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MLB Midseason Awards

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2008

Most teams have reached the 81-game mark, and that means it's time for the 2008 Midseason Awards!

There have been big surprises in 2008, along with many disappointments. Plenty of boos and plenty of cheers. So with out further adieu, the Midseason Awards.


American League

MVP: Josh Hamilton, OF, TEX (.312/79 RBI/19 HR)

Cy Young: Cliff Lee, SP, CLE (11-1/2.34 ERA/90 K) 

Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria, 3B, TB (.270/47 RBI/15 HR)

Most Surprising Team: Tampa Bay Rays (49-32, First in AL East)

Most Disappointing Team: Seattle Mariners (31-50, Last in AL West)

Coach of the Year: Joe Madden, TB

Best Divisional Race: Central (White Sox, Twins, Tigers—separated by five games)

Most Dominant Pitcher: Francisco Rodriguez CL, LAA (32 for 33 SVs)

Best All-Around Fielder: Kevin Youkilis, 1B, BOS (.998 F%/.313 BA/50 RBI)

Most Improved: Carlos Quentin, OF, CHW (.288/19 HR/61 RBI)


National League

MVP: Lance Berkman, 1B, HOU (.364/21 HR/67 RBI)

Cy Young: Brandon Webb SP, ARI (12-4/3.21 ERA/94 K)

Rookie of the Year: Kosuke Fukudome, OF, CHC (.297/6 HR/33 RBI)

Most Suprising Team: Florida Marlins (42-39, Second in NL East)

Most Disapponting Team: Colorado Rockies (32-50, Fourth in NL West)

Coach of the Year: Lou Piniella, CHC

Best Divisional Race: East (Phils, Marlins, Mets, Braves—separated by four games)

Most Dominant Pitcher: Tim Lincecum, SP, SF (9-1/2.38 ERA/114 K)

Best All-Around Fielder: Albert Pujols, 1B, STL (.998 F%/.356 BA/17 HR)

Most Improved: Edinson Volquez, SP, CIN (10-3/2.08 ERA/110 K)


My AL Playoff Teams are as follows: White Sox, Red Sox, Angels & Tigers

My NL Playoff Teams are as follows: Cubs, D'Backs, Phillies & Cardinals

World Series: Tigers vs. Cubs—Tigers win in six 

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