It’s been another mesmerizing baseball season so far with no-hitters, perfect games and Aaron Hill hitting for the cycle twice within a few days of each other.
And the Rangers still having the best run differential in all of baseball despite losing by scores of 21-8 and 19-2 over the 1st half.
It’s time for my Midseason Awards…
NL MVP OF THE HALF-YEAR
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
Center Fielder, Pittsburgh Pirates
I can’t believe I’m not casting this vote for Joey Votto, but Andrew McCutchen is putting up these numbers with Larry, Moe and Curly in the line up with him.
Apologies to: Joey Votto, David Wright, Ryan Braun, Carlos Beltran.
AL MVP OF THE HALF-YEAR
Josh Hamilton, Rangers
Outfielder, Texas Rangers
I could have just as well have put Mike Trout here, but I’m tried of people talking about Mike Trout.
Josh Hamilton leads the league in slugging, OPS, runs created and offensive winning percentage, not to mention your old-fashioned departments like home run ratio and RBIs.
Apologies to: Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Paul Konerko.
NL CY YOUNG OF THE HALF-YEAR
R.A. Dickey, Mets
Pitcher, New York Mets
We’ve got knuckleballers in the Hall of Fame (Ted Lyons, Phil Niekro, Hoyt Wilhelm). We’ve had a knuckleballer start an All-Star Game (Dutch Leonard, 1943). But never a knuckleballer who won a Cy Young Award. He leads the league in WHIP, wins above replacement, wins, complete games, double-figure strikeout games.
Apologies to: Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Vogelsong, James McDonald, Johnny Cueto.
AL CY YOUNG OF THE HALF-YEAR
Pitcher, Detroit Tigers
Verlander leads the major leagues in starts, who has done that more times (nine) than Weaver and Sale combined (eight). Two words: Innings eater.
Apologies to: Chris Sale, Jerod Weaver
NL ROOKIE OF THE HALF-YEAR
Bryce Harper, Nationals
Outfielder, Washington Nationals
This was a clown question, bro.
Apologies to: Wade Miley, Wilin Rosario, Todd Frazier, Zack Cozart.
AL ROOKIE OF THE HALF-YEAR
Mike Trout, Angels
Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels
He’s darn near the MVP, so of course he wins this hands down.
Apologies to: Yu Darvish, Jarrod Parker, Will Middlebrooks.