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2007 Player Rankings: Starting Pitchers

And finally wrapping up the 2007 Player Rankings with my favorite and longest list, starting pitchers. Only difference from closers is I do take into account ERA+. The list includes the top 120 pitchers in games started.   2004 1. Randy Johnson 15. Odalis Perez 30. Josh Beckett 45. Joe Kennedy 60. Randy Wolf 75. Jon Garland 90. Aaron Harang 105. Jose Acevedo 120. Brian Anderson   2005 1. Roger Clemens 15. Brandon Webb 30. Kenny Rogers 45. Derek Lowe 60. Livan Hernandez 75. Jason Marquis 90. Mike Maroth 105. Gil Meche 120. Jose Lima   2006 1. Johan Santana 15. Jered Weaver 30. Jake Peavy 45. Aaron Cook 60. Jeff Suppan 75. Matt Morris 90. Rick Nolasco 105. Casey Fossum 120. Oliver Perez   2007 1. Jake Peavy, Padres 2. C.C. Sabathia, Indians 3. Josh Beckett, Red Sox 4. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks 5. Erik Bedard, Orioles 6. Johan Santana, Twins 7. John Smoltz, Braves 8. John Lackey, Angels 9. Aaron Harang, Reds 10. Javier Vazquez, White Sox 11. Dan Haren, A's 12. Cole Hamels, Phillies 13. Tim Hudson, Braves 14. Fausto Carmona, Indians 15. Roy Oswalt, Astros 16. James Shields, Devil Rays 17. Kelvim Escobar, Angels 18. Ted Lilly, Cubs 19. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 20. Chris Young, Padres 21. Brad Penny, Dodgers 22. Justin Verlander, Tigers 23. Joe Blanton, A's 24. Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays 25. Mark Buehrle, White Sox 26. Matt Cain, Giants 27. Gil Meche, Royals 28. Rich Hill, Cubs 29. Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees 30. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles 31. A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays 32. Dustin McGowan, Blue Jays 33. Ian Snell, Pirates 34. Greg Maddux, Padres 35. Derek Lowe, Dodgers 36. Curt Schilling, Red Sox 37. Jeff Francis, Rockies 38. Felix Hernandez, Mariners 39. Ben Sheets, Brewers 40. John Maine, Mets 41. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs 42. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 43. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox 44. Brian Bannister, Royals 45. Tim Lincecum, Giants 46. Oliver Perez, Mets 47. Tom Gorzelanny, Pirates 48. Carlos Silva, Twins 49. Andy Pettitte, Yankees 50. Orlando Hernandez, Mets 51. Jered Weaver, Angels 52. Jon Garland, White Sox 53. Scott Baker, Twins 54. Bronson Arroyo, Reds 55. Shaun Marcum, Blue Jays 56. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros 57. Kyle Kendrick, Phillies 58. Micah Owings, Diamondbacks 59. Paul Byrd, Indians 60. Kyle Lohse, Reds/Phillies 61. Aaron Cook, Rockies 62. Barry Zito, Giants 63. Tim Wakefield, Red Sox 64. Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers 65. Jarrod Washburn, Mariners 66. Doug Davis, Diamondbacks 67. Miguel Batista, Mariners 68. Jake Westbrook, Indians 69. Chuck James, Braves 70. Jeff Suppan, Brewers 71. Jason Bergmann, Nationals 72. Tom Glavine, Mets 73. Dave Bush, Brewers 74. Justin Germano, Padres 75. Mike Mussina, Yankees 76. Chad Gaudin, A's 77. Jason Marquis, Cubs 78. Nate Robertson, Tigers 79. Braden Looper, Cardinals 80. Noah Lowry, Giants 81. Matt Belisle, Reds 82. Jamie Moyer, Phillies 83. Sergio Mitre, Marlins 84. Andy Sonnanstine, Devil Rays 85. Jesse Litsch, Blue Jays 86. Paul Maholm, Pirates 87. Chris Capuano, Brewers 88. Matt Morris, Giants/Pirates 89. Lenny DiNardo, A's 90. Josh Fogg, Rockies 91. Boof Bosner, Twins 92. Livan Hernandez, Diamondbacks 93. Buddy Carlyle, Braves 94. Claudio Vargas, Brewers 95. Kevin Millwood, Rangers 96. Woody Williams, Astros 97. Daniel Cabrera, Orioles 98. Julian Tavarez, Red Sox 99. Jose Contreras, White Sox 100. Steve Trachsel, Orioles/Cubs 101. Matt Chico, Nationals 102. David Wells, Padres/Dodgers 103. Dontrelle Willis, Marlins 104. John Danks, White Sox 105. Brandon McCarthy, Rangers 106. Ervin Santana, Angels 107. Kameron Loe, Rangers 108. Anthony Reyes, Cardinals 109. Kip Wells, Cardinals 110. Jeff Weaver, Mariners 111. Mike Bacsik, Nationals 112. Odalis Perez, Royals 113. Jorge De La Rosa, Royals 114. Edwin Jackson, Devil Rays 115. Vincente Padilla, Rangers 116. Scott Olsen, Marlins 117. Adam Eaton, Phillies 118. Kyle Davies, Braves/Royals 119. Byung-Hyun Kim, Rockies/Diamondbacks/Marlins 120. Mike Maroth, Tigers/Cardinals

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2007 Player Rankings: Shortstops

