Hitter of the year
Still the best there is. Had some serious competition this year, but when it comes down to it, he is still the man, whom we all drool over to have.
Honorable mention: Ryan Howard, Alfonso Soriano, David Ortiz, Jose Reyes.
Pitcher of the year
No brainer pick here. Santana is amazing, and is the type of player that can you always count on to deliver no matter what.
Honorable mention: Chris Carpenter, Brandon Webb, Joe Nathan, K-Rod.
Disappointment of the year
Injuries did him in this year. Many drafts was a top 5 pick and he only delivered 8 hr's, and a 280 avg. Ouch!!
Dishonorable mention: Randy Johnson, Josh Beckett, Chone Figgins, Hideki Matsui, Gary Sheffield, & Brad Lidge.
Surprise of the year
Dan Uggla & Hanley Ramirez
Couldn't choose just one. Both were spectacular this year, and if you picked em up like me, you were grinnin all the way to 1st place in your league.
Honorable mention: Freddy Sanchez, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Michael Cuddyer, Garrett Atkins, Aaron Harang, JJ Putz, Matt Cain, Wang, and a lot more I left out...
Catcher of the year
Very close w/ Brian McCann, but the 1st AL catcher to ever win a batting title gives him the title.
Honorable mention: Brian McCann, & Victor Martinez
1st Baseman of the year
Honorable mention: Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Lance Berkman, Justin Morneau
2nd Baseman of the year
310 avg, 30+ hr's, 100 rbi's, 130+ runs, 15 sb's, what a friggin' year!!
Honorable mention: Michael Cuddyer, Bill Hall, Dan Uggla
Shortstop of the year
Jose Reyes & Derek Jeter
Couldn't choose 1 out of the 2. These 2 guys are game changers, and are guys you brag about having on your team.
Honorable mention: Jimmy Rollins, Hanley Ramirez, & Miguel Tejada
3rd Baseman of the year
Very close w/ the others, but his average, rbi's, and runs scored put him a top this list.
Honorable mention: Alex Rodriguez, Garrett Atkins, David Wright, Armaris Ramirez
OF's of the year
Alfonso Soriano, Matt Holliday, and Carlos Beltran
Many won't argue w/ Soriano & Beltran, but some might scratch there head at Holliday. His numbers were phonomenal, and if he was on your team, you loved him in your playoff stretch run.
Honorable mention: Jermaine Dye, Carlos Lee, Vlad Guerrero, Carl Crawford, & Grady Sizemore
Starting Pitchers of the year
Johan Santana, Chris Carpenter, John Smoltz, Brandon Webb, & Carlos Zambrano
These 5 guys were healthy thoughout the entire year, and were very consistent.
Honorable mention: Aaron Harang, Roy Oswalt, Francisco Liariano, & Roy Halladay
Closer of the year
ML leader in saves was lights out this year, and his best years are yet to come.
Honorable mention: Joe Nathan, BJ Ryan, Trevor Hoffman, JJ Putz, & Billy Wagner
10 guys who I am targeting next year
10. Ryan Theriot- Has Michael Young written all over him, w/ more power, and more speed.
9. Clay Hensley- This guy was great down the stretch, plus he pitches in the most pitcher-friendly ball park in baseball.
8. Chuck James- Very consistent in most all of his starts, plus he has a great teacher in John Smoltz.
7. Chris Duffy- This guy could have a big impact next year. Legitimately could hit over 320, and steal 45-50 bases.
6. Delmon Young- We all just got a glimpse of what this guy can do, but he is capable of so much more.
5. Nick Markakis- Everyone who says that what he did in 06 was luck, didn't see him hit. He is a great young talent.
4. Matt Cain- A little erractic w/ some of starts this year, but when he is on, no one can touch him.
3. Rich Hill- How good was this guy down the stretch? Makes ya totally forget about Prior & Wood.
2. Cole Hamels- Fantastic 2nd half. Wins, K's, low era, low whip, makes him the young sp I want the most.
1. Rocco Baldelli- I am a little biased here, but this guy was fantastic in all of August & September, and we got to see a glimpse of his power. Next year, he will explode!!
May think of some more categories later. If you think of any, please add on to it.[/b]