04 October 2012

2012 MLB Awards

Another MLB regular season came to an end yesterday and with the playoffs kicking off tomorrow with the Wild Card play-in games, here are my 2012 season awards.

Most Valuable Player - Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
Posey became the first NL batting crown holder to be a catcher since Ernie Lombardi in 1942. That was when the Braves were still in Boston! Plus, while the rest of his numbers are not quite as great as Ryan Braun or Andrew McCutchen, he also plays catcher, a far more grueling position, plays tremendously behind the plate and is also the only real consistent threat in the Giants lineup, particularly after Melky Cabrera got suspended and was making up websites.
Runner-Up - Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

Cy Young Award - R.A. Dickey, SP, New York Mets
You know I looked like a genius when I guaranteed on Twitter that Dickey would not be the NL All-Star starter but making myself feel better aside, Dickey has been the best starter in the Senior Circuit all season long. Putting together the first 20 win season for a Metropolitan since 1990 while leading the NL in innings pitched and strikeouts, as well as being runner-up or top five for pretty much everything else should reward him with the Cy Young.
Runner-Up: Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Rookie of the Year - Wade Miley, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
As compared with the American League rookie field, the NL field is much less impressive. When the winner will be a guy like Miley, who had a great season with a 16-11 and a 3.32 ERA, but also was pretty inconsistent over the last month, that says it all.
Runner-Up: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals

Manager of the Year - Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals
This is a close one as Baker has himself a great case for the award. But here's why it goes to Johnson. He took a team that was thought to be one year away with a bunch of young key players and they controlled the division for pretty much all season as everybody (besides Atlanta) else seemed to disintegrate.
Runner-Up: Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds

Most Valuable Player - Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
This is just so tough to decide, both players have had unbelievable seasons. I mean, how could you pick against a guy who won the Triple Crown for the first time and played some of his best baseball in September when the team needed him most and helped push the Tigers into the postseason. But Trout's numbers are pretty much equal to Cabrera's, the average is about the same, the on-base percentage is about the same, Cabrera obviously has more power but Trout has much better speed on the basepaths and is a far stronger defender at a more important position. And here's the thing, the Angels were lost before Trout was called up, having started the season at 6-14 and with him, they were 83-60 with him.
Runner-Up: Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Cy Young Award - Justin Verlander, SP, Detroit Tigers
I mean, this is a pretty tight award race as well. Verlander does not have the wins and the ERA that Price has but Verlander led the Junior Circuit in innings pitched and in adjusted ERA as well as strikeouts. Those numbers only tilt the award toward the Virginian.
Runner-Up: David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Rookie of the Year - Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
It's such a shame that this award may be the easiest to give out because this is actually a deep field of deserving candidates. But Trout simply had an incredible season, one of the best of my lifetime and he'll be the unanimous winner of ROTY.
Runner-Up: Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Oakland Athletics

Manager of the Year - Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
I came very close to giving this award to Bob Melvin, who did such a brilliant job with the Athletics, who led the AL West only once before yesterday, after splitting the series in Tokyo with the Mariners, and considering the club started off June eight games under .500, and to end the season atop the division is mighty impressive. But I still have to go with Buck, who led a team that had no expectations before the season, performed brilliantly in tight ballgames, got a bunch of career years from a no-name pitching staff and came damn close to overtaking the Yankees.
Runner-Up: Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics

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