Shortstops   2004 1. Miguel Tejada 15. Kazuo Matsui 30. Alex S Gonzalez   2005 1. Michael Young 15. Carlos Guillen 30. Cristian Guzman   2006 1. Derek Jeter 15. Jhonny Peralta 30. Angel Berroa   2007 1. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 2. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 3. Derek Jeter, Yankees 4. Jose Reyes, Mets 5. Carlos Guillen, Tigers 6. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 7. Edgar Renteria, Braves 8. Michael Young, Rangers 9. Orlando Cabrera, Angels 10. Jhonny Peralta, Indians 11. Miguel Tejada, Orioles 12. J.J. Hardy, Brewers 13. Jack Wilson, Pirates 14. Khalil Greene, Padres 15. Brendan Harris, Devil Rays 16. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners 17. Jason Bartlett, Twins 18. David Eckstein, Cardinals 19. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers 20. Mark Loretta, Astros 21. Alex Gonzalez, Reds 22. Stephen Drew, Diamondbacks 23. Ryan Theriot, Cubs 24. Felipe Lopez, Nationals 25. Julio Lugo, Red Sox 26. Juan Uribe, White Sox 27. Marco Scutaro, A's 28. Omar Vizquel, Giants 29. Tony Pena Jr., Royals 30. Bobby Crosby, A's

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2007 Player Rankings: Second Basemen

Second Basemen   2004 1. Mark Loretta 15. Orlando Hudson 30. Enrique Wilson   2005 1. Brian Roberts 15. Tony Graffanino 30. Miguel Cairo   2006 1. Chase Utley 15. Ian Kinsler 30. Jose Castillo   2007 1. Chase Utley, Phillies 2. Placido Polanco, Tigers 3. Brian Roberts, Orioles 4. Robinson Cano, Yankees 5. Kelly Johnson, Braves 6. Jeff Kent, Dodgers 7. Orlando Hudson, Diamondbacks 8. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 9. Freddy Sanchez, Pirates 10. Dan Uggla, Marlins 11. Brandon Phillips, Reds 12. Aaron Hill, Blue Jays 13. Mark Ellis, A's 14. Ian Kinsler, Rangers 15. Rickie Weeks, Brewers 16. Mark DeRosa, Cubs 17. Ronnie Belliard, Nationals 18. Luis Castillo, Twins/Mets 19. Tadahito Iguchi, White Sox/Phillies 20. Mark Grudzielanek, Royals 21. Kazuo Matsui, Rockies 22. Aaron Miles, Cardinals 23. Esteban German, Royals 24. Geoff Blum, Padres 25. Marcus Giles, Padres 26. Jose Lopez, Mariners 27. Craig Biggio, Astros 28. Chris Burke, Astros 29. Ray Durham, Giants 30. Josh Barfield, Indians

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2007 Player Rankings: Rightfielders

Rightfielders   2004 1. Bobby Abreu 15. Jermaine Dye 30. Abraham Nunez   2005 1. Brian Giles 15. Jason Lane 30. Sammy Sosa   2006 1. Jermaine Dye 15. Geoff Jenkins 30. Jose Guillen   2007 1. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 2. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 3. Corey Hart, Brewers 4. Brad Hawpe, Rockies 5. Alex Rios, Blue Jays 6. Nick Markakis, Orioles 7. Jose Guillen, Mariners 8. Bobby Abreu, Yankees 9. Ken Griffey Jr., Reds 10. Jeremy Hermida, Marlins 11. Randy Winn, Giants 12. Jeff Francoeur, Braves 13. Michael Cuddyer, Twins 14. Matt Kemp, Dodgers 15. Travis Buck, A's 16. Austin Kearns, Nationals 17. Luke Scott, Astros 18. Brian Giles, Padres 19. Shawn Green, Mets 20. Andre Ethier, Dodgers 21. J.D. Drew, Red Sox 22. Shane Victorino, Phillies 23. Delmon Young, Devil Rays 24. Xavier Nady, Pirates 25. Mark Teahan, Royals 26. Jermaine Dye, White Sox 27. Cliff Floyd, Cubs 28. Juan Encarnacion, Cardinals 29. Trot Nixon, Indians 30. Nelson Cruz, Rangers

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2007 Player Rankings: Middle Relievers

