BBA General Chapter Announces Vote for AL Stan Musial Award
Each year the Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes on and chooses our own winners for each of the year’s major awards. As President of the General Chapter, it is my privilege to announce the Chapter’s choice for each award winner. Today we’ll look at the Stan Musial Award, given to the top player for each league. We’ve taken a look at the National League, so let’s finish up our series of award ballots with the American League.
Ballots were to be completed with votes 1 through 10. Votes were then tabulated on a 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. Each blog within the General Chapter of the BBA was invited to submit a ballot for the award. Ballots were subsequently submitted by the following members: TG Sports Thoughts, Wezen-Ball, The Straw That Stirs The Drink, Going Yard, The Flagrant Fan,Diamond Hoggers, Call To The Pen, Jason’s Baseball Blog, Off Base Percentage, The Golden Sombrero, Rhino Rant, and Blogging From The Bleachers.
Just as the National League race really came down to just three players, the American League race was seemingly just as simple to determine. For most of the season, the two names we continually discussed were Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers.
The first half of the season belonged to Cabrera. He was easily leading in nearly every major offensive category and positioning himself to make a run at the Triple Crown. Yet, after the All Star Break he slowed down as Detroit’s playoff hopes quickly faded. Cabrera, coming off a poor end to the 2009 season, still managed to put up a career year, finishing with a line of .328/.420/.622 with 38 HRs and a league leading 126 RBI.
Yet, it was Hamilton who truly emerged as the top player in the league in 2010. His backstory is one that nearly all fans are familiar with – highly touted prospect turned #1 draft pick, drug addictions and suspensions that nearly ruined his career, to dramatic life turnaround and star leader. Hamilton would put up career highs in doubles, batting average, OBP, SLG, OPS, and OPS+. He nearly set new career highs in hits, runs, triples, RBI, stolen bases, and total bases.
His numbers would have been even better if not for the fact that he missed the final month of the season recovering from an injury just so that he could return to help his team in the playoffs. His final line of .359/.411/.633 won him his first batting title. And it will win him the AL Stan Musial Award from the General Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.
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