2009 MLB Lester Awards
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:
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.
NL East: Philadelphia Phillies - Rolling along.
NL Central: Chicago Cubs - Thud.
NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks - Thud.
NL Wildcard: New York Mets - Thud.
AL Manager of the Year: Mike 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 Title: Mark Teixeira – Gold star for Lester.
Preseason Pick: Mark Teixeira
NL Manager of the Year: Jim 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 Crown: Hanley Ramirez
Preseason Pick: Albert Pujols
NL Home Run Title: Albert Pujols
Preseason Pick: Ryan Howard – Off by 2.
NL RBI Title: Ryan Howard/Prince Fielder – A tie counts.
Preseason Pick: Ryan Howard