For middle relievers, the first two years I took the top 60 in games pitched and then last year I did the top 60 in Holds. This time around I tried to get a combination of both and put an arbitrary number of at least 70 games pitched or at least 15 Holds to work with at first and purely by accident I ended up with exactly 60 relievers. This of course excludes those who will appear on the Closers list.   I take into account six statistical categories: Component ERA, K/BB Ratio, WHIP, VORP, Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), and Pitching Runs Created.   2004 1. Tom Gordon 30. Jim Mecir 60. John Rielding   2005 1. Justin Duchscherer 30. Duaner Sanchez 60. Dan Kolb   2006 1. Cla Meredith 30. Francisco Rodney 60. Ray King   2007 1. Rafael Betancourt, Indians 2. Heath Bell, Padres 3. Hideki Okajima, Red Sox 4. Russ Springer, Cardinals 5. Carlos Marmol, Cubs 6. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers 7. Joaquin Benoit, Rangers 8. Matt Guerrier, Twins 9. George Sherrill, Mariners 10. Peter Moylan, Braves 11. Ryan Franklin, Cardinals 12. Rafael Soriano, Braves 13. Bob Howry, Cubs 14. Pat Neshek, Twins 15. Jon Rauch, Nationals 16. Scott Downs, Blue Jays 17. Justin Speier, Angels 18. Damaso Marte, Pirates 19. Aaron Heilman, Mets 20. Casey Janssen, Blue Jays 21. Chad Qualls, Astros 22. Brandon Lyon, Diamondbacks 23. Tony Pena, Diamondbacks 24. Matt Lindstrom, Marlins 25. Justin Miller, Marlins 26. C.J. Wilson, Rangers 27. Pedro Feliciano, Mets 28. David Riske, Royals 29. Brian Shouse, Brewers 30. Saul Rivera, Nationals 31. Scot Shields, Angels 32. Michael Wuertz, Cubs 33. Cla Meredith, Padres 34. Jamie Walker, Orioles 35. Joe Beimel, Dodgers 36. Carlos Villanueva, Brewers 37. J.C. Romero, Red Sox/Phillies 38. Rudy Seanez, Dodgers 39. Derrick Turnbow, Brewers 40. Dan Wheeler, Astros/Devil Rays 41. Jeremy Affeldt, Rockies 42. Chad Bradford, Orioles 43. Randy Flores, Cardinals 44. Matt Thornton, White Sox 45. Tyler Yates, Braves 46. Scott Linebrink, Padres/Brewers 47. Scott Proctor, Yankees/Dodgers 48. Jimmy Gobble, Royals 49. Renyel Pinto, Marlins 50. Luis Vizcaino, Yankees 51. Brandon Morrow, Mariners 52. Taylor Tankersley, Marlins 53. Trever Miller, Astros 54. Frank Francisco, Rangers 55. Kyle Farnsworth, Yankees 56. Jorge Julio, Marlins/Rockies 57. Scott Schoenweis, Mets 58. Mike Myers, Yankees/White Sox 59. Antonio Alfonseco, Phillies 60. Mike MacDougal, White Sox

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2007 Player Rankings: Leftfielders

Leftfielders   2004 1. Barry Bonds 15. Pat Burrell 30. Reed Johnson   2005 1. Manny Ramirez 15. Rondell White 30. Larry Bigbie   2006 1. Manny Ramirez 15. David DeJesus 30. Brad Wilkerson   2007 1. Matt Holliday, Rockies 2. Adam Dunn, Reds 3. Barry Bonds, Giants 4. Carlos Lee, Astros 5. Alfonso Soriano, Cubs 6. Pat Burrell, Phillies 7. Raul Ibanez, Mariners 8. Carl Crawford, Devil Rays 9. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks 10. Josh Willingham, Marlins 11. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox 12. Hideki Matsui, Yankees 13. Moises Alou, Mets 14. Ryan Church, Nationals 15. Chris Duncan, Cardinals 16. Matt Diaz, Braves 17. Garret Anderson, Angels 18. Reggie Willits, Angels 19. Luis Gonzalez, Dodgers 20. Jason Kubel, Twins 21. Shannon Stewart, A's 22. Geoff Jenkins, Brewers 23. Ryan Ludwick, Cardinals 24. Jason Bay, Pirates 25. Willie Harris, Braves 26. Frank Catalanotto, Blue Jays 27. Jay Payton, Orioles 28. Emil Brown, Royals 29. Rob Mackowiak, White Sox/Padres 30. Craig Monroe, Tigers/Cubs

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2007 Player Rankings: First Basemen & DH

I decided to throw the DH rankings into the first base entry. Only difference from the other positions is I rank 14 players instead of 30.   First Basemen   2004 1. Albert Pujols 15. Ben Broussard 30. Doug Mientkiewicz   2005 1. Derrek Lee 15. Ryan Howard 30. Phil Nevin   2006 1. Albert Pujols 15. Kevin Youkilis 30. Travis Lee   2007 1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals 2. Carlos Pena, Devil Rays 3. Prince Fielder, Brewers 4. Mark Teixeira, Rangers/Braves 5. Ryan Howard, Phillies 6. Todd Helton, Rockies 7. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 8. Lance Berkman, Astros 9. Derrek Lee, Cubs 10. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox 11. Dmitri Young, Nationals 12. James Loney, Dodgers 13. Justin Morneau, Twins 14. Matt Stairs, Blue Jays 15. Paul Konerko, White Sox 16. Casey Kotchman, Angels 17. Adam LaRoche, Pirates 18. Ryan Garko, Indians 19. Conor Jackson, Diamondbacks 20. Scott Hatteberg, Reds 21. Carlos Delgado, Mets 22. Kevin Millar, Orioles 23. Dan Johnson, A's 24. Brad Wilkerson, Rangers 25. Mike Jacobs, Marlins 26. Sean Casey, Tigers 27. Nomar Garciaparra, Dodgers 28. Ryan Klesko, Giants 29. Richie Sexson, Mariners 30. Lyle Overbay, Blue Jays   Designated Hitters   Top DH 2004-2006 2004: Travis Hafner 2005: David Ortiz 2006: David Ortiz   2007 1. David Ortiz, Red Sox 2. Jim Thome, White Sox 3. Jack Cust, A's 4. Frank Thomas, Blue Jays 5. Travis Hafner, Indians 6. Gary Sheffield, Tigers 7. Jose Vidro, Mariners 8. Aubrey Huff, Orioles 9. Jonny Gomes, Devil Rays 10. Billy Butler, Royals 11. Jason Giambi, Yankees 12. Sammy Sosa, Rangers 13. Mike Piazza, A's 14. Mike Sweeney, Royals

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2007 Player Rankings: Closers

