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My First Half MLB Season Awards

Posted on: July 14, 2009 3:19 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2009 12:28 pm
NL CY: Tim Lincecum

He plays on a not very good offensive team. I know, either does Dan Haren. For me he has been the most dominating pitcher this year. I just have a feeling every time hes out their, he has a very good chance at a no hitter, even though his teamate got one. The pressure he puts on his arm concerns me for future injuries and surgeries. Theirs a reason hes a starter at the all star game, just brilliant.

AL CY: Zack Greinke

I'm not sure how you could argue that he has not been better then Roy Halliday. Other then a little more walks then Halliday, he has Halliday in almost evey stat. He might have lost five games, which was not his fault, mostly under scoring like Dan Haren. Has the lowest era in the American league. Having ten wins with the Royals is a remarkable thing. I do think Halliday has more endurance and did have a couple more injuries, still going with the young arm from the Royals, Zack Greinke.

NL MVP: Albert Pujols

Not sure how you could argue this, actually you can't. I'm a Cubs fan but you still have to recognize what hes really doing. Probably will be known as the best first basement when its all said and done, if not now. Anyone in a hunt for a triple crown is remarkable. He is a RBI machine in a Cardinals line up thats not really good. Has 32 home runs, if he reaches 62, he is the home run king for a single season, even though he might not break records.

AL MVP: Ichiro Suzuki

Joe Mauer may have a little bit better average, but still hasn't had the kind of at bats that Ichiro has played. Has 19 stolen bases, but the thing that impresses me with Ichiro is think about this, if Mariners didn't have him they wouldn't be in any race. When Joe Mauer was out with the Twins, they didn't do that bad. Lets face it, catches get injuryed a lot easier, they don't play everyday. Both have been good defensively, like always.

NL Rookie of the Year: Colby Rasmus

To me this is a no brainer. He has 11 homers, hitting for a solid average. He hits in front of Albert Pujols, so production should be steady. The kind of at bats this kid has and still has a battting average of near 280, remarkable. I know hes striking out a bit, but hes a rookie, he'll work this stuff out.

AL Rookie of the Year: Rick Porcello

Theres no doubt Tigers wouldn't be in first place if it wasn't for this guy. I'm sure not too many people heard of him. Eight game winner, has a solid era, doesn't walk hitters much. Hes not much of a strikeout type of guy. He'll be back rotoation I believe the 21st of July. Only allowed 96 hits in 87 innings, now thats impressive for a rookie. Hes a contact pitcher, so he doesn't give up too many big innings.

NL Surprise: Pablo Sandoval

Don't think anyone expected a huge season for Pablo, at least for hes second year. Very good batting average, I think what most people don't realize about Pablo is hes defense. Not only is hes good defensively, but he plays three positions (C, 3B, 1B), thats very versatile. Pulling the Giants offense, not really much other then Pablo. Can't believe hes only 22 years of age. For me the biggest shock of the year. I think would be runner up would be Jason Marquis, wouldn't have predicted that in a million years.

AL Surprise: Russell Branyan

This was a very hard decision for me because Ben Zobrist is also having a incredible first half. I think what separate these two is in the Rays lineup theres more good players, and Russell mainly besides Ichiro has to carry the team's offense. Ben Zobrist is a little bit of a streaky hitter where as Russell has been a little bit more consisent. Russell Branyan has been more surprising because of his age, older players always seem to impress me more.
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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2009 12:14 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

The Ichiro argument just doesn't make sense. The only category in which Ichiro is better than Joe Mauer is stolen bases. Mauer has a higher average, more home runs, more runs scored, and way more rbis in about far less at bats. I know that Ichiro gets fewer rbi opportunities batting leadoff - but heif you're going to argue that he's more valuable than Mauer he should be producing way more runs out of the leadoff slot. Mauer produces so much more for his team while also playing the most demanding position on the field and handling a young pitching staff. I'll admit that I am a Twins fan so I may be a bit biased, but I can handle reasonable arguments (I think a case could be made for Torii Hunter). This one just doesn't seem reasonable to me. Sure the Twins 'didn't do that bad' when Mauer was out, but remember that Ichiro also missed 8 games at the beginning of the season. Seattle's record during that time 6-2. Ichiro is certainly a great player and any team would love to have him but every argument for Ichiro as first half AL MVP just comes up short.

Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2009 10:45 am

My First Half MLB Season Awards


I think Dan Haren SHOULD win it, but Lincecum will because his team is getting the recognition right now. I think this will be a tight vote between these two going into September

AL CY: Josh Beckett

I know the arguement for Zach Greinke but I just don't see him keeping it going the entire season. Beckett is finally healthy and ready to win a Cy Young finally after he should have two years ago.


Nothing more to say.

AL MVP: Torii Hunter

He has been single handedly carrying the Angels on his back offensively most of this first half not to mention his stellar defensive play.

NL Rookie of the Year:

I don't see many choices for NL ROY besides Rasmus. He's hitting well in that line up, obviously ahead of Pujols which always helps but he's looking very good for a rookie.

AL Rookie of the Year: Brett Gardner

Unlike the NL, there are a lot of rookies producing well in the AL. Gardner won the starting center field job for the Yankees in spring training and has been hitting for average, stealing bases and playing stellar defense. I'm not 100% sure he is ROY eligible this season but if he is, he should be it.

NL Surprise: Raul Ibanez

I understand moving from Seattle to the band box that is Citizen's Bank Park has probably inflated his numbers, but what he is putting up is ridiculous. No one could have seen these numbers coming from him.

AL Surprise: Scott Richmond

I'll hear the arguments for all the insane batter's but who would have expected a 30 year old rookie pitcher to come up and be as consistent as he has? Yes, he's tailed off his last few starts but the numbers are still there: 71K/30BB, 3.69 ERA. His record would look a lot better playing for a team with a consistent offense.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2009 5:10 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

First of all, there isn't that many grammer errors.

sorry had to.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 4:47 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

No way is Ichiro the AL MVP. Yes, he's hitting like .370, but he's not doing much else. He's not even on pace to scroe 100 runs and he gets no RBI's. His SB's are about where they always are. I love Ichiro, but no way he's the AL MVP. Apparently what makes him so valuable is the fact that he sets up the people behind him, like one Dustin Pedroia, your unrightful 2008 AL  MVP.  Yeah, he's not scoring as much as he usually does, but he does keep the pressure on the pitchers when he gets on base all the time like that.  I don't agree w/ Ichiro as MVP, but that's the logical reasoning I can think up right now, he's hitting for such a high average, he's stealing bases, he's setting the table.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2009 4:19 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

I would have to put my vote in for from the Rangers as AL ROY.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2009 3:39 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

No way is Ichiro the AL MVP. Yes, he's hitting like .370, but he's not doing much else. He's not even on pace to scroe 100 runs and he gets no RBI's. His SB's are about where they always are. I love Ichiro, but no way he's the AL MVP. Many other deserving candidates include both Twins (Mauer and Morneau) just off the top of my head.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 1:29 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

AL ROY:andrew bailey, a year ago i didnt even know this guy was in the farm sysytem and now hes a lights out j. broxton type of closer with a low era and lots of strike outs. on top of that he's an all-star as a rookie closer this kid is money for years to come.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 16, 2009 3:20 am

My First Half MLB Season Awards

Just a few minor critiques from me.  Dan Haren was my NL Cy Young pick, but I guess you can't really go wrong either way.  Rick Porcello has struggled as of late, Ricky Romero, on the other hand, has been good the entire season (except when he sneezed while rapping).  Also, as far as the AL MVP is concerned, while Joe Mauer was gone for a month, the player who keep the ship righted was Justin Morneau, who I can argue as the AL MVP (though I gave the award to a very deserving Torii Hunter also).  Ichiro has been impressive, but you can also argue that Russell Branyan and the pitching staff has attributed to a lot of Seattle's success also.

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Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2009 4:33 pm

My First Half MLB Season Awards

Haha. I didn't notice any grammar errors. Some people just like to be negative for the sake of being negative. Good list though. I would have put Randy Wells on as NL surprise but Sandoval has been pretty amazing this year. I hope I didn;t spell anything wrong or Del will be all over me.

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2009 12:27 pm
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