Archive for October, 2012

National Newspaper Week (and ’30 Seconds,’ of course)

Friday, October 12th, 2012
Brian Golden

National Newspaper Week has come and gone (actually it ends tomorrow), and this year’s theme, Newspapers: The Cornerstone of Your Community, seems remarkably appropriate when one considers The Evening Sun and its place here in Chenango County. All this week, in fact, Chenango’s Hometown Daily has featured a number of editorials regarding the role newspapers play in our everyday life. As such, here are some of my favorite comments as they appeared in our local paper:

“In an era where anyone can say anything and call it news, it is newspaper content that consistently gets it right and keeps it in context. And a critical part of the industry evolution is the recognition that if you want to separate the serious from the sludge, it might cost you a little money.
Newspapers have proven they can function in print, on websites, in digital partnerships and as part of the social media scene. But they also can do what no one else can do. We are at the heart of our communities. We generate the information and track the local developments that are vital for an informed, engaged citizenry. We offer clarity and perspective, and we provide content that our readers can trust.” – Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America

“Unlike websites and bloggers, newspapers are fixtures in their communities. Most of them were around long before personal computers and smart-phone apps, chronicling life, dissecting trends and exposing things that needed some air. And unlike less-established media, their newsrooms operate with standards and ethics intended to assure the credibility of the information they deliver. They don’t just make the record; they protect it, too. It’s a responsibility, a trust, a duty.” – Ron Dzwonkowski, associate editor for the Detroit Free Press

“We can get our national news on cable television, catch the weather on local broadcast stations, listen to talk radio on the AM or FM dial and follow our favorite blogs on the Internet, but where do we turn for local information that directly impacts our daily lives? More often than not it is community newspapers.” – United States Representative Mike Rogers

With that said, it just wouldn’t be a Brian Golden blog without … “Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Week,” brought to you by the one, the only, the Man from South New Berlin.
“Where would the left hide if they didn’t have a Bush to hide behind? A Mosque somewhere? Probably.”

Well, Man from South New Berlin, I find your comment to be crude, unimaginative and – as is so often the case on “30 Seconds” – extremely ignorant. By “left,” I’m guessing you’re referencing liberal-minded folks like myself, and “Bush,” I suppose, is a nod toward George W. Bush, who – believe it or not – should shoulder a hefty amount of blame for the way he ran our country … for eight years. As for the mosque reference … well, that’s about as disrespectful (and un-American) as one can get. Ever hear of freedom of religion? I would imagine you’re one of those who remains convinced our current president is a Muslim, which – even if he were (he’s not) – shouldn’t make any difference whatsoever. Some people have no class.

Greene football will suffer from Paske’s absence

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Patrick Newell

I opened my email early Wednesday morning, and the second item I read: “Pat, a great coach was suspended for the rest of the season! Greene supports coach Paske.” I scrubbed out the corners of my eyes and murmured to no one in particular, “huh, say what?” I thought I was still dreaming.
Among Chenango County’s current coaching brethren, Paske is at the top of the list in terms of integrity, honesty, and success. A Facebook page was created late Tuesday evening in support of Paske, and through this morning had well over 800 likes. For a small community such as Greene, that is saying something. Shock waves reverberated around the area, with most people who know Paske expressing disbelief at the school’s decision. “Wow…I am shocked to hear this,” said Norwich varsity football coach John Martinson. “I’ve developed a good rapport with Tim.” Said Oxford’s coach Ray Dayton:  “Everything that Tim does is first class. He’s built a great program down there, and he’s someone I look to for advice all the time.”
From a sportswriter’s perspective, Tim is the model by which all football coaches should be judged. He gives of his time freely, and has consistently gone out of his way to provide me with whatever information I need. His suspension on Tuesday precipitated a special Greene Board of Education meeting Wednesday evening. Dozens of supporters attended with one speaker after another endorsing their football coach. No decision was made by the board of education following the meeting, so by default, Paske is not where he should be: coaching on the sidelines.
I spoke to Tim late Thursday afternoon, and he was unable to comment on the status of his suspension, but was indeed touched by the sentiments of the Greene community. “My family and I are overwhelmed and humbled,” Paske said, “…that the community has shown so much support.”
It is widely speculated that Paske was disciplined after his team did not participate in last Friday’s homecoming parade. I ask you, how many varsity football teams are out marching in a parade a couple of hours before a game? And why would they? The parade leads toward the football field where the football team is the feature attraction. Not to mention, football teams begin their pregame preparation and focus at least a couple of hours before kickoff.
Is there more to this story? If there is, no one in a position of power is able to comment on it. In the meantime, the Greene football team, one that Paske built from the ground up, will suffer from his absence.