For closers the list includes the top 30 in Saves. Only difference from middle relievers is I do take into account Win Shares.   2004 1. Brad Lidge 15. Octavio Dotel 30. Shawn Chacon   2005 1. Mariano Rivera 15. Jason Isringhausen 30. Keith Foulke   2006 1. Jonathan Papelbon 15. Francisco Cordero 30. Derrick Turnbow   2007 1. J.J. Putz, Mariners 2. Takashi Saito, Dodgers 3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 4. Joe Nathan, Twins 5. Bobby Jenks, White Sox 6. Joakim Soria, Royals 7. Matt Capps, Pirates 8. Manny Corpas, Rockies 9. Francisco Cordero, Brewers 10. Mariano Rivera, Yankees 11. Jeremy Accardo, Blue Jays 12. Huston Street, A's 13. Billy Wagner, Mets 14. Jason Isringhausen, Cardinals 15. Francisco Rodriguez, Angels 16. Jose Valverde, Diamondbacks 17. Trevor Hoffman, Padres 18. Kevin Gregg, Marlins 19. David Weathers, Reds 20. Brad Lidge, Astros 21. Alan Embree, A's 22. Brian Fuentes, Rockies 23. Brett Myers, Phillies 24. Chad Cordero, Nationals 25. Al Reyes, Devil Rays 26. Brad Hennessey, Giants 27. Todd Jones, Tigers 28. Joe Borowski, Indians 29. Ryan Dempster, Cubs 30. Bob Wickman, Braves/Diamondbacks

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2007 Player Rankings: Centerfielders

Centerfielders   2004 1. Jim Edmonds 15. Milton Bradley 30. Marlon Byrd   2005 1. Jim Edmonds 15. Milton Bradley 30. Corey Patterson   2006 1. Carlos Beltran 15. Juan Pierre 30. Reggie Ambercrombie   2007 1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 2. Grady Sizemore, Indians 3. Curtis Granderson, Tigers 4. Carlos Beltran, Mets 5. B.J. Upton, Devil Rays 6. Aaron Rowand, Phillies 7. Torii Hunter, Twins 8. Hunter Pence, Astros 9. Nick Swisher, A's 10. Mike Cameron, Padres 11. Kenny Lofton, Rangers/Indians 12. Johnny Damon, Yankees 13. Marlon Byrd, Rangers 14. Nate McLouth, Pirates 15. David DeJesus, Royals 16. Chris Young, Diamondbacks 17. Gary Matthews Jr., Angels 18. Andruw Jones, Braves 19. Melky Cabrera, Yankees 20. Willy Taveres, Rockies 21. Coco Crisp, Red Sox 22. Juan Pierre, Dodgers 23. Jacque Jones, Cubs 24. Bill Hall, Brewers 25. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays 26. Dave Roberts, Giants 27. Jim Edmonds, Cardinals 28. Corey Patterson, Orioles 29. Alfredo Amezaga, Marlins 30. Jerry Owens, White Sox

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2007 Player Rankings: Catchers

It's that time of year again where I tell you who were best and worst players by position in MLB for the past season, in case you already forgot what did happen this past season. Starting with position players I will rank the Top 30 players in plate appearances at each position, based on the player's primary position for the season. For the position players I take into account five statiscal categories: OPS+, VORP, Equivalent Average, Runs Created (ballpark adjusted per hardballtimes.com), and Win Shares. The rankings are based purely on what the player did during the 2007 season as past performance and potential future value are not taken into account.   This year for each position I'll repost who I had as the best, the most average, and the worst by position from 2004-2006.   Catchers   2004 1. Ivan Rodriguez 15. Gregg Zaun 30. Chad Moeller   2005 1. Victor Martinez 15. Mike Matheny 30. Chris Snyder   2006 1. Joe Mauer 15. A.J. Pierzynski 30. Jose Molina   2007 1. Victor Martinez, Indians 2. Jorge Posada, Yankees 3. Russell Martin, Dodgers 4. Joe Mauer, Twins 5. Josh Bard, Padres 6. Brian McCann, Braves 7. Jason Varitek, Red Sox 8. Kenji Johjima, Mariners 9. Chris Snyder, Diamondbacks 10. Bengie Molina, Giants 11. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies 12. Gregg Zaun, Blue Jays 13. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers 14. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles 15. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 16. Ronny Paulino, Pirates 17. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox 18. Paul Lo Duca, Mets 19. John Buck, Royals 20. Brian Schneider, Nationals 21. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Braves/Rangers 22. Johnny Estrada, Brewers 23. Miguel Olivo, Marlins 24. Yorvit Torrealba, Rockies 25. Gerald Laird, Rangers 26. Brad Aumsus, Astros 27. Jason Kendall, A's/Cubs 28. Dioner Navarrao, Devil Rays 29. David Ross, Reds 30. Michael Barrett, Cubs/Padres

