I am not a baseball expert like Hall of Famer Peter Gammons or all of the beautiful people that work on Baseball Tonight.
But I am a big baseball fan, and I have strong opinions about the sport. Let me give you my views on the major awards.
Let me lay on you the PTPers, my choices to take home the hardware as the crème de la creme:
MVP: It is a no-brainer. It has to be Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees. Any time you hit 54 home runs and over 150 RBI while playing a key role in the team's revival from being 14 ½ games behind, you deserve the nod. Magglio Ordonez of the Tigers had a super season, but A. Rod should win.
Rookie of the Year: I know some fans in Boston will be mad at me, because they are screaming for second baseman Dustin Pedroia. He has been a vital part of that team and he has played well. I have watched Delmon Young of the Devil Rays all season long, and my friends, he enjoyed a special season but was on a last-place team. He hits, he fields, his arm is a cannon. Young was among the leaders in most offensive categories for rookies. I go with my diaper dandy, Mr. Young.
CY Young: There have been some outstanding candidates, and this is very difficult. Josh Beckett of the Indians and C.C. Sabathia of Cleveland have stood out. My choice is Beckett, who had an ERA over five last season but was the lone 20-game winner in the majors in 2007. He came up with big performances when the Red Sox needed him.
Manager of the Year: Eric Wedge of Cleveland and Mike Scioscia of the Angels both did well this season. I know that the Yankees have a lot of talent, but when the Yankees were seemingly out of the postseason race there were all sorts of critical articles, Joe Torre never flinched. He stayed calm, he would not panic and he never lost his poise. He kept them believing that it is a 162-game season. New York has made 13 straight playoff appearances, most of them with Torre. My pick is Torre.
MVP: This is a really tough call. You look at the job done by Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard of the Phillies, Prince Fielder of the Brewers and Matt Holliday of the Rockies. I am going with Rollins, who has been phenomenal. He is the main reason the Phillies got back into the NL East race with his all-around play.
Rookie of the year: Ryan Braun of the Brewers was in the minors at the start of the season. He came up to the majors in May and really tore it up with over 30 HR and 100 RBI.
CY Young: I am going with Padres starter Jake Peevy. He really wanted the ball, put up solid numbers by pitching consistently. He posted wins, strikeouts and innings.
Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle did an amazing job getting the Rockies into the playoffs in the difficult NL West. There is a lot of young offensive talent that Hurdle got to the winner's circle. Hurdle gets my vote.