What is up peeps, and here we are with Part 2 of the MLB Mid-Season Awards. As promised in Part 1, we will continue and finish the mid-season awards today with Manager of the Year and MVP for each division. So without any more anxious waiting, let’s get it on!
AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin
Not a very surprising pick, but Bob Melvin has so far deserved AL Manager of the Year by a wide margin. He currently is managing the Athletics to the best record in baseball at 59-36, but that is not some random incident of luck. Melvin also has the A’s pitching amazingly with a team ERA of 3.09, second best in the majors. The A’s have also been the second highest scoring team in the majors, only behind their division rivals the LA Angels. That is another very good point to bring up, in a division that consists of the Angels, Mariners, and Rangers, the A’s being the cream of the crop is something to tip your hat too. Things have not been easy for the A’s all year, however. Jim Johnson, the A’s closer, has struggled badly this year and their pitching staff needed a few more arms to make a run at being champions, to name a few of the issues the A’s have had this year. However, Melvin was able to juggle and figure everything out and put the A’s in a position to win. This is why at the mid-season point, Bob Melvin is the clear-cut choice for AL Manager of the Year.
NL Manager of the Year: Ron Roenicke
For obvious reasons, Ron Roenicke is the mid-season winner of the NL Manager of the Year. He currently has the Brewers in first in the NL Central and has a team of washed up players playing very well. Now do not get me wrong, the Brewers do have a lot of very good and younger players, but with the likes of their pitching staff, and closer, among others, playing well above their expectations, you have to give credit where it is due. Roenicke, much like Melvin, has been a master juggler with his team and it is due to this genius that the Brewers are in the position that they are. Right now the Brewers are clinging to their spot due to a skid of very bad play and he may lose this award if they completely fall off. But at the moment, Ron Roenicke is easily the winner for NL Manager of the Year.
AL MVP: Mike Trout
Is this finally his year? Over the past few seasons of Mike Trout’s amazing career thus far, he has been absolutely stellar. However, he is always barely outdone by Miguel Cabrera and so far has not received an MVP award, even though he thoroughly deserves one. This year it might finally happen for him. Again, Trout is playing phenomenally with a stat line of .310 AVG/.400 OBP/.606 SLG 22 HR and 73 RBI. Oh, and by the way if you didn’t know, he started off the season bad. Very unlike Mike Trout, he started off the season in a bad slump and people were questioning his immortality. However, being the greatest baseball player on the planet, (yeah, I said it), also means you have to figure out how to get yourself out of a slump, and boy did he. He has been on fire since he figured it out and he is looking like his MVP self again. Cabrera is hitting well, but not with power. His HR numbers are down, but doubles are up. He is not hitting north of .330 anymore and showing signs of being human. Trout isn’t though, which is why he is easily the favorite for AL MVP at the mid-season.
NL MVP: Troy Tulowitzki
Alright and here we are, the final award of the mid-season report. Out of all the awards done so far, this is easily one of the most debated for whatever reason. Some have Stanton, some have Kershaw. There are many varying degrees of choices for this one, but for me, this is also clear-cut. Troy Tulowitzki is far and away the best player in the NL this year. Tulo has been a very good player for a long time, but never gets it all together because of an injury. However, this year he has been healthy and raking. He is currently sitting with a stat line of .345 AVG/.435 OBP/.613 SLG, which is all best or second best in the majors. He also has 21 HR which is good for best in the NL. However, there is one stat that he leads the majors in which is probably the most important, he has a WAR of 5.7. Essentially what this means is, without Tulo the Rockies would suck, and suck badly. Tulo has been playing at a whole new level, and if he stays healthy, he will be at this level all year. But as of right now, he currently is the mid-season NL MVP winner.
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All stats and information courtesy of espn.com