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2007 MVP Watch #5

It's been over a month since my last MVP Watch and to my surprise not much has changed, although I do have a new #1 in each league. Chase Utley hasn't played since breaking his hand on July 26th so he lost the #1 spot by default but he's still hanging on in the Top 5 for the moment. David Wright has been red hot since the break and has made the biggest jump. To no surprise at Albert Pujols is making a serious MVP run yet again. What is amazing about the current N.L. MVP race is that the two best players in the N.L. right now play for a team that is nine games under .500, that being of Hanley Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera of the Marlins. Neither has any shot at winning the real award but they are a cut above the competition at the moment.   And finally...Eric Byrnes still leads in the N.L. in Win Shares! I continue to be baffled by this unless he really has become a great defensive outfielder rather than the "one great diving play, misplay the next five" outfielder he was with the A's but I find this hard to believe. Win Shares is the only reason I'm bothering to keep him in the Top 10.   10. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks .301/.367/.494, 82 RC, 117 OPS+, .289 EQA, 35.6 VORP, 24.7 Win Shares   9. Barry Bonds, Giants .280/.495/.589, 79 RC, 183 OPS+, .367 EQA, 51.3 VORP, 18.2 Win Shares   8. Matt Holliday, Rockies .338/.399/.581, 88 RC, 146 OPS+, .314 EQA, 50.9 VORP, 19.9 Win Shares   7. Prince Fielder, Brewers .284/.380/.609, 89 RC, 154 OPS+, .319 EQA, 49.7 VORP, 20.9 Win Shares   6. Jose Reyes, Mets .304/.377/.453, 92 RC, 121 OPS+, .295 EQA, 48.2 VOPR, 22.6 Win Shares   5. Chase Utley, Phillies .336/.414/.581, 84 RC, 154 OPS+, .327 EQA, 55.0 VORP, 21.0 Win Shares   4. Albert Pujols, Cardinals .317/.419/.550, 89 RC, 154 OPS+, .327 EQA, 49.9 VORP, 24.0 Win Shares   3. David Wright, Mets .310/.398/.521, 95 RC, 144 OPS+, .319 EQA, 51.6 VORP, 23.6 Win Shares   2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins .343/.395/.578, 102 RC, 157 OPS+, .325 EQA, 71.1 VORP, 22.9 Win Shares   1. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .334/.414/.616, 106 RC, 171 OPS+, .340 EQA, 65.5 VORP, 24.4 Win Shares     In the A.L. it has gone to sort of being a four player race to a definitive two player race. Magglio Ordonez still hasn't fallen off a cliff which makes me think we're close to someone starting a steroid rumor about him. Speaking of steroid rumors, A-Rod grabs the top spot this time around but it is pretty much a toss up at this point. Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero hung tough through the first half and are still solidily in Top 5 but they have fallen off the Maggs/A-Rod pace. The rest of the Top 10 is a mess and you could jumble it several different ways without getting an argument out of me.   10. David Ortiz, Red Sox .311/.424/.543, 86 RC, 152 OPS+, .315 EQA, 49.6 VORP, 17.2 Win Shares   9. Jorge Posada, Yankees .334/.416/.531, 75 RC, 154 OPS+, .316 EQA, 52.6 VORP, 17.4 Win Shares   8. Curtis Granderson, Tigers .293/.351/.543, 84 RC, 134 OPS+, .295 EQA, 43.5 VORP, 19.7 Win Shares   7. Grady Sizemore, Indians .278/.382/.465, 93 RC, 126 OPS+, .291 EQA, 39.1 VORP, 22.9 Win Shares   6. Brian Roberts, Orioles .313/.397/.461, 89 RC, 128 OPS+, .302 EQA, 48.6 VORP, 20.7 Win Shares   5. Victor Martinez, Indians .301/.374/.505, 81 RC, 133 OPS+, .295 EQA, 42.2 VORP, 22.9 Win Shares   4. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels .319/.404/.531, 95 RC, 151 OPS+, .311 EQA, 46.0 VORP, 24.3 Win Shares   3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .347/.396/.431, 99 RC, 125 OPS+, .299 EQA, 49.6 VORP, 25.8 Win Shares   2. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers .356/.430/.595, 114 RC, 169 OPS+, .337 EQA, 65.3 VORP, 26.8 Win Shares   1. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees .305/.412/.630, 117 RC, 177 OPS+, .334 EQA, 68.0 VORP, 26.1 Win Shares

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2007 MVP Watch #4/Midseason Awards

