2010 MLB Awards

Every year I like to announce my individual awards for Major League Baseball with one month left in the season.  I am of the opinion that after 5 months of baseball those deserving of the consideration should just use September to cross their t’s and dot their lower case j’s on their resumes.  Most will argue my selections, but after all that is what make sports fun.  As always, feel free to leave your own opinions in the comments section below.  Without further adieu, I give to you, my 2010 MLB trophy winners:

2010 American League Rookie of the Year: Neftali Feliz

At the time of this writing Feliz has  an ERA of  3.32 with 33 saves putting him 3rd in the American League in that category.  He has only blown 3 saves all season and has solidified the Ranger bullpen.  He is a big reason why the Rangers will find themselves in the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

Also deserving of consideration: Austin Jackson, Wade Davis

2010 National League Rookie of the Year: Jamie Garcia

Jason Heyward has been the popular pick from day one of the 2010 season.  At the time of this writing he is hitting .278 with 16 home runs and 62 runs batted in for the first place Atlanta Braves.  Making these numbers all the more impressive is the man just became able to legally drink a few weeks ago. With all that being said I am going with Jamie Garcia.  Garcia, at the time of this writing, finds himself with a 12-6 record and an ERA of 2.33.  Garcia also has 118 k’s in 146 innings.  These numbers are great for veterans, nevermind a rookie.

Also deserving of consideration: Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Mike Leake

2010 American League Cy Young Award Winner: CC Sabathia

Sabathia is currently 18-5 with an ERA of 3.14 for the New York Yankees.  Sabathia has been a workhorse lodging 194.2 innings.  This will be a heated race and September results may be what wins it for any number of pitchers listed below.  But CC has been unreal for the Yankees and looking at his competition’s stats there really isn’t a question who the best in the AL is this season.  Buchholz has only thrown 146 innings, King Felix hasn’t won enough games to warrant serious consideration, Cahill and Price both have significantly less amount of innings pitched than CC.

Also deserving of consideration: Clay Buchholz, Trevor Cahill, David Price

2010 National League Cy Young Award Winner-  Adam Wainwright

This award will be among the most tightly contested as Wainwright and Ubaldo Jimenez are neck and neck with one month left to go in the season.  September will decide the winner but I am hedging my bets on Wainwright.  Both pitchers have 17 wins.  Wainwright’s ERA is 2.30 while Jimenez comes in at 2.71.  Wainwright gets the edge having pitched 195 innings to Jimenez’s 176.  Wainwright is also in a pennant race and I tend to favor those that are playing in games that mean something over those that don’t.

Also deserving of consideration: Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson, Josh Johnson

2010 American League MVP: Josh Hamilton

Miguel Cabrera made this race interesting for awhile, but the Tigers fell out of contention and the Rangers stayed atop the AL West.  Cabrera has slightly better numbers than Hamilton but when its all said and done Hamilton’s Rangers will be playing baseball in October.  Hamilton has the highest batting average in baseball at .361 and he has knocked in 97 runs to go along with 31 home runs.

Also deserving consideration: Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre

2010 National League MVP: Joey Votto

This September, baseball fans might be in for the most fun statistical race they have seen since McGwire and Sosa roided up in ’98 to give us their exciting home run chase.  Joey Votto and Albert Pujols are battling for something that hasn’t happened in 43 years, the Triple Crown.  Joey Votto is leading the league in batting average (.327), runs batted in (97), and is 3 home runs behind Pujols for the league lead.  With the Reds on a tear going into September and locking up their playoff spot, this may actually be a no brainer.

Also deserving of consideration: Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Carlos Gonzalez


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