2012 Season Awards – John’s Picks

by JohnBowen

National League ROY

1) Wade Miley, SP (ARI)

2) Nate Frazier, 1B/3B (CIN)

3) Bryce Harper, OF (WAS)

Miley made a big splash in his first full season as a big leaguer, going 16-11 and finishing 10th in the National League with a 3.33 ERA and sixth with a K/BB ratio of 3.89. Frazier gets the nod over Harper for filling major holes left by the injured Misters Rolen and Votto.

American League ROY

1) Mike Trout, CF (LAA)

2) Yoenis Cespedes, OF (OAK)

3) Yu Darvish, SP (TEX)

Obviously not a contest – Cespedes and Darvish had oustanding rookie seasons, but Trout had an all-time great year. His 10.7 WAR season ranks him in between the best career seasons of Willie Mays and Stan Musial.

National League Cy Young

1) R.A. Dickey  (NYM)

2) Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

3) Johnny Cueto (CIN)

4) Matt Cain (SFG)

5) Cliff Lee (PHI)

The award is a toss-up between the first three – which could lead to a reliever like Chapman or Kimbrel getting it. Dickey led the league in innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and strikeouts – and thus earned my pretend vote. Cliff Lee went just 6-9, but should still some votes having put up a solid ERA (3.16) and WHIP (1.114) while leading the league with a 7.39 K/BB ratio.

American League Cy Young

1) Justin Verlander (DET)

2) David Price (TBR)

3) Matt Harrison (TEX)

4) Jered Weaver (LAA)

5) Felix Hernandez (SEA)

Lots of usual suspects here (and Matt Harrison) – Verlander should win this thing running away. The biggest difference between his MVP 2011 season and his 2012 season was his run support, as he pitched at close to the same level but went from 24-5 to 17-8.

National League MVP

1) Buster Posey, C (SFG)

2) Andrew McCutchen, CF (PIT)

3) Ryan Braun, LF (MIL)

4) Yadier Molina, C (STL)

5) Chase Headley, 3B (SDP)

6) David Wright, 3B (NYM)

7) Aramis Ramirez, 3B (MIL)

8 ) R.A. Dickey, SP (NYM)

9) Joey Votto, 1B (CIN)

10) Giancarlo Stanton, RF (MIA)

This award could go to any of the top-3; of course, I’d like to see it go to Braun, but Posey played a more valuable defensive position, in a harder ballpark, and went on an absolute tear in the second half to elevate his team to the post-season. McCutchen was winning this award running away, but faded hard in the second half – and with him, the Pirates. I wasn’t sure what to do with Votto – who would’ve been MVP of the first half, but missed most of the second – so I gave him a courtesy 9th place vote.

American League MVP

1) Mike Trout, CF (LAA)

2) Miguel Cabrera, 3B (DET)

3) Robinson Cano, 2B (NYY)

4) Justin Verlander, SP (DET)

5) Adrian Beltre, 3B (TEX)

6) Austin Jackson, CF (DET)

7) Josh Hamilton, OF (TEX)

8 ) Joe Mauer, C (MIN)

9) Prince Fielder, 1B (DET)

10) Alex Gordon, LF (KCR)

We’ve discussed this one ad nauseum. Miguel Cabrera won the much-vaunted triple crown and will most likely be named AL MVP. And when he is – congratulations. He certainly shouldn’t be the MVP for 2012, but he undoubtedly had an MVP-caliber season, whether he had hit 44 home runs or 42.

5 Responses to “2012 Season Awards – John’s Picks”

  1. geo Says:

    Nice to see a little love for Alex Gordon. High on the list of the most underrated players in baseball.

  2. Raul Says:

    Trout is my vote. I don’t have any issue with Cabrera winning it.

    What I don’t like is the posturing that this is somehow fight between sabermetrics and traditionalists.

    Disagree as I might, a Trout MVP will likely be treated as a major win for the stats crowd…as if it’s a validation of sorts. I mean for chrissakes, even Chuck said Trout is the MVP.

  3. Chuck Says:

    Todd Frazier.

    Only argument is NL ROY..I think Frazier gets it.

    It’s going to suck Andrew McCutchen won’t get MVP, but his team didn’t make the playoffs, so he’s going to lose out for the same reason Mike Trout will.

  4. Chuck Says:

    “Disagree as I might, a Trout MVP will likely be treated as a major win for the stats crowd…”

    Very true..after two years they’re all still giving each other handjobs over the belief they had something to do with Blyleven getting into the Hall.

  5. Bob Says:

    Lee MacPhail passed away. R.I.P.

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