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In light of National Newspaper Week

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Shawn Magrath

This week marks National Newspaper Week, a unique time to acknowledge local publications around the country and reflect on the newspaper as the cornerstone of a community. True, changes in technology and mass media have sent hundreds of newspapers into a tale spin in recent years (many of which are now defunct because of the lethal combination of 24-hour news networks and a rocky economy). But anyone who says print media is dead is lying. As a reporter for the Evening Sun, I hold my head up high in saying that Chenango County still has its home town daily that covers local news, and there’s plenty happening in the area. Sadly, it’s a title so many rural communities can’t claim anymore.

Anyhow, in the spirit of National Newspaper Week, I thought I could share a few points I’ve picked up during my time with The Evening Sun over the year.

• No one knows more about politics and economics than the refined scholars of ’30 seconds’
• People who have no problem being seen in public will still have a huge problem having their picture in a public newspaper
• Chenango County has 21 townships; I’m convinced that at least three of them don’t necessarily have to exist
• Some people will punch their own grandmother if it means reopening a public swimming pool
• News still happens between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.
• Good news is good for the community. Bad news is good for news organizations
• If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that everyone else is is always wrong
• Some people will read a headline, look at a photo and really believe they have a full grasp of everything there is to know about a story
• There’s never a convenient time for a vehicle accident or a structure fire
• There’s always more than one side to a story. More often than not, at least one of those sides is crazy

On a separate note, tonight’s the big Vice Presidential debate. Both campaigns are riding on the performance of Paul Ryan and Joe Biden (a truly sad situation for both candidates). I can’t wait to hear what non-story comes of it. If there’s any mention of Big Bird, I’m turning it off.

The Norwich Publishing Company

Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Kevin Doonan

The following is an article published in The Norwich Sun in 1952, celebrating the commencement of the paper’s 62nd year of service to the community. The article briefly describes the newspaper’s beginnings and then focuses the majority of its attention on the inner workings of the publication.

NORWICH INDUSTRY ON PARADE

by TONY VELLA

As reported by The Norwich Sun on March 17, 1952

The Norwich Publishing Co.

The Norwich Sun today begins its sixty-second year of publication. Actually, yesterday marked the 61st anniversary of Chenango county’s only daily newspaper, for it was on March 16, 1891 that The Morning Sun first appeared in the homes of Norwich.

The job of placing a Newspaper in practically all of the homes in the city places The Norwich Publishing company with other top industries in Norwich. While other industries produce durable goods, the publishing company “manufactures” a newspaper for daily consumption.

The predecessor of The Norwich Sun had its beginnings in the days when Norwich had not yet gained its foothold as a thriving manufacturing community. Only five years had passed since The Norwich Pharmacal company was brought to the city by a retired minister when the first issue of The Morning Sun was being read.

On March 7, 1904, The Morning Sun made its first appearance as the new Norwich Sun. On that day, a copy of the “Sun” was placed in every house in Norwich, Greene, Oxford, Smyrna, and Sherburne. Whereas The Morning Sun was published on Mechanic Street, The Norwich Sun was published, as it is now, on Lackawanna Avenue.

Six years after the county’s only daily became an afternoon paper, the late P.L. Clark took over the job of editor-in-chief. He was to remain with the paper for almost 40 years. During many of those years he served as secretary of the company in addition to editor-in-chief. With his passing in February of 1950, Norwich lost one of its leading citizens as well as a first-rate newspaperman.

Another top newspaperman and civic-minded citizen was Perry Browne, who to many people was The Norwich Sun. He joined the editorial staff of the Sun in 1921, and through the years served as sports editor, advertising manager, city editor, and finally editor and general manager. With his passing in March of 1951, Norwich again lost one of its beloved citizens as well as a top journalist.

Both men were largely responsible for the successful rise of The Norwich Sun. Both knew the characteristics of a small town daily, and both had the best interests of Norwich in mind whenever they sat down at a typewriter.