It's the All-Star Break so might as well give out some mideason awards. I honestly haven't paid much attention to the Cy Young or Rookie of the Year races this year and when I did I realized I made a mistake on my last MVP Watch.   National League Midseason Awards   Starting of course with the MVP, since my last MVP Watch was just 10 days there isn't going to be much change. But there was a major change on the N.L. side as after dropping out of the Top 10 last time in this short span Hanley Ramirez has been on fire and makes a huge jump back into the race which also goes to show you how wide open the N.L. race is. To go along with Miguel Cabrera it is amazing that a team that his five games under .500 has two legit MVP candidates going into the break but neither has prayer for the writer's award if the Marlins don't make a second half run. The other major change was after looking at the Cy Young race I decided I overrated Brad Penny last time around so he's out of the Top 10. Other than that very little change, Chase Utley holds the top spot going into the break, Barry Bonds is slowly moving back up the rankings, and Prince Fielder continues to slowly move down the rankings. I'm going to start losing faith in Win Shares though if it continues to think Eric Byrnes has been the MVP on the N.L.   10. Edgar Renteria, Braves .319/.384/.481, 63 RC, 130 OPS+, .304 EQA, 32.7 VORP, 15.6 Win Shares   9. Albert Pujols, Cardinals .310/.411/.516, 61 RC, 146 OPS+, .319 EQA, 28.6 VORP, 16.3 Win Shares   8. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks .306/.363/.496, 60 RC, 119 OPS+, .288 EQA, 25.4 VORP, 17.8 Win Shares   7. Russell Martin, Dodgers .306/.374/.492, 60 RC, 125 OPS+, .300 EQA, 32.1 VORP, 17.0 Win Shares   6. Prince Fielder, Brewers .284/.376/.620, 64 RC, 158 OPS+, .321 EQA, 35.5 VORP, 14.8 Win Shares   5. Jose Reyes, Mets .307/.387/.439, 65 RC, 123 OPS+, .299 EQA, 35.2 VORP, 16.8 Win Shares   4. Barry Bonds, Giants .295/.512/.589, 64 RC, 191 OPS+, .379 EQA, 41.6 VORP, 15.7 Win Shares   3. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins .331/.388/.538, 68 RC, 148 OPS+, .318 EQA, 45.1 VORP, 16.0 Win Shares   2. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .324/.393/.576, 70 RC, 158 OPS+, .327 EQA, 39.5 VORP, 16.9 Win Shares   1. Chase Utley, Phillies .325/.401/.571, 69 RC, 151 OPS+, .322 EQA, 42.7 VORP, 17.4 Win Shares     On to N.L. Cy Young, even though it is a close race it is hard to go against Jake Peavy at the moment. This was a really easy list to come up with as there's big drop off after the Top 3. Note Win Shares listed are pitching only.   3. Chris Young, Padres 202 ERA+, 2.75 K/BB, 1.06 WHIP, 35.6 VORP, 11.1 Win Shares   2. Brad Penny, Dodgers 183 ERA+, 2.42 K/BB, 1.19 WHIP, 41.7 VORP, 14.2 Win Shares   1. Jake Peavy, Padres 184 ERA+, 3.68 K/BB, 1.06 WHIP, 42.7 VORP, 12.6 Win Shares     N.L. Rookie of the Year is probably the easiest race to pick a winner at the moment as Hunter Pence is dusting the field. The question right now is if Ryan Braun got too late of the start to make a serious run but he takes the #2 spot despite having only 179 plate appearances. I went with Troy Tulowitzki over Josh Hamilton for the last spot simply due to Tulowitzki being really the only every day rookie in the N.L. since Opening Day and playing a pretty good shortstop for the Rockies.   3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies .286/.358/.432, 40 RC, 103 OPS+, .268 EQA, 14.3 VORP, 10.1 Win Shares   2. Ryan Braun, Brewers .350/.391/.663, 39 RC, 173 OPS+, .341 EQA, 27.2 VORP, 10.4 Win Shares   1. Hunter Pence, Astros .342/.367/.589, 49 RC, 146 OPS+, .313 EQA, 30.7 VORP, 11.7 Win Shares     AMERICAN LEAGUE MIDSEASON AWARDS   Hardly any change at all from 10 days ago beyond dropping Dan Haren out of the Top 10. It continues to very much be a four player race but I still think there's little chance Magglio Ordonez holds down the top spot at the end of the year but I've yet not have him at #1.   10. Orlando Cabrera, Angels .328/.366/.444, 58 RC, 118 OPS+, .282 EQA, 29.0 VORP, 18.4 Win Shares   9. Derek Jeter, Yankees .336/.408/.463, 71 RC, 136 OPS+, .294 EQA, 33.4 VORP, 15.5 Win Shares   8. Gary Sheffield, Tigers .303/.410/.560, 74 RC, 155 OPS+, .320 EQA, 38.2 VORP, 15.3 Win Shares   7. David Ortiz, Red Sox .314/.434/.556, 65 RC, 159 OPS+, .323 EQA, 38.5 VORP, 13.9 Win Shares   6. Grady Sizemore, Indians .280/.393/.471, 72 RC, 131 OPS+, .301 EQA, 35.8 VORP, 18.6 Win Shares   5. Victor Martinez, Indians .324/.382/.553, 68 RC, 148 OPS+, .309 EQA, 38.7 VORP, 19.9 Win Shares   4. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .359/.410/.459, 77 RC, 137 OPS+, .311 EQA, 44.0 VORP, 21.1 Win Shares   3. Vladmir Guerrero, Angels .325/.416/.547, 75 RC, 158 OPS+, .321 EQA, 39.6 VORP, 21.6 Win Shares   2. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees .317/.413/.665, 86 RC, 186 OPS+, .341 EQA, 54.5 VORP, 18.8 Win Shares   1. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers .367/.446/.604, 84 RC, 177 OPS+, .346 EQA, 52.6 VORP, 20.0 Win Shares     For A.L. Cy Young Dan Haren is the easy choice for now but he's starting to comeback down to earth and in the end it will probably be once again Johan Santana's award to lose. One thing of note for both leagues with the whining by the media last year with their being no 20 game winners the writers will be falling over themselves to give the award to a 20 game winner this time around even if there are clearly better pitchers out there (C.C. Sabathia I'm looking at you).   3. Mark Buehrle, White Sox 149 ERA+, 3.18 K/BB, 1.10 WHIP, 34.7 VORP, 12.6 Win Shares   2. Johan Santana, Twins 161 ERA+, 4.17 K/BB, 1.03 WHIP, 38.0 VORP, 11.8 Win Shares   1. Dan Haren, A's 191 ERA+, 3.16 K/BB, 1.00 WHIP, 43.2 VORP, 14.1 Win Shares     Now for some CONTROVERSY~! Well not for the top spot as I think Jeremy Guthrie is clear choice for Rookie of the Year in the A.L. at the moment. But as you'll see there is no Daisuke Matsuzaka or Hideki Okajima on the list. I've said it before and I'll say it again, veteran players from Japan are not true rookies and should not be eligible for the ROY. That's just my opinion and right or wrong it isn't going to change.   3. Reggie Willits, Angels .312/.408/.368, 40 RC, 113 OPS+, .288 EQA, 15.8 VORP, 9.8 Win Shares   2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox .318/.400/.450, 43 RC, 124 OPS+, .287 EQA, 19.9 VORP, 11.4 Win Shares   1. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles 159 ERA+, 4.00 K/BB, 0.91 WHIP, 32.5 VORP, 9.8 Win Shares

