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2011 MLB Midseason Awards

Brandon WhalenCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2011

2011 MLB Midseason Awards

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    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

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    Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Boston Red Sox

    BA: .348*

    H: 121*

    HR: 16

    RBI: 75*

    OBP: .405

    SLG: .583

     

     

    Others to watch out for: Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson

NL Most Valuable Player

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    Jose Reyes, SS, New York Mets

    BA: .354*

    H: 124*

    R: 65*

    3B: 15*

    SB: 30

    SLG: .529

     

    Others to watch out for: Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp, Lance Berkman

AL Cy Young

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    Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

    W: 11

    L: 4

    ERA: 2.26

    IP: 143.1*

    SO: 138*

    WHIP: .879*

     

    Others to watch out for: Jared Weaver, Josh Beckett, James Shields, Dan Haren

NL Cy Young

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    Jair Jurrjens, Atlanta Braves

    W: 12*

    L: 3

    ERA: 1.87*

    IP: 110.2

    SO: 65

    WHIP: 1.066

     

    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

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    Michael Pineda, Seattle Mariners

    W: 8

    L: 5

    ERA: 2.58

    IP: 108.0

    SO: 106

    WHIP: 1.009

     

NL Rookie of the Year

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    Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals

    HR: 16

    BA: .247

    RBI: 50

    R: 44

    SLG: .474

     

AL Reliever of the Year

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    Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians

    Saves: 21

    Blown Saves: 1

    ERA: 2.23

    SO: 21

    WHIP: 1.14

     

    Others to watch out for: Jose Valverde, Mariano, Rivera, Jonathan Papelbon

NL Reliever of the Year

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    Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Saves: 25

    Blown Saves: 0

    ERA: 1.37

    SO: 33

    WHIP: 0.94

     

    Others to watch out for: Heath Bell, Craig Kimbrel, Brian Wilson

AL Manager of the Year

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    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

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    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.

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