My final ballots for major awards (cont.)
NL Cy Young
1. Carpenter, Cardinals: ERA and winning percentage titles normally a winning combo for this award.
2. Wainwright, Cardinals: The league's top winner is one tough guy.
3. Tim Lincecum, Giants: Tiny Tim a threat to throw a no-hitter every time out.
NL Cy Old
AL Cy Young
1. Greinke, Royals: Only knock is pitching in AL Central. But he had sub 1.00 ERA against AL playoff teams.
2. Hernandez, Mariners: Had league's lowest OPS against (.605). The clear No. 2 in excellent field.
3. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays: He gets the nod over Sabathia and Verlander thanks to better ERA (2.79) and league-leading complete games and generally better numbers (other than wins).
AL Cy Old
NL Rookie of the Year
1. Happ, Phillies: His 12-4 record and 2.93 ERA are superb. But consider that ballpark he has to pitch in. On the road he had a baseball-best 1.99 ERA.
2. Chris Coghlan, Marlins: More hits than anyone in the second half.
3. Tommy Hanson, Braves: Perhaps the best future of any of a solid rookie class. Andrew McCutchen, Garrett Jones, Casey McGehee, Dexter Fowler and Randy Wells also had nice rookie campaigns.
AL Rookie of the Year
1. Porcello, Tigers: Became rare 20-year-old to win at least 14 games (Dwight Gooden was another) and pitched beautifully in the deciding game at the Metrodome. Plus, whipped Youkilis.
2. Jeff Niemann, Rays: In a year where the Rays traded away three starters, they were smart to keep this guy..
3. Andrew Bailey, A's: Big-time numbers, but let's face it: He's a closer on a loser. Ricky Romero, Gordon Beckham, Elvis Andrus and Brett Anderson are all also worthy.
NL Manager of the Year
1. Jim Tracy, Rockies: Took over struggling team and led them into playoffs.
2. Tony La Russa, Cardinals: Superb tactician stumped for Holliday.
3. Fredi Gonzalez, Marlins: Very solid job with very young team, no matter what owner Jeffrey Loria may think.
Bud Harrelson Award (Worst NL Manager)
AL Manager of the Year
1. Scioscia, Angels: Year in and year out, just tremendous. This year, they overcame a lot.
2. Ron Gardenhire, Twins: Got the $60 million team to the playoffs.
3. Joe Girardi, Yankees: Softened (a little) and helped the Yankees reach their potential.
Maury Wills Award (Worst AL Manager)
NL Executive of the Year
1. Dan O'Dowd, Rockies: Long list of fabulous acquisitions -- Huston Street and Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Marquis, Rafael Betancourt, Jason Giambi and Jose Contreras.
2. Ned Colletti, Dodgers: George Sherrill, Vicente Padilla and Jon Garland all worked at the deadline (and Jim Thome makes everyone feel good). Nice work.
3T. Ruben Amaro, Phillies: Cliff Lee deal boosted the talented Phillies (and crushed the Jays).
3T. John Mozeliak, Cardinals: Midyear moves for Holliday, Mark DeRosa, John Smoltz and Julio Lugo all worked to different degrees.
Ed Wade Award (Worst NL Executive)
AL Executive of the Year
1. Brian Cashman, Yankees: The big-money moves all worked (Teixeira, Sabathia and A.J. Burnett), and so did the small-money moves (Eric Hinske and Jerry Hairston).
2. Tony Reagins, Angels: Trade for Scott Kazmir a big help on top of bargain winter pickups of Abreu and Brian Fuentes.
3T. Jon Daniels, Rangers: The move of Michael Young to third base to make room for Andrus worked. So did the hiring of Mike Maddux and several smaller moves, like getting Darren O'Day from the Mets.
3T. Theo Epstein, Red Sox: Overcame losing out on top choice Teixeira with a trio of worthwhile midsummer pickups -- Martinez, Billy Wagner and Alex Gonzalez.
Hawk Harrelson Award (Worst AL Executive)
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