2009 MLB Lester Awards

Oct 5, 2009

With the baseball season all but wrapped up, here’s a look at the Lester Award winners, as well as the ones I picked way back in April.

My preseason picks:

American League
AL East:  Boston - Half a point.  They won the Wild Card
AL Central:  Minnesota Twins - TBD tomorrow.
AL West:  Anaheim Angels - Easy pick.
AL Wildcard:  New York Yankees - Half a point.  They dominated.

National League
NL East:  Philadelphia Phillies - Rolling along.
NL Central:  Chicago Cubs - Thud.
NL West:  Arizona Diamondbacks - Thud.
NL Wildcard:   New York Mets - Thud.

AL MVP:  Joe Mauer
- Simply an amazing season regardless of position, but as a Catcher it’s ridiculous.
Preseason pick: Mark Teixeira

AL Cy Young: Zack Greinke 
- Felix made it close, but Greinke gets the nod.
Preseason pick: Josh Beckett

AL Rookie of the Year:  Rick Porcello - Delivered for the Tigers.
Preseason Pick:  Matt Weiters

AL Manager of the YearMike Scioscia – Overcame so much.
Preseason Pick:  Ron Gardenhire – Close, but no cigar.

AL Comeback Player of the Year
Victor Martinez - Rebounded in a big way.
Preseason Pick:  Travis Hafner

AL Batting Crown
Joe Mauer – That makes three.
Preseason Pick:  Ichiro Suzuki

AL Home Run Title
Carlos Pena/Mark Teixeira
Preseason Pick:  David Ortiz – What was I thinking?

AL RBI TitleMark Teixeira – Gold star for Lester.
Preseason Pick:  Mark Teixeira

NL MVP:  Albert Pujols - He’s a machine.
Preseason Pick:  Ryan Howard

NL Cy Young:  Tim Lincecum
- Best in the Game.
Preseason Pick:  Johan Santana

NL Rookie of the Year:  Chris Coghlan
- Outstanding Rookie season.
Preseason Pick:  Cameron Maybin – I was just joking.  I knew it would be a Marlin.

NL Manager of the YearJim Tracy – 74-42 after Hurdle went 18-28.  Sick.
Preseason Pick:  Bob Melvin

NL Comeback Player of the Year:  Chris Carpenter - Wow, I was right.
Preseason Pick:  Chris Carpenter

NL Batting CrownHanley Ramirez
Preseason Pick:  Albert Pujols

NL Home Run TitleAlbert Pujols
Preseason Pick: Ryan Howard – Off by 2.

NL RBI TitleRyan Howard/Prince Fielder – A tie counts.
Preseason Pick: Ryan Howard

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    October 6th, 2009 at 5:49 am #

    Ouch on those NL predictions. Thought you did pretty well with the individual awards. Although many of those that you predicted didn’t win, they had good seasons.

  2. LestersLegends
    October 6th, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Close but no cigar. I did get hammered on the NL predictions though.

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