The Sporting News wrote:PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andruw Jones, CF, Braves
At 28, Jones had the breakout season the Braves had hoped for since he was a 19-year-old World Series star. He brought a widened stance into spring training and stuck with it even after a slow April. His persistence paid off. Jones led the majors with 51 homers -- a franchise record -- and the National League with 128 RBIs. He was the first big-leaguer since Alex Rodriguez in 2002 to top 50 homers and became the 12th player to reach 300 career homers before age 30.
What set Jones apart was how he elevated his game when he was needed most. He carried the offense through June when Chipper Jones was out, and he hit an N.L.-best 10 homers in close-and-late situations. He also continued to play center field as well as anyone in the game.
THE TOP 5
Voted on by 498 major leaguers
1. Andruw Jones, CF, Braves (194 1/2 votes)
2. Derrek Lee, 1B, Cubs (126)
3. Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals (63)
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B, Yankees (38)
5. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox (35 1/2)All-StarsAmerican League
1B: Mark Teixeira, Rangers
2B: Brian Roberts, Orioles
SS: Michael Young, Rangers
3B: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
OF: Johnny Damon, Red Sox
OF: Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
OF: Manny Ramirez, Red Sox
C: Jason Varitek, Red Sox
DH: David Ortiz, Red Sox --
Reliever: Mariano Rivera, Yankees, and Joe Nathan, Twins (tie)National League
1B: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2B: Jeff Kent, Dodgers
SS: Felipe Lopez, Reds
3B: Morgan Ensberg, Astros
OF: Andruw Jones, Braves
OF: Miguel Cabrera, Marlins
OF: Ken Griffey, Reds
C: Paul Lo Duca, Marlins
Reliever: Chad Cordero, NationalsAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox
Preaching his brand of Ozzieball -- heart, brains and guts -- Guillen, a second-year manager, transformed a staid, station-to-station group into an all-for-one, aggressive club. Guillen, 41, kept his team in control when its 15-game lead in the AL Central was cut to 1 1/2 in September; the Sox won their last five games and finished with an AL-best 99 victories.
"He did a tremendous job with the team he has, and he gets the best out of his players," Indians manager Eric Wedge wrote on his ballot.
THE TOP 3
Voted on by all 14 AL managers
1. Ozzie Guillen, White Sox (6 votes)
2. Ken Macha, A's (5)
3. Eric Wedge, Indians (2)NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Bobby Cox, Atlanta Braves
The Braves entered the season in the unfamiliar role of underdog, then had to break in 18 rookies and overcome injuries to their pitching staff. Cox, 64, still guided his club to its 14th consecutive division title. He called this season the most satisfying of his career because of the challenges his team overcame.
His fellow NL managers were impressed, voting him the league's top manager for the fourth consecutive year and eighth time overall. "Due respect to the best manager in the NL," Giants manager Felipe Alou wrote on his ballot.
THE TOP 3
Voted on by all 16 NL managers
1. Bobby Cox, Braves (12 1/2 votes)
2. Ned Yost, Brewers (3)
3. Phil Garner, Astros (1/2)AL PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Bartolo Colon, RHP, Angels
When the pennant races heated up, so did Colon. Living up to the expectations of a No. 1 starter, he was 9-2 after July 31.
Colon, 32, was the AL's only 20-game winner, going 21-8 with a 3.48 ERA. It was his second 20-victory season. Colon also ranked among the top 10 AL starters in innings, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.
THE TOP 3
1. Bartolo Colon, RHP, Angels (130)
2. Mark Buehrle, LHP, White Sox (18)
3. Johan Santana, LHP, Twins (13)NL PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Chris Carpenter, RHP, Cardinals
Healthy for a full season for the first time since 2001, Carpenter enjoyed a career year. He went 21-5 -- reaching 20 for the first time -- with a 2.83 ERA. He was second in the NL in wins and strikeouts and tied for second in innings pitched.
From mid-May to early September, Carpenter, 30, was dominant, going 22 consecutive starts without allowing more than three earned runs. He was at his best against other top pitchers, beating Roger Clemens twice and Dontrelle Willis once.
THE TOP 3
1. Chris Carpenter, RHP, Cardinals (179)
2. Dontrelle Willis, LHP, Marlins (63)
3. Roger Clemens, RHP, Astros (29)AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Huston Street, RHP, A's
Everyone figured Street, 22, was going to be a top big-league closer. Not many figured it would be so soon. But when Octavio Dotel injured his elbow in May, Street -- just one year out of college -- got the job.
Street led all rookies with 23 saves, in 27 opportunities, and he held opponents to a .194 batting average while recording a 1.72 ERA.
THE TOP 3
1. Huston Street, RHP, A's (86)
2. Jonny Gomes, RF, Devil Rays, (33)
3. Dan Johnson, 1B, A's (21)NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Willy Taveras, CF, Astros
If he didn't make Astros fans forget about Carlos Beltran, Taveras certainly lessened the disappointment.
Possibly the league's fastest player, Taveras, 23, provided a spark as the leadoff man or No. 2 hitter in the order. He led the majors with 71 infield hits and was tops among rookies in runs, hits and stolen bases, and he hit .291. He also proved to be an exceptional fielder.
THE TOP 3
1. Willy Taveras, CF, Astros (124)
2. Jeff Francoeur, RF, Braves (78)
3. Ryan Howard, 1B, Phillies (31)AL COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason Giambi, 1B/DH, Yankees
This is a tale of two comebacks -- first, from a variety of ailments that caused Giambi to miss 82 games in 2004, then from early-season struggles that had the Yankees wanting to send him to the minors. (Giambi refused.)
Giambi, 34, finished with 32 homers, 87 RBIs and a .271 average. He also led the majors with 108 walks and a .440 on-base percentage.
THE TOP 3
1. Jason Giambi, 1B/DH, Yankees (83)
2. Richie Sexson, 1B, Mariners (47)
3. Bob Wickman, RHP, Indians (26)NL COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ken Griffey, CF, Reds
Apparently, all Griffey needed to do to return to elite status was stay healthy. After being limited to 83 or fewer games in each of the past three seasons, Griffey, 35, appeared in 128 in 2005. His numbers looked like those of someone who played more frequently. He hit 35 homers, drove in 92 runs and batted .301. His .576 slugging percentage ranked fourth in the league.
THE TOP 3
1. Ken Griffey, CF, Reds (189)
2. Tony Clark, 1B, Diamondbacks (22)
3. Todd Jones, RHP, Marlins (21)AL All-Stars and Rookie, Pitcher and Comeback Player of the Year Awards are based on voting by 221 American League players; NL based on voting by 277 National League players.