The season is at its (artificial) midpoint, and you know what that means – it’s time to hand out some imaginary hardware! Eleven of our writers, myself included, cast their ballot yesterday, choosing the AL and NL MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year, as well as the Yankees Offensive Player (meaning the best position player, and not the most abominable) and Pitcher of the Year. This is a change of pace from last season, where we did not distinguish between position players and pitcher, and included an “award” for the least valuable Yankees.
Without further ado:
AL MVP: Mike Trout – .310/.400/.606, 22 HR, 10 SB, 181 wRC+, 5.5 fWAR, 5.5 bWAR
Trout is currently leading the league in on-base percentage, wRC+, OPS+, fWAR, bWAR, total bases, runs created, and extra base hits. He is also in the top-five in home runs, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, and walks. And, by most measures, he is on-pace to post the best overall offensive numbers of his young career – which may be the most telling, considering the sheer ridiculousness of his career to-date.…