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MLB Mid-Season Awards Thread

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by KevinmH9, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I figure we always do this; might as well do it again.

    This goes for everything. AL/NL Cy Young, MVPs, Rookies, Comeback Players

    I can't remember the others off the top of my head at the moment, but that's a start.
  2. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    Fast, off the top of my head:
    CYA: Lincecum/Greinke

    MVP: Pujols/Mauer?
    ROY: Morgan or McCutcheon?/not sure about AL

    Comeback: Marquis/? not sure about AL
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I'll echo Budcrew and add these:

    AL ROY: Elvis Andrus
    AL CPOY: Andruw Jones

    NL Manager: Jim Tracy
    AL Manager: Ron Washington
  4. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    CY Young: Tim Lincecum/Zack Greinke
    MVP: Albert Pujols/Joe Mauer?
    ROY: Colby Rasmus or Andrew McCutchen/David Price or Rick Porcello
    Comeback Player: ???
  5. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    American League:

    MVP - Joe Mauer, Twins
    Cy Young -Zack Greinke, Royals
    Manager of the Year - Ron Washington, Rangers
    Comeback - Scott Rolen, Boo-Hays
    Rookie - Nolan Reimold, Orioles (?)

    National League:

    MVP - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
    Cy Young - Tim Lincecum, Giants
    Manager of the Year -Bruce Bochy, Giants
    Comeback - Jason Marquis, Rockies
    Rookie - Pablo Sandoval, Giants (if he doesn't qualify, Colby Rasmus would be deserving, too)
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Comeback: Aaron Hill?
  7. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    American League:

    MVP - Justin Morneau, Twins
    Cy Young - Zack Greinke, Royals (Wouldn't be surprised if Felix Hernandez wins it)
    Rookie - Elvis Andrus, Rangers
    Comeback - Andruw Jones, Rangers
    Manager of the Year - Ron Washington, Rangers

    National League:

    MVP - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
    Cy Young - Dan Haren, D-backs
    Rookie - Colby Rasmus, Cardinals (I like McCutchen over a full season)
    Comeback - Todd Helton, Rockies
    Manager of the Year - Joe Torre, Dodgers
  8. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    MVP - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
    Cy Young - Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
    Rookie - Colby Rasmus, Cardinals
    Comeback - Todd Helton, Rockies
    Manager - Bruce Bochy, Giants

    MVP - Torii Hunter, Angels
    Cy Young - Zack Greinke, Royals
    Rookie - Nolan Reimold, Orioles
    Comeback - Andruw Jones, Rangers
    Manager - Ron Washington, Rangers

    I don't think this is how the awards will end up, but if you based it on what has happened in the first half this is how I'd go.

    I thought about Morneau for MVP, but Mauer splits the vote and the Twins wouldn't make the playoffs if the season ended today. The Angels would and Hunter is a big reason why. He has had a monster first half, helping to carry the team through all the injuries early on.

    Lincecum is amazing, but Haren has been even better. In fact, I think he has been the best pitcher in the game so far this season.

    Bochy deserves some notice for what the Giants are doing. This team was not expected to contend and they are still offensively challenged, but right now they lead the way for the NL Wild Card.
  9. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Glad I'm not alone in picking Haren and Helton. (maybe it's a 'Burgh thing :))

    Haren's WHIP and walk numbers are fantastic and he's averaging about a strikeout per inning. Helton, meanwhile, has matched/is close to matching all of his 2008 season totals. Not bad for a 36-year-old.
  10. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I'd go a step further and include Hawpe in the MVP talks. Hawpe has already matched his 2008 total for doubles thus far this season and is batting well above .300.
  11. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Some people are going to miss Haren because his win total was relatively low until recently and the Diamondbacks suck, but he has been consistently dominant all season. It's probably more of a fantasy baseball thing for me. I have him on one of my teams, so I've been watching his results closely all season.
  12. ralph russo

    ralph russo Member

    Haren's No. 1 on my ballot with Linecum No. 2. And can someone please tell me how Javier Vazquez, who would be a very deserving No. 3, at the very least in the discussion with Josh Johnson, is NOT on the All-Star team.
    Zach Duke got picked today as a DL replacement. Nice year, but Vazquez is second in Ks (about 10 per 9 inns.) and has a whip just a shade over 1.00.
    Off topic, but it proves that managers and players are actually no better than fans (if not worse) at picking all-star teams.

    The rest:
    ROY-McCutchen or Rasmus.


    MVP-Mauer. Not close, by the way. Leads in slugging, on-base and the play he made against the Yanks, when he grabbed the tapper (on bunt, can't remember) out in front of the plate and raced back home to tag out Gardner was enough to earn him a Gold Glove. What a player.
    CY _ Grienke
    ROY _ Andrus (his D is big reason why the Rangers can pitch a lil).
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