Play-By-Playmate: Jaime's All-Around MLB Awards

By Jaime Edmondson

Jaime's not interested in splitting hairs...or leagues. Check out her picks for this year's MLB Awards

Anyone who has ever read this blog before knows that my mantra is simple: if you’re not first, you’re last. I’m not into cowinners or split titles. I want to know who is the best of the best. Numero Uno. The cream of the crop. The cock of the proverbial walk.

So baseball’s divided titles don’t really appeal to me. MLB’s MVP should be the MVP, not the American League MVP or the National League MVP. The straight-up MVP. That’s why I’m awarding the All-Around Awards for the Major Leagues. The undisputed kings of summer. And we’ll start with the one who’s currently wearing the crown.

Most Valuable Player: Miguel Cabrera

A lot of people are saying Cabrera, winner of the first Triple Crown in over 50 years, isn’t baseball’s MVP. They say that according to sabermetrics Mike Trout is the MVP. Really? REALLY!?! Apparently mathematical skill sets trump Triple Crowns these days. Miggy finished the year with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Maybe Mike Trout’s WAR was better, but if you ask anyone on the Tigers who propelled them from 3.5 games out in September into the postseason, I think they’ll tell you it’s Miggy. Putting a team on your back and carrying them to the playoffs? That sounds like Most Valuable Player material to me. 

Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout

But Trout does deserve Rookie of the Year. Unlike his obnoxious counterpart, Bryce Harper, Trout has been silent but deadly. He goes out, plays his game, doesn’t gloat, doesn’t throw around any “clown questions,” doesn’t crave the attention. He doesn’t need to talk; his game speaks for itself.  

Cy Young: Gio Gonzalez

Three names keep cropping up in the Cy Young debate: David Price, Justin Verlander and Gio Gonzalez. Verlander gets a lot of talk, because he’s a) a perennial candidate looking for back-to-back awards, b) a strikeout machine and c) a big market ace. But Price not only had a better record (20-5 compared to Verlander’s 17-8) but a better ERA (2.56 to 2.64) and plays in a way tougher division. I’d give the Cy Young to him if it wasn’t for Gio Gonzalez’s breakout season (21 wins, 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts) with the upstart Nationals. He was the first pitcher since 1918 to have three consecutive starts with at least six shutout innings en route to a 25 scoreless innings streak. He gets my Cy Young. 

Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter

Lots of old guys to talk about this year: Davey Johnson of the Nationals, Robert Melvin of the A’s but I’m going with Buck Showalter of the O’s. He turned a 90-loss team into a 90-win one in one year. Turned it right around. His managerial skills are best showcased by the Orioles’ sterling record after seven innings: 76-0 when leading after the seventh and 55-23 in games decided by one or two runs. That shows some serious abilities to manage a bullpen and a baseball game.

Comeback Player of the Year: Fernando Rodney

Rodney barely had a job after playing in just 39 games last year, posting an unspectacular 4.50 ERA and having a walk ratio higher than his strikeouts. But he came back this year to not only play in 76 games but save 48 of them, dropped his BB/9 to 1.8 and his K/9 to a huge 9.2. He was the definition of clutch. He’s the comeback kid of the year. 

*Please note: Ryan Braun is not eligible for any of these awards ’cause he’s a cheater. 

Jaime's Fantasy Football Update

Ok. So this season got off the a bit of a rocky start. My team is all over the place. One good week. One bad one. This one is looking good though; I'm up 104-46 and there's no one left to play. I think I've got this one locked down to move to .500 on the season.


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