2004 MLB AWARDS

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Buck Showlater
Texas Rangers

Losing A-Rod most expected the Rangers to be dreadful instead the battled for the division title until the final week of the season, for that the credit has to go to thier Manager who has won this award with the Yankees in 1994.

COMEBACK PITCHER

Jon Lieber
New York Yankees

After sitting out all of 2003, Jon Lieber won 14 games and was one of the best pitchers for the Yankees down the stretch and could be key for their playoff hopes.

COMEBACK PLAYER

Paul Konerko
Chicago White Sox

After a 2003 season to forget Paul Konerko was back on track finishing second in the AL in Home Runs with 41 more then doubling the total of 2003.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Bobby Crosby
Oakland Athletics

Led by a tremendous first half Bobby Crosby led AL rookies in runs, homers, RBIs and slugging, despite struggling at times down the streatch.

HANK AARON AWARD

Manny Ramirez
Boston Red Sox

With 43 homers Manny led the AL in longballs while his 130 RBI were good enough for 3rd while leading the Red Sox to the Wild Card for the second year in a row.

CY YOUNG

Johan Santana
Minnesota Twins

Leading the AL in ERA and strikeouts while winning 20 games Johan Santana was clearly the best picture in the AL this year and he gives them a fighting chance in the playoffs.

AL MVP

Vladimir Guerrero
Anaheim Angels

In a close race between Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and the Yankees Gary Sheffield, Vladimir gets the edge for a final week surge that included 6 Home Runs as the Angels won the AL West in the final week of the season.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Bobby Cox
Atlanta Braves

The last 13 completed seasons have seen the Braves win their division title, after losing Sheffield, Maddux, and Lopez this year may have been Cox best managing job ever.

COMEBACK PITCHER

Randy Johnson
Ari. Diamondbacks

After a 2003 season plagued by injury the Big Unit was his old self as he led the NL in strikeouts and was second in ERA while posting a 16-14 record on a Diamondbacks team that lost 111 games.

COMEBACK PLAYER

Phil Nevin
San Diego Padres

After nearly missing the entire 2003 season due to injury Phil Nevin was back leading the Padres driving in 105 runs while posting a solid .289 average.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Jason Bay
Pittsburgh Pirates

With 26 Homers and 82 RBI Jason Bay could be in the heart of the Pirates lineup for a longtime to come after proving to me a worth acquisition for Brian Giles at the deadline last year.

HANK AARON AWARD

Adrian Beltre
Los Angeles Dodgers

With 48 homers the most in the majors Beltre is a MVP candidate as well as the Free Agent catch this off season, after he led the Dodgers to the NL West title.

CY YOUNG

Roger Clemens
Houston Astros

Clemens was supposed to be retired, but after being talked into playing with his hometown Astros the Rocketman amazed and dazzled again and he posted a solid 18-4 record with a 2.98 ERA helping to lead the Astros to the Wild Card.

NL MVP

Barry Bonds
San Francisco Giants

Barry Bonds did it again was among the leaders in Homers while winning the NL batting crown all while hardly ever get a good pitch to hit as he nearly led an otherwise mediocre Giants team to the playoffs.

These are not just mere prediction but whom I believe should win the said awards.
Slected by Frank Fleming on Sebtember 29, 2003 at 1:20 am EST

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