2011 MLB Midseason Awards
The All-Star break is this weekend so it's time to hand out the mid-season awards.
This has been a wild year so far, and most of the awards are a very close race. Many of your opinions will differ from mine because of how many players are putting up great numbers to this point. There are probably ten to twelve different players right now that have a good shot at winning an MVP and another ten that could win a Cy Young.
If your opinion differs please comment and give who you think deserves the mid-season awards.
An * denotes that the player is leading his league in that category.
So here it is, the 2011 MLB mid-season awards.
AL Most Valuable Player
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Boston Red Sox
Others to watch out for: Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson
NL Most Valuable Player
Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets
Others to watch out for: Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Lance Berkman
AL Cy Young
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Others to watch out for: Jared Weaver, Josh Beckett, James Shields, Dan Haren
NL Cy Young
Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves
Others to watch out for: Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Tommy Hanson
If someone other then a Brave or Philly wins this award I will be shocked.
AL Rookie of the Year
Michael Pineda, Seattle Mariners
NL Rookie of the Year
Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
AL Reliever of the Year
Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians
Blown Saves: 1
Others to watch out for: Jose Valverde, Mariano, Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon
NL Reliever of the Year
Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates
Blown Saves: 0
Others to watch out for: Heath Bell, Craig Kimbrel, Brian Wilson
AL Manager of the Year
Manny Acta, Cleveland Indians
Team Record: 46-39
The Indians are first in the AL Central and have the fourth best record in the AL behind the three AL east teams. Most people picked the Indians to finish fourth in the central behind the Tigers, Twins, and White Sox, but Acta has them playing better then any of those teams.
NL Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team Record: 45-42
Last season the Pirates finished 57-105 and had the worst record in the league. Right now they are only a game-and-a-half behind the Cardinals for the NL Central lead.
Since moving to the Central, the Pirates have not had a winning season or made the playoffs.
In one year, Clint Hurdle seems to have turned around the Pirates' losing ways. If he can get Pittsburgh to finish over .500 there should be no doubt who the NL Manager of the Year is.