BBD’s midseason awards

Since not much is going on in Yankee land this week…besides the cordial treatment of Robinson Cano by all the classy fans at Kaufmann Stadium, so I’m going to appoint my mid-season award winners in several standard and non-standard categories.

My qualifications are at least 70 games played for hitters (with the exception of ROY candidates) and at least 100 IP for starters.

AL MVPJosh Hamilton, Rangers
I considered- David Ortiz, Edwin Encarnacion, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano

NL MVPAndrew McCutchen, Pirates
I considered- David Wright, Joey Votto, Matt Holliday, Melky Cabrera

Hank Aaron Award AL– David Ortiz, Red Sox

Hank Aaron Award NL– Joey Votto, Reds

AL Cy YoungJustin Verlander, Tigers
I considered- Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Jared Weaver, David Price

NL Cy YoungR.A. Dickey, Mets
I considered- Zack Greinke, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Cain, Johnny Cueto

Rolaids Relief Man ALJoe Nathan, Rangers

Rolaids Relief Man NLAroldis Chapman, Reds

Delivery Man of the YearFernando Rodney, Rays

AL RookieMike Trout, Angels
I considered- No one else…who has come close?

NL RookieWade Miley, Diamondbacks
I considered- Bryce Harper, Norichika Aoki, Lance Lynn, Kirk Nieuwenhuis

AL Comeback PlayerAdam Dunn, White Sox

NL Comeback PlayerJason Heyward, Braves

AL Manager of the Year– Buck Showalter, Orioles

NL Manager of the Year– Davey Johnson, Nationals

MLB Silver Sluggers

C- Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
1B- Joey Votto, Reds
2B- Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS- Ian Desmond, Nationals
3B- David Wright, Mets
OF- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF- Josh Hamilton, Rangers
OF- Matt Holliday, Cardinals
DH(AL)- David Ortiz, Red Sox
SP(NL)- Cole Hamels, Phillies

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4 Responses to BBD’s midseason awards

  1. Nick Fleder says:

    Michael, can you back up your choice of Hamilton over Cano (and Trout, who was missing from consideration)…? McCutchen's gained traction on Votto in the last few weeks, but Hamilton might be my third (or at least second in the AL East race).

    • Nick Fleder says:

      That said, I agree almost uniformly with these. You think Miley will hold onto that lead in the second half?

    • mlblogsaugustine says:

      Well, Trout has played roughly a month less than the other candidates, so he didn't 'qualify'.
      I gave Hamilton the nod because I believe the Rangers would struggle more without him than the Yankees would without Cano. Also, Hamilton's numbers are better in several 'important' stat categories (wOBA, OPS, ISO, HRs). Not only that, he's played well all year, whereas Cano struggled early.

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