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Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
AL – Buck Showalter, Orioles. Showalter took a group that was expected to finish at the bottom of the American League East and had them fighting for a chance at the division title through the final game of the regular season. The Orioles then went on to win the one-game Wild Card and advance to the ALDS. They finished the regular season tied for the third best record in the AL at 93-69.
NL – Davey Johnson, Nationals. The Washington Nationals were expected to be a much improved club. Did you expect them to be this good however? Johnson did a fantastic job of keeping a young and very talented group together and focused. The Nationals were able to keep the distractions (Harper call-up, Strasburg shut-down) from causing any harm and finish the regular season with an MLB high 98 wins.
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
AL – Mike Trout, Angels. The easiest of the award to pick was this one. Trout took the MLB by storm this season, gaining comparisons to some of the greatest to ever play the game. His combination of speed, power, and defense is a rare sight nowadays. Trout finished second in the AL in batting average at .326. He belted 30 home runs 27 doubles and eight triples while driving in 83. Trout finished with 49 stolen bases while being caught just five times.
NL – Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper was possibly the most hyped prospect of all time. When the Nationals finally made the decision to call up Harper, it energized their fan base and baseball fans around the country. He may have been overshadowed by Trout’s performance on the field, but Harper showed why he was such a highly regarded prospect. The outfielder finished the year at .270 with 26 doubles, nine triples, and 22 home runs. Love him or hate him, Harper plays the game hard and gives his all 100% of the time.
Goose Gossage Award (Top Reliever)
AL – Fernando Rodney, Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays closer was nearly unhittable this season. Rodney converted 48 of 50 save opportunities this season while holding opponents to a .167 average. He struck out 76 batters in 74.2 innings. Rodney gave up just five earned runs all season and finished 2-2 with a 0.60 ERA. Talk about game over!
NL – Craig Kimbrel, Braves. Like strikeouts? If so, you love Craig Kimbrel. The Atlanta closer struck out 116 batters in just 62.2 innings of work this season. He converted 42 of 45 save opportunities and finished the regular season with a 3-1 record and 1.01 ERA. Opponents hit just .126 against Kimbrel this year.
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young Award)
AL – David Price, Rays. This was a tight vote for us, coming down to David Price and Justin Verlander. We gave the nod to Price for winning 20 games. Price finished the year 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. He struck out 205 batters in 211 innings
NL – R.A. Dickey, Mets. The lone bright spot for the New York Mets this season was their knuckleballer. Dickey had a phenomenal season, going 20-6 with a 2.67 ERA on a team that just could not score runs. He led the National League in strikeouts (230) and innings pitched (232.2). He threw back-to-back one hitters during a stretch in May and had seven games in which he struck out double-digit batters.
Stan Musial Award (MVP)
AL – Miguel Cabrera, Tigers. Cabrera captured the American League Triple Crown by leading the league in batting, home runs, and RBI’s. He finished with a .330 average, 44 home runs and 139 RBI’s. Not only did he win the AL triple crown, he almost had it in all of baseball. The only category he missed out on was batting average, falling slightly below Buster Posey of the Giants. Cabrera also belted 40 doubles and scored 109 runs for the AL Central champion Tigers.
NL – Buster Posey, Giants. Posey led all of baseball with a .336 batting average. In 148 games, Posey finished with 39 doubles, 24 home runs, and 103 RBI’s. Arguably the most impressive part of all this is that Posey put up these numbers as a catcher. You just don’t see these types of numbers from such a brutal position that often.