Whicker: Baseball’s award winners, both real and imagined
By Mark Whicker
Who should win the baseball awards? And why shouldn’t there be more of them? And why don’t hitters fatten up their numbers by beating shifts? And why do ear specialists encourage all people to go to Dodger games?
I ask myself these questions:
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, A.L.: Jose Altuve picked up his fourth 200-hit season and has won three of four A.L. batting titles. More important, he brought power, defense, speed and an unsinkable spirit to Houston.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, N.L.: It comes down to Nolan Arenado or Paul Goldschmidt, and the Rockies’ third baseman from El Toro gets the edge because of dominant defense at a premium position, and his position. A .385 average with men in scoring position doesn’t hurt.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR, A.L.: Altuve, although Mike Trout squeezed 33 home runs into 114 games and led the league in slugging and on-base.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR, N.L.: The Reds’ Joey Votto played every game, drove in 100 runs and had a fanciful OBP of .454. Gets the edge over the home run derby exploits of Giancarlo Stanton.
CY YOUNG AWARD, A.L.: Chris Sale’s 300 strikeouts for Boston don’t measure up to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, who led MLB with an 0.869 WHIP and was the only pitcher to average seven innings per start. Also went 18-4.
CY YOUNG AWARD, N.L.: Nothing to choose between Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw except four more starts by Scherzer and a .175 batting average-against.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR, N.L.: The Diamondbacks won 24 more games and gave up 231 fewer runs in Torey Lovullo’s first year, although the Awards Panel is open to the argument that Dave Roberts deserved it again.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR, A.L.: Minnesota wasn’t a playoff team anywhere but in the standings. Paul Molitor edges A.J. Hinch and Terry Francona.
ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: Aaron […]