The Norwich Sun today is of course a far cry from the daily of 61 years ago. Still a firm believer in “personal journalism,” the Sun is keyed to the wishes of average people in an average small town. Local stories are written about, and more important, for what Sun writers believe to be the backbone of America, the family of Mr. and Mrs. Doe.

How Mr. and Mrs. Doe of Chenango County get their newspaper every day is a story in itself. Actually every day in The Norwich Publishing company is a story in itself. Yesterday is dead, and tomorrow does not yet count. Every action in a newspaper hinges on the present. There is much truth in the saying that nothing is as dead as yesterday’s newspaper.

With this in mind, newspapermen, including linotype operators, pressmen, makeup men, and “ad alleymen” work with day’s deadline always in mind. Just what are the steps taken before the news in The Norwich Sun reaches its readers?

To begin with, the Sun is a member of The Associated Press, famous news service which daily sends Norwich’s newspaper its quota of world-wide news. The Albany bureau of the AP services the Sun with complete national and international coverage. From the AP and others services, features which are now considered indispensable in many of the nation’s newspapers.

For local coverage the Sun has reporters covering beats daily. Each day a reporter has a certain amount of “stops” he must make. Gathering the news he returns to the office, and begins to play the role of spectator. A reporter takes the place of all those who cannot attend some event, or some incident. He merely tells the public what transpired: hence, he is considered a spectator who objectively tells the story.

Briefly, after the reporter’s copy has undergone all necessary steps in the editorial room, it is taken to the composing room where four linotype operators and two make-up men set type, form pages, and perform other functions which eventually result in the pages which readers see.

After pages have been set they are sent to the pressroom and prepared for a day’s run on the company’s large flat-bed press. Briefly then these are the steps taken in bringing the news to Chenangoites. Of course there are many other steps incidental to printing that must be taken before the news is ready for public consumption, so to speak.

The Newspapers of Norwich

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Kevin Doonan

The following is an essay written 1929 by a Norwich high school student about the history of Chenango County newspapers from 1803 to 1929.

NEWSPAPERS OF NORWICH

Over thirty-eight papers have been read and circulated by the people of Norwich since 1804. Not all these papers were published in Norwich, although they were obtained for reading matter.

The first newspaper published in Chenango County was the Western Oracle, which was published at Sherburne Four Corners in 1803. It was a single octavo sheet, at first of bluish paper, and contained very few advertisements and little local news. This latter feature was one which peculiarly characterized all our earlier newspaper publications and one which is greatly regretted at the present day. A newspaper of the early day, as rich in local details as are our present newspapers, would be invaluable to the present generation. This paper was discontinued in 1806. The Oracle was followed in the same year by the Olive Branch, which was established on the West Hill in the town of Sherburne by Phinney & Fairchild. Two years later Mr. Fairchild became the sole proprietor. The name was now changed to the Volunteer. In 1816 John F. Hubbard purchased the press and commenced the publication of the Norwich Journal, which he sold a year later to LaFayette Neal and J. H. Sinclair, who merged its publication at Norwich under the name of the Chenango Union. Mr. Neal then sold his interest to Harvey Hubbard, who also purchased Mr. Sinclair’s interest and continued its publication until his death September 14, 1862. The next year John F. Hubbard, Jr. became the sole proprietor and continued such for the next five years, when he sold to G. H. Manning. In 1890 it passed into the hands of Manning and Moore. Five years later (1895) it passed into the hands of Mr. E. S. Moore, who is still the proprietor and editor. The circulation of this paper is at present somewhat over eight hundred. It is the oldest paper of Norwich and Chenango County.

The Anti-Masonic Telegraph was commenced in Norwich in November, 1829, by E. P. Pellett. In a few years he became associated with Mr. B. T. Cook. The paper was published only on Wednesday mornings. The office was one door north of the Chenango Bank. If the paper was delivered at the subscriber’s home, a charge of two dollars per annum had to be paid. All letters and other forms of communication had to be sent by mail to one of the editors.

The Chenango Telegraph, upon the death of E. P. Pellett, passed into the hands of his brother, Nelson Pellett. Upon the death of Nelson Pellett, it was conducted for the estate by E. Max Neal and F. B. Fisher. It was later purchased by Rice and Martin, by whom it was then published.

