Posted by Brady
It happens every year. Major League Baseball gives out three big awards. Rookie of The Year, Cy Young, and the Most Valuable Player. And here at Pine Tar and Pocket Protectors, we do the same thing. We already did the American League awards a few weeks ago, and now, we present the National League version.
National League Rookie of The Year: Jason Heyward, OF, ATL.
Why not Buster Posey? Or Jaime Garcia? Because he’s Jason Heyward. Heyward has been billed as “The Future”. Just look at his OPS. .849. At 20 years old. What Hall of Fame (or future Hall of Fame) outfielders did he best in their age 20 season? Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Ken Griffey Jr. If you look at Hall of Famers who didn’t start their big league career until they were 21, then Heyward out performed Barry Bonds, Carl Yastrzemski, Reggie Jackson, Eddie Murray and more. Clearly, Heyward is headed for things bigger than my entire generation has ever witnessed.
Runners Up: Buster Posey, C, SFG, Jaime Garcia, P, STL
National League Cy Young Award: Roy Halladay, PHI
Who else? Ubaldo Jimenez? Nope. Sorry. Doc wins this hands down. Watching Halladay pitch this season, you have to wonder how pissed off the Yankees are that he’ll probably never pitch for them. He threw a perfect game. He threw a no-hitter in his first post-season game. He led the league in innings pitched (250.2!), shutouts (4), and complete games (9). The Good Doctor rung up 219 batters, and walked only 30. Good for a 7.30 SO/BB ratio. Halladay dazzled all year long, and every time he pitched, you thought you were going to see something special. And you probably did.
Runners Up: Ubaldo Jimenez, COL
National League Most Valuable Player: Joey Votto, 1B, CIN
In 2009, Joe Mauer won the AL MVP by leading the AL in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. This year, Votto lead the NL in OBP and SLG%. He did all that while clouting a career high 37 home runs, and stealing 16 bases. The Canadian is the a hitting machine. He posted a .276 ISO and a .361 BABIP. Many people will say that his BABIP just isn’t sustainable, but last year he posted a .372 BABIP. Votto’s offensive skills are just that. Skills. Votto needs no luck to be an elite hitter. Votto is the NL MVP this year, and methinks that King Albert will have competition for the next few years.
Runners Up: Albert Pujols, 1B, STL, Carlos Gonzalez, CF, COL