Half-Time Report

With the baseball season about half over, it is time that I give out my awards for the best players so far this season. This is just my opinion. Tonight will be the American League. Tomorrow I’ll do the National League

American League Rookie of the Year: This year, there have been three rookies that really come to my mind when I think of the best this year. The second half of the season will determine the winner. Mike Trout is having a great season for the Anaheim Angels. Trout, a 20-year-old outfielder, is hitting .343. Again, 20-years-old. He also has 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in. Pretty impressive. Will Middlebrooks is under the radar as a great rookie. Hitting .298, Middlebrooks has 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in. Solid numbers for both. There is also Yu Darvish. Darvish, an import from Japan, has a 10-5 record with 117 strikeouts and a good 3.59 E.R.A. Very good. However, given that Middlebrooks and Trout were both call-ups from the end of April, my vote-for the time being-will go to Darvish.

American League Cy Young: This is a bit of a tricky award to hand out. This is the new pitcher era. But there has not been one superb standout. Darvish has been impressive but there are better choices. One that comes to mind is Chicago White Sox Chris Sale. Some genius decided to turn him into a starter after being in the bullpen. It has worked brilliantly. Sale has a 10-2 record with 98 strikeouts and a tiny E.R.A. of 2.19. He’s been the best pitcher for his team this year. By far.

American League MVP: To me, to qualify for an MVP, unless you are far and away the best player in the league, you need to be on a winning team. What good is a 30 home run season for a last place team? This year, there have been some great surprises. Adam Dunn has made a resurgence. Sure he still can’t hit for average, but his power is way up. Trout has been talked about. But to me, you’d have a really hard time arguing against Josh Hamilton. I will be the first to admit, I am a huge Hamilton fan. But how can you not be? One look at his stats explains it all. He’s hitting .318 with 26 home runs and 74 runs batted in. He is also the first player in several years to hit four home runs in one game. He’s been a beast. As usual.  

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