The Chenango Semi-Weekly Telegraph was published in Norwich every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The office was in the Telegraph Block, which was at one time near the present Eagle Hotel. The terms were two dollars per annum, and if a person delayed in paying he was no longer allowed the paper.

The Norwich Sun was established in 1891. The city editor was George H. Smith, who came to Norwich from Oneonta. The managing editor was Reed Campbell. After the death of Reed Campbell on April 4, 1899, the newspaper came into the hands of the Norwich Publishing Company. The company also took over the publication of the Chenango Telegraph at that time, and William H. Clark became the managing editor, with Fred L. Ames as the city editor. Mr. William L. Clark continues as managing editor to the present day. Mr. P. L. Clark, one of our prominent business men, is at present the editor in charge. He had held this position since 1910. The Norwich Sun is the only daily newspaper in Chenango County and in Chenango Valley between Binghamton and Utica which has the Associated Press Service. Preceding the contract with the Associated Press the Norwich Sun was supplied by the United Press Service, and preceding that by the American Press Service. Service is available twenty-our hours of the day and comes by telephone and Western Union. The display advertisement rates are thirty cents per inch. The National rates are forty-two cents an inch or at the rate of three cents per agate line. The circulation has been above three thousand mark for the past ten years. There are more copies of the Norwich Sun distributed every night in the city than there are residences. The Chenango Telegraph, our present Norwich Sun, will be one hundred years old in January 19, 1929.

The Booster was established in May, 1926, by the Buell Printing Company. This paper is entirely an advertising medium and all money is derived from the printing of advertisements only. It is circulated to the people within a radius of twenty miles of Norwich. It contains from eight to ten pages and is tabloid in form. The advertising rate is twenty cents an inch. It is published only on every Thursday of each week.

Elizabeth Curley

Early employees of The Sun …

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Kevin Doonan

In celebration of National Newspaper Week, everyday between now and Friday I will be posting an old newspaper articles, letter, or essay written about The Evening Sun and other Chenango County publications, many which no longer exist.

The following letter was sent to the editor of The Evening Sun (then The Norwich Sun) in 1941, and describes for its readers a first person account of the inception of the The Evening Sun (then The Morning Sun) in 1891.

Some Early EmployeEs Of The Morning Sun Are Named By Halbert

March 18, 1941

Mr. P. L. Clark

Editor Norwich Sun,

Dear Sir:

Having read your story of the fiftieth anniversary of The Sun in last night’s issue, I thought perhaps I could add a little light about those early days.

I was serving the third year as apprentice printer in the office of The Telegraph, when Reed Campbell started The Sun. One reason, perhaps, that there was no statement of ownership and editorial responsibility might have been that Reed was a traveling salesman, selling cloaks for a New York firm, he had only a four months’ season with an eight months’ vacation, and it was during one of these vacations that The Sun was started and before the paper was fairly on its feet it was time for Reed to start on his annual trip, but he postponed the matter so long that another man was sent out to cover his territory. He had tried to keep the secret of his venture from employers, but was unsuccessful.

Reed Campbell was his own editor, but on the staff was quite an assortment of young men, of whom I can recall only a few. There was Paul Abell, the father, I think, of Sinclair Abell, Richard Frink, a printer who also worked at the case some of the time, John A. (Sparks) Randall, Harry Follett, a lawyer lately deceased, and sundry others.

In the mechanical department the foreman was George Willard, a New Berlin man, who later became the local editor and still later publisher of the New Berlin Gazette. The ‘devil’ was George Carley. who finally became the local editor and later owned and published one of the Cooperstown papers and was also postmaster of Cooperstown. There was a young lady, (Lucy – - – last name forgotten) sorted cases during the day and set some of the editorials. A varied assortment of printers worked there on time or another, Frank Wilbur, called “Cap I” because of his protruding eyeballs, Arthur F. Arrow, Lynn B. Marvin, later on the old Binghamton Republican and then to New York. They had no pressman and Reed made a deal with me whereby I arose at two-thirty in the morning and went in and put the paper to press. This arrangement continued for two-thirty in the morning and went in and put the paper to press. This arrangement continued for about two months when I believe Carley took over the duties of pressman in addition to his other work. After completing my apprenticeship I held down a case there for about a year, after which Reed and I could not seem to agree, and my connection with the paper was severed.

