National League Hardware…

…same full disclosure as last year:  The Blowhard watches a whole helluva more American League baseball than National League.  This may be quick…

Most Valuable Player:

  1. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami
  2. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
  3. Joey Votto, Cincinnati
  4. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado
  5. Nolan Arenado, Colorado
  6. Cody Bellinger, LA Dodgers
  7. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
  8. Marcell Ozuna, Miami
  9. Bryce Harper, Washington
  10. Travis Shaw, Milwaukee

I wanted to give this to Goldschmidt.  And I still probably should have.  But Stanton’s numbers are hard to ignore.  And so was Goldschmidt’s September (.175/3/11), which you know I weigh pretty heavily all around.  Votto had some crazy numbers and led the league in WAR, again, if you fancy that stat.  Maybe I’m blinded by the homers, but I’m narrowly going with Stanton here.  If Goldschmidt wins in real life, I won’t argue.

You know how I feel about the inflated Colorado numbers.  But Blackmon and Arenado put up some huge ones, so they have to be in here somewhere.  Bellinger was big once they brought him up.  Zimmerman’s season came completely out of nowhere.  Hmmmmmm…Ozuna’s numbers were laaaaaahge.  Harper missed about 50 games himself, but just like we did in the AL, we like to include those guys in the voting.  But, in all seriousness, Bryce may have very well been on his way to the actual award if he stayed healthy.  So he really has to be here.  Shawsie 10th?  Probably not.  But the Blowhard certainly did want to recognize him here for his great year…and for the Red Sox’ mistake in giving him away for nothing.  Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Daniel Murphy, Scooter, Genn…anyway, plenty of other guys could get some love for the Top Ten as well.  It’s all a guessing game once you get past the first few.

I could have also added J.D. Martinez somewhere in these columns.  29 homers and 65 RBIs in 62 games in Arizona.  1.107 OPS.  AZ made the playoffs…J.D. hit .303/45/104 between Detroit and Arizona.  Nice year.  He may actually get top ten votes in the NL for real.

Cy Young:

  1. Max Scherzer, Washington
  2. Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers
  3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington
  4. Kenley Jansen, LA Dodgers
  5. Corey Knebel, Milwaukee

Down to Max and Clayton.  Scherzer made 4 more starts than Kershaw and that pretty much vaulted him into the top spot for me.  Hated putting two relievers in the top five, but they had dominant seasons.  There were some other starters that had some pretty good numbers, but they simply didn’t pitch enough innings.  Even Kershaw and Strasburg were at about 175.  Robbie Ray, Alex Wood…not enough.  Zack Greinke went over 200 innings, but his 3.20 ERA was a little high for me, comparatively speaking to the other candidates of course.

Rookie of the Year:

  1. Cody Bellinger, LA Dodgers
  2. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh
  3. Paul DeJong, St. Louis

Bellinger should be unanimous.  Bell was around all year and that basically gives him second.  DeJong spent the first 50 or so games in AAA, so that puts him third.  Same goes for Ian Happ from the Cubs.  If you wanted to put Happ third instead, I won’t argue.  But he was the only other guy worth considering for the top three.

Manager of the Year:

  1. Torey Lovullo, Arizona
  2. Dave Roberts, LA Dodgers
  3. Craig Counsell, Milwaukee

Slam dunk here too, even though Roberts’ Dodgers finished 11 games ahead of Lovullo’s Diamondbacks.  I think we all knew the Dodgers would be good.  Lovullo took arguably the same type of players from 2016 and guided the team to 24 more wins and a playoff spot.  Counsell took the Brewers to 13 more wins this year, even though they fell just short of the playoffs.  I couldn’t do Dusty Baker this year.  Certainly not Joe Maddon.  Bud Black?  Meh…

About mpdenton

I am a passionate and life long fan of the local teams...and by local I mean New England. I remember the days of Ray Bourque, Larry Bird, Steve Grogan and Wade Boggs...meaning I have lived the highs and lows of the Boston sports scene. With all this pent up Boston sports emotion, I clearly have a lot to say about the local teams and sometimes about sports in general. Maybe even the Revolution... I appreciate you reading my blog and hope you enjoy my rants.

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