The 2015 MLB Regular Season has officially come to an end, and it was as good of one as we’ve seen in years. It’s time to give recognition to the best in both Leagues, we’ll start with the NL.
MVP: Bryce Harper; RF- Washington Nationals
As a 22-year-old, yes, a 22-year-old, Bryce Harper will be crowned the NL MVP. He will become one of only three others that have won it as a 22 year old. 2015 was Harper’s best season in the Big Leagues, batting .331 with 42 HRs and 99 RBI. The Nationals themselves did not have a phenomenal season, but Harper sure did. He was the one true offensive threat the team had all season long. He wins the award just by his stats alone, but when you look too at his value to his team, he is the definition of Most Valuable Player. He can add this to his resume. (Second Place: Zack Greinke)
Cy Young: Zack Greinke; RHP- Los Angeles Dodgers
1.66… That’s the only number you need to know. Possessing a 1.66 ERA, Zack Greinke was the most dominant pitcher in the game this season. With a 19-3 record, I don’t see how the award can’t be his. Jake Arrieta comes as a very close second, helping the Cubs to the Wild Card. However, Greinke was dynamite all season long. Bruce Bochy chose him to start the All-Star game in Cincinatti, an honor he was more than deserving of. Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry, and Randy Johnson are the only pitchers who have won the Award in both Leagues. This year, Greinke joins that list. (Second Place: Jake Arrieta)
Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant; 3B- Chicago Cubs
Now this dude was all the hype and then some. Kris Bryant has been the bat the Cubs were looking for to aid star Anthony Rizzo, and he has done just that. As a rookie Bryant batted .274 with 26 dingers and 99 RBI which are ninth, first and first respectively of eligible first years. The young star aided the Cubbies to a 97-65 record and control of the second Wild Card spot. The Cubs, in the playoffs for the first time since 2008, are looking to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945. With a talented young roster and guys like Rizzo and Bryant leading the way, their chances aren’t bad. (Second Place: Jung Ho Kang)
Comeback Player of the Year: Joey Votto 1B- Cincinatti Reds
After a 2014 filled with injuries, Votto bounced back and was one of few bright spots for a Reds squad that struggled in 2015. His .314 average led the team and he’s proven that his power numbers are back with 29 home runs and 80 RBI (you can make the case that his RBI are only at 80 due to the Reds’ struggles). The only person who could stand in Votto’s way would be Matt Harvey after coming back from Tommy John surgery and putting together a solid season for the mighty Mets. But, Votto was more valuable for a team with less to brag about. That’s why he wins. (Second Place: Matt Harvey)
Manager of the Year:
I am gonna make you read this part. This is the toughest decision of all the awards because there are three to four good choices that would all make sense to be honored with the award. Let’s start in the NL Central where we have Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, who owns a strong 100-61 record and yet another NL Central crown. Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates finishes only 2.5 behind the Cards at 98-64 with a Wild Card berth. Then of course the cool, calm, stud who flew from Tampa. Joe Maddon has the youthful Chicago Cubs at 97-65 with a hold of the second Wild Card spot. It’s hard not to give it to one of those three, especially one who has 100 wins and another who is leading one of the youngest lineups ever to a postseason berth, but the winner here comes from the East, manager Terry Collins of the New York Mets.
One of, if not, the biggest shocker of the year, Collins’ bunch won the NL East with a 90-72 record. Now this might not seem too impressive, but let’s go back to the beginning of the season. This was supposed to be the Washington Nationals’ year. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister were going to be too much for teams to handle especially with what was thought to be such a dominating lineup. Well, it’s Game 162, people, time to wake up and realize the team that was supposed to finish in the dumps finished atop the division. Hats off to the Mets, and hats off to Terry Collins. (Second Place: Joe Maddon)
Congratulations to all these guys on terrific seasons.