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My Major League Baseball Awards

I gave you my predictions for the remainder of the Major League Baseball season yesterday, now I want to talk about awards.

I realize the regular season isn’t even over yet, but I’m just really excited to share my opinion with you. Why? I love baseball!

I’m not prognosticating tonight, instead these are my picks for MLB’s top honors. I have a feeling they’ll match up pretty well with the real deal at the end of the year. 

American League

MVP

Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

I was very tempted to select Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, but the Tigers aren’t in the thick of the postseason race. The only reason I would stray away from Hamilton is because he’s only played in two games in September (he’s missed 11 straight coming into today because of an injury to his ribs). His numbers are the most well-rounded in the American League. He’s hitting .361 with 31 homers and 97 runs batted in. Hamilton’s story will finally come full circle: #1 overall pick in 1999, falls out of baseball after years of drug abuse, comes back to baseball in 2006, and finally wins an MVP (lives up to lofty expectations) 11 years after his professional career started. I love it!

Cy Young

Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

I know that the Seattle Mariners suck, but Felix Hernandez is not the cause. He’s the most dominant pitcher in baseball. The only stat that hurts him is wins (he is only 12-11), but again, that’s not his fault. The Mariners offense ranks dead last in all of baseball in most offensive categories. It’s the exact opposite for Hernandez. He leads the American League with a 2.35 ERA and he’s also tops with 222 strikeouts. Tampa Bay’s David Price, New York’s C.C. Sabathia, Boston’s Clay Buchholz, and Oakland’s Trevor Cahill all deserve a look, but Hernandez gets the nod. 

Rookie of the Year

Austin Jackson, Detroit Tigers

This is the hardest award to hand out. There are several good rookies in the National League this season, but the American League is void of impact newcomers. I went back and forth on Detroit’s Austin Jackson and Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis, but I went with Jackson in the end. The reason…he plays every day. Jackson leads all rookies in most offensive categories, including 169 hits, 97 runs, ten triples, 24 stolen bases, and a .300 batting average. Let’s not forget he also made one of the most impressive catches of the season during Armando Gallaraga’s more-than-perfect-game.

National League

MVP

Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

The Cincinnati Reds are the biggest surprise in baseball this year and they have Joey Votto to thank. He won’t win the Triple Crown like some thought he would, but he’s still having an amazing year. Votto ranks third in the National League in hitting with a .321 average, 34 home runs, and 104 runs batted in. That’s especially incredible when you figure he doesn’t have much help around him.  In other words, the Reds aren’t in the playoffs without Votto. That’s the true definition of Most Valuable Player.

Cy Young

Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

Star pitchers who move from the American League to the National League tend to shine a little brighter in the Senior Circuit, but Roy Halladay has exploded into a supernova. Not only did he throw a perfect game this year, he’s also logged 19 wins (tied for first in the NL), a 2.49 ERA (second in NL), and 210 strike outs (also second in NL) in 2010. Halladay is easily the most consistent pitcher in all of baseball. He’s thrown seven or more innings in 26 of his 31 starts. Florida’s Josh Johnson and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez are good, but they aren’t Roy Halladay.  

Rookie of the Year

Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves

There are several great rookies in the National League this season, but none are more impressive than Jason Heyward. He’s started for the Braves all season long (smacking a home run in his first career at-bat) and he’s performed up to expectations. Heyward is hitting .281 with 18 home runs and 71 RBI in 129 games. San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Florida’s Gaby Sanchez (and not just because of his clothesline on Nyjer Morgan) get honorable mention. If the Giants would have called up Posey earlier in the season (he’s only played in 95 games), this award might be in his hands instead.

As always, I’d love to know what you think! Please leave a comment below, get in touch with me on Twitter @lewissports, connect with me on Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

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