AL and NL MVP

Just to finish off the awards, here are the AL and NL MVPs. I’ll have my playoff and World Series picks tomorrow (if all the series are decided by then!)

American League Most Valuable Player

Contenders (in alphabetical order; RC = runs created)

  • Josh Hamilton – OF/TEX – 122.8 RC, 32 HR, 130 RBI, 9 SB, 98 R, .371 OBP in 624 AB – A great story on a lousy team. You could tell he wore down at the end of the season, but should be a force in 2009.
  • Joe Mauer – C/MIN – 99.9 RC, 9 HR, 85 RBI, 1 SB, 98 R, .415 OBP in 533 AB – As much as I love the idea of Mauer as MVP, his stats are nice, but not eye-popping. OK, yes, he is a catcher, so that helps a lot.
  • Justin Morneau – 1B/MIN – 112.8 RC, 23 HR, 129 RBI, 0 SB, 97 R, .375 OBP  in 620 AB – Another solid year from Morneau. 
  • Dustin Pedroia – 2B/BOS – 120.2 RC, 17 HR, 83 RBI, 20 SB, 118 R, .376 OBP in 653 AB – Alright, so the same argument can be made for Pedroia as Mauer, albeit for a different position, but Pedroia was eyepopping (and I’m biased, sorry).
  • Carlos Quentin – OF/CHW – 103.5 RC, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 7 SB, 96 R, .394 OBP in 480 AB – The award was his until he broke his hand and the White Sox began to spiral downwards.
  • Grady Sizemore – OF/CLE – 128 RC, 38 HR, 90 RBI, 38 SB, 101 R, .374 OBP in 634 AB – Again, great season, lousy team (and lousy September). However, he did lead the AL in runs created.
  • Kevin Youkilis – 1B-3B/BOS – 114.2 RC, 29 HR, 115 RBI, 3 SB, 91 R, .390 OBP in 538 AB – Overshadowed by the outgoing Pedroia, Youkilis has outperformed the expectations laid for him in Moneyball.
How I’d vote:
  1. Pedroia
  2. Morneau
  3. Quentin
National League Most Valuable Player
Contenders (in alphabetical order)
  • Lance Berkman – 1B/HOU – 130.3 RC, 29 HR, 106 RBI, 18 SB, 114 R, .410 OBP in 554 AB – Started out fast but fell off his monster pace. And who knew that Berkman could steal bags?
  • Ryan Braun – OF/MIL – 109.7 RC, 37 HR, 106 RBI, 14 SB, 92 R, .335 OBP in 611 AB – Poor 3/4 of September hurts him, but he saved the Brewers (well, other than C.C.) in the last week of the season.
  • Ryan Howard – 1B/PHI – 111 RC, 48 HR, 146 RBI, 1 SB, 105 R, .339 OBP in 610 AB – Howard’s batting average hurts him a lot, but when he was needed in September, Howard carried the Phils to the top.
  • Albert Pujols – 1B/STL – 147 RC, 37 HR, 116 RBI, 7 SB, 100 R, .462 OBP in 524 AB – It is hard to argue against Albert Pujols for this, even if the Cardinals didn’t make the playoffs. His RC and OBP were nuts.
  • Hanley Ramirez – SS/FLA – 129.9 RC, 33 HR, 67 RBI, 35 SB, 125 R, .400 in 589 AB – He will be a perennial candidate, even with his so-so defense.
  • Chase Utley – 2B/PHI – 125.3 RC, 33 HR, 104 RBI, 14 SB, 113 R, .380 OBP in 607 AB – Solid year from Utley, but overshadowed by Pujols and Howard.
  • Dave Wright – 3B/NYM – 129.5 RC, 33 HR, 124 RBI, 15 SB, 115 R, .390 OBP in 626 AB – Wright is getting the reputation of a wilter after two seasons of September Mets collapses.
How I’d vote:
  1. Pujols
  2. Howard
  3. Braun