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2007 MVP Watch #3

It's safe to say that the N.L. MVP race this year may end up being as wide open as the A.L. MVP race was most of last season. After never having a different #1 last season, I now place a 3rd different player at the top spot for this entry. I really didn't see it coming but the new #1 was the slam dunk choice this time around although I'm not sure if the media has noticed yet. For the rest of the list, Brad Penny rockets into the Top 5 and we'll see if he'll avoid a second straight, second half burnout. The previous #1 Prince Fielder is starting to level off which had to be expected but I think he'll keep himself in the Top 10 during the year. And my wire-to-wire MVP from last year Albert Pujols makes his first appearance in the Top 10 this season although he's still quite up to his usual level of greatness. Fantasy tip: If you have Edgar Renteria in your league sell now!   10. Edgar Renteria, Braves .328/.386/.502, 55 RC, 137 OPS+, .311 EQA, 30.9 VORP, 13.8 Win Shares   9. Albert Pujols, Cardinals .298/.401/.527, 54 RC, 147 OPS+, .318 EQA, 24.3 VORP, 15.1 Win Shares   8. Russell Martin, Dodgers .299/.365/.480, 51 RC, 121 OPS+, .294 EQA, 25.7 VOPR, 14.9 Win Shares   7. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks .315/.368/.514, 54 RC, 125 OPS+, .294 EQA, 25.8 VORP, 16.3 Win Shares   6. Barry Bonds, Giants .294/.504/.578, 55 RC, 187 OPS+, .373 EQA, 35.4 VORP, 13.2 Win Shares   5. Prince Fielder, Brewers .282/.372/.622, 59 RC, 158 OPS+, .320 EQA, 31.2 VORP, 14.1 Win Shares   4. Brad Penny, Dodgers 213 ERA+, 2.50 K/BB, 1.13 WHIP, 41.6 VORP, 14.7 Win Shares   3. Jose Reyes, Mets .314/.395/.447, 60 RC, 129 OPS+, .299 EQA, 32.5 VORP, 15.9 Win Shares   2. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .326/.392/.594, 64 RC, 163 OPS+, .330 EQA, 37.1 VORP, 15.5 Win Shares   1. Chase Utley, Phillies .331/.413/.586, 62 RC, 159 OPS+, .331 EQA, 41.2 VORP, 17 Win Shares     It was about this time I thought Magglio Ordonez's shocking ressurection would be coming to an end but he's still holding the top spot over some very stiff competition. Ichiro's contract year goodness continues as he's seemingly on his way the best year of Major League career and if the Mariners continue to not suck a second writer's MVP could very well be in his future along with a $20 million/year contract. Alex Rodriguez continues to hold strong even if the Yankees are holding him back.   10. Orlando Cabrera, Angels .334/.372/.446, 51 RC, 120 OPS+, .285 EQA, 28.6 VORP, 16 Win Shares   9. Derek Jeter, Yankees .343/.418/.483, 66 RC, 143 OPS+, .300 EQA, 32.5 VORP, 14.8 Win Shares   8. David Ortiz, Red Sox .319/.433/.573, 59 RC, 162 OPS+, .322 EQA, 35.0 VORP, 13.5 Win Shares   7. Grady Sizemore, Indians .281/.395/.471, 63 RC, 131 OPS+, .302 EQA, 33.6 VORP, 16 Win Shares   6. Victor Martinez, Indians .318/.379/.536, 60 RC, 142 OPS+, .304 EQA, 31.9 VORP, 16.7 Win Shares   5. Dan Haren, A's 224 ERA+, 3.21 K/BB, 0.94 WHIP, 44.6 VORP, 13.9 Win Shares   4. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels .330/.424/.565, 67 RC, 165 OPS+, .325 EQA, 39.2 VORP, 18.6 Win Shares   3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees .331/.429/.694, 79 RC, 198 OPS+, .350 EQA, 54.9 VORP, 17.4 Win Shares   2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .364/.419/.466, 72 RC, 141 OPS+, .316 EQA, 42.9 VORP, 20.2 Win Shares   1. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers .377/.453/.634, 80 RC, 185 OPS+, .352 EQA, 52.8 VORP, 19.2 Win Shares

