Okay, we all know the front runners for the awards like MVP (Josh Hamilton, Carlos Quentin, Chase Utley), Cy Young (Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum) and other awards but here are some made-up awards that you would not want to win.
AL LVP (Least Valuable Player)
C Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge has been completely awful this year, hitting .220 with 39 runs batted in this season, all in 241 at-bats. Offense hasn't been the only thing he has struggled with, he has been terrible at the defensive side of the ball. He has man dropped balls and passed balls at catcher this year. He looks like he is lost out there, in one play last week, an outfielder threw home to try to get a runner out. Brandon Inge allowed the ball to pass him and then ran realy slowly to the ball that went all the way to the backsto[. While he was running really slowly, a runner was going home. Inge suddenly realized that he was there and then threw a wild throw to Nate Robertson who was covering home plate. He makes tons of mess-ups. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski absolutely loves him - he calls him a "tremoundous talent" and claims he will be our catcher for this year and 2009. Hopefully not, his leadership stinks as well. Just look at Detroit's record since they traded Pudge Rodriguez and Brandon Inge became our every day catcher . . .
Honerable Mention: 1B Daric Barton, Oakland Athletics
NL LVP (Least Valuable Player)
OF Andruw Jones, Los Angeles Dodgers
How do you like this stat line?: 205 at-bats, 161 avg., 3 HR, 14 RBI. He is making 14.7 million dollars this year so I guess he is getting paid about $1 million per every RBI he gets. Remember the old Andruw Jones who hit 40 home runs a year? He is long gone. Jones has also gotten injured this year and he is sitting fifth on the outfield depth chart behind Manny Ramirez, Juan Pierre, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. It's hard to imagine - a player who signed a $36 million contract is only hitting .161 this year. The Dodgers will be stuck paying Jones the rest of his contract, which expires after the 2009 season, unless he gets traded (like any team wants him). Jones will be paid $22 million next year. I could probably get at least a few hits in the major leagues - does that mean I get $10 million gaurenteed?
Honerable Mention: 2B Khalil Greene, San Diego Padres
(For the rest of the awards, I'm doing the whole league combined)
The Mike Maroth Award (exact opposite of Cy Young)
SP Carlos Silva, Seattle Mariners
Here is another high-salary guy who is having a terrible year only Silva is being paid a little bit less than Jones - only $8.2 million. Still, that is a rip-off price for osmebody doing this bad. He is 4-14 this year with a 6.36 ERA. His K/9 average is a mere 3.77. His ERA is almost 10.00 in the month of August. How bad can one pitcher be? His career record, which was once 9 games over .500, is one game under .500 now. He already has as many losses as he did in all of last year, only 9 less wins. He is almost a lock for 20 losses. The only question I have nowis why do the Mariners keep pitching him?
Honerable Mention: SP Aaron Harang, Cincinatti Reds
Least Improved Player
1B Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Paul Konerko is on pace to have an even worse year than his terrible year that he had last year - you may think that is not possible. Konerko hit .259 with 31 home runs last year but he still found a way to be worse. He is only hitting .225 this year and is on pace for just 17 home runs and 60 runs batted in. He has been one of the worst full-time hitters in the American League this year. Well, maybe I am over exagerating. He already has set a career high in steals with . . . 2 . . .
Honerable Mention: SS Edgar Renteria, Detroit Tigers
The Iron Glove (opposite of Golden Glove)
2B Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins
That All-Star Game performance wasn't enough for you? It was for everyone else . . .
Honerable Mention: Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox
Worst Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers
A team that was expected to win the World Series fell way short of expectations. The Tigers are probably the worst .500 team in baseball and Leyland needs to take a lot of the blame. There has been arguments in the locker room, the team hasn't been able to gel, and more impotantly, they are on the verge of going into 4th place in their division. Here is a comment that Leyland made a few days ago "This off-season, me and Inge (catcher) are going to scout every hitter in the American League so we know how to pitch to them." Don't most managers already have scouting reports on almost all of the hitters?
Honerable Mention: Eric Wedge, Cleveland Indians
Biggest Loud Mouth
OF Manny Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny Ramirez criticized the Boston Red Sox over and over (he wwas basically saying that the organization was a joke) before he finally got traded. The next loud mouth comment he made would have to be when he said he wanted to sign with the Yankees next year so he could punish tyhe Red Sox for everything they did to him. That's just Manny being Manny.
Honerable Mention: OF Barry Bonds, Free Agency