This isn’t really analysis. I promise one of these days I’ll do some actual research. Until then here are my opinions on the major award winners of 2009, presented to you in a bit of a jumble.
Rookie of the Year
AL: Some people were cranky over the selection of Andrew Bailey. I’m inclined to think that Elvis Andrus will have the last laugh.
NL: I guess voters were taken with Chris Coghlan’s batting average, a sparkly .321. Fools gold! His secondary average was an unimpressive .250. Andrew McCutcheon or someone was probably more deserving. Again, though… last laughs. On a side note, I may be a trifle bitter on this one as I wanted Randy Wells to deserve to win.
Managers of the Year
This is the least exciting of all the awards. In fact, I almost forgot to mention it at all. It’s just not something that seems to mean a lot from year to year. I doubt Eric Wedge was thinking, “I’ll always have Manger of the Year, oh-seven!” when Cleveland canned him late this season. But, hey! Congrats, anyway, Mike Scioscia and Jim Tracy!
Ugh. There are too many variables that go into defense. I don’t know how to evaluate them, and I don’t feel like the Gold Glove voters do, either. Sabermetricians have made strides in solving the defensive conundrums, but I have yet to absorb these newfangled fielding stats (I’m still wrapping my head around BABIP, alright?) The Fielding Bible releases its own awards, the “Silk Gloves.” The 2009 winners can be seen here. These are the deserving defenders. Bill James knows. You can trust Bill James. Here are my own scant thoughts on this year’s winners:
-I don’t care if they’re any good or not. Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins and Torii Hunter are really boring selections.
-Why are all the outfield winners center-fielders? It doesn’t seem fair. CORNER OUTFIELDERS HAVE FEELINGS, TOO.
-My love for the glove of Derrek Lee is unsurpassed. That said, I’m glad for Adrian Gonzalez. He deserved to win something, y’know?
-It’s kind of a shame that Kurt Suzuki has Mr. Mauer to contend with. He deserves a little recognition.
AL: Zack Greinke… what a weirdo (I mean that in the most complimentary way possible.) He deserved the award, but didn’t really want it. He enjoys pitching for Kansas City. Really, Mr. Greinke’s attitude is refreshing and delicious. Not unlike a cold Fufu Berry soda. Mmm.
NL: Little Timmy Lincecum snagged another one! I can’t help feeling that eventually his crazy delivery is going to destroy his legs and hips. And then he’ll have to hobble around on crutches. Unless all that ice cream he eats can save him.
AL: Joe Mauer doesn’t even seem like a real person. He’s too flawless. Like a Disney movie hero, or something. I mean, a catcher hitting north of .360?!?! Swoon! And look at this press conference! Just look at it! How tickled pink does Joe Mauer look in that video? Gah! It’s too hard to write of this man objectively, so I’m just gonna stop.
NL: Everybody knows that Albert Pujols is the greatest baseball player on the planet and that he was the only choice for NL MVP this season. What everybody doesn’t know is my personal opinion of the man. It was a secret… till now. I’m just going to out and say it and hope my fellow Cubs fans don’t lynch me. I genuinely like Albert Pujols. As a baseball player and as a human being. I think he is awesome. I think he deserves every award that he is qualified to win. I also hope he remains a St. Louis Cardinal for life. There! –Runs off. Hides.-