In a season capped off by the acquisitions of C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixiera, the admittance of steroid use from Alex Rodriguez and many other crazy things, the Yankees have the best record in baseball. How they did it, I don't know. They have many incredible players that are leading the way for the Bombers, and now is the time that i shine some light on the most talented players of the Yankees. It is time to give out the awards. Though you may think it is a little early in the season, it really isn't. There are about six weeks of regular season baseball left, which means that we've seen about 18 weeks of Yankee baseball, which is enough time to base the team awards off of. I also want to take a moment to mention the success of the team. Yes, the Yankees are in first place, and have the best record in baseball. But they have come a long way, in a sense. Last year, this team was filled with old players, such as Jason Giambi and Mike Mussina (though Moose was amazing last season). Now, they are younger, in a sense. While bringing in guys like CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Mark Teixiera, they have also made their team younger from last season. And the most important thing they have done has been delivering the talent and clutch ability. The Yankees have to be happy with the success of the three guys they signed this off season, because they have shaped the success for this team. Just to give some further insight, the awards will be the generic awards. The Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, the MVP. There will also be the Rolaids relief pitcher of the year, and comeback player of the year. So, without further ado, here are the team awards.
All 2000's Catcher: Ivan Rodriguez
Starter: Ivan Rodriguez .300 158 HR's 626 RBI's
Backup: Jorge Posada .283 197 HR's 778 RBI's
Pudge has been one of the most dominant players in baseball, aside from being the most dominant catcher in baseball. His ability to hit for a high average, mixed with some power and an incredible arm behind the plate results in being number one of this list. Jorge is a close second because of his higher power numbers over the last 10 years, but what earns Pudge first in this race is not the .300 batting average, it's the spectacular defense that Jorge has been lacking. Though Jorge is a good catcher, Pudge has five Gold Gloves since 2000, and that is what separates Pudge from Jorge. By the way, Jorge and Pudge went head to head in the 2003 world series. Pudge hit .273, Jorge, .158.
All 2000's Catcher Honorable Mentions
Jason Varitek: .261 147 HR's 583 RBI's (3 time all star)
*Victor Martinez: .298 102 HR's 510 RBI's (3 time all star)
A.J. Pierzinski- .285 108 HR's 523 RBI's (2 time all star)
*Brian McCann- .297 78 HR's 332 RBI's (4 time all star)
Bengie Molina- .277 129 HR's 635 RBI's (2 time gold glove)
Jason Kendall- .284 42 HR's 481 RBI's 100 SB (1 time all star)
Ramon Hernandez- .261 139 HR's 617 RBI's (1 time all star)
*Joe Mauer- .323 59 HR's 350 RBI's (3 time all star 2 time batting champion)
It wasn't a hard decision. Mo has been the lights out guy in the bullpen this season and every season since 1996.
His current 33 saves are leading the American League, and his 2.02 ERA is as always, low.
Mo has won the AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award four times. If the Yankees had one, he would have had it 13 years running, no doubt.
Though maybe not his best season, 2009 could be his most impressive season so far. In 48 games, Mo is 1-2 with a 2.02 ERA. Rivera is on pace to get 42 saves, which would be the first time he has gotten 40 saves since 2005, when he had 43.
But what is most impressive about this season is that he is 39. Just looking at all of the other older pitchers who are falling apart, guys like Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, it makes you wonder how guys like Mariano do it.
Still, just a year away from 40, Mo continues to be one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. That includes this season, which is why he is the Yankees Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.
Honorable Mention: Alfredo Aceves. Aceves is 7-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 30 games this season. He has met and exceeded all expectations the Yankees set for him. He has been the most valuable Yankees middle reliever, in my opinion, and in the opinion of many other Yankee fans.
Burnett was one of the two big Yankee pitching signings this off season, along with C.C. Sabathia.
Sabathia was paid more and signed for more years, and many thought he would be more effective than Burnett.
They were wrong.
Burnett is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.67. Though Sabathia has been good, Burnett has taken his game to another level.
Through his first 12 starts, Burnett was 4-3 with a 4.89 ERA, not near where he would want it to be. But Allan James Burnett has been a different pitcher since that 7-0 loss to Boston on June 9.
In his last 12 starts, Burnett has gone 6-2 with an ERA of just 2.32. Between June 27 and July 27, Burnett went 5-0 with a 2.01 ERA in six starts. By the way, the Yankees went 19-6 between those days, and moved 6.5 games up in the standings. It's no coincidence.
Burnett, when healthy, is one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. Thankfully, the Yankees have yet to see Burnett experience any of the injuries for which he has been notorious previously. What we're seeing is what we paid $82.5 million for.
Honorable Mention: CC Sabathia. CC is 12-7 with a 3.76 ERA, just nine point higher than Burnett. Though C.C. has more wins, he also tends to give up more runs, as C.C. has given up five or more runs six times, while Burnett has given up five or more runs just four times.
"It's a Tex Message!" —John Sterling.
Just seven and a half more years of that call. Teixiera has shown Brian Cashman and all Yankee fans what happens when you sign the right first baseman in free agency. You think he might be an upgrade from Jason Giambi?
In 109 games this season, Teixiera is hitting .286, with 29 home runs and 84 RBI. In addition, he is on pace to set a career high in doubles and is leading the team in extra base hits, with 60.
He has established himself as a fan favorite. He's a good guy. Tex is as good off the field as he is on it, which says a lot about him.
Tex has shown the Yankees he can play, and getting the team MVP in his first season is a great way to get his eight year contract started.
Honorable Mention: Derek Jeter. In 107 games, Jeter is hitting .318, with 13 home runs and 48 RBI. As usual, another incredibly productive season for Jeter. He's having an extraordinary season, which is ordinary for Jeter.