Sincerely yours,

A. E. HALBERT.

Make sure your foot’s on the brake

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Shawn Magrath

According to the Washington Post, 67 million people tuned into the first of three presidential debates this week, some I’m sure donning their foam fingers, bowl of Doritos and beer-helmet to cheer on their candidate of choice. In a long list of statistics showing how many people chose to watch the debate on major networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and CNN, the Post shows that roughly 10.4 million people chose to watch the debate on FOX (which just three days prior aired the series premiers of “Family Guy” and “Bob’s Burgers”). That’s more that CNN’s 6.1 million viewers and MSNBC’s 3.9 million. Personally, I find it ironic that a television station that can air two consecutive hours fart joke comedy on Sunday can pull in more viewers for a serious presidential debate than legitimate news channels on Wednesday. It says a lot about cable news networks, doesn’t it?

If the political scene is beginning to bore you as much it is me, there are other things happening besides the presidential race (despite what you see on cable news networks). Here’s a fun story: In Florida, the U.S. Postal Service is taking steps to promote alertness and caution among drivers after a car slammed into the side of a Post Office in Punta Gorda, Fla. It’s the eighth Post Office in the Central Florida region to have a vehicle crash into it just this year. If this story doesn’t seem plausible to you, you might have missed the key word, “Florida.”

To avoid such incidents, the USPS is kindly asking that Florida motorists stop driving into Post Offices with a driver “to do” list before pulling away:

• Avoid distracted driving
• Proceed slowly and carefully when pulling in and backing out of parking spaces:
• Visibly check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal
• Visibly check to see if the vehicle is in park, reverse or drive

Some comments just go without saying.

To infinity and … behond? Whatever, go Yankees!

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Brian Golden

Oh my, you just have to love good politics (sarcasm intended). Wednesday’s presidential debate – besides being a colossal waste of time, as far as I’m concerned – showed us a new, improved Mitt Romney, one who genuinely cares for each and every one of us. He has a plan, and gosh-darn-it he’s going to stick to it. Fresh off his major victory (how someone can “win” a debate is beyond me), Romney once again showed his ability to flip and to flop, now telling the media he was “completely wrong” when he stated that 47 percent of Americans simply want a handout and pay zero in taxes.

Note to self … Romney is a joke, and could care less about my welfare and that of the middle class in general. Just my opinion.

That said, good luck, Mr. Romney, I think – in the long run – you’re going to need it.

So how about them Yankees? While I haven’t been what anyone could call an avid fan of America’s Game (being more of an NFL kind of guy), I love baseball this time of year. Something about the autumn season and the MLB playoffs simply go hand in hand. And now that my beloved Yanks have clinched the AL East title, it’s time to sit down and enjoy the team’s latest attempt to win its 28th World Series. Go Yankees!

And now, without further delay, this week’s “Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds Post of the Day,” courtesy of … Man … from … Norwich …
“Any adult who watches “Family Guy” is sick. Why in the world would an adult watch a child’s cartoon video (not even suitable for children) is behond explanation.”

Well, I gotta tell you, Man from Norwich, first of all, Family Guy is not a children’s cartoon (and I have no idea where you came up with that … have you ever seen the show?); secondly, I’m an adult, and I happen to find the program insanely funny (as long as you have a sense of humor and recognize good comedy when you see it); and lastly, it’s beyond, not “behond.”

And I have absolutely no idea what a “behond” is, in case anyone was wondering. Have a great weekend.

Sports Editor’s Playbook, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Patrick Newell

I am over 15 years into this job and past 40 years old, but it’s good to know my parents will still jump to my defense – even when it isn’t necessary. Earlier today I was talking to my dad at the YMCA (we were both working out), and he mentioned that my mother read a comment online in our reader forum, “30 Seconds.” Mom was bothered by the anonymous remark, and my dad was indignant: “Don’t they know, you’re just one person, you can’t be everywhere. You have a tough job trying to please everyone.” If I thought of my job in that particular light, not only would my hair accumulate more gray, but it would also be less abundant. I used to take every negative comment personally. I remember talking to myself where I passionately defended my position. I won every one of those arguments. The truth is that no one in the writing profession is immune to criticism. Even Stephen King has received the occasional bad book review. Over time, you develop a mental callous that allows you to quickly sort out a valid criticism from an inane comment. On this level of reporting where the bulk of my news is high school sports, criticism not steeped in facts are typically born of self interest. If I do get something wrong, I take immediate measures to correct it in the next day’s edition. When it comes to coverage in the fall, I report on six football teams, 17 soccer teams (boys and girls), six volleyball teams, three swimming teams, two field hockey teams, two cross country teams, one tennis team, and one golf team. That is 38 high school sports teams, and it used to be more. Ever try to be in 38 places at once? Not possible. A trite cliche aptly sums up my game coverage process: All I can do is take it one game at a time.

