Published on March 31st, 2013 | by Sam Chimenti0
Baseball Awards 2013
My predictions on who will get each major award in 2013. These are the players I believe deserve the most recognition for what they do everyday.
MVP: OF Mike Trout (Angels)-this one’s a now brainer. Nobody was as exciting as Mike Trout last year, and that excitement will just continue this year
Cy Young: Justin Verlander (Tigers)-no pitcher in the league is as dominant as Justin Verlander is. He seems to get better and better as the years go by. This one’s a no brainer too.
Rookie of the Year: OF Aaron Hicks (Twins)- this kid has SO much talent. He has speed, power, arm strength. He’s the full package. The Twins struck the jackpot in acquiring Hicks, who I believe may be the next Bryce Harper. Does he have as much power as Harper does, or as much upside? No. Will he lead his team to the World Series, or even the playoffs for that matter? Absolutely not. But will he win the ROY award in the AL? No doubt about it.
Breakout Hitter: OF Yoenis Cespedes (Athletics)- the best hitter on the A’s will smack 35 home runs, steal 30 bases, and with Cespedes in the middle of that lineup, along with their outstanding pitching, the A’s will repeat their cinderella story of last year.
Breakout Pitcher: James Shields (Royals)- now the ace of the Royals pitching staff, Shields has a lot of pressure to perform the way he did for the Rays. Shields will handle that pressure with ease, and will end up having even better numbers then back in his Rays days.
Manager of the Year: John Gibbons (Blue Jays)- The Blue Jays haven’t made it to the playoffs since 1993. That 20 year drought will end this year with the Blue Jays winning one of the wildcards. Now you might be saying that the only reason they will be good is because of all the players they acquired (Jose Reyes, RA Dickey, Melky Cabrera, etc.) and that whose at the helm has nothing to do with it. But Ozzie Guillen took over a very talented Marlins team last year, a team many people believed would compete for the NL East. However, the players didn’t mesh the way people had imagined they would, and the Marlins were gutted and Guillen was fired come the end of the season. In John Gibbons case, though, I believe he will be able to make his team of superstars mix just fine and, because of that, he will be the manager of the year in the American League.
MVP: OF Bryce Harper (Nationals)- this is a tough one. There are so many talented players in the National League (Joey Votto, Matt Kemp, and last years MVP Buster Posey are just a few) but Harper’s bat, glove, and base stealing ability are tools of an MVP caliper player, and tools that will help the Nationals get to the World Series, so I think it would make sense that he’d get this award.
Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg (Nationals)- yet another National, Strasburg has no innings limit this year so he has all season to show major league baseball just how special he is.
Rookie of the Year: 2B Jedd Gyorko (Padres)- out of all my award predictions, this one is by far the boldest. Gyorko has tremendous upside both with his bat and with his glove, its just a matter of finding a place to put him, and I don’t think that’s too hard of a decision with the Padres having such a problem at second base. Gyorko’s power helps him hit 20 home runs and his glove will make him a favorite to win some gold gloves in the near future.
Breakout Hitter: OF Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)- the only real threat in the Marlins line up this year, Stanton is ridiculously good. His power his incredible, and his arm strength is superb. Stanton clubs 45 home runs this year, forcing Marlins fans to actually show up to the park.
Breakout Pitcher: Barry Zito (Giants)- Thats right, I said Barry Zito. He’s looked great this spring. His stuff is nasty and his command looks good. Zito will finish with a 15 win season and put up an ERA in the mid 3′s. Get ready Giants fans, because you’ll finally get to see why Brian Sabean decided to sign Zito to that ridiculous 7 year, 126 million dollar contract back in 2006.
Manager of the Year: Davey Johnson (Nationals)- I find that it only makes sense that Davey Johnson not only leaves the game with a ring, but with manager of the year honors too.