STL Cardinal Baseball 2012 Awards
With the end of the 2012 season it is time to officially unveil the biggest awards known to mankind, the STL Cardinal Baseball awards. Sure it may not be as flashy as anything Rawlings or the BBWA could offer, but without any more hesitation here are the 2012 STL Cardinal Baseball Awards:
The Stan Musial Award (Cardinal MVP):
Yadier Molina. El Captain put together his finest season as a Major leaguer. Not only did Yadi master the craft of defense once again, he was an offensive threat as well setting career highs in Average (.315), home runs (22), RBI (76), runs (65), and yes even stolen bases with 12 swiped bags. Molina did it all this season which included his almost managerial type leadership to match his flashy stats, it is a no brainer that Yadi wins this award, it is a shame he won’t win the real thing.
The Bob Gibson Award (Cardinal Cy Young):
Kyle Lohse. Lohse didn’t end his Cardinal career well, with that disgusting finish in the Game 7 of the NLCS, yet his regular season and most of his post season was in fact quite remarkable. Lohse set a Cardinals record in winning percentage, going 16-3, he also led the Cardinals with his 2.86 ERA. Lohse also pitched the Cardinals into the NLDS with an outstanding start against the Atlanta Braves in the first ever Wild Card playoff game.
Cardinal Rookie of the Year:
Matt Carpenter. This was a close race between Carpenter and the rookie right hander Joe Kelly, but due to Carpenter’s consistency and being on the roster since Opening Day, I will give it to him. Carpenter became a threat off of the bench and in the starting lineup, putting up a decent .294 AVG, hitting six homers, driving in 46, he also had 5 triples which is pretty impressive.
Least Valuable Player:
Unfortunately, Lance Berkman. He admitted himself, he felt bad for the Cardinals organization because they had given him so much money (12 million.) After an outstanding year in 2011, Berkman had difficulty staying healthy playing in just 32 games batting .259, with only two homers, and seven RBI. Yet Berkman remained a legend in the clubhouse and you cannot help but love the guy, I wish him well for next season whether he plays again or not.
Offensive player of the year:
Carlos Beltran. Though he was inconsistent nearly all season long, when Beltran was hot, he was near unstoppable. I don’t think many would have predicted the surgically repaired Beltran would hold up the entire season, but no one could have predicted his 32 homers 97 RBI, and even his 13 steals. Though his .269 average was disappointing I think it was a small price to pay for the production that Beltran gave the Cardinals all season, especially when it counted in the post season.
Jim Edmonds Defensive Outfielder of the Year Award:
Jon Jay. An easy award to give, Jay did not commit a single error all season. It will be a shame if Jay doesn’t win his first Gold Glove award this season, even if he did miss time to injury. Jay had so many remarkable catches and plays throughout the regular and post season that he really is starting to not only become a fan favorite, but an actual reliable center fielder.
Jaime Garcia. Yes, this award was pretty much designed for him but how can you not recognize this. Garcia is a rare talent who could dazzle you with shutout stuff in one start, then the next get blasted for 12 runs because one ice cube could have been missing from his Iced tea, or even worse his pillow could be missing a feather or two. Garcia missed time with injuries which of course affected the post season as well, his final numbers were nothing special at all going 7-7, with a 3.92 ERA.
Bruce Sutter facial hair award:
Ah, a true tough one, does it go to Lance Lynn, Mitchell Boggs, Jaime Garcia, or Jason Motte. I give it to Jason Motte for looking more and more grizzly with each save. Motte not only rocked his facial hair all season, he also had a terrific year in the bullpen notching a National League leading 42 saves.
Biggest Surprise of the year:
Lance Lynn. Lynn was remarkable in the first half which led to him being named to the All Star team as a starting pitcher. Though he dealt with a rough middle of the season and a so-so finish Lynn still had some pretty impressive numbers. He ended the season with a Cardinal leading 18 wins, losing only seven games, he had a modest 3.78 ERA, and 180 strikeouts.
Bright Future Award:
This was a close one between top prospect Shelby Miller and Trevor Rosenthal, yet I think I would give it to Rosenthal who appeared in more games. Rosenthal was called up mid-season to help stabilize a flustered bullpen. Not only did he have decent success out of the bullpen the 22 year old right hander blew us all away with his 100 mph, stuff. The Missouri Native finished the regular season going 0-2, with a 2.78 ERA, and 25 strikeouts in just 22.2 innings. Keep in mind folks that Rosenthal has been a starter his entire minor league career. Rosenthal was even better in the post season becoming a huge threat out of the pen, Rosenthal pitched 8.2 scoreless innings striking out an incredible 15.