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Hawks trade for treasure, Baylor brings steak knives

  Hawk Nation responded with a collective face palm when Manny Machado got traded a year ago. The third baseman went to Brooklyn in exchange for a pair of picks and Yoan Moncada. Moncada had been Brick Church property when he was dealt to Brooklyn in 1947. “How good is a guy if he’s traded immediately by every team that gets him?” cried a hopeless Hawks fan. “What’s this young [Dylan] Simonds doing?”

But by the middle of the 1948 campaign everyone forgot about Machado. “The Hawks were winning, mania was setting in and no one could get Yoan out,” said Slick Rhodes. “Hell, Manny was called muchacha whenever he came to bat.” Moncada would lead the BVL in batting (.393), hits (68) and RBI (48). His 16 homers was third best in the circuit, four more than Machado.

There was celebration when the Hawks acquired Jacob deGrom and his two rings from Brick Church in a late season deal. The righty thrower went 2-0 for the Hawks and finished 7-1, overall, and posted the third best ERA (2.64). He left the best for last when he blanked Banksville in Game 7. And now a quiz: Who was the only Hawk to win a Gooden prior to deGrom? Andy Benes, 1927.

With a pitching staff filled with too many holes, Don Baylor Jr. arrived to a team meeting with a set of steak knives. “This is what we will bring to each game,” he told confused Scrappers. “Knives. Lots of knives.” The coach’s toughness rubbed off: NYC reached the playoffs in Year 3, the fastest ever by an expansion team.
 
1948 BVL Awards
Clemente (MVP)
Yoan Moncada, NEG
Gooden (Cy Young)
Jacob deGrom, NEG
Gibson (Rookie)
Yordan Alvarez, NYK
Stengel (Manager)
Don Baylor Jr., NYC
World Series MVP
Jacob deGrom, NEG
 
 

Awards

 
Clemente
Year Player, Club
1916
Ruben Sierra,
Joe Foys
1917
Ryne Sanberg, Mighty
1918
Barry Bonds, Brooklyn
1919
Julio Franco, Brooklyn
1920
Mickey Tettleton, Mighty
1921
Juan Gonzalez, Wisconsin
1922
Albert Belle,
Joe Foys
1923
Albert Belle,
[2] Joe Foys
1924
Mo Vaughn,
Joe Foys
1925
Ken Griffey Jr.,
Joe Foys
1926
Juan Gonzalez,
Las Vegas
1927
Jim Edmonds,
Mty Hawks
1928
Shawn Green, Battery
1929
Ivan Rodriguez,
Joe Foys
1930 Alex Rodriguez,
Joe Foys
1931 Manny Ramirez,
New York
1932 Albert Pujols, Banksville
1933 David Ortiz,
New York
1934 Brian Roberts,
New York
1935 David Ortiz,
New York [2]
1936 Chase Utley, LES
1937 Jimmy Rollins, NY
1938 Derek Lee, LES
1939 Troy Tulowitzki, Banksville
1940 Lance Berkman,
New York
1941 Mike Trout, Banksville
1942
Clayton Kershaw, Indianapolis
1943 Giancarlo Stanton, Homestead
1944 Josh Donaldson, Indianapolis
1945 Jose Altuve,
Homestead
1946 J.D. Martinez, LES
1947 Aaron Nola, BCF
Gooden
Year Player, Club
1916
Mike Scott, Mighty
1917
Nolan Ryan,
New England
1918
Roger Clemens, Mighty
1919
Scott Erickson,
Joe Foys
1920
Chris Bosio,
Joe Foys
1921 
Kevin Appier,
Joe Foys
Roger Clemens, Mighty [2]
1922
Pete Harnisch,
Joe Foys
1923
Randy Johnson, Indianapolis
1924
Greg Maddux,
New England
1925
Mariano Rivera,
Las Vegas
1926
Pedro Martinez, Brooklyn
1927
Andy Benes,
Mighty Hawks
1928
Tim Hudson,
Joe Foys
1929
Rick Ankiel,
Joe Foys
1930
Randy Johnson,
Brooklyn [2]
1931
Eric Gagne, Indianapolis
1932
Carlos Zambrano, Banksville
1933
Johan Santana,
Indianapolis
1934
Johan Santana,
Indianapolis [2];
Roger Clemens,
New York [3]
1935
Brandon Webb,
New York
1936
John Smolz, BC
1937
Tim Lincecum, Banksville
1938
Josh Beckett,
Banksville
1939
Mariano Rivera,
Banksville [2]
1940
Sergio Romo,
New York
1941
Felix Hernandez, Homestead
1942
Clayton Kershaw, Indianapolis
1943
Felix Hernandez,
Homestead [2]
1944
Clayton Kershaw,
Indianapolis [2]
1945
Kenley Jansen,
Brick Church
1946
Max Scherzer,
New York
1947
Aaron Nola, BCF
Gibson
Year Player, Club
1921
Dean Palmer,
Joe Foys
1922
Greg McMichael,
Joe Foys
1923
 
