All right so as most of you know, some of the Awards that are given out every off season have been announced already during the course of the week. Here are the ones that have been give out so far and who won them. (Note this is for the American League only)
Rookie of the Year
1. Jeremy Hellickson (TBR)
2. Mark Trumbo (Angels)
3. Eric Hosmer (Royals)
4. Ivan Nova (NYY)
Cy Young Award
1. Justin Verlander (Tigers)
2. Jered Weaver (Angels)
3. James Shields (Rays)
4. C.C. Sabathia (NNY)
Manager of the Year
1. Joe Maddon (Rays)
2. Jim Leyland (Tigers)
3. Ron Washigton (Rangers)
4. Manny Acta (Indians)
5. Joe Girardi (NYY)
All right, now let’s look at each individually.
Rookie of the Year
Jeremy Hellickson or the “kiddie” as I call him, won the award, like pretty much everyone said he would. Now this year’s Rookie of the Year for the American League was pretty crowded as you can see, however I have noticed pretty much every Yankee fan has been complaining about this. Now am I saying Nova should have won, no but he made a strong case.
Nova won 16 games agaisnt just 4 loses. Thats pretty good for a rookie. Hellickson was 13-11. Now clearly you gotta acknowledge the fact that Nova has a great offense behind him giving him runs, while Hellickson does not. While Hellickson had a few complete games and a lower ERA than Nova, Nova won his last 12 decisions, and this is after he got sent to the Minors for a month because they needed to make room for Phil Hughes in the rotation. They also both pitch in the AL League East, arguably the best and toughest division in baseball.
Yeah you could argue that while Nova has to face the Red Sox and the Blue Jays, both having very potent offenses, Hellickson had to have both of those and the Yankees offense. But in the end they both pitched brilliantly this year. A lot of Yankees fans think Nova should have won. Of course, you’re going to root for your team, and thats normal. Personally I just wanted him to be like 2nd or 3rd. Every time I listen to people talking about the candidates, yes they talk about Nova, but briefly, just because they have to.
Cy Young Award
Now there really is no argument here because we all know that Justin Verlander had a phenomenal season and he had this in the bag. However, as you saw earlier, CC came in 4th in the voting. Personally I know he kind of trailed off in the last month of the season, but still he won 19 games against 8 losses, he finished with a ERA a bit over 3.00. I’ve noticed in the past two seasons CC’s ERA has been in that same area, and I also see that Weaver and Shields had lower Era’s, but ERA is not everything. I really thought CC would win the Cy Young this year, but that was in like June and July when CC was PHENOMENAL. Then, as I said, he kind of fell from that. But I look for CC to have a amazing season next yr, hopefully he can win 21 or more games:D
Manager of the Year
Joe Maddon, skipper for the Rays took home the award this year, again. Now I don’t disagree with this. Although you could argue that if the Red Sox hadn’t collapsed in the last month of the season, the Rays probably would not have made it to the playoffs, they still made it, and Joe did a good job of believing in his team and keeping them in the game. But again, Joe Girardi came in 5th. I mean that seems a bit too low for me. Yes, he has the luxury of working for a team with a big payroll, and having so many “star” players on the team, and all that stuff. Still, 5th? I mean come one, no one EXPECTED this team to beat the “Mighty” Red Sox to win the division. Some analysts even said the Yankees were’nt even going to make into the postseason (which is ridiculous). But guess what, the Yankees ended up with the best record in the American League, and they did this with a patchwork rotation that consisted of our big Lefty Ace CC Sabathia (a.k.a CCMonster courtesy of BleedengYankeeBlu ), but then the rest was just a bunch of ??? marks. Nova was a rookie, no one expected much from him, Phil Hughes came off a 18 win season, but then he got injured, AJ, well you know the story with him, always unpredictable, and then low-cost signings Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. But that “patchwork” rotaion helped the Yankees win 97 games! Don’t forget the bullpen of course, probably Joe’s strongest area in terms of managing. At the beginning of the year, before the season began, the bullpen was supposed to be Mariano Rivera closing, Rafeal Soriano as the setup man, Joba Chamberlain as the 7th inning man, David Robertson the 6th inning guy, and Boone Logan and Pedro Feliciano the lefties. But we all know what happened. Pedro never went anywhere near the mound at Yankee Stadium, with his injuries and possibly needing surgery, so he probably won’t be back in 2012 either. Joba fell to Tommy John Surgery, and Soriano was out with “elbow inflamation”. But, Joe and the Yankees made the best of it. You gotta believe it happened for a reason, otherwise the great David “Houdini” Robertson might not have gotten a chance to really show Yankee fans and the rest of baseball what he is capable of. After an All-Star season, Robertson is now being regarded by some, including myself, as the next great Yankees closer after the King of Closing Games, Mo, retires. Besides Roberston, the Yankees got Corey Wade and Luis Ayala. They also brought up several “kiddies” from the minors, and one of them, Hector Noesi, really shined and he may have a shot at the rotation for 2012. With other call-ups in September, Joe mixed and matched and at the end of the season, the Yankees bullpen was still a strength, having the best ERA of any bullpen in the AL.
This year, the Yankees had three nominees for Gold Gloves- Robinson Cano at 2nd, Mark Teixeira at 1st, and Brett Gardner at LF. As I’m sure you know, none of them won. Instead Dustin Pedroia won for 2nd base, Adrian Gonzalez won at 1st, and Alex Gordon won at LF. (above is a picture I made) I believe that Gardner specifically SHOULD HAVE won the GG at LF. He did win the Bible Award, but still I think he was robbed. Now I also think Teixeira was robbed, but I might just be saying that because I really don’t like Adrian Gonzalez. Cano not winning, I understand that because at the beginning of the season I remember seeing Cano at 2nd and he did not look quite like himself.
Finally the last and probably most important award, the MVP. Most Valuable Player award has many candidates this year. For the Yankees it is Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. This award hasn’t been given out yet, however here is what I think will happen. I truly believe, with all my heart, that Justin Verlander is going to take this award. Why? Look at this way. You have a lot of great everyday players that are deserving, each with outstanding seasons, but none of them really stand out from the pack. None of them are guys that you can say “he was clearly better than everyone else”. You could say Jose Bautista was that guy, but because his team plays in the AL East and they were’nt even contenders to make the playoffs, that will hurt him. But then you have Verlander, a pitcher who had a phenomenal season, and well he is the guy that the voters can pick and say “he stands out” because he does. Like every other Yankee fan, I want the “Grandy Man” to win, but it isn’t going to happen.
Now this is all just opinion. I’m sure non-yankee fans would probably say we are being a bunch of “sore-losers” but I think there is definitely some “anti-Yankee” sentiments when these voters cast their votes.
What do you think? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.