Its the end of the baseball season, or just about. Once again, there will be award winners undeserving of the hardware they get to flaunt on a shelf for the rest of their lives. The awards youll find in this blog will be utterly fair, given to the most deserving player, regardless of popularity, team performance, or any hooopla that the media bases it's decisions on. I will give each award to the most deserving candidate. Please give me your feedback on my list.
2007 Major League Baseball Awards: American League
MVP: Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees: Without a doubt the best hitter in the game this year. Leads Majors in Home Runs, RBI's, Slugging pct., Runs, and leads the AL in Total Bases. Has also amassed 24 steals this year. A-Rod's monster year will bring the big bucks in Free Agency if he chooses to go, and his performance is the main reason the Yankees were able to come back from such a large deficit. Runner ups: Magglio Ordonez, Ichiro Suzuki, Vladimir Guerrerro.
Cy Young: Johan Santana, SP, Minnesota Twins: Run support has kept his w/l record quite mediocre this year, but that isnt his fault. Santana is still the most deserving of this award, even though he has virtually no shot at winning it. His record is a mediocre 15-13, but that can be contributed to his rank of 33rd on the AL run support leaderboard. Nonetheless, he has still been the most dominating pitcher in the leauge, posting 216 Innings pitched, leading the league with 231 K's while only walking 49, and the lowest whip of all starting pitchers, 1.06. Santana, in my awards, we look past your teams performance, we look at what you have done, and it is a pleasure to crown you the 2007 Cy Young winner. Runner ups: C.C. Sabathia, Josh Beckett, Fausto Carmona, Jon Lackey
Rookie of the year: Dustin Pedroia, 2B, Boston Red Sox: I tried to find a rookie that had a season as good as him, and when i was doing my research i realized no one was even really close. He has a .315 batting average in 498 at bats, 35 doubles, 81 runs, a .380 obp, and 7 homers. What really got my attention was his obp and strikeout to walk ratio. He has 46 walks this year compared to only 42 strikeouts. That will only get better with time, showing we have a future superstar manning secondbase. This guy could be better than Utley in a couple years, and thats not a stretch. Runner ups: Delmon Young(obp and plate discipline too poor), Jeremy Guthrie
Comeback player of the year: Hideki Matsui, RF, New York Yankees: After injuries limited him to 51 games in 2006, Matsui has come back in a productive way. This season he has 25 jacks, a .496 slg. pct., .365 obp, 66 walks to 69 k's, 102 rbi's, and 97 runs. He came back to his old form and produced at a high level this season. Runner up: Sammy Sosa
Manager of the year: Joe Torre, New York Yankees: As much as I hate the Yankees, I am passing out awards like hotcakes to them. You simply can't ignore the job Torre has done to turn the season around for them. He could have given up on his players, killing the season, but he made great decisions and used young arms effectively to bring them right to the brink of the Al East Crown. Caps tipped to you, Mr. Torre. Job Well done. Runner up: Mike Sciosa, Angels