But here we are in late April and already it is a laundry list that takes longer to read than the school cancellations on the radio when I was a kid.
My explanation for “Who Owns Baseball” can be found here.
There are four categories: American League Hitter, American League Pitcher, National League Hitter and National League Pitcher.
At the end of the year, we will tally up who owned baseball the most individual days and see how it compares to the final MVP and Cy Young vote.
Is it subjective? Sure.
But so are the MVP and Cy Young votes.
On April 22, 2013, A. J, Pierzynski, Matt Moore, Buster Posey and Shelby Miller all owned baseball.
So let’s update the tally taking into account their heroics last night.
AMERICAN LEAGUE HITTER LEADERS
Prince Fielder – 2
Justin Maxwell – 2
AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER LEADERS
Clay Buchholz – 2
Yu Darvish – 2
Derek Holland – 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE HITTER LEADERS
Bryce Harper – 3
Zack Cozart – 2
Buster Posey – 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHER LEADERS
Clayton Kershaw – 2
Cliff Lee – 2
Shelby Miller – 2
Adam Wainwright – 2
Barry Zito – 2
Other players who owned baseball for a day
Alexi Amarista, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Madison Bumgarner, A. J. Burnett, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Cho, Alex Cobb, Kevin Correia, Chris Davis, Wade Davis, R. A. Dickey, Jacoby Ellsbury, Yovani Gallardo, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez, Gio Gonzalez, A. J. Griffin, Matt Harvey, Travis Hafner, Felix Hernandez, Greg Holland, Austin Jackson, Adam Jones, Hiroki Kuroda, Jon Lester, James Loney, Jed Lowrie, Lance Lynn, Manny Machado, Paul Maholm, Justin Masterson, Joe Mauer, Andrew McCutchen, Michael McKenry, Will Middlebrooks, Shelby Miller, Matt Moore, Brandon Moss, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, Bud Norris, Angel Pagan, Gerardo Parra, Andy Pettitte, Brandon Phillips, A. J. Pierzynski, Albert Pujols, Wandy Rodriguez, Sergio Romo, Wilin Rosario, CC Sabathia, Ervin Santana, Drew Smyly, Nick Tepesch, Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Upton, Will Venable, Joey Votto, Matt Weiters, Jake Westbrook, Josh Willingham, Ryan Zimmerman.