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Handing out First-Half Awards to Blue Jays
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Now that the halfway point of the 2013 MLB season is here, it is time to look back on what has transpired so far this season in Toronto.

As of July 1, the Blue Jays are 40-41 and 8.5 games in back of the AL East division lead.

It has been an action-packed season so far that started extremely poorly and only got worse when injuries depleted the Blue Jays’ starting rotation and the left side of their infield. But the Blue Jays managed to reel off a franchise best 11-game winning streak in June to bring them briefly back to relevance, just in time for ailing shortstop Jose Reyes to rejoin the team.

Although out of the playoff hunt right now, the Blue Jays are far from eliminated. With another 81 games to play, their roster is finally getting healthy and learning to play together. Although it will take some strong baseball from here on out to secure a wild-card spot, they definitely have the potential to do so.

There is plenty of baseball to look forward to, but for now, let’s take a moment to look back on the first half of this season in order to present some first-half awards.

Here are my picks for the Blue Jays' most valuable player, most improved player and some other almost-cleverly named awards. Have your say in the comments section.

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