Thursday, May 24, 2007

Vote for Desme

Grant Desme could win the Big West Conference’s first triple crown in baseball in who knows how many years (I’ve posed the question to the sports information department but have yet to hear back).
Cal Poly's junior right fielder broke his wrist in the final game of the UC Davis series and ends his season leading the Big West Conference in hitting (.405), total bases (143), on-base percentage (.494), RBI (53), slugging percentage (.733) and home runs (15).
Desme, still projected by many to be a first- through third-round selection in the June draft, is going to miss the final six games of the conference season, but nobody’s numbers are as dominant. Should he be the Big West Conference Player of the Year?
Or will he be penalized by the coaches because he missed the final two series of the season and played for what is currently the fourth-place team?
Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee believes Desme deserves POY honors but realizes the title usually goes to the best player on the best team.
“Yeah, he should get it, even with the injury,” Lee said. “He has the best numbers in the league, but it might be one of those Andre Dawson (Cubs’ runner-up in ’81 and ’83) things, he’s not playing on the first-place team.”
If Desme wins he’ll be the first Cal Poly player to take home the award since Kyle Blumenthal split it with Sergio Pedroza of conference champion Cal State Fullerton in 2005 — a year when Cal Poly finished tied for second place with Long Beach State.

Who do you think deserves the award this season, keeping in mind the Big West also announces a pitcher of the year next week as well.

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