Raul Mondesi,
Joe Foys
Steve Traschel, Indianapolis
1924
Troy Percival,
New England
1925
Alex Rodriguez,
Joe Foys
1926
Nomar Garciaparra, Battery
1927
Kerry Wood,
Las Vegas
1928
Tim Hudson,
Joe Foys
1929
Jose Vidro, Moisture
1930
Mark Buehrle,
Joe Foys
1931
Eric Gagne, Indianapolis
1932 Rafael Soriano,
Joe Foys
1933 Zach Grienke,
New Orleans
1934 Joe Mauer,
New York
1935
Jonathan Papelbon,
NE Titans
1936 Troy Tulowitzki, Banksville
1937
Evan Longoria,
NE Hawks
1938 Tom Hanson, BC
1939 Clay Buchholz,
NE Hawks
1940 Craig Kimbrel, LES
1941 Mike Trout, Banksville
1942 Matt Harvey,
New York
1943 Mookie Betts, Brooklyn
1944
Noah Syndergaard, Banksville
1945 Willson Contreras,
New England
1946 Carl Edwards Jr., Toronto
1947
Miguel Andujar, NYC
Stengel
Year Player, Club
1915
F. Lee Bailey,
Sioux City
1916
J. Henry Waugh,
Joe Foys
1917
Ralph Houk, Wisconsin
1918
Claudell Washington, Brooklyn
1919
Claudell Washington, Brooklyn [2]
1920
Davey Johnson, Mighty
1921
Casey Stengel,
New England
1922
Rod Carew, Indianapolis
1923
J. Henry Waugh,
Joe Foys [2]
1924
J Henry Waugh,
Joe Foys [3]
1925
Alan Greenspan, Moisture
1926
C. Washington,
Brooklyn [3]
1927
John Kruk,
Mighty Hawks
1928
J. Henry Waugh,
Joe Foys [4]
1929
Dwight Evans, Battery
1930
J. Henry Waugh,
Joe Foys [5]
1931
Rocky Balboa, Indianapolis
1932
Albert Belle,
Joe Foys
1933
Rocky Balboa,
Indianapolis [2]
1934
Will Clark,
New York
1935
Ed Kranepool,
Brooklyn
1936
Rafael Santana, LES
1937
Will Clark,
New York [2]
1938 Rafael Santana,
LES [2]
1939 Wade Boggs,
NE Hawks
1940 Will Clark,
New York [3]
1941 John Kruk, Homestead
1942
Rocky Balboa,
Indianapolis [3]
1943 Ryne Sandberg, Banksville
1944
Rocky Balboa,
Indianapolis [4]
1945 Brad Fullmer,
Brick Church
1946 Will Clark,
New York [4]
1947
Brad Fullmer, BCF [2]

WS MVP
Year Player, Club
1914
Danny Jackson, Mighty
1915
Tim Raines, Mighty
1916
George Brett,
Ozzie Smith,
Joe Foys
1917
Ryne Sandberg, Mighty
1918
Gene Nelson, Kirby Puckett, Brooklyn
1919
Tim Belcher, Brooklyn
1920
Ken Griffey Jr., Mighty
1921
Chris Hoiles,
New England
1922
Albert Belle,
Joe Foys
1923
Fred McGriff,
Joe Foys
1924
Jamie Navarro,
Joe Foys
1925
Mike James, Moisture
1926
Pedro Martinez, Brooklyn
1927
Mo Vaughn, Indianapolis
1928
Manny Ramirez,
Joe Foys
1929
Rick Ankiel,
Joe Foys
1930
Ken Griffey Jr., [2]
Joe Foys
1931
Larry Walker, Indianapolis
1932
Rafael Soriano,
Joe Foys
1933
Johan Santana,
Indianapolis
1934
Ken Griffey Jr., [3]
New York
1935
Ryan Howard,
Brooklyn
1936
Jake Peavy, Tampico
1937
Curtis Granderson, New York
1938 TBA
1939 Tim Lincecum, Banksville
1940 John Axford, Indianapolis
1941
Evan Longoria, Homestead
1942 Brian Dozier,
New York
1943 Clayton Kershaw, Indianapolis
1944
Kyle Seager,
New York
1945 Kenley Jansen,
Brick Church
1946 Joey Votto,
New York
1947 Blake Snell, LES
     
 
 
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