I know that thinking about regular season awards right now might be too early but I am your guide for when it does start. I will tell you about the awards of the MLB!
#1 Alex Rodriguez-the returning MVP, has had a career year last year, is in his prime, what else can be said? A-Rod is the creature from anothe rplanet. Only one problem, the year before 2007, A-Rod hit under .300 with just 35 homeruns. Inconsistent? Haha. Ask me again at the end of the year, I can laugh at your face.
#2 David Ortiz-he had a great year last year and almost an equally great year the year before. You could hear Boston fans complain about his power slipping but you can deal with that when you have an average way over .300. Ortiz will get more RBI chances and have less pressure on him with Jacob Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroira developing.
#3 Vladimer Guerreo-He had the same problem as Big Papi last year; his power was also slipping. 27 homeruns is not the kind of number you want Vlad to pull off. But the chances of him doing that again are slim because less pressure with Tori Hunter coming to Los Angeles. I chose Vlad over Miguel Cabrera here because it may take time for Miggy to adjust to the American League.
#1 Hanley Ramirez-I feel that last year he just missed MVP, this year he will probably do a little something extra to be taking extra hardware (hell no, I'm not talking about the World Series!) home. Ramirez will be a 30-50 candidate and is almost a lock for a .300+ average. To you fantasy baseball players, do you have the #2 pick? Pick Hanley.
#2 David Wright-He is like Ramirez in a way, Wright will also be trying to get a 30-30 year, he had one last year. Wright's slump at the end of the season cut into his MVP chances (not that he was ever a front-runner). If he can avoid that bump in the road, he should be able to pull off at least a runner-up.
#3 Prince Fielder-50 homers, an All-Star starter, the youngest player to reach the 50 mark, an average above 2006 MVP Ryan Howard. Sounds like A-Rod numbers, right? Actually, it is the sophmore prodigy, Prince Fielder. Expect him to duplicate his 50 homeruns and take his average a step further.
AL Cy Young
#1 Justin Verlander-he already has so many milestones two years through his career, he will have a Cy Young coming in the future. He has always been great but one factor will help him do a lot better than the rest; the Detroit Tigers have the best offense in the league and should keep Verlander in the games that he starts.
#2 Josh Beckett-he got snubbed of the Cy Young last year (in my opinion), but he is still great. It took him a year to get adjusted to a new league and now the sky is the limit for Beckett. Expect 20 wins, a 3.30-3.40 ERA and 175 K's. Minimum.
#3 Erik Bedard-It was funny how he managed to go 13-5 on a team with a bad offense. With a 3.13 ERA heading into this season and getting traded to a much better team, a 22-4 record isn't that ridiculous anymore.
NL Cy Young
#1 Jake Peavy-always go with a guy who was a triple crown the year before. I don't even remember the last time a pitcher won triple crown before him and I lived 22 long years (don't get me started). Jake Peavy is a beast, an easy candidate for a sub 3.00 ERA.
#2 Johan Santana-the best pitcher in the league goes to one of the best teams in the league, he even has a chance to bring his third Cy Young home. One thing will keep him from topping Jake Peavy; Peavey just has more pure skill. Plus, Santana may have to get adjusted to pitch to some of the best hitters in the game. I am talking about Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Hanley Ramirez, Mark Texiria. The list goes on and on. The scary thing is that they are all in Santana's division.
#3 Dan Haren-He was a Cy Young candidate last year before his offense started playing like crap and causing him to lose a lot of games. This year, he is in one of the weakest hitting division in the league (if not the worst) and is on the returning NL West Champions. That should be good enough for him to come in the Top 3 in votes.
AL Batting Crown
#1 Ichiro Suzuki-That last year was Polanco's and Ordonez's first year in the Batting Crown spotlight. My point is, a .363 average and a .341 average are tough to repeat. Not for Ichiro. He seems to be the #1 or #2 contender for the Batting Crown each year and is very consistent. Look for him to hit around .350, tops in the league.
NL Batting Crown
#1 Ryan Braun-This may be a big challenge for a young sophmore but he hit .300+ last year and as a rookie, you just keep getting better and better. I don't think that last year was a fluke at all, look for an average around .342-.345. Something like that.
Goldest Glove of them All
There are golden gloves for each position in each league but I decided to narrow it down and have the Top 3 defensive players in the league.
#1 Placido Polanco-He was errorless last year, he hasn't had an error since mid-season in 2006, he won a gold glove last year. There, now try trash-talking him. He is the best defensive player in the league, hands-down. He will get a Gold Glove, and possibly, another errorless season.
#2 Curtis Granderson-He has made catches that have made me want to jump out of my chair and scream. Actually, I do that anyways. I thought that he was the best defensive center fielder last year, making diving catches all over the place. This year he will bring the glory home.
#3 Grady Sizemore-If Granderson wins, Grady will be runner-up. If Grady wins, Granderson will be runner-up. The two guys are neck and neck but give the slight advantage to Granderson. On some diving catches, it looked like he didn't even have to dive. Granderson's catches were more impressive because he has to cover more space to cover. But with that all said, Sizemore's cathes weren't half bad either. Expect a fielding percentage at about 983%. Don't ask me how I came up with that number.