Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards: Top Player

July 28, 2010- Milwaukee, WI. Miller Park..Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto  squares up this pitch by Brewers starter Chris Narveson, Votto had 3 hits and 2 RBI against the Brewers today. Votto homered off Brewers pitcher Carlos Villenueva in the top of the 8th inning..Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 2-10, the Reds took 2 out of 3 games in the series at Miller Park..Mike McGinnis / CSM.

And here we are with my final Baseball Bloggers Alliance award ballot for the year. This award is the Stan Musial Award, given out to the best player of the year. Think of it as the Most Valuable Player award if you’d like. My Ted Williams Award for top rookie and Walter Johnson Award for top pitcher ballots are also available.

Once again, I’m happy to hear from you where I’m wrong.


Stan Musial Award (Most Valuable Player)

A.L.: Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

Josh Hamilton batted .359/.411/.633 while playing good defense and leading his team to the postseason. The only knock against Hamilton is that he missed pretty much the entire month of September with a rib injury. Evan Longoria has the next best case, playing an outstanding third base with excellent numbers on the team with the best record in baseball. I’m a sucker for the Rangers’ story, though (as a team), and I just don’t know see Longoria as number one even after adjusting for his defense and home-park factors.

N.L.: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Joey Votto is the National League version of Josh Hamilton, only without the time-off in September. As the leader of the Reds, Votto led the team to a first-place finish with a .324/.424/.600 line. There were fine seasons from other NL sluggers – Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, even Aubrey Huff – but none were able to overtake Votto.


Larry Granillo

About Larry Granillo

Larry Granillo has been writing Wezen Ball since 2008 and has dealt with such touchy topics as Charlie Brown's baseball stats and Ferris Bueller's day off. In 2010, he got the bright idea to time every home run trot in baseball; he has been missing ever since.