A.L. MVP - This award should go to my very own Robinson Cano who had an amazing season batting .314 with a career high 28 home runs, 55 walks and 106 runs batted in. Despite the fact that Cano deserves the award it will end up going to Josh Hamilton, you know, the feel good story out of Texas. Don't get me wrong, Josh has made a great recovery from his personal issues and had a fantastic year with the Rangers. He is a key player for the Rangers and has been in inspiration to many different people. Although he did have great numbers he only played in 131 games due to a rib injury. Alas...major league baseball will give the award to the feel good candidate that helped lead his team to the world series...Congrats Josh Hamilton.
A.L. Cy Young - Again...this award should go to a Yankee, CC Sabathia who had 20 wins and only 6 losses with a 3.05 ERA and had opponent's batting only .238. What makes Sabathia the deserving winner is the fact that he helped lead the Yankees to the playoffs once again. My colleague gives the award to Seattle's Felix Hernandez who I do believe had a great season. The difference is that he pitched for a horrible team who didn't support his amazing pitching. This lead to only 12 wins and 11 loses...that makes it tough to hand over the A.L. Cy Young award too.
And a side note for all that think Jose Bautista should win the MVP because he hit 54 home runs...look who he played for (the blue jays who finished fourth in the A.L. east) and his batting average with .260, not good enough and frankly need I say more?
Who Cares Award - The "Who Cares Award" goes to the San Fransisco Giants and Texas Rangers playing in the World Series. Need I say much more? Two mid-market teams with no exciting storyline except that Cliff Lee was pitching like a mad man, until he got rocked in the first game of the series. Now the Giants are up two games, and even though I am sure the ratings for the first two games were bad, the next two will be even worse. Both of these teams were sleeping winners this year and were rarely discussed throughout the season until they made it to the series. Let's be honest...unless you leave in Arlington or San Fransisco...who cares?
The Philadelphia Athletics Award - This is a very special award because it donates the worst team in baseball this year. Easy enough right...the one and only Pittsburgh Pirates. A team that only dreams of being the Chicago Cubs and sell out every game even when they can only seem to win about 46% of there games and haven't seen a ring in 103 years running. Instead the Pirates are at the bottom of there division again, and for that matter at the bottom of the Major Leagues with a jaw dropping 57-105 record and bring in the 4th worst average attendance in baseball. The only thing more impressive then that record is how the Philadelphia Athletics went 36-117 back in 1916.
The Gold Star - Goes to the one and only Roy Halladay for pitching only the second no-hitter in Major League Baseball playoff history.
The Silver Star - Bobby Cox for an amazing history with the Atlanta Braves and being a one of a kind manager. He managed 4,508 games, won two world series and won manager of the year four times. Next year there will be a Bobby Cox award, but it will be for someones temper...because you know that is the most important record of all.
The Bronze Star - Goes to Cliff Lee for starting the 2010 playoffs winning his first three games, giving up a total of 2 runs in a total of 24 innings, and leading the Rangers to the World Series.
Grandma's Cookies Award - You may be asking yourself how this could be an award but what is better then Grandma's Cookies? I can't think of very much, expect for the Boston Red Sox not making the playoffs. Congrats Boston you won the Grandma's Cookies Award because you just made me feel so special and happy.
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