Bastian's 2006 MLB Awards

Here they are, my picks for this season’s awards. A few posts ago, I gave my opinion on who might win, but now that the year is over, I feel it’s time for the final votes to be cast (not that I actually have a vote). I’ll give my top three choices for each honor:

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Most Valuable Player:
1. Justin Morneau, MIN — .321 AVG, 34 HR, 130 RBI, 37 2B
2. Derek Jeter, NYY — .343 AVG, 14 HR, 97 RBI, 39 2B
3. David Ortiz, BOS — .287, 54 HR, 137 RBI, 119 BB, 115 R

Cy Young Award:
1. Johan Santana, MIN — 19-6, 2.77 ERA, 233.2 IP, 245 K, 47 BB, CG
2. Roy Halladay, TOR — 16-5, 3.19 ERA, 220 IP, 132 K, 34 BB, 4 CG, 13.85 P/IP
3. Chien-Ming Wang, NYY — 19-6, 3.63 ERA, 218 IP, 2 CG, 407 GO, 14.01 P/IP

Rookie of the Year:
1. Justin Verlander, DET — 17-9, 3.63 ERA, 124 K, CG, SHO
2. Jonathan Papelbon, BOS — 4-2, 0.92 ERA, 35 SV, 59 G, 68.1 IP, 75 K
3. Francisco Liriano, MIN — 12-3, 2.16 ERA, 121 IP, 144 K

Manager of the Year:
1. Ron Gardenhire, MIN
2. Jim Leyland, DET
3. Joe Torre, NYY

NATIONAL LEAGUE:

Most Valuable Player:
1. Ryan Howard, PHI — .313 AVG, 58 HR, 149 RBI
2. Albert Pujols, STL — .331 AVG, 49 HR, 137 RBI
3. Lance Berkman, HOU — .315 AVG, 45 HR, 136 RBI

Cy Young Award:
1. Roy Oswalt, HOU — 15-8, 2.98 ERA, 220.2 IP, 166 K, 38 BB, 2 CG
2. Brandon Webb, ARI — 16-8, 3.10 ERA, 235 IP, 178 K, 50 BB, 5 CG, 3 SHO
3. Chris Carpenter, STL — 15-8, 3.09 ERA, 221.2 IP, 184 K, 43 BB, 5 CG, 3 SHO

Rookie of the Year:
1. Ryan Zimmerman, WAS — .287 AVG, 20 HR, 110 RBI, 47 2B
2. Dan Uggla, FLA — .282, 27 HR, 90 RBI
3. Hanley Ramirez, FLA — .292, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 46 2B, 51 SB

Manager of the Year:
1. Joe Girardi, FLA
2. Willie Randolph, NYM
3. Grady Little, LAD

Let the arguments begin.

As far as the playoffs go, I know the games have already started, but I’ll give you my ALCS and NLCS picks anyway. I believe it will be Mets-Padres in the NLCS and A’s-Yankees in the ALCS. My World Series pick is Yankees vs. Padres. Call me crazy for picking the Padres to win the NL, but I like their pitching staff — and that’s what can carry teams through a short series (yes, I saw the Cardinals beat up on Peavy yesterday, but I’m sticking with the Friars).

It’s actually been nice to kick back and take in some playoff baseball from my living room. Sure, I’d like to be working in the pressbox at one of these parks, but the time off sure is nice, too. I’ll be posting more throughout the playoffs.

2 Comments

wouldnt it be weird if girardi won? I wonder when the last time was that a fired manager won manager of the year. i agree with all your picks except the nl cy young. webb was dominant all year, and those numbers are with injury.

Geez, picking the Padres ain’t looking so smart right now. Ah well, that’s why their just predictions.

As far as picking Oswalt for the NL Cy, he went 9-1 with a 2.61 ERA in his last 13 starts — a main reason why the Astros almost made it into the playoffs. That’s why I leaned more towards him over Webb. Although, I think Webb or Carpenter will win the award.

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