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And the Award Goes To...

Back over on the site, they're listing who's in the running for the major end-of-season awards in the NL.  You should see a lot of familiar faces on there...


Prince Fielder, Brewers: Fielder leads the National League in home runs, is among the league leaders in RBIs and has been integral in keeping Milwaukee at or near the top of the NL Central. Since Milwaukee moved to the National League in 1998, no Brewer has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting and just three (Carlos Lee, 17th in 2005, Richie Sexson, 12th in 2003 and Jeromy Burnitz, 19th in 1998) received votes. That will change this season with Fielder.

* NL Comeback Player of the Year

J.J. Hardy, Brewers: Limited to 35 games last season because of an ankle injury, the Brewers shortstop has been outstanding this season and has played an important role in lifting the Brewers into contention in the NL Central Division. Hardy is on a pace to set career highs in a dozen statistical categories.

* NL Rookie of the Year

Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun came up in May, and although he's played only 85 games, he's among the NL rookie leaders in home runs (30), batting average (.328), RBIs (79), runs (74), total bases (245), on-base percentage (.372), slugging percentage (.648) and extra-base hits (56). It's not often a rookie is called up from the Minor Leagues to a contending team and hits so well he's deservedly placed in the third spot in the lineup, but that's what Braun did. Perhaps the only category in which Braun comes in second to the other rookie contenders is defense.

Marty and Jacob, you might want to leave the room for this next one.

* NL Manager of the Year

Ned Yost, Brewers: The clear frontrunner when the Brewers got off to a 24-10 start, Yost's candidacy slid along with the Brewers' sub-.500 second half. However this team finishes, Yost will almost certainly land on some ballots, and if the Brewers end their 25-year string and make the playoffs, he will likely land on most of them.

I think Braun is a lock for ROY, and Prince the odds-on favorite for MVP.  I don't see JJ winning the Comeback Player of the Year, and Ned will be lucky if he isn't fired, much less win an award for his managing (which is odd to say, considering he's one of only a dozen or so managers in all of baseball who still has a chance to win a World Series in 2007).