MLB Mid-Season Awards

June 30, 2008 at 11:55 am 15 comments


We are midway through the 2008 MLB season; 81 games down and 81 more to go. There have been surprises (Rays, Marlins, A’s) and let downs (Mets, Rockies, Indians) and so much more. The Rays currently have the best record in the majors and Josh Hamilton is purusing a Triple Crown. Here are my MLB mid-season awards:

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With all due respect to other top performers these are my selections for each award.

Who do you have winning each award?

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. James D Ardis  |  June 30, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I think Hamilton should have been MVP for the AL. And wouldn’t you think Florida would be tired by now of doing really bad for a couple years and then doing halfway decent and getting their manager a Manager of the Year Award for being subpar and then going right back to being bad?

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  June 30, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Very good point about the Marlins. They really need to take that manager and give him a ballclub to play with. Keep the great players and put a winning team on the field. I almost had Hamilton as my MVP but the Rangers have a ton of offensive studs this year and the White Sox are not in 1st without Quentin. Hamilton is the better player but Quentin is more valuable to his team.

  • 3. MikeMcGinnis  |  June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    i love what fredi gonazalez has done in florida but my manager of the year vote goes to tony larussa.

    shouldn’t voloquez win rookie of the year if he wins cy young? or is he not considered a rookie anymore?

    paul konerko could be in the disappointing player category…

  • 4. MikeMcGinnis  |  June 30, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    and i told everyone don’t count out joe crede! he’s a hard nosed ballplayers with guts and heart!

  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  July 1, 2008 at 5:36 am

    I would probably make Cliff Lee the AL comeback player of the year, since he was hurt and went from an ERA over 6 to what he’s doing now. I agree that Hamilton is the better player, but w/o Quinten, the ChiSox would be cellar dwellers again. You have way to many disappointing people to pick from for the LVP.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Mike – LaRussa would finish a close 2nd for me. The Marlins were thought by many to lose 100 and they are 1 game back. Volques doesn’t qualify as a rookie anymore and you are right about Konerko.

    Charlie – Cliff Lee would probably be the better choice but Crede is a fine one as well. That may be the one I ask back but I still think Crede is justified for the award. You are dead on, there are too many players to choose from for LVP.

  • 7. supremesportsjustice  |  July 1, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Can only disagree with one of your picks Jonathan….my pick for NL comeback player of the year is the one guy you know I’ve been complimenting the entire year….Jorge Cantu.

    Great job!

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 1, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Thanks! Cantu would be a great pick as well.

  • 9. Kyle  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    You said, “Hamilton is the better player but Quentin is more valuable to his team.”

    This is contradictory because if Hamilton really has been the better player (which he has) then he has been more valuable to his team. The fact that one’s team may have a better record than the other’s is irrelevant. Who’s to say Hamilton’s team wouldn’t be worse off than Quentin’s if neither had played? Team success does not equal individual value.

    Simply put, standings should have no bearing on who the Most Valuable Player has been.

  • 10. Mark  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I agree with most of your selections. However, I disagree with both MVP choices. I think there’s a number of players having better seasons than Utley such as Lance Berkman, Chipper Jones, Albert Pujols, and Hanley Ramirez.

    And in the A.L. I would probably put Kinsler, Bradley, Hamilton, A-Rod, Sizemore, and Drew ahead of Quentin.

  • 11. Andy  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Hamilton beats Quentin in every single important category I can think of. Plays a more valuable position better than Quentin plays his. He leads in OPS+, BtWins, and VORP. How good ones team is should never determine an individual award.

  • 12. Robbie  |  July 1, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    How can one player provide more for his team while being LESS valuable? That makes zero sense.

    That said, Ian Kinsler probably has a better MVP debate than Hamilton at this point.

  • 13. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    We are all entitled to our opinions but the MVP goes to the player that means the most to his team. Quentin means more to the White Sox than anyone means to their respected teams at this point in the season. The White Sox aren’t hitting and he is carrying them on offense. The Rangers have multiple guys having career years which is great but if you taking Quentin out of the lineup is more damage to the White Sox than taking Hamilton, Kinsler, Bradley, et al. out of the lineup.

    Hamilton’s OPS+ is adjusted up for the wrong reason too. His road OPS is .773 against a home OPS of 1.106. Quentin is .900 away and .959 at home. I would argue that Kinsler is more valuable than Hamilton and Bradley (I wouldn’t give a DH the MVP). J.D. Drew might even be a better choice.

    I do believe standings have a little to do with MVP. If the player is out of the lineup is that team a .500 team? A division leader? Is he carrying his team to victory? Quentin has been carrying the poor offense and without him the White Sox are probably in 3rd place at best. The Rangers? Probably still in 3rd without one of those players.

    We can pick and chose stats all day that we think are more valuable and we can all look correct. That is the great thing about baseball, there are no absolutes. I stand behind my picks and I am glad that there are people who disagree.

    Thanks for the comments and please let the banter continue.

  • 14. Mark  |  July 1, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    1. The White aren’t hitting? They have the 5th most Runs in baseball and the 4th best team OPS! In fact, their run differential has been so great that their Pytagorean Record has them at 18 games over .500 as opposed to just eight. Joe Crede has an OPS+ of 122, Jermaine Dye’s at 138, and Thome’s at 121. Most teams would kill just to have three guys hitting that well.

    2. Offense is what carries the Rangers. Do you really think that if you were to take one of those players out it wouldn’t hurt them that much? They’re two games above .500! Certainly much better than most people would’ve expected. If you take one of those players out, I guarantee you’ll see a greater dip in team production than you would the White Sox. Chicago has the best pitching staff in baseball to carry them. Texas has the worst. The Rangers need each of those guys very, very much in order to maintain their surprising success thus far.

    3. I agree that Kinsler has been more valuable than Hamilton and Bradley. However, I believe all three have been more valuable than Quentin.

    4. One man cannot win a ballgame. It must go to the player who is most valuable to the extent that a single baseball player can be. Outside forces that are not under his control certainly should not come into effect.

  • 15. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 1, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks Mark. Those are all very good points. I do agree that pitching has carried the White Sox which is why Quentin has been so valuable to them. You have to score runs to win games and when no one at all was hitting on the team Quentin was the offense.

    Dye and Crede’s stats are carried by the home ballpark. They have Home/Road splits of (.959/.737) and (1.058/793). Quentin has done his damage everywhere.

    I do believe you can put a subpar player in Texas and he can put up “good” numbers. Take David Murphy for instance. Konerko has been bad, Uribe is awful, Swisher has been bad up until late, and Quentin has been consistant all year carrying the offense.

    Texas definitely has the most valuable lineup in the majors. It is the only reason they are winning games with that awful pitching. Part of the reason that pitching is so bad is because of the ballpark too and that’s part of the reason the hitting is that much better. That’s no knock on the players like Kinsler, Hamilton, and Bradley but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Bradley is having a career year now that he’s in that park. I just find it hard to pick one guy out of a group that has helped carry each other.

    To be honest, I had Hamilton in the MVP spot until I changed it at the last secong when I looked at Quentin’s again and the impact he had on the White Sox when literally no one was hitting.

    Quentin has just done so much right at the right times. If any of these guys we are talking about were on the Red Sox or Yanks everyone would be talking about them as MVP candidates. All are very good selections.

    I agree that one man cannot win a ballgame. There are too many other factors involved. But if we have to throw out RBI and RUNS because that involves one being on base and one knocking them in.


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