Mike Scioscia
Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are champions of the American League Western Division for the third year in a row. In doing so they won 97 games, and it may have been the greatest managing job done by Mike Scioscia. When the season began the Angels were replacing a closer who set the record in saves and a slugging 1B. They also had three starters on the DL, and then they had to deal with the tragic death of Nick Adenhart. Only the steady leadership from Scioscia could have guided the Angels through such rough waters.


Rick Porcello
Detroit Tigers

Just how good of season did Rookie Rick Porcello have? The Tigers have put their trust in him to pitch the one game playoff for the Central Division Title in Minnesota. Heading into this game Porcello has a solid 14-9 record with a 4.04 ERA. Porcello has been one of the Tigers best pitchers down the stretch, posting a solid 3-1 record in September with an ERA of 3.22. In the final week of the season Porcello dominated the Twins, but got a no decision, despite allowing just one run in seven innings.


Mark Teixeira
New York Yankees

Mark Teixeira did everything the Yankee expected out of him, he provided steady fielding at first base, and became a consistent force in the middle of the best line up in baseball as the Yankees blasted their way to a 103-59 record. Teixeira was their MVP leading the American League in both slugging categories with 39 Home Runs and 122 RBI.


Zack Grienke
Kansas City Royals

Zack Grienke was the best pitcher in baseball all season, despite playing in a baseball wasteland with the Kansas City Royals. His 16-8 record may not look impressive at first sight, but consider that his 2.16 ERA was the best in baseball, and the Royals were 65-97, you then realize that 16-8 is quite remarkable. On a good team with the year Grienke had he could have won 20 easily.


Joe Mauer
Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are playing in a one game playoff for the Central Division Title, while one of their best players Justin Morneau was on the disabled list. The big reason is the year that Catcher Joe Mauer had. Mauer has established his credentials a few years ago when he became the first catcher in 70 years to lead the league in hitting. He out did himself this year, leading the Majors with a .367 average, while posting career highs in homers with 28 and RBI with 95, even if the Twins were not in the playoff Mauer deserves the award.


Jim Tracy
Colorado Rockies

On May 29th the Rockies were a Mile Low, floundering in last place with an 18-28 record, when Manager Clint Hurdle was fired. As soon as Jim Tracy took over it was like the flip of a switch, as they won 17-of-18 games shortly there after and took off from there. Just two years ago the Rockies had a miracle September run to reach the World Series. Tracy seemed to find that magic again, as the Rockies climbed up the standings and into contention for a division title, winning the Wild Card with franchise best 92 wins.


J.A. Happ
Philadelphia Phillies

Ace Cole Hammels was ordinary at times, Closer Brad Lidge was beyond awful, age caught up to Jamie Moyer but the Phillies easily won their third straight division title. One of the reasons was the emergence of Rookie pitcher J.A. Happ posted an outstanding 12-4 record with a 2.93 ERA. Happ lead the Phillies in wins, and ERA, while ranking third in strike outs with 119.


Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals

With a league high 47 home runs, a .327 batting average and 135 RBI Albert Pujols was once again in the running for all three triple crown categories.


Chris Carpenter
St. Louis Cardinals

Coming into this season, Chris Carpenter had appeared in just five games over two seasons, as injuries side tracked his career. However, Carpenter not only came back in 2009 he regained his spot as the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals, with a 17-4 record, and a terrific 2.24 ERA that was the best in the National League. Carpenter’s solid work helped guide the Cardinals to a division title with a 91-71 record.


Albert Pujols
St. Louis Cardinals

If you do not think Albert Pujols is the Most Valuable Player in the National League, you do not have any credibility. Pujols, who has already won this award twice, had yet another outstanding year while leading the Cardinals to a division title. One of these days he may get the Triple Crown, as each year he is among the league leaders in all three categories. With these stats there is no doubt any more that he is the best player in baseball, and may go down as one of the best ever.

These are not just mere prediction but whom I believe should win the said awards. Slected by Frank Fleming on October 6, 2009 at 12:40 am EST

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