KOBS is really shaping up to be a fun competition. It has sparked hours of debate, both healthy and unhealthy, on the radio and in the blogosphere.
Today’s poll will examine a match up that is expected to go down to the wire…I guess you could call it an 8 vs. 9 match-up: Mike Cuellar vs. Ed Reed. I’m tempted to flip a coin, but first, let’s take a look at some career numbers and awards.
Mike Cuellar: LHP, Baltimore Orioles
-Shared a Cy Young Award in 1969 with Denny McLain
-Won 20 games four times in a span of five seasons
-First pitcher to hit a grand slam in a championship series in 1970 vs. the Minnesota Twins
-Had arguably the best change up of any pitcher during his time
-185 career wins, 3.14 career ERA, 1,632 career strikeouts
-Four All-Star selections
Ed Reed: FS, Baltimore Ravens
-Four time All-Pro and Pro Bowler (with many more to come)
-2004 Defensive Player of the Year (again, I think he might get this honor at least one more time)
-Previously held the NFL record for longest interception return
-Holds the NFL record for most interception yards in a season
-Only player in Pro Bowl history to block a punt and return it for a touchdown
-So far in his career: 370 tackles, 38 interceptions, 4 defensive touchdowns
After chewing on this for a little while, I’ve decided to cast my vote for Ed Reed. The deciding factor for me was that Cuellar amassed four All-Star appearances in his career. Ed Reed already has four All-Pro selections and will most certainly gather more throughout his career. Who are you guys voting for?
Quick side note: What a joy it was to FINALLY hear an “active” Baltimore Oriole on WNST. Chris Ray joined Bob Haynie around lunch time today…I was pleasantly shocked, and I’m sure the audio will soon be posted on the website. Bob has been, in my humble opinion, the best sports voice in this town for years and wants nothing but the best for the franchise, just like the rest of us…maybe the Birds are finally realizing that NST is not out to destroy them. Here’s to new beginnings!