I'm a big baseball fan. I read the boxscores every day and have season tickets for the Devil Rays. I'm not Peter Gammons, Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, John Kruk or the other great guys behind the scenes at Baseball Tonight, but I do love the sport. I am a fan who loves rooting, baby!
That said, it is time to unveil my midseason baseball awards:
AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees. Can you imagine where the Yankees would be without him? He has hit 30 home runs to keep the Bronx Bombers within striking distance of the wild card. I gave A Rod the slight edge over Magglio Ordonez, who has done a phenomenal job for Jim Leyland's team. Ordonez is on pace to set a record for doubles.
NL MVP: Prince Fielder, Brewers. He has been a key for the NL Central leaders. Now he has to get back together with his dad, Cecil. Blood is thicker than water, my friends. Fielder's home run and RBI totals have been impressive. Chase Utley of the Phillies would be my runner-up.
AL Rookie of the Year: Daisuike Matsuzaka, Red Sox. He has been super, but is he really a rookie? My second pick is Jeremy Guthrie of the Orioles.
NL Rookie of the Year: Hunter Pence, Astros. He has been swinging a hot bat. Josh Hamilton of the Reds is a feel-good story as my second choice, followed by Ryan Braun of the Brewers.
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana, Twins. His record may be a bit misleading but he is a key for the Twins. He has lost some tough games with little run support. Mr. no-hitter Justin Verlander of the Tigers is my second choice.
NL Cy Young: Jake Peavy, Padres. He has been sensational and has great stuff. John Maine of the Mets is my second choice.
AL Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland, Tigers. He has seen his bullpen plagued by injuries. Second choice is Terry Francona of the Red Sox.
NL Manager of the Year: Bud Black, Padres. This is his first season managing, and his team is in first place. My second pick is Milwaukee's Ned Yost.
There you have it, my All-Rolls Royce picks from a baseball lover.