With my renewed hope in the intelligence of the sports writers who vote for MLB Awards, here are my picks and whom I actually believe will win it.
A.L. Cy Young
I would vote for Roy Halladay. He is truly a marvel to watch, as he goes out and expects to throw a complete game every time out there. He also pitches in the toughest division in baseball and continues to be the top pitcher in the A.L., year and year out.
Who will win: Cliff Lee. Lee had a great year on an even worse team than Lincecum. Giving the award to him is fine by me.
This was probably the toughest choice for me. As far back as June, I thought Chase Utley had it locked up. But as he slowed, two candidates clearly emerged as the choices: Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard.
The only argument against Pujols is his team didn't make the playoffs. But he did keep them afloat into September, not to mention doing it with a bad elbow that needed surgery. The other strike against him is he puts up these crazy video game-like numbers every year. It isn't a shock to see him do this at all.
Howard, on the other hand, got his team into the playoffs with big hit after big hit in September. He led the league in home runs and runs batted in.
Sounds like the winner, right?
Not so fast. Factor in his .250 batting average and 199 whiffs, and you see some blemishes. I would vote for Howard (even Pujols said Howard should get it).
Who will win: Pujols gets anotherMVP. Again, no problem with this choice.
It pains me to say this, but the MVP of the A.L. is going to be the balding, 5'0" second baseman of the Red Sox.
The little man swings a big stick and willed a banged up and subpar (as per Boston standards) Red Sox team into the playoffs. The team had no Beckett, Ortiz, Manny, or Drew for parts of the year, so Pedroia rose to the occasion and really defined this team.
His hustle and effort on every play (Take notes, Robbie Cano, take notes) was what defined this Sox team. He gutted out every at-bat. And you know he does something right when I say he is one of the few Sox I would like to see on Yankees.
Who will win: Pedroia
Managers of the year
Joe Maddon (obviously) and Charlie Manuel.