Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

My picks for ROYs, MOYs, Cy Youngs and MVPs

By Dave Sheinin

It's time to hand out some hardware. Beginning today, with the AL and NL rookies of the year, and ending next Tuesday, with the AL most valuable player, the winners of baseball's major individual awards will be announced. Voting was done by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America -- and while Post policy prohibits me from voting for the actual awards, here's how I would have voted in each category, in the order in which the awards are handed out. (Reminder: The awards are based on regular-season performance only.)

AL rookie of the year (today, 2 p.m.): Neftali Feliz, Rangers. When a rookie closer puts up 40 saves, a 2.73 ERA and an 0.88 WHIP, and he does it in the heat of a pennant race, it's difficult to pick against him. And that's precisely what Feliz did. I can appreciate the argument for Detroit's Austin Jackson (.293 batting average, 27 stolen bases), who played an excellent brand of center field (and unlike Feliz, played virtually every day), but that isn't enough to vault him past Feliz. Runner up: Jackson, Tigers.

NL rookie of the year (today, 2 p.m.): Jason Heyward, Braves. This was an incredibly difficult call. Both Heyward and San Francisco's Buster Posey lifted their teams to the postseason, growing into prominent roles in their respective lineups. And Posey was brilliant in his additional role shepherding the Giants' ace-filled pitching staff. But in the end, one number swayed me: 180. That was how many more plate appearances Heyward accumulated than did Posey. Heyward did his thing all season; Posey for only four (and only three as the everyday catcher). Runner up: Posey, Giants.

NL Cy Young (Tuesday): Roy Halladay, Phillies. This was the easiest pick of them all. Halladay led the league in wins (21), innings (250 2/3), complete games (nine), shutouts (four), walks per nine innings (1.077) and strikeouts-to-walks ratio (7.3). And that's not to mention the perfect game he threw in May. Runner up: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals.

AL manager of the year (Wednesday): Ron Washington, Rangers. All Washington did was survive the revelation of a positive test for cocaine, steer his team through the franchise's stormy bankruptcy crisis and guide the Rangers to the AL West title. Runner up: Ron Gardenhire, Twins.

NL manager of the year (Wednesday): Bud Black, Padres. Yeah, I was tempted to go with Bobby Cox for largely sentimental reasons -- and Cox did do an amazing job with an overperforming Braves team. But what Black did -- winning 90 games and leading the NL West almost all season with a lineup that included only one good hitter (Adrian Gonzalez) -- was absolutely remarkable. Runner up: Cox, Braves.

AL Cy Young (Thursday): Felix Hernandez, Mariners. I'm no spokesman for the sabermetrics crowd, but they have a point here. If you eliminates wins -- which is the stat over which pitchers have the least control -- Hernandez was clearly the best. I'm willing to use wins (of which Hernandez had only 13) to break ties between closely matched pitchers, but this one wasn't even close. Runner up: CC Sabathia, Yankees.

NL most valuable player (Monday, Nov. 22): Joey Votto, Reds. His season was virtually indistinguishable from that of division rival and fellow first baseman Albert Pujols. But Votto did outperform Pujols in all three "slash-line" stats -- batting average (.324 to .312), on-base (.424 to .414) and slugging (.600 to .596) -- and also lifted the otherwise unremarkable Reds to the division title. Runner up: Pujols, Cardinals.

AL most valuable player (Tuesday, Nov. 23): Robinson Cano, Yankees. Many voters, I suspect, will overlook the fact Josh Hamilton missed the final month of the season. I just can't. Partly because of Hamilton's missed month, Cano had more total bases, more RBI and a higher WAR (wins above replacement) -- all while playing Gold Glove-quality defense at second base. Let's also not forget he picked up the slack on a Yankees team where many star players had off-years. Runner up: Hamilton, Rangers.

By Dave Sheinin  | November 15, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Cliff Lee tries to save Rangers' season
Next: Posey, Feliz win ROY awards; Strasburg shut out in NL voting

Comments

I admire what Hernandez did this year, but I can't give him the Cy Young. He never pitched in an important game, a game that would have put his team in first place or given them a boost to the playoffs. Playing for a bad team all year has no pressure. The Cy Young winner should show his stuff in pressure situations.

Posted by: Weed1 | November 15, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd vote for Washington too, but overcoming the drug revelations -- and it wasn't just a positive test, which suggests maybe he's innocent, it was revelation of use -- doesn't get him points. It's not something that happened to him that required character to overcome, it's something bad that he did. More like I'd overlook what may have been an isolated act and focus on the on-field performance.

Posted by: markfromark | November 15, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company