Take It to the Bank: These Will Be the 2009 MLB Awards
The World Series is over, and free agency will kick off soon.
Baseballs 2009 awards will out in just days, and ill get strait to the point. Here are my predictions for each award.
American League Rookie of the Year
The winner is...Rick Porcello SP Detroit Tigers
In a rotation that at the beginning of the year had ace Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, and Armando Galarraga. Porcello was thought to be the fifth starter, but as the season went on all those names except for Verlander were afterthoughts, and Porcello became the bonafide second starter behind the all-star Verlander.
Porcello went 14-9 with a 3.96 era in 170 innings for the American League Central runners up...oh yeah did I mention he was 20 years old the entire season?
Close but no cigar goes to...Jeff Niemann (TB), Elvis Andrus (TEX), Nolan Reimold (BAL)
National League Rookie of the Year
The winner is...Tommy Hanson SP Atlanta Braves
This was a close one with Hanson and Chris Coughlan of the Marlins, but Hanson came up midseason, and absolutely dominated, just as everyone thought he would. The super prospect was electric going 11-4 a 2.89 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 127 innings. No doubt that Hanson will be just another one of those homegrown pitching stallions the Braves know all about.
Close but no cigar goes to...Chris Coughlan (FLA), Andrew Mccutcheon (PIT), Dexter Fowler (COL)
American League CY Young
The winner is...Zach Greinke, Kansas City Royals
Yankee fans need to understand that the CY Young is voted for at the END of the regular season the playoffs are not included in the vote which is why CC Sabathia doesnt win this award, but even if it was it would be really hard not to give it to Greinke. Greinke was UNREAL this year on probably the worst team in baseball.
He only had 16 wins (but, like I said, worst team in baseball), but his ERA was microscopic and would've been under two if it weren't for the last inning he pitched this year. He also led the American League with 242 strikeouts in 229 innings, and had a 1.07 WHIP (walks, hits per innings pitched).
He also had six complete games to lead the AL. If Greinke were on the Yankees this season he would've won 25 games without a doubt.
Close but no cigar goes to...Felix Hernandez (SEA), CC Sabathia (NYY), Mariano Rivera (NYY), Justin Verlander (DET)
National League CY Young
The winner is...Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Wainwright has made the seamless transition from reliever to starter, which culminates with this victory. He led the NL with 19 wins and it just seemed like he would pitch seven innings every start. Wainwright edges out his teammate Chris Carpenter because Carpenter had a couple stints on the DL.
Close but no cigar goes to...Chris Carpenter (STL), Tim Lincecum (SF), Javier Vazquez (ATL), Jorge De La Rosa (COL)
American League MVP
The winner is...Joe Mauer, Catcher, Minnesota Twins
Joe Mauer is a FREAK. He could've been an All Star performer in almost any sport apparently, but luckily he chose baseball. Mauer won the AL Batting Title for the third time in his five-year career, he also had an on-base pct of .444 which basically means that of his 523 at bats this season, he was got on base just about half the time, unreal for a catcher.
Not to mention Mauer added the long ball to his repertoire this season hitting 28 home Runs. When former MVP Justin Morneau went down in August the Twins were left for dead, but Mauer would have none of it, and with a little bit of help from Michael Cuddyer, Mauer got the Twins to the AL Central title, and a playoff berth.
Close but no cigar goes to...Mark Teixeira (NYY), Torii Hunter (LAA), Derek Jeter (NYY), Miguel Cabrera (DET)
National League MVP
I won't waste much time...Albert Pujols, First Basmen, St.Louis Cardinals
Nice seasons but you had no chance...Ryan Howard (PHI), Troy Tulowitzki (COL), Andre Ethier (LAD), Matt Kemp (LAD)
American League Manager of The Year
The winner is... Mike Scoisca, LA Angels
I really wanted to give this to Joe Girardi of the Yankees, but Scoisca under the circumstances proved why he might be the best manager in baseball. Scoisca and the Angels had to deal with the tragic death of Nick Adenhart at the beginning of the season which prompted the Angels to stumble understandably for most of the first half.
But somehow Scoisca was able to bring them back together and they won yet another American League West title.
Close but no cigar...Joe Girardi (NYY), Ron Gardenhire (MIN), Ron Washington (TEX)
National League Manager of The Year
The winner is...Jim Tracy, Colorado Rockies
After stumbling out of the gate to an 18-28 record under former manager Clint Hurdle, Tracy was hired to replace him and the Rockies went 74-42 under him. Also looking up and down the Rockies roster there wasnt much to choose from outside of Troy Tulowitzki, which made the job Tracy that much more amazing.
Close but no cigar...Charlie Manuel (PHI), Bruce Bochy (SF), Joe Torre (LAD)
Can't wait to see how it unfolds, but there shouldn't be much surprise.
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