My 2008 NL Season Awards

September 29, 2008 at 9:54 am 9 comments

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With the season over (other than a makeup game) it is time for me to hand out my hardware. So here are my 2008 NL Season Awards:


Albert Pujols (1B, STL) – Is there truly any doubt here? He is by far the best player in the league and the most valuable. If you replace him with any player on any team in the league he will be an upgrade over that player. Replace him with Carlos Delgado and the Mets are in the playoffs. No doubt in my mind. He is the MVP.

Stats: AVG .357 (2nd in NL), OBP .462 (2nd), SLG .653 (1st), OPS 1.114 (1st), BB 104 (2nd), HR 37 (t-4th), VORP 96.7 (1st by a landslide), 2B 44 (t-4th), XBH 81 (2nd), RBI 116 (4th), IBB 34 (1st), BB/K 1.93 (1st), RC 147.0 (1st), RC27 10.90 (1st). He also had 7 steals and 100 runs scored while playing possibly the best Gold Glove caliber defense at first. This is a no-brainer for me.

With all due respect to: Lance Berkman (1B, HOU), Chase Utley (PHI, 2B), David Wright (NYM, 3B), Jose Reyes (NYM, SS), Hanley Ramirez (FLA, SS)

*Cy Young*

Tim Lincecum (SF, SP) – This was a tough choice. It came down to Lincecum or Johan Santana and I went with Lincecum due to his ERC, K/9, BAA, and OPS against. I also took into account the parks the pitchers play in and the defense behind them. Santana has the better defense and the parks are close to comparable with a slight edge to Lincecum. It’s also worth noting that the Mets have 3 of the top 9 VORP leaders on offense and the Giants have no one in the top 40 on offense.

Stats: 18-5 (2nd in wins, 1st in win%), ERA 2.62 (2nd), ERC 2.70 (1st), K/9 10.51 (1st by a full K), K 265 (1st, 59 more than 2nd), K/BB 3.15 (10th), IP 227.0 (3rd), BAA .221, OBP .297 (8th), SLG .316 (1st), OPS .612 (1st), WHIP 1.17 (8th), QS% 79 (2nd).

All due respect to: Johan Santana (NYM, SP), Brandon Webb (ARI, SP), Ryan Dempster (CHC, SP), Cole Hamels (PHI, SP), Chad Billingsley (LAD, SP), Dan Haren (ARI, SP)

*Rookie of the Year*

Geovany Soto (CHC, C) – This was fairly easy to pick given his position and his numbers. You can make a case for Joey Votto of Jair Jurrjens but this should go to Soto without much arguing.

Stats: .285/.364/.504 with 23 homers, 86 RBI, 35 doubles, 2 triples, 66 runs, 62/121 BB/K, 88.7 RC and for what it’s worth the pitching staff raves about his game calling.

With all due respect to: Joey Votto (CIN, 1B), Jair Jurrjens (ATL, SP), Jay Bruce (CIN, OF), Koskue Fukudome (CHC, OF), Hideki Kuroda (LAD, SP), Corey Wade (LAD, RP)

*Comeback Player of the Year*

Jorge Cantu (FLA, 3B) – Is there any doubt here? Check out the numbers: .277/.327/.481 with 41 doubles, 29 homers, 95 RBI, 92 runs, 6 steals in 2008. .252/.331/.357 with 9 doubles, 1 homer, 13 RBI, 12 runs, 0 steals in 2007.

With all due respect to: Stephen Drew (ARI, SS), Hong-Chih Kuo (LAD, RP), Chan Ho Park (LAD, RP)

*Breakout Player of the Year*

Ryan Ludwick (STL, OF) – It was hard for me to give this to Ludwick because I don’t think he will do this again and I don’t like giving the award to players past their prime. But the award is for most outstanding breakout season he did have that.

Stats: AVG .299, OBP .375, SLG .591 (2nd), OPS .966 (4th), doubles 40, 3 triples, 37 homers (t-4th), XBH 80 (3rd), 113 RBI (6TH), 104 runs, 62/146 BB/K, VORP 53.5 (10th)

With all due respect to: Nate McLouth (PIT, OF), Ricky Nolasco (FLA, SP), Ryan Doumit (PIT, C), Fred Lewis (SF, OF)

*Manager of the Year*

Cecil Cooper (HOU) – I never thought I would be naming him MOY but he is surely a top candidate. He turned this team into a contender even though he lost Carlos Lee to injury. He deserves some respect for putting up with Ed Wade and Drayton McLane as well.

All due respect to: Charlie Manuel (PHI) and Jerry Manuel (NYM)


Corey Patterson (CIN, OF) – Talk about awful, this guy takes the cake. Amongst players with a minimum of 375 plate appearances in the NL here is where Patterson ranks: AVG .205 (last), VORP -19.6 (last among all players, period), OBP .238 (last), SLG .344 (8th to last), OPS .582 (last), BB 16 (last). He only stole 14 bases and was caught 9 times.

With all due respect to: Andruw Jones (LAD, OF), Jeff Francouer (ATL, OF), Michael Bourn (HOU, OF), Brandon Backe (HOU, SP)

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  September 29, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I think you’re pretty much spot on here. I dunno if Pujols will get the MVP solely due to the Cards not making the playoffs. It is hard to really argue other people though for NL mvp.

    I think CC is going to get a lot of talk for CY Young as well.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    CC deserves an overall award for his play throughout the season. Beyond the Boxscore has a good piece on Sabathia here:

    His numbers over his last 235 innings 1.88 ERA, 237/45 K/BB

  • 3. MikeMcGinnis  |  September 30, 2008 at 10:58 am

    great call on all the picks jonathan. especially the heady cecil cooper pick. i am glad you ended all the nonsense talk about ryan howard for MVP the guy is a 21st century version of a gorman thomas or dave kingman. meaning lightower power with a lot of homers and RBI’s but a ton of strikeouts a relatively low batting average and no glove whatsoever

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  September 30, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Mike. I agree on Howard. Imagine if you had Pujols batting behind those other Phillies. He would have 160 RBI. I agree on Howard 100%.

  • 5. Charlie Nehl  |  October 1, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I guess we all forgot about Lidge and his TERRIBLE year last season with the ‘stros. He had a perfect season in the save department, and his numbers were actually better than KRods minus saves. AND he pitches in a hitters park.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 1, 2008 at 7:09 am

    I actually looked at Lidge when considering Comeback POY and I just don’t see justifying him. He had a good year last year out of the pen, not great but good. The award should be for someone who comes back from an awful year not a good year.

  • 7. Charlie Nehl  |  October 1, 2008 at 7:15 am

    gotcha. I like cliff lee was pretty obvious though, in the AL dept. 🙂

  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  October 1, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I agree. No one can touch him with that award.

  • 9. John Cloutman  |  October 3, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hey Jonathan, take a look at the preseason predictions. I agree with you 100 percent on everyone of your picks.


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