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NL Mid-Season Baseball Awards

With baseball at the All-Star break, we assembled the staff here at LBS to select our mid-season baseball awards. Yesterday, we posted the AL awards. Today, it’s the NL awards.

NL MVP

Steve DelVecchio says Joey Votto, 1B, Reds: The Reds, yes the Reds, are in first place and much of it is because of the bat and glove of Votto. He’s hitting .314 with 22 HR and 60 RBI and has made only two errors, yet somehow it took the fans voting him in on the final vote to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team. I’m giving it to him for now because he has the Reds in first, but I’m sure he’ll come back to earth at some point. My honorable mentions are Albert Pujols and David Wright. Isn’t it just a tradition to give it to Pujols? He’s got the stats for it at .307 with 21 HR and 64 RBI. As for Wright, he’s been raking even though the Mets could be the streakiest team in the history of baseball. He has a .314 average with 14 HR and 65 RBI. To top that off, he’s mixed in 15 steals which is just outside the top 10 in the NL.

Alan Hull says Joey Votto: The batting average, home runs and RBI are impressive and he plays on a winning team. Pujols or David Wright are keeping pace and can’t be counted out in the second half.

Jake Walker says Joey Votto: Never has a snub for the All-Star Game proven to be more powerful. When he got left off the roster and relegated to the fan vote, it made everyone wake up to realize how much he was dominating the NL this year.

Larry Brown says Joey Votto: Much like Miguel Cabrera in the AL, Votto has some of the best numbers in the NL across the board. He finished the first half strong by homering in seven of his team’s last 15 games to give him 22 on the year. I’m guessing Albert Pujols catches him and wins it, but Votto’s putting up one heck of a fight.

NL CY YOUNG AWARD

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Joey Votto, Miguel Montero in the Club

I didn’t quite have the chance to post this up after Sunday’s game, but since the Reds are still playing at the time of this publishing, I feel I can induct Joey Votto into the club. Reds first baseman Joey Votto joined the LBS Golden Sombrero Club taken an ofer against the Marlins in a 9-2 loss on Sunday. He punched out four times against the Florida staff which is quite the impressive feat. In fact, to make matters more impressive, he turned the trick against three different pitchers — starter Ryan Tucker, as well as relievers Joe Nelson and Justin Miller. About the only good thing we can say for Votto as he receives his inauspicious honor is that at least he went down hacking all four times. Congrats Joey, and welcome to the club.

If one wasn’t enough, then two certainly is. It’s always more fun to go join a club with some company, anyway. UtesFan89, who authors the blog Playing for Pride, sends in the news that Diamondbacks backup catcher Miguel Montero took the gas pipe against the Pirates today. If you’re wondering how UtesFan89 happened upon the news, it’s because he concentrates his writings primarily on the Pirates during the baseball season (putting up with such futility is reason enough to visit his site). And luckily for me, UtesFan89 has done all the homework and passes on this, “Miguel Montero got the highly regarded Golden Sombrero (4 at-bats, 4 K’s… all swinging, just FYI). He also left 8 runners on base, and had the error on Duke’s sacrifice bunt that wasn’t a sacrifice.” Clearly not a good day to be Miguel Montero.

I’d like to say something positive about Miguel Montero, but there isn’t much there. As for Votto, expect plenty of brighter days. And big thanks to Playing for Pride for the Andre Miller-like assist.