I first met Kyle Edwards when he was a six-year-old in my son’s kindergarten class. I volunteered once a week, the last hour of the day, and assisted the teacher with whatever she needed. I noticed right away that Kyle was ahead of the rest of the students with his reading and writing. That year, not once did I help Kyle with any in-class assignments. Eleven years later, Kyle is now a senior at Norwich High School, and he is tomorrow’s selection as Athlete of the Week. The theme of my story was born of those first experiences, and my narrative could only come from first-hand knowledge. He was a bright-minded, outgoing young kid who was a step ahead then, and not much has changed in the now.

The late Rodney Dangerfield used to include copious “I can’t get no respect” jokes in his comedic schtick. On a more serious note, it is obvious the Norwich varsity boys soccer team “can’t get no respect” either. In reporting yesterday’s result against Chenango Forks, the NHS head coach was displeased with his team’s home field conditions. Throughout the year, the team has used the all-weather field turf for home games and many of its practices. Wednesday, the team was relegated to the modified team’s grass field adjacent to the field turf, while the varsity and junior varsity football teams practiced on the field turf. For one, seating at the modified field is BYOC (bring your own chair) Second, the field is beat up from repeated use by other teams (and Physical Education classes). And third, it is a MODIFIED field, not varsity. A friend of mine has a son who plays on the Norwich team. In all of the years I have known him, I have never heard him utter a cross word or a complaint. Following Wednesday’s game, this mild-mannered gentleman was fuming. He sought me out Thursday morning, and told me about this injustice. I am sure he is not alone in his thinking. Can you ever imagine in a 100 years the football team moving its game to an inferior field so that the soccer team could conduct a practice? Now that deserves a chuckle.

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Cabrera or Trout? It’s a matter of taste

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Patrick Newell

By tomorrow morning, we will know if Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera won the American League Triple Crown. Unless Texas’ Josh Hamilton resuscitates his power stroke in short order, Cabrera will likely become the first player since Boston’s Carl Yastrzewski completed the feat in 1967. (Author’s note: My initial attempt at spelling Yaz’s surname was abysmal.)
Less certain than Cabrera’s history-making effort is the AL MVP tabulation, to be determined later this fall. On the West Coast, Anaheim plebe, Mike Trout, is close to making history. His rookie resume is as good as any in baseball annals, and he makes a strong case to pull off the Rookie of the Year/MVP daily double. On a personal front, I drafted Cabrera in my fantasy baseball draft, while Trout, was unavailable on draft day. Trout was subsequently snapped up by my good friend Tom Bryden, who clinched our league title a couple of weeks ago. As for me, my team secured last place around the same time Bryden earned frontrunner status.
Making a case for either player as a clearcut choice is along the lines of choosing a Big Mac or a Whopper – it comes down to one’s taste. Are you one who likes the table-setter who hits for average, steals bases, scores runs, and shows good pop with the bat? Or, do you prefer the consistent run producer who hits for a high average and power – and in the clutch — and allows his teammates to see better pitches?
Since Trout was called up in late April, the Angels have had one of the best records in all of baseball, but a bad start likely cost them a shot at the postseason. Trout has impacted and improved his team, but one has to also consider that high-priced Anaheim free agent, Albert Pujols (also a Newell draft choice), hit as many home runs in April as this writer. Since early May, Pujols has been much more “Machine like.”
Over the last two months, Detroit surged past the struggling White Sox to clinch the AL Central Division. The Tigers’ record during that time was not overly auspicious, but Cabrera’s numbers were. Not counting Tuesday night’s games, Cabrera has hit 19 homers and batted .344 since Aug. 1. Trout has dinged 12 homers, but his average is a less sublime .284 during the same time frame. When it mattered most, Cabrera was a little better than Trout, and if I had a vote that counted, Cabrera would get my nod as the AL MVP.