Tuesday, October 26, 2004

G-Men honored in postseason awards haul

Congratulations to Giants Barry Bonds and Jason Schmidt for being named, respectively, The Sporting News Major League Player of the Year and National League Pitcher of the Year.

Well deserved on both counts. Until getting hurt and struggling a bit down the stretch, Schmidt was simply "lights out" for opposing hitters. Bonds was, well, Bonds, becoming only the third player in history to slam 700 home runs and turning in yet another MVP-caliber season in a summer during which he turned 40.

The TSN awards, incidentally, are unusual in that they are voted on by the players, not by sportswriters or broadcasters. Praise is always sweetest when it comes from your competition.

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