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2007 MVP Watch #2

Well Jose Reyes will not repeat Albert Pujols' feat last season of leading the race wire to wire, then losing the real MVP, but he's not far from the now much fatter top spot. To no surprise at all J.J Hardy's fast start has come crashing down to earth and he is no where to be seen this time around after competing for the top spot last time. Barry Bonds has also cooled off but his rate stats are still way too good to leave out of the Top 10. Russell Martin might be this year's Joe Mauer and I can only hope all around spaz Eric Byrnes' numbers fall off a cliff like they normally do. Also of note the Marlins lead the way in both leagues with three players in the Top 10 but mediocre pitching from both their rotation and bullpen have done them in so far.   10. Josh Willingham, Marlins .267/.373/.475, 52 RC, 131 OPS+, .305 EQA, 15.6 VORP, 12.2 Win Shares   9. Barry Bonds, Giants .282/.488/.564, 43 RC, 181 OPS+, .365 EQA, 24.5 VORP, 10.3 Win Shares   8. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks .313/.375/.512, 40 RC, 129 OPS+, .302 EQA, 21.8 VORP, 12.1 Win Shares   7. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins .321/.391/.496, 45 RC, 141 OPS+, .312 EQA, 27.9. VORP, 10.5 Win Shares   6. Chase Utley, Phillies .302/.383/.551, 41 RC, 144 OPS+, .314 EQA, 25.3 VORP, 11.3 Win Shares   5. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres .296/.358/.514, 51 RC, 138 OPS+, .308 EQA, 17.6 VORP, 12.6 Win Shares   4. Russell Martin, Dodgers .297/.367/.474, 40 RC, 122 OPS+, .299 EQA, 20.6 VORP, 12.9 Win Shares   3. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .330/.398/.590, 49 RC, 167 OPS+, .329 EQA, 27.6 VORP, 12.0 Win Shares   2. Jose Reyes, Mets .308/.394/.453, 50 RC, 132 OPS+, .304 EQA, 27.1 VORP, 14.0 Win Shares   1. Prince Fielder, Brewers .294/.381/.645, 52 RC, 169 OPS+, .332 EQA, 29.4 VORP, 13.5 Win Shares     Magglio Ordonez still holds down the top spot in the A.L. but Vladimir Guerrero is right on his tail and A-Rod isn't too behind as well. There's a big drop off those three with the rest of the pack featuring Ichiro Suzuki making a potential MVP run just in time for free agency. Only thing else of note is that I will have all of Dan Haren's babies if he continues to pitch this way all season.   10. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox .338/.426/.529, 48 RC, 151 OPS+, .314 EQA, 27.0 VORP, 10.9 Win Shares   9. David Ortiz, Red Sox .330/.444/.599, 50 RC, 173 OPS+, .336 EQA, 34.0 VORP, 11.0 Win Shares   8. Victor Martinez, Indians .322/.382/.551, 48 RC, 148 OPS+. .308 EQA, 24.4 VORP, 13.6 Win Shares   7. Dan Haren, A's 272 ERA+, 3.62 K/BB, 0.86 WHIP, 36.0 VORP, 12.0 Win Shares   6. Orlando Cabrera, Angels .333/.379/.449, 43 RC, 125 OPS+, .286 EQA, 23.0 VORP, 14.6 Win Shares   5. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners .336/.388/.449, 52 RC, 128 OPS+, .298 EQA, 25.9 VORP, 13.2 Win Shares   4. Grady Sizemore, Indians .283/.400/.485, 52 RC, 138 OPS+, .302 EQA, 25.2 VORP, 13.8 Win Shares   3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees .300/.400/.648, 58 RC, 179 OPS+, .330 EQA, 35.2 VORP, 13.2 Win Shares   2. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels .341/.444/.589, 57 RC, 178 OPS+, .342 EQA, 37.2 VORP, 16.0 Win Shares   1. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers .367/.439/.668, 61 RC, 191 OPS+, .349 EQA, 41.9 VORP, 14.4 Win Shares

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2007 MVP Watch #1

Finally I have an excuse to update this dying blog as HardballTimes.com has release the first Win Shares of the year and I know you are all excited. Okay maybe not, but it least allows me to take my first look of the year at the MVP races in both leagues. Being that we're less than two months into the season you have to take most things so far with a grain of salt. Taking a look back at my first MVP Watch from last year only two players from each league were in my final fictional MVP ballot (Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman in the N.L. and Jim Thome, Travis Hafner in the A.L.).   Last season Pujols led the N.L. race wire to wire in my view but he of course lost out to Ryan Howard in the real vote. This year Pujols is off to a very slow start by his standards and is no where in the early MVP picture. Right now it is three players vying for the top spot in Barry Bonds, J.J. Hardy, and Jose Reyes. Hardy's fast start seems a bit fluky but Bonds and Reyes could both certainly be in the race the whole year.   10. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins .316/.399/.536, 36 RC, 154 OPS+, .328 EQA, 19.4 VORP, 8.4 Win Shares   9. Carlos Beltran, Mets .301/.385/.523, 34 RC, 147 OPS+, .316 EQA, 19.0 VORP, 8.9 Win Shares   8. Russell Martin, Dodgers .314/.390/.468, 35 RC, 128 OPS+, .308 EQA, 16.7 VORP, 11.4 Win Shares   7. Todd Helton, Rockies .361/.480/.538, 35 RC, 166 OPS+, .348 EQA, 23.5 VORP, 9.3 Win Shares   6. Prince Fielder, Brewers .287/.370/.586, 38 RC, 153 OPS+, .313 EQA, 18.0 VORP, 10.2 Win Shares   5. Jake Peavy, Padres 235 ERA+, 4.05 K/BB, 0.98 WHIP, 25.3 VORP, 8.3 Win Shares   4. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins .344/.420/.557, 36 RC, 166 OPS+, .341 EQA, 28.7 VORP, 9.2 Win Shares   3. J.J. Hardy, Brewers .311/.353/.595, 39 RC, 150 OPS+, .310 EQA, 21.5 VORP, 12.4 Win Shares   2. Barry Bonds, Giants .282/.503/.618, 36 RC, 200 OPS+, .381 EQA, 22.5 VORP, 10.4 Win Shares   1. Jose Reyes, Mets .313/.392/.484, 38 RC, 140 OPS+, .315 EQA, 23.7 VORP, 11.5 Win Shares     In the A.L. last year there was the MVP race was a complete debacle...as I picked Derek Jeter as my clear choice for MVP and the world stood still. Oh and Justin Morneau won the real MVP despite being the 3rd best player on his own team. Jeter is off to great start and is in the Top 5 but the #1 spot at the moment was an easy choice although certainly not someone you would have thought of coming into the season. Might raise some eyebrows with two Yankees above two Red Sox on the ballot at the moment but it really gives you an idea of how bad the Yankees have been beyond A-Rod and Jeter.   10. Grady Sizemore, Indians .270/.393