Baseball Awards

2011 Baseball Awards

I based gold glove mostly on UZR, fielding percentage and reputation, because many of these awards go to the same players every year clearly based on reputation. (See Ichiro)

NL Gold Glove Awards:

C Yadier Molina
1B Albert Pujols
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Placido Polanco
OF Jason Heyward
OF Chris Young
OF Justin Upton
P Jake Westbrook

AL Gold Glove Awards:

C Matt Weiters
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Alexei Ramirez
3B Adrian Beltre
OF Brett Gardner
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Ichiro
P Mark Buehrle

When looking for my silver slugger choices I decided on my awards through the normal triple crown stats and also OPS.

NL Silver Slugger:

C Miguel Montero
1B Prince Fielder
2B Brandon Phillips
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Aramis Ramirez
OF Ryan Braun
OF Matt Kemp
OF Lance Berkman
P Yovani Gallardo

AL Silver Slugger:

C Alex Avila
1B Miguel Cabrera
2B Robinson Cano
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Adrian Beltre
OF Jose Bautista
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Curtis Granderson
DH Michael Young

Now for the fun awards….

NL Manager of the Year:

Kirk Gibson – Gibson wins this award easy. The D-backs were supposed to hit their stride last year, but instead fell off the map. In 2011 however they had 94 wins and won the NL West against all odds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL Manager of the Year:

Jim Leyland – The chain smoking old school manager led a team from Detroit to 95 wins and the AL Central title. This was a difficult choice for me, because I love Joe Maddon, but Leyland deserves it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL Rookie of the Year:

Freddie Freeman – At the beginning of the year I chose Freddie Freeman and I’m sticking to it. The rook finished the year with 21 Homers, 76 RBIs and a .795 OPS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL Rookie of the Year:

Jeremy Hellickson – I also predicted this one at the beginning of the year. Hellickson might have some competition from Mark Trumbo, but Hellickson went out and pitched 189 innings his rookie year, posting a deceiving 13-10 record with a 2.95 ERA in the AL East, while only allowing a .210 BAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL Cy Young:

Clayton Kershaw – My pick at the beginning of the year was the Marlins Josh Johnson, who looked like he was going to win until he suffered a season ending injury. The young Kershaw had one of the best seasons in recent memory with a 21-5 record for a horrible team with 248 Ks in 233.1 innings, a 2.28 ERA with a .207 BAA and an amazing .98 WHIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL Cy Young:

Justin Verlander – This is by far the easiest award to hand out, though my early pick Jered Weaver was equally stellar this year. Verlander finished the year with an amazing 24-5 record, 250 Ks, a 2.40 ERA, a .192 BAA and a .92 WHIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NL MVP:

Albert Pujols – One could easily make the argument for Kemp, yes he was the best player in the league this year, but not the Most Valuable. The Cardinals were injury stricken this year, including Pujols who had his worst season since entering the league in 2001. But the way I see it, this Cardinals team wouldn’t have even smelled the playoffs if they didn’t have the production of Albert Pujols. The Machine was my original pick at the beginning of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL MVP:

Jacoby Ellsbury – Yes, as I stated above I like the MVP to come from a playoff team, but Ellsbury was the only player on this team going all out while Boston sank themselves into oblivion. He is obviously the most valuable player to any team in the AL. I picked Josh Hamilton at the beginning of the season and he may have had a repeated if he didn’t get injured.

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