2007 MLB Rumors Awards

Sunday, September 30, 2007

What an amazing end to a crazy season. Many leads were shrank and got big again, and some were even blown. The Rockies are making a case to be in the playoffs winning 13 of 14 to close the season and force a one game playoff against the Padres. Even if they don't win, that is great baseball. Furthermore, the Marlins and Nationals played great baseball towards the end to knock out the Mets and pull the Brewers closer to the Cubs, even though they weren't able to hold on. The Red Sox made it interesting against the Yankees but were also able to hang on, but they lost Clay Bucholz for the playoffs, which may or may not have any impact on the team. Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds, and Greg Maddux finished their seasons with their respective teams, although they might not be done. Here are my 2007 Awards before they are officially announced:

National League MVP: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
- He played 162 games of great baseball and lead his team into the post season.
STATS: .296 AVG, 30 HR, 94 RBI, 41, SB.

National League Cy Young: Jake Peavy, Padres
- Although it could change if he loses the one game playoff, he has been consistent all season leading the Padres rotation.
STATS: 19-6 W-L, 2.36 ERA, 234 K.

National League Rookie of the Year: Ryan Braun, Brewers
- Troy Tulowitski is a close second, but Braun came up and showed impressive numbers for such a short time in the majors.
STATS: .324 AVG, 34 HR, 97 RBI, 15 SB.

National League Comeback Player of the Year: Derrek Lee, Cubs
- Lee broke his wrist in 2006 and the team fell apart from their finishing with a league worst 66 wins. Now he came back and although his swing was changed, he developed into more of a pure hitter than a homerun hitter.
STATS: .317 AVG, 22 HR, 82 RBI, 6 SB, 43 2B.

National League Manager of the Year: Lou Piniella, Cubs
- The Cubs were all but eliminated in mid June, when nothing seemed to be going their way. Piniella stepped up and put the attention on him and since them, the team had the best record in baseball, and he lead them into the playoffs.
RECORD: 85-77 W-L, .525 PCT, Playoff Appearance.

American League MVP: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
- Hands down. Dominated all season and kept the Yankees together during the low times.
STATS: .314 AVG, 54 HR, 156 RBI, 24 SB.

American League Cy Young: Josh Beckett, Red Sox
- He was very good all season and stepped up to lead the rotation. Although Sabathia won some big games for the Indians, Carmona and Byrd were right behind him in key games.
STATS: 20-7 W-L, 3.27 ERA, 194 K.

American League Rookie of the Year: Brian Bannister, Royals
- I am pretty sure he is still considered a rookie, but has stepped up nonetheless. Not many rookie pitchers could have done as well as he has on a team with such poor run support. He was like a veteran for that staff and really helped some of those young guys.
STATS: 12-9 W-L, 3.87 ERA, 77 K.

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Carlos Pena
- With out a doubt, surprised us all. Stepped up huge for the Devil Rays and will be a definite impact for the next several seasons.
STATS: .282 AVG, 46 HR, 121 RBI, 1 SB.

American League Manager of the Year: Mike Scoiscia
- He didn't have a lot to work with, but found the right young players and used them properly and it was obvious by the lead they had ending the season.
STATS: 94-68 W-L. .580 PCT.


Anonymous 10:22 PM CDT  

you're pretty much retarded.
troy tulowitzki should easily be a close second to ryan braun, kevin kousmanoff is garbage. matt holliday should win the NL MVP, with jroll second. and if your cubs bias shows with lou piniella winning MOY. it should be charlie manuel hands down.

Anonymous 10:24 PM CDT  


Anonymous 10:28 PM CDT  

somebody is a rockies fan...

Eli 10:31 PM CDT  

Hey sorry you feel that way. Kouz has been the best player for the Padres since May, and Braun has dominated for the amount of games he has played in. It is isn't most valuable rookie, it is the best rookie statistical. Charlie Manuel is defintely a close second but his fire has come in the final 17 games, not the whole season like piniella. piniella took the burden off his team and got them in the playoffs, which is award worthy. You can say what you want, but I stand by my choice, and do not appreciate being called a retard.

