Monday, November 7, 2011

Look Into The Crystal Ball

The books are officially closed on the 2011 season, free agency is in full swing and the awards are being handed out.  We all hope that our favorite team will have multiple winners and that our favorite players will garner even more national recognition.  We want the world to be reminded that our team has the best players, even if they didn't go all the way.  We all have our predictions.  There are those who we want to win and those we don't.  It's true.  We never want to see the validation of our least favorite players and teams! 

We saw some amazing performances all season long.  There are multiple, quality candidates for every award and strong cases can be made for each.  No category is cut and dry. but for me the toughest to choose is MVP.  Each league has 3 or 4 players that are well-worthy of the award.  It simply depends on the way you choose to view it. 

We all have our picks and it's fun to see how close we come to the "right" answer.  "Right" has to be in quotations because we don't always agree with the recipient, especially when it's based upon the opinions of others.   So here is your chance.   I want to know who you think should be awarded each league's biggest honors for 2011.

  • Rookie of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Cy Young
  • MVP

I'm a gamer so here are my picks:

National League
Rookie of the Year - Craig Kimbrel / Atlanta Braves
Manager of the Year - Kirk Gibson / Arizona Diamondbacks
Cy Young Award - Clayton Kershaw/ Los Angeles Dodgers
MVP - Ryan Braun / Milwaukee Brewers

American League
Rookie of the Year - Eric Hosmer / Kansas City Royals
Manager of the Year - Joe Madden / Tampa Bay Rays
Cy Young Award - Justin Verlander / Detroit Tigers
MVP - Jose Bautista / Toronto Blue Jays

Now it's your turn.  Your picks are....


  1. National League-

    Rookie of the Year- Craig Kimbrel/Atlanta
    Manager of the Year- Tony LaRussa
    Cy Young- Clayton Kershaw/Los Angelos
    MVP - Matt Kemp/Los Angelos

    American League

    Rookie of the Year- Ivan Nova/ Yankees
    Manager of the Year- Jim Leyland/ Detroit
    Cy Young- Justin Verlander/ Detroit
    MVP- Miquel Cabrera/ Detroit Tigers

    What do you think??


  2. Didn't catch my typos ... sorry


  3. Matt Kemp was definitely one of my choices for MVP as was Miguel Cabrera. That is such a tough category this year! I also wonder if the BBWAA would give Verlander the AL MVP? I like all your choices and they're all very deserving.

    And never a worry about typos!

    Where are the rest of you? I want some more picks!

  4. Hmmm...I'm now questioning myself a little bit for NL Rookie of the year. Freddie Freeman had a tremendous year at first base and at the plate. I don't want to discount anything he accomplished and he was just as valuable to the Braves as Kimbrel. It's so hard to choose between the two. It's an apples and oranges thing.

  5. I just hope they don't dilute each others vote too much.


  6. I've been thinking the same thing. But let's face it, it's a nice problem for the Braves to have. I just hope that one of them ends up with the hardware.