With the 2009 baseball season officially hitting its halfway point, I think it is time to hand out some midseason awards.
From Randy Johnson’s 300th win, to Zack Greinke’s amazing April, to Albert Pujols’ first half for the ages it’s been a fascinating year so far with some great individual performances. Just like every year, there have been performances that have stood out amongst the pack.
Without any further adiue, here are my first half MVP’s, Cy Young award winners, and Rookie of the Years.
National League ROY
Candidates – JA Happ, Colby Rasmus, Casey McGehee, Randy Wells, Dexter Fowler
My Preseason Pick – Cameron Maybin
Midseason Pick – Colby Rasmus
Rasmus leads all rookies in hits (75), HR (11), and RBI (34). If JA Happ continues to pitch the way he has for the Philadelphia Phillies, he will make a run at winning the NL ROY in the second half.
American League ROY
Candidates – Andrew Bailey, Rick Porcello, Brad Bergesen, Ricky Romero, Nolan Reimold, Elvis Andrus
My Preseaon Pick – Travis Snider
Midseason Pick – Ricky Romero
Romero is 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 87 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays. He just beats out Andrew Bailey.
National League Cy Young
Candidates – Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Dan Haren, Josh Johnson, Ryan Franklin
My Preseason Pick– Cole Hamels
Midseason Pick – Dan Haren
I originally had Lincecum winning this award, but when you look at the numbers, Haren is having an all-world first half. Haren is third in wins (9), first in ERA (2.01), first in Quality Starts (17), and first in WHIP (0.81).
American League Cy Young
Candidates – Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez
My Preseaon Pick – Zack Greinke
Midseason Pick – Zack Greinke
Greinke is making me look like a genius with his first half. Greinke is second in wins (10), first in ERA (2.12), first in Quality Starts (15), and second in WHIP (1.08).
National League MVP
Candidates – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Adrian Gonzalez, Raul Ibanez, Hanley Ramirez
My Preason Pick – Albert Pujols
Midseason Pick – Albert Pujols
Pujols has a legitimate chance to win the triple crown this year. He heads into the second half fourth in the NL in batting average (.332), first in HR’s (32), first in RBI (87).
American League MVP
Candidates – Jason Bay, Mark Teixeira, Ben Zobrist, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Torii Hunter
My Preseason Pick – Grady Sizemore
Midseason Pick – Ben Zobrist
While Pujols has been the best player of the first half – Ben Zobrist has been the most “valuable.” Zobrist is second in the AL with a 1.012 OPS, has 17 HR’s, 11 SB’s, and 50 RBI.
All that while playing six positions. Where would the Rays be without him?
NL Manager of the Midseason – Joe Torre
AL Manager of the Midseason – Mike Scioscia
NL Comeback Player of the Midseason – Todd Helton
AL Comeback Player of the Midseason – Russell Branyan
NL Surprise Team of the Midseason – Colorado Rockies
AL Surprise Team of the Midseason – Seattle Mariners
NL Disappointing Team of the Midseason – Chicago Cubs
AL Disappointing Team of the Midseason – Cleveland Indians
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