Obviously, it has not been the best year for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Currently they have a 40-45 record, which is good enough for just third in the NL East. They are 9.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the division and 8.5 out of a playoff spot via the Wild Card. And yes, there is still time to turn it around, but it is looking more and more like the Phillies will be selling off at the July 31 trade deadline.
But before we get to that, it is time to acknowledge the fact that more than half of the season, 85 games to be exact, has been played.
Putting aside the negatives, the Phillies have had some exciting moments and some players that are worthy of being commended. It is likely very few of these players will receive recognition in the form of an end-of-the-year award or even an All-Star selection, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be acknowledged for strong first halves.
Consider this Philadelphia's very own award show, here to honor the first half of the season Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP, Comeback Player of the Year, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.
So, the envelopes please, because it is time to announce the midseason award winners for the Philadelphia Phillies.