The time has come to drop another rookie gladiator from the Smells Like Pujols listing, and this week it’s Tony Pena, Jr.’s turn. TP the Younger is the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena, and the brother of seldom-used Diamondback Ramon Pena (who, oddly, goes by Tony also).
Honestly, he should have probably never been in this race to begin with, but he put up some good numbers and helped cleanse the Kansas City palate after the knuckle-bitingly horrible Angel Berroa era, so I gave him a shot. Just by being an average to above-average shortstop in his first full year in the bigs, Pena has earned some Kansas City love. Slathered with Gates Extra Hot BBQ sauce.
Sadly, this week he was only able to amass 751 Pujols Points, so he had to go. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (who spent some time in the Braves’ minor league system with Pena) put on a decent run this week to stave of his own elimination.
Obviously, Ryan J. Braun, “The Hebrew Hammer” is continuing his quest to once and for all discredit Hitler’s super-race theory. He has continued his incredible season and is now 12 points better than Albert on his own damn scale. I don’t think I’ll rename the feature next year, but the award might have to be called “The Braunies” or something. Hope I didn’t just jinx the kid.
At this point, I guess we should be trying to figure out who in the AL can even come close.
Later this week, I’ll continue my quixotic time-machine journey and compare the 80s rookie hitters to Pujols. Just for shits n’ giggles.