Wednesday, July 07, 2010
AL MVP - Josh Hamilton. I thought about this one for a long time. It is a three horse race in my mind with Cokehead McGee, Robbie Cano, and Hornitas Cabrera. I have to take a few points away from Robbie because of the lineup that he gets A-Bomb protection in. Oh, I completely write off Justin Morneau until he admits that he never should have won his actual MVP a few years ago. GIVE IT TO DEREK LIKE A GOOD BOY! Both the Rangers and Tigers would suffer without the two nominees, no doubt. But Hamilton wins out because the Rangers are actually in the playoffs right now (as I write this) and the Tigers are not.
NL MVP - Joey Votto. Fuck it, who else is it going to? David Wright? He publicly stated his love for Landon Donovan and I would never give the award to a fag. Pujols isn't doing anything that he hasn't done before. Andre Ethier? If your name is Andre, I will always compare you to Andre The Giant and you will never win that comparison. The Reds are somehow competitive this season and Votto leads the charge.
AL Cy Young - Cliff Lee. He missed a month and only has a handful of wins, but I don't care. He is by far the best pitcher in the league this season. Jon Lester is going to make a push.
NL Cy Young - Ubaldo Jimenez. He probably should win 25 games. Next question. Maybe Josh Johnson can make this interesting though.
AL Manager - Terry Francona. Dude, this kills me but have you SEEN the outfield that they've paraded out there over the past six weeks? The Red Sox have been killed with injuries yet are 3 games back in the East. That's pretty damn impressive. I sure as hell would never give this award to a guy that would just pawn it for some crack either.
NL Manager - Bud Black. The Padres should have about 6 wins this year yet have a pretty tight grip on the NL West lead (don't know for sure and not looking it up). It will be a cold day in Hell before I recognize Dusty Baker for being a good manager, too.
AL Rookie - Brennan Boesch. Since Austin Jackson has been abysmal recently, this one is a no contest as far as who the most important Tiger rookie is. I slighted one Tiger for a Ranger already, which is why Boesch wins out over Feliz. If the Indians had balls and played him from the start, this would be Carlos Santana's award to lose.
NL Rookie - Ike Davis. Fuck it, Heyward has been hurt and wasn't good for weeks leading up to his DL stint. It isn't Strasburg because he hasn't been that special over his past few starts. I respect a rookie corner infielder being able to play well on a contending team in New York.
Other Awards handed out before the show:
Best Use of HGH - Vlad Guerrero. Where the fuck did THIS come from?
Worst Use of HGH - Manny Ramirez. Time to hang the spikes up, Man-ssiere.
Most Underrated Player - Shin Soo Choo. He's hurt now but was quietly having a monster season and is much more of a five tool player than Grady Sizemore could ever hope to be.
Most Overrated Player - Joe Mauer. He just isn't that good this year. Barely a .300 hitter and has yet to hit a home run in the new house that HE built. Talk about a shitty host.
Most Underrated Pitcher - Mariano Rivera. I couldn't think of anyone else to put here so I went with The Sandman who, even at the age of 40, is still as dominant as he was 15 years ago.
Most Overrated Pitcher - Mark Buehrle. This guy is not good. I stand by that.
Most Punchable Face - AJ Pierzynski. Note: AJ has won this award for the past nine seasons.
Ugliest Human Alive - John Lackey. John has also won this award for years but Tim Lincecum is picking up steam.
Worst Announcer - Rick Sutcliffe. It isn't even close. I fucking HATE him.
Best Announcer - Orel Hershiser. He actually adds insight to games without beating the viewer over the head with lies about his playing career (see: Morgan, Joe and McCarver, Tim).
And finally, a recap of my Spring Training predictions:
ALE - Yankees, Rays*, Red Sox, O's, Jays
ALC - Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Royals
ALW - Angels, Rangers, Mariners, A's
--I'm pretty pleased with these picks. If I flipped the O's and Jays and Rangers and Angels, I would be nails right now. Although I did pick A-Rod to win the MVP, Peavy to win the Cy, the fucking Baltimore manager to win that award and he was fired a month ago, and Brian Matusz to win the ROY. Those were all terrible.
NLE - Braves, Phillies*, Marlins, Mets, Nationals
NLC - Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Pirates, Astros
NLW - Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres
--You know, not bad here either. I still think that STL and COL win those divisions. And the Braves are most definitely winning the East now that the Phillies are starting a AAA team. I picked Pujols, Halladay, Bob Cox, and Heyward for those award thingies, too. Not bad, but didn't really go on a limb for them.
And I remain steadfast with my World Series prediction. It 100% absolutely will be the Yankees and the Braves in October. By the way, this may have been my finest prediction post of all time.