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2015 So Much Sports MLB Awards

One thing I hate is that Major League Baseball cops out and splits all of their awards between the two leagues. I completely understand there are different rules but we all know there is only one best player or one best pitcher or one best defensive short stop. In our awards we will give both AL and NL awards but also one single award for all of baseball.

Josh Donaldson

Most Valuable Player: Josh Donaldson
.297/.371/.568, 41 HRs, 123 RBIs, 122 Runs, 41 Doubles

American League: Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson has made the Blue Jays look like the smartest franchise in baseball and the Oakland Athletics look like the most foolish for that offseason trade. Josh Donaldson was a start last year but turned into a superstar this year. His tremendous power and great hitting was the reason the Blue Jays made the late run to end their postseason drought. It was pretty clear he was the best player in the league.

National League: Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
The Nationals fell apart at the end of the season but have the consolation of knowing they have one of very best players in baseball. Harper was thought to be a disappointment last year, but this year there is no denying how great of a talent he is.

Jake Arrieta

Cy Young: Jake Arrieta
22-6, 1.77 ERA, 229.0 IP, 0.86 WHIP, 9.28 K/9, 1.88 BB/9, .185 BAA

American League: Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
This has been growing for a while but it is still a bit surprising how great the Houston Astros ace was this season. The Astros really struggled the past few years but this year, led by a very powerful lineup and the dominance of Dallas Keuchel they made it to the postseason.

National League: Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs
We witnessed history this year. While Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw could be argued to be the NL MVPs, the greatest second half in history from a pitcher belongs to Jake Arrieta. He was absolutely dominant and that was the driving force behind the Cubs playoff run.

Kris Bryant

Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant
.275/.369/.488, 26 HRs, 99 RBIs, 87 Runs, 31 Doubles

American League: Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
Where did this guy come from? Wherever it was, Carlos Correa was a difference maker for the Astros and it could be argued that he was the best player on the Astros team, a team that featured a great pitcher in Dallas Keuchel and a very, very talented second baseman in Jose Altuve.

National League: Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
Well we know where Kris Bryant came from. This guy was one of the greatest prospects in baseball and lived up to every bit of the hype as a rookie. The only surprising thing was that he did not start the season in the major leagues after hitting more home runs than anybody in spring training.

Joe Maddon

Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon
97-65, 24-Game Improvement

American League: A.J. Hinch – Houston Astros
The Astros have been terrible for a while but this year proved to be one of the top teams in the American League. It came out of nowhere, though. While they had great starting pitching and everybody could hit home runs, but A.J. Hinch made a young team believe and kept them on track.

National League: Joe Maddon – Chicago Cubs
Joe Maddon has proven he is a great manager and wins places he should not win. The Cubs have a lot of young talent and Maddon got more than he probably should have out of them. the Cubs improved by 24 games and finished with the third-best record in the major leagues. It was impressive what he did.

Andrew Miller

Rolaids Relief Man: Andrew Miller
36 SVs, 2.04 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 14.59 K/9, 2.91 BB/9, .11 BAA, 4 BLSVs

American League: Andrew Miller – New York Yankees
The Yankees were scrutinized for giving out a huge contract to Andrew Miller when he was thought to only be a setup man. But the Yankees had other plans in mind. He took over as the closer and proved to be the best in the league. He strikes out a ton of batters and absolutely shut games down.

National League: Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
What is a closer supposed to do? They are supposed to get saves and Mark Melancon did that better than anybody. He led the league with 51 saves. That was huge for a team that ended up finishing with the second-best record in the league.

Prince Fielder

Comeback Player of the Year: Prince Fielder
.305/.378//463, 23 HRs, 98 RBIs, 78 Runs, 28 Doubles

American League: Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
Explanation

National League: Matt Harvey – New York Mets
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Xander BogaertsGold Glove

C: Salvador Perez (KC)* – Wilson Ramos (WSH)
1B: Eric Hosmer (KC)* – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
2B: Jose Altuve (HOU)* – Dee Gordon (MIA)
3B: Evan Longoria (TB) – Martin Prado (MIA)*
SS: Xander Bogaerts (BOS) – Andrelton Simmons (ATL)*
LF: Brett Gardner (NYY)* – Starling Marte (PIT)
CF: Mike Trout (LAA)* – Billy Hamilton (CIN)
RF: Kole Calhoun (LAA) – Nick Markakis (ATL)*
P: Sonny Gray (OAK)* – Gerrit Cole (PIT)

* Indicates So Much Sports MLB Gold Glover

Chris DavisSilver Slugger

C: Salvador Perez (KC) – Buster Posey (SF)*
1B: Chris Davis (BAL) – Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)*
2B: Robinson Cano (SEA)* – Daniel Murphy (NYM)
3B: Josh Donaldson (TOR)* – Nolan Arenado (COL)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera (TB) – Jhonny Pralta (STL)*
LF: Michael Brantley (CLE) – David Peralta (ARI)*
CF: Mike Trout (LAA)* – A.J. Pollack (ARI)
RF: Nelson Cruz (SEA) – Bryce Harper (WSH)*
DH/P: Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) – Madison Bumgarner