Anonymous 10:32 PM CDT  

Holliday has had a great year, but Rollins has been absolutely incredible and has put up some great, historical numbers. 20-20-20-20 i believe is historic, and has anchored that team while howard and utley were struggling. holliday had a great season, but Rollins made the final big push in sept.

Anonymous 10:34 PM CDT  

I like the choices Eli, I think they are good and fair. Bannister came out of no where and other than that, pretty much obvious. I think BEckett could win it or lose it, but I agree with your argument. I also agree with what you said about lou, even though I would like see C Manuel get it. Lee, Braun, Peavy, Rollins is pretty much equal as well. I think it is impressive that rollins held the team togther and was successful in every game this season.

Mark, Philly

Anonymous 10:36 PM CDT  

Why are you calling eli a retard for offering his opinion? a lot of people agree with him on this and yet you decide to demean him.

KevinGillman 11:41 PM CDT  

Eli, I know Beckett is probably going to win Cy Young, but no other pitcher turned in 10 straight starts of going 7 innings, and less than 2 earned runs like C.C. did. Not even Carmona, and I love Carmona. But to me it should be C.C. and plus 6 of Sabathia's losses were 1-0 or 2-1 games. Again, Josh did not put up those numbers.

Anonymous 2:56 PM CDT  

So you say the ROY is based solely on statistics and I agree.

Tulowitski - .287/.357/.472, 24hr, 98rbi, 7sb

Kouzmanoff - .276/.330.459, 18hr, 74rbi, 1sb

Fielding - Tul - .987 (11 err), Kouz - .931 (22 err)

Second Half Numbers - Tul - .289/15/60, Kouz - .320 11/37

How can you argue this disparity? I'm not the same guy as the jerk above, but really...where can an argument be made?

Anonymous 3:01 PM CDT  

Gotta say as well. How does one game affect Peavy's case for the Cy Young? He's the pitcher's equivalent of a triple crown winner in the NL.

Anonymous 3:34 PM CDT  

Wait a minute. There is clearly a Cub bias. Bob Melvin, Diamondbacks, or Clint Hurdle of the Rockies should be manager of the year!!! Remember everyone had Padres and Dodgers on top. Who predicted either team on top, while many had the Cubs and that talent laden line up? This site had the LA Dodgers winning the West and had the Cubs winning the Central. Lou still won thanks to a Brewers blow up rather then his team lossing three straight to the lowly Marlins. And accoding to your predictions, Manny Acta and a record of 73-89 instead of the 51-111 is a plus 22, while Lou has a minus 2. As for CPY,Dmitri Young, out of baseball completely, should be comeback player. Derek Lee, you even said yourself, was the reason why Cubs fell apart last year. Injury doesn't mean you get comeback player.

Anonymous 8:25 PM CDT  

peavy still wins it right???

as for piniella, hurdle, or manuel would all be good choices...

Anonymous 3:21 AM CDT  

Eli, you are retarded.
Manuel had to deal with multiple injuries. That bullpen is awful, and the only reliable starter is Hamels.
C'mon man, get real.. Piniella? With all that investment.
You're Cubs bias..

I mean, piniella ranks like in 4th place behind Manuel, Dbacks manager, and the Rockies manager.

yea right.

Anonymous 12:37 AM CDT  

you cant ake the cy young away from CC because he is on agreat staff... ore strikeouts better era more complete games and shotouts... one less win oh well hes the best in the AL and Carmona is 2nd Beckett 3rd

Anonymous 3:36 PM CDT  

I dont think pure luck at the end of the season (sorry Hurdle) should contend with overall performance of the team. I mean, I'm a Brewers fan here, and I'll give Lou his props. He brought a team that was a complete wreck into a playoff caliber team. ESPN was even asking "Why Not the Cubs?" in regards to winning it all. I mean, it's all fun and games that the Rockies have gotten this lucky, but let's watch their season next year. Sorry to say, but they will not be in contention.