We're getting close to mid-season and it makes sense to name some award winners up until this point. I'll loot Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP and Manager of the Year awards for both leagues here. Are you ready?
The Miami Marlins are definitely represented in my MLB mid-season awards
Let's start with manager of the year awards. Who deserves it in the American League? I have to go with Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy. Texas went from a bottom of the barrel team in 2022 to dominating the AL West this season. You can make a case for Tampa's Kevin Cash, but the team was already a playoff team last season.
What about NL Manager of the Year? This has to be Miami Marlins skipper...Skip Schumaker. The Fish's success this season, after being so underwhelming last season is worth an award. Let's move on to the Rookie of the Year awards. The American League version should go to Texas Rangers 3B Josh Jung. Jung is batting .274/.327/.494, with 16 home runs and 47 RBI. He's been worth 2.2 WAR.
I wrote about who should get the National League version and laid out my argument. It should be Miami Marlins starting pitcher Eury Pérez. Let's move on to the Cy Young awards next.... The American League version should go comfortably to New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Cole is leading American League starting pitchers with a 3.2 WAR. He also has an 8-1 W-L record, and a 2.78 ERA/.3.39 FIP with 9.8 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9.
The National League Cy Young award is harder to decide on. At the moment I'm leaning towards Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has been worth a 3.1 WAR this season. He currently has a 10-4 W-L record, along with a 2.55 ERA/3.52 FIP and 9.9 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.
It's easy for me to say who should be the NL MVP. It has to be Miami Marlins 2B Luis Arraez, who has a 3.5 WAR, along with a .390/.442/.481 batting line. The American League version can go to Los Angeles Angels SP/DH Shohei Ohtani and his Major League leading 6.3 WAR.