A Quarter In: Complete MLB Awards Analysis

D.A.Senior Writer IMay 25, 2009

Officially, every team has now played 40 games on the season, which means the first quarter of the 2009 season is over. If awards were given out today, here's how I would vote.

American League MVP: Justin Morneau (Minnesota Twins)

Justin Morneau is one of two players in the American League to be in top-10 in batting average, home runs, RBI, and OPS. Morneau is batting .343, with 13 home runs, 40 RBI, and a 1.082 OPS.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
2Evan Longoria (TB)
.33311
49
1.034
2
3Miguel Cabrera (Det)
.367
9
33
1.024
1
4Adam Jones (Bal)
.359
10
32
1.068
4
5Jason Bartlett (TB)
.373
7
301.014
14
6Aaron Hill (Tor)
.350
11
35
.932
2
7Jason Bay (Bos)
.286
13
45
1.036
4
8Victor Martinez (Cle)
.371
7
30
1.025
0
9Torii Hunter (LAA).314
10
37
.978
8
10Nick Markakis (Bal).310
7
38
.898
1
11Adam Lind (Tor).295
7
35
.864
0
12Carl Crawford (TB).317
1
21
.800
28
13Ian Kinsler (Tex).284
12
33
.916
10
14Carlos Pena (TB).238
15
38
.965
0
15Nelson Cruz (Tex).288
11
31
.890
7

National League MVP: Raul Ibanez (Philadelphia Phillies)

Raul Ibanez is one of two players in the National League to be in top-10 in batting average, home runs, RBI, and OPS. Ibanez is batting .352 with 17 home runs, 43 RBI, and a 1.151 OPS. He also has four stolen bases.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
2Albert Pujols (Stl).32714
38
1.110
7
3Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
.348
11
34
1.011
0
4Joey Votto (Cin)
.371
7
31
1.117
2
5Ryan Braun (Mil)
.333
8
311.011
3
6Brad Hawpe (Col)
.326
6
34
.981
0
7Carlos Beltran (NYM).361
6
30
1.020
7
8David Wright (NYM)
.350
3
30
.966
10
9Todd Helton (Col).342
6
31
.928
0
10Adam Dunn (Was).284
14
39
1.013
0
11Chase Utley (Phi).297
7
31
1.013
3
12Adrian Gonzalez (SD).282
16
30
.982
1
13Prince Fielder (Mil).270
10
42
.942
0
14Orlando Hudson (LAD).342
3
27
.910
4
15Justin Upton (Ari).320
9
26
1.004
4

American League Cy Young: Zack Greinke (Kansas City Royals)

Greinke has been stunning this year with a 7-1 record, 0.82 ERA, and 73 strikeouts in 66.0 innings pitched (including four complete games).

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP CG Sv
2Roy Halladay (Tor)
8-12.52
63
75.0
1
-
3
Edwin Jackson (Det)
4-2
2.55
48
60.0
0
-
4Mark Buehrle (Cws)
6-1
2.59
36
59.0
0
-
5Frank Francisco (Tex)
1-0
0.00
1515.2
-10

National League Cy Young: Johan Santana (New York Mets)

Santana has continued his excellent play with a 6-2 record, 1.50 ERA, and 75 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP CG Sv
2Wandy Rodriguez (Hou)5-2
1.83
53
59.0
0
-
3
Jair Jurrjens (Atl)
4-2
2.07
35
61.0
0
-
4Heath Bell (SD)
2-0
0.49
23
18.1
-
12
5Chad Billingsley (Lad)
6-2
2.826967.0
0-

American League Rookie of the Year: Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers)

Andrus is batting .291 with three home runs, nine RBI, and a .790 OPS. He also has one great glove.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Hld Sv
  BAHR
RBIOPS
SB
 
2
Andrew Bailey (Oak)
3-02.20
3528.2
2
1
3Ryan Perry (Det)0-12.45
1718.1
4
-
4Nolan Reimold (Bal)
.25624.729
0-

National League Rookie of the Year: Colby Rasmus (St. Louis Cardinals)

This is a weak rookie class. Rasmus is batting .233 with four home runs and 17 RBI.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Hld Sv
  BAHR
RBIOPS
SB
 
2
Luke Gregerson (SD)
0-33.76
2826.1
5
-
3Gerardo Parra (Ari)
.2791
8.782
0
-
4Bobby Scales (Chc)
.26515.861
0-

American League Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland (Detroit Tigers)

Leyland has led the Tigers to a .571 winning percentage on a team that wasn't expected to do much.

Rk Manager Win% Note
2Cito Gaston (Tor).574
The Jays were expected to do what they do every year, but now they could be contending.
3Ron Washington (Tex).605
Washington has the Rangers off to a scorching start and are contending in a vision that the Angels were expected to run away with.
4Joe Girardi (NYY).568After signing the three biggest free agents and the A-Rod drama, Girardi has the Yankees relevant again.

National League Manager of the Year: Joe Torre (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Torre has the Dodgers off to a .667 winning percentage despite all the Manny drama.

Rk Manager Win% Note
2Tony La Russa (Stl)
.591
La Russa continues to be one of the best managers in baseball, turning his pitching staff around.
3Dusty Baker (Cin)
.535
Baker has made the Reds relevant, which they haven't been for years. Pitching and offense have improved tremendously.
4Ken Macha (Mil)
.591Despite constant manager changes, the team has remained resilient as Macha has the Brewers in first.

American League Relief Man of the Year: Frank Francisco (Texas Rangers)

Francisco has 10 saves with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15.2 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Sv BlSv
2Jonathan Papelbon (Bos)
0-11.80
2320.0
111
3
Mariano Rivera (NYY)0-12.75
2419.2
9
1
4Brian Fuentes (LAA)0-24.32
1916.2
12
2
5Bobby Jenks (CWS)
0-23.381416.0
101

National League Relief Man of the Year: Heath Bell (San Diego Padres)

Bell has 12 saves with a 0.49 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP Sv BlSv
2Trevor Hoffman (Mil)
0-00.00
1012.0
110
3
Francisco Rodriguez (NYM)
1-00.87
2020.2
12
0
4Jonathan Broxton (LAD)
5-01.173523.0
11
2
5Francisco Cordero (Cin)
0-21.892119.0
110

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Victor Martinez (Cle) and Aaron Hill (Tor)

Both Hill and Martinez have come back exceptionally well from injuries.

Rk Player BA HR RBI OPS SB
t-1Aaron Hill (Tor).350
11
35
.932
2
t-1Victor Martinez (Cle)
.371
7
30
1.025
0

American League Comeback Player of the Year:  Nick Johnson (Washington Nationals)

After Johnson spent most of the 2008 season, Johnson has out up exceptional numbers this year (.338 average, four home runs, and 35 RBI).

Rk Player W-L ERA K IP
2
Yovani Gallardo (Mil)4-23.83
50
51.2
3
Barry Zito (SF)
1-54.02
3756.0

Silver Sluggers:

PosAmerican League National League
CVictor Martinez (Cle)Bengie Molina (SF)
1BJustin Morneau (Min)Albert Pujols (Stl)
2BAaron Hill (Tor)Chase Utley (Phi)
SSJason Bartlett (TB)Hanley Ramirez (Fla)
3BEvan Longoria (TB)Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
OFJason Bay (Bos)Raul Ibanez (Phi)
OFAdam Jones (Bal)Carlos Beltran (NYM)
OFTorii Hunter (LAA)Ryan Braun (Mil)
DH|PJason Kubel (Min)Micah Owings (Cin)