As we – the fans, front office, players, etc – have reached the quarter mark of the 2012 season, it is time to (electronically) hand out the Quarter Season Awards!
Don’t give me – or your computer screen, rather – that blank stare look like you’ve never heard of the Quarter Season Awards before. So what if I happened to coin the award name a few hours ago, that doesn’t change anything. The first annual Quarter Season Awards exist to recognize a few surprising and deserving ball players for their performances this season. These players deserve recognition!
After all, if their play starts to slip, they may not be in contention for Award List To Be Named Later, which, of course, will be revealed at a date-to-be-named-later.
Biggest Surpise – Offense
Josh Reddick – OF – Oakland Athletics
Any sort of surprise in Oakland is welcomed, especially those of the positive variety
Biggest Surprise – Pitching
Lance Lynn – SP – St. Louis Cardinals
Just gonna go ‘head and pat myself on the back for this one, since I drafted him in three leagues
Best Rotation Addition
Gio Gonzalez – SP – Washington Nationals
No one is saying ‘Stephen Who?’, but Gio has been solid for the NL East’s best
Yu Darvish – SP – Texas Rangers
This was kinda a no brainer, right?
Rookie of the Year – NL
There’s no age limit! Besides, he’s only a shade over a decade older than Bryce Harper
Rookie of the Year – AL
Will Middlebrooks – 3B – Boston Red Sox
Boston chicks dig the long ball, and so does this fantasy writer
Best Pitcher No One is Talking About
Brandon Beachy – SP – Atlanta Braves
Technically, I just talked about it, but no one ever listens to me
Albert Pujols – 1B – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
If you think otherwise, I implore you to introduce the palm of your hand to your face
Josh Hamilton – OF – Texas Rangers
His batted ball often leaves the yard, or so they tell me