* Indicates So Much Sports MLB Silver Slugger

All-So Much Sports Team

C: Salvador Perez – KC (.260/.280/.426, 21 HRs, 70 RBIs, 52 Runs, 25 Doubles)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt – ARI (.321/.435/.570, 33 HRs, 110 RBIs, 103 Runs, 38 Doubles)
2B: Jose Altuve – HOU (.313/.353/.459, 15 HRs, 66 RBIs, 86 Runs, 40 Doubles)
3B: Josh Donaldson – TOR (.297/.371/.568, 41 HRs, 123 RBIs, 122 Runs, 41 Doubles)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki – TOR (.280/.337/.440, 17 HRs, 70 RBIs, 77 Runs, 27 Doubles)
LF: Michael Brantley – CLE (.310/.379/.480, 15 HRs, 84 RBIs, 68 Runs, 45 Doubles)
CF: Mike Trout – LAA (.299/.402/.590, 41 HRs, 90 RBIs, 104 Runs, 32 Doubles)
RF: Bryce Harper – WSH (.330/.460/.649, 42 HRs, 99 RBIs, 118 Runs, 38 Doubles)
DH: Edwin Encarnacion – TOR (.277/.372/.557, 39 HRs, 111 RBIs, 94 Runs, 31 Doubles)
SP: Jake Arrieta – CHC (22-6, 229.0 IP, 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 9.28 K/9, 1.88 BB/9, .185 BAA)
SP: Zack Greinke – LAD (19-3, 222.2 IP, 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 8.08 K/9, 1.61 BB/9, .187 BAA)
SP: Clayton Kershaw – LAD (16-7, 232.2 IP, 2.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 11.64 K/9, 1.62 BB/9, .194 BAA)
SP: Dallas Keuchel – HOU (20-8, 232.0 IP, 2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 8.38 K/9, 1.97 BB/9, .217 BAA)
SP: Max Scherzer – WSH (14-12, 228.2 IP, 2.79 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 10.86 K/9, 1.33 BB/9, .208 BAA)
RP: Dellin Betances – NYY (29 HLDs, 1.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 14.03 K/9, 2.14 BB/9, .157 BAA, 9 SVs, 4 BLSVs)
RP: Wade Davis – KC (18 HLDs, 0.94 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 10.46 K/9, 2.67 BB/9, .144 BAA, 1 BLSV)
CL: Zach Britton – BAL (36 SVs, 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 10.82 K/9, 1.91 BB/9, .214 BAA, 4 BLSVs)
CL: Andrew Miller – NYY (36 SVs, 2.04 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 14.59 K/9, 2.91 BB/9, .11 BAA, 4 BLSVs)

The All-My Kind of Guy Team

I love doing the All-My Kind of Guy Team. To give you a idea of what the All-My Kind of Guy Team is, it’s a team full of guys I love to watch. You don’t necessarily see the best hitters, guys who will make up a home run derby, or the batting champ on here (though it’s possible). Instead, this team is going to be all the guys who show great passion when they play, such passion that it’s hard not to love them, hard not to cheer for them, hard for their teammates to love playing with them.

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Goldschmidt

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta

Catcher: Buster Posey – SFG
When I watch Buster Posey I know I am watching one of the greatest catchers in history. Think about it, how many catchers in the history of baseball have been as great both offensively and defensively as Posey? He’s just a great player, who plays the right away and is the heart and soul of his team.

First Base: Paul Goldschmidt – ARI
I wish Arizona was better because Paul Goldschmidt is not really a household name yet but easily one of the very best in baseball. He has incredible power and surprising speed. When he’s up to bat I have to watch because he can get a huge hit at any moment.

Second Base: Jose Altuve – HOU
Jose Altuve is just really, really good. He does everything well and has virtually no weaknesses in his game. He hits the ball very well, runs well, is very athletic and has solid power. He’s got it all.

Third Base: Josh Donaldson – TOR
More than any hitter this season, Josh Donaldson was must-see TV. He hit the ball like he had a grudge against it and towards the end of the season was on a tear like no other. He was the most dominant hitter in all of baseball this year.

Short Stop: Xander Bogaerts – BOS
I still say Xander Bogaerts should have been an All-Star. On a struggling team, Bogaerts played great. He was a very consistent hitter, ran the bases well and actually let all short stops with 35 doubles and on-base percentage.

Left Field: Starling Marte – PIT
Starling Marte has much better power than his home run totals show but his steals speak for his speed. He’s a playmaker, both offensively and defensively.

Center Field: Lorenzo Cain – KC
It was last postseason when Lorenzo Cain introduced himself to the baseball world and he proved he was not just a flash in the pan. This year, he came out and proved he was one of the best outfielders in the league and an elite player for the Royals.

Right Field: Nick Markakis – ATL
Full disclosure, I’m from Baltimore and will never understand why the Orioles let Nick Markakis go. I paid extra attention to him in Atlanta and was not disappointed. He’s a very consistent hitter and remarkable fielder. The guy just gets the job done.

Designated Hitter: Prince Fielder – TEX
Prince Fielder is just amazing. For some reason the Detroit Tigers decided they did not have him in their future plans so what did he do after being sent away and coming back from injury? He smashed the ball and leads the Rangers to an AL West crown.

Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta – CHC
Once again, this is partly due to my history of following the Orioles. I always saw great potential in Jake Arrieta but things did not work out in Baltimore. So he went to Chicago, got back to being himself and had the greatest second half in the history of baseball.

Middle Relief Pitcher: Dellin Betances – NYY
Dellin Betances may not have been the closer for the Yankees but the guy was a dominant as any setup man in the league. He and Andrew Miller made the Yankees have seven-inning games and that was why they won. He was great this year.

Closer: Andrew Miller – NYY
Before the season the Yankees were questions for giving a massive contract to a guy who was believed only to be a setup man, but Andrew Miller proved to be the best closer in baseball this year. He’s big and intimidating on the mound has powerful arm and strikes guys out at a very high rate.

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All Awards issues by So Much Sports Owner and Editor in Chief Corey Johns, not by a committee and with no knowledge of who is going to win the actual awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

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Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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