga teams play. However, I can read statistics with the best of them, and covering the LMB in-depth during the season has allowed me a peek into which players are making the most impact with their numbers.

Sure, these awards are entirely subjective, but it's almost always like that. Look at it this way: There won't be a bloc of East Coast writers swaying the BBM Award voting because I can't be bought. Rented, maybe...

Here's the schedule of dates for BBM Award announcements:

FRI, August 27 Manager of the Year

SAT, August 28 Newcomer of the Year

SUN, August 29 Pitcher of the Year

MON, August 30 Most Valuable Player

TUE, August 31 All-Star Team

CAMP TO RETURN TO MEXICALI THIS WINTER

The Mexicali Aguilas will be bringing back one of the bright spots from their 2009-10 Mexican Pacific League season for the upcoming winter campaign.

Second baseman Matt Camp, who plays for the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate in Iowa during the summer, hit .329 for the Aguilas last season, finishing fourth the Mex Pac batting race. Camp also came in fourth in the LMP with three triples and 83 hits and finished fifth in doubles with 14 and stolen bases with 12 before the Cubs called him back to the States before the LMP playoffs in January.

Mexicali has added two more players to their roster: Shortstop Jacob Blackwood and third baseman German Duran. Blackwood was a 2006 Marlins draft pick and played four seasons in the Florida system before going to Kansas City of the independent Northern League, where he hit .348 with 29 homers in 87 games this year. Duran, a 2006 Rangers draft pick out of TCU, hit .231 in 60 games for the Texas Rangers in 2008 while playing five positions.