At the midseason point in the 2012 MLB season, there has been plenty of surprises and disappointments. As we look at the Midseason Awards though, there’s also a lot of familiar faces. Alongside those though, there’s also a surprising Cy Young candidate who’s running away with it right now. It could and probably will all change by the end of the year, but these are the leaders at the midway point. Here’s my MVP’s, Cy Young’s, Rookie’s of the Year and Managers of the Year.
AL MVP: Josh Hamilton, CF, Texas Rangers
It’s just another MVP caliber season from the 2010 MVP winner. I also considered Mike Trout, the rookie phenom from the Angels but Hamilton is my pick. As of today, Hamilton is batting .314 with 26 home runs and a staggering 74 RBI’s. He also leads the league in Slugging percentage and OPS while playing on the 2nd best team in all of baseball.
NL MVP: David Wright, 3B, New York Mets
At the beginning of the season, I was talking to a Mets fan about David Wright who told me that he hoped he was good enough to be trade by the deadline. I told him no way. Needless to say, I was wrong. Not only did I think the Mets would be in contention but I didn’t think Wright would be anyway close to what he’s doing. He’s batting .354 with 11 HR’s and 54 RBI’s. He also has a 1.012 OPS and has gotten a deserving nod to the All Star Game.
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers
It’s getting tiring giving this to Justin Verlander every year, but at least he shouldn’t win the MVP right? Seriously though, Verlander is bringing it again this year and deserves the Cy Young. When comparing him to other candidates Jered Weaver and Chris Sale, I was leaning towards Sale who has a better ERA and record until I looked deeper into the stats. Verlander has more strikeouts and 5 complete games, compared to 2 by Weaver and 1 by Sale. That was enough to give it to Verlander, again.
NL Cy Young: R.A Dickey, P, New York Mets
By far the easiest decision, R.A Dickey has been dominant this season. He’s had two 1 hit shutouts and went 44 2/3 innings without allowing a run. He’s 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA and unless he has a meltdown in the 2nd half of the season, he’s by far the runaway choice for the NL Cy Young.
AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
As I talked about in the AL MVP section, Mike Trout has been amazing this year and is an MVP candidate along with the Rookie of the Year. Since he has joined the Angels they have been one of the top teams in the league and Trout has been effective both offensively and defensively. He has the best batting average in the AL and stolen bases and is one of the bright young stars in all of baseball.
NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
Another one of the bright young stars in baseball who has been arguably covered more, Bryce Harper is also having a great year for the Washington Nationals. He didn’t get voted into the All Star Game, but in his first season Harper is batting .283 with 8 HR’s and 25 RBI’s.
AL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
NL Manager of the Year: Terry Collins, New York Mets
I’m lumping both of the Manager of the Year winners because I picked them for pretty much the same reason. We didn’t expect the Orioles or the Mets to be anywhere near decent, let alone contending in their divisions.