Now that we’ve crowned the truly uninspring 2009 World Series Champions, we can move onto the offseason hoping that 2010 offers a little more drama than the richest team in the league winning it all.
Next week, the MLB Writers will announce the 2009 MLB awards, so on that note, I’m posting my ballot (if I had a vote …)
All players listed with their WPA and WAR (from FanGraphs)
Rookie of the Year
- Brett Anderson SP (Oakland) – 0.12/3.8
- Jeff Neimann SP (Tampa Bay) – 1.87/3.2
- Elvis Andrus SS (Texas) – (-0.66)/3.0
WAR tends to heavily favor starters in these situations and also favors defense, which is why Andrus snuck in at #3 instead of Gordon Beckham (3B CHI).
- Andrew McCutchen OF (Pittsburgh) – 2.02/3.4
- Tommy Hanson SP (Atlanta) – 2.04/2.6
- Randy Wells SP (Chicago) – 1.64/3.0
- Garrett Jones OF (Pittsburgh) – 1.25/2.6
UPDATED 11/13: You know, somehow I completely forgot Tommy Hanson (SP Atlanta). He rolls in with a 2.04/2.6, which puts him very close to McCutchen. My gut says to rank the position player higher than the pitcher, so there you have it.
Amazingly, J.A. Happ’s WAR was only 1.8, below all of the above and guys like Casey McGehee (UT MIL) and Chris Coghlan (OF FLA).
- Joe Mauer C (Minnesota) – 3.64/8.2
- Ben Zobrist UT (Tampa Bay) – 4.10/8.6
- Derek Jeter SS (New York) – 1.41/7.4
- Franklin Gutierrez OF (Seattle) – 3.72/5.9
- Zack Grienke SP (Kansas City) – 6.07/9.4
- Kevin Youkilis 1B/3B (Boston) – 2.36/5.6
- Miguel Cabrera 1B (Detroit) – 1.59/5.4
- Mark Teixiera 1B (New York) – 3.58/5.1
- Shin Soo Choo OF (Cleveland) – 2.11/5.0
- Victor Martinez C (Boston) – 3.23/4.9
A few surprises, wouldn’t you say? I couldn’t bring myself to putting Zobrist at the top over Mauer – too many questions in my mind about the value of C defense in the WAR calculations. It was also hard to figure where to slot in the pitchers, but Grienke belongs in the list somewhere. Franklin Gutierrez looks like the steal of the year for the Mariners – adequate hitting and remarkable defense = high WAR (yet no Gold Glove … gotta love it). I was also surprised to see the good showing of Shin Soo Choo.
- Albert Pujols 1B (St. Louis) – 8.24/8.4
- Chase Utley 2B (Philadelphia) – 4.3/7.6
- Tim Lincecum SP (San Francisco) – 4.26/8.2
- Hanley Ramirez SS (Florida) – 3.09/7.3
- Prince Fielder 1B (Milwaukee) – 7.79/6.8
- Adrian Gonzalez 1B (San Diego) – 4.2/6.3
- Derek Lee 1B (Chicago) – 3.84/5.3
- Pablo Sandoval 3B (San Francisco) – 4.71/5.2
- Ryan Howard 1B (Philadelphia) – 6.03/4.8
- Ryan Braun OF (Milwaukee) – 4.73/4.8
Nothing too shocking – Pujols wins by a (not as big as I expected) margin over Chase Utley. Tim Lincecum is the on the list as the only starter. This was quite a year for 1B in the NL.
- Zack Grienke (Kansas City) – 6.07/9.4
- Justin Verlander (Detroit) – 4.19/8.2
- Roy Halladay (Toronto) – 3.52/7.3
- Felix Hernandez (Seattle) – 3.26/6.9
- Jon Lester (Boston) – 2.50/6.2
- CC Sabathia (New York) – 2.89/6.0
- Andrew Bailey (Oakland) – 2.68/2.4
- Mariano Rivera (New York) – 3.99/2.0
- Jonathan Papelbon (Boston) – 5.13/1.9
- Josh Beckett (Boston) – 2.2/5.3
OK, anyone who says Grienke shouldn’t be the Cy Young should be excommunicated from baseball fandom. There was a steep dropoff in starters after CC, thus the three relievers in a row … and yes, Andrew Bailey was the best of that bunch.
- Tim Lincecum (San Francisco) – 4.26/8.2
- Javier Vazquez (Atlanta) – 2.41/6.6
- Dan Haren (Arizona) – 2.95/6.1
- Adam Wainwright (St. Louis) – 3.60/5.7
- Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado) – 3.16/5.7
- Josh Johnson (Florida) – 3.05/5.5
- Chris Carpenter (St. Louis) – 5.41/4.5
- Jair Jurrjens (Atlanta) – 3.35/3.9
- Randy Wolf (Los Angeles) – 0.69/3.0
- Huston Street (Colorado) – 3.38/1.5
Much like the AL, anyone who thinks Lincecum shouldn’t win the Cy Young (again) is silly. He didn’t get the wins, but everything else was hands-down better. And two Colorado pitchers in the top 10? Go figure.