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Players association announces award nominees

Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:48 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

For those who love to debate awards selections, the players association has announced its finalist for the Players Choice Awards, voted on by the players. The winners will be announced Nov. 3 on MLB Network.

So, because you can't wait, here are your nominees:

American League
Outstanding player: Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox), Curtis Granderson (Yankees)
Outstanding pitcher: James Shields (Rays), Justin Verlander (Tigers), Jered Weaver (Angels)
Outstanding rookie: Jeremy Hellickson (Rays), Eric Hosmer (Royals), Mark Trumbo (Angels)
Comeback player: Bartolo Colon (Yankees), Jacony Ellsbury (Red Sox), Casey Kotchman (Rays)

National League
Outstanding player: Ryan Braun (Brewers), Matt Kemp (Dodgers), Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)
Outstanding pitcher: Roy Halladay (Phillies), Ian Kennedy (Diamondbacks), Clayton Kershow (Dodgers)
Outstanding rookie: Freddie Freeman (Braves), Craig Kimbrel (Braves), Vance Worley (Phillies)
Comeback player: Lance Berkman (Cardinals), Jose Reyes (Mets), Ryan Vogelsong (Giants)

Player of the Year: Gonzalez, Granderson, Verlander
Man of the Year: Paul Konerko (White Sox), Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), Michael Young (Rangers)

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:53 am

Players association announces award nominees

How many times has Bartolo Colon been nominated as comeback player? The guy is constant 'comback every 2-3 years.

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:14 am

Players association announces award nominees

my choices, adrian, verlander, at 21 years old- hosmer and almost a 100 pt jump in batting avg., kotchman.

braun, halliday, kimbrel, and berkman.---

verlander and adam wainright    

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 22, 2011 5:41 am

Players association announces award nominees

Some surprises on this list, but there always are with this sort of thing, and that's just my humble opinion. I'm going Bautista, Verlander, Hellickson, Colon, Braun, Halladay, Kimbrel, Berkman, Verlander, Young. 

In my opinion a lot of those are no-brainers, but I chose Bautista because I thought his combination of offensive skill, and his stellar defense in Right, AND 3rd base for the Jays this year. Hellickson was poised beyond his years down the stretch, and solid throughout the season. Colon fizzled out a bit, but overall, who saw that coming?

Braun to me was the most impressive overall, but to me it's a toss up between him and Kemp. Halladay was unbelieve. Again. Kimbrel also fizzled out, but how could he not with that many uses in his rookie season? The overall body of work was impressive. And again with Berkman, he looked completedly finished last season with the Yankees, and was fantastic in St. Louis, and even faired reasonably well in RF which surprised the hell out of me.

I didn't bother mentioning Verlander the first time around, and overall, I think he was the most dominant player in baseball this past season. This isn't an MVP vote, this is Outstanding player, and no one was more effective in their role than Verlander (for the record I'm anything but a Tigers fan). And Michael Young to me gets it for being the upstanding citizen that is Michael Young. He thrived in Texas once again despite a lack of a position, and a bit of disrespect from the franchise in the offseason, but the Rangers were better for it, and will always be that way with Young on the roster.


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