Through some bizarre mix of witchcraft and happenstance, I recently became SoSG's lone member of the IBWAA. Thus, I had a vote in this year's baseball awards. I figure it's only fair I give you a peek at my ballot.
We were asked to rank ten players for MVP, five for Cy Young, and three for the rest. I'm only sharing my number ones, but I will tell you I threw a tenth-place vote to Luis Cruz for NL MVP. So there.
AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Ryan Braun
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
AL Rookie of the Year: Mike Trout
NL Rookie of the Year: Bryce Harper
AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin
NL Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson
AL Reliever of the Year: Jim Johnson
NL Reliever of the Year: Craig Kimbrel
So, a slight variation from the eventual winners. I'm honestly surprised that our group did not elect Mike Trout MVP, considering how vocal some of us were about why he deserves it.
My bias is showing a bit with the NL MVP and Cy awards. I'll admit. I voted for Braun because he put up similar numbers to last year, even without Prince. Voting against him this year flies in the face of all the arguments FOR Kemp last year. Yes, I was able to set aside the PED allegations. We'll see if I look stupid later. Uh, I mean more than usual.
Earlier at SOSG: The IBWAA Results Are In