Disagree with who received hardware this offseason? nows your chance to make a difference. this is the first annual BrewCitySports postseason award polling. We will vote for NL and AL Executive of the year, Walter Johnson, and Most Outstanding Player (yes, I HAVE to be different). Vote for your top 3 in the comments for this post. Lets try to get as many people voting as possible. That means some of the less frequent contributors as well. My picks are
1. Mark Shapiro, Cleveland (5 pts.)
It didn't initially appear as though the tribe would live up to expectations, but when T-hafner finally got healthy, the Indians, of a meager $40 Million payroll, just barely missed out on the playoffs. Milwood signing looks like a relative steal now.
2. JP Ricciardi, Toronto (3 pts.)
Put together a competitive team in a nearly impossible division
3. Billy Beane, Oakland (1 pt.)
They hung around for a while, and he made some great trades for the long term success of his team. An early favorite for the '06 award.
1. John Schuerholz, Atlanta (5 pts.)
I feel like he got the better end of the Hudon trade, although Hudson spent significant time on the DL. Found injury replacement for Larry Jones and made the corner outfield situation work. Got bested (more or less) by nl gm #2 in Kolb trade, however.
2. Douglas Melvin (3 pts.)
This guy just plain knows what he's doing. put the brewers in position for their first non-losing season in 13 years and continues to prepare for immediate AND long term future.
3. I don't know, I'll throw a point at whoever with this one. (1 pt.)
AL Walter Johnson
1. Johan Santana (5 pts.)
I almost gave this award to Rivera, but Santana's stats are simply phenomenal. to carry a sub-3 era in the AL is tremendous. also had a 5.25 k/bb ratio.
2. Mariano Rivera (3 pts.)
we all know about him
3. Mark Buehrle (1 pt)
Again, didn't really know who to vote for, but he works quick games and doesnt walk anybody. worth a vote in my book.
NL Walter Johnson
1. Chris Carpenter (5 pts.)
Argument already posted
2. The D-Train (3 Pts.)
Argument already posted
3. Jake Peavy (1 pt.)
Park factor makes a difference in his stats, but he's what ben sheets could be if he ever stayed healthy
1. Alex Rodriguez (5 pts.)
led in OPS and HR and gets a huge VORP nod over Ortiz, Hafner, and Teixeira for playing 3B.
2. Travis Hafner (3 pts.)
T-haf gets the nod over ortiz despite injuries for two reasons. 1. i like him. a lot. 2. When he was healthy he was better than Ortiz. thats right, better.
3. Ortiz (1 pt.)
Quite possible this guy wins the MVP tomorrow
1. Derrek Lee (5 pts.)
It really, really pains me to give this award to a Cub, but his numbers support it. He didn't walk quite as much as pujols but he mashed the shit out of the ball all season. There was a stretch in there where every time he stepped up to the plate I was expecting him to hit at least a double
2. Albert Pujols (3 pts.)
If Andruw Jones beats this guy for the MVP I will be outraged. Pujols is the Karl Malone of the major leagues: always very deserving of an mvp, and sometimes the best player, but often overshadowed by bigger names or single statistics (see: Michael Jordan)
3. Jason Bay (1 pt.)
This guy is so underrated its scary. Incredibly young and put up a shitload of production for a terrible baseball team.
There you have it. don't give explanations if it will deter you from voting. i'd just like to see what happens.
Labels: Postseason MLB Awards