The November 18th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols says his foot is '99.9% healthy,' Bill Ballou (poorly) explains his MVP vote and much more...
The Monkey Says: That is terrific news. What is less terrific is that he says he is still doing rehab work on the balky near that he had surgery on last off-season. That the knee is still an issue despite all the rest it got certainly suggests it could become a problem again down the line.
The Monkey Says: There is a fair mix of voters who gave Cabrera extra credit for being on a playoff team even though many of those voters said they realize it wasn't Trout's fault the Angels were bad. That doesn't make sense to me, but whatever, I can live with it. Others acknowledged Trout's defense and baserunning advantages but simply didn't think it outweighed Miggy's offense superiority, a perfectly defensible argument. Then there is Bill Ballou who thinks non-contending players shouldn't even be allowed on the ballot. That seems like the kind of made-up rules that could get him a talking to from the BBWAA. Even worse, he fails to enforce his own rules by voting Trout seventh and Encarnacion ninth while Ortiz was eighth and Longoria tenth. Basically, he had his moral high ground for the first six spots on the ballot and apparently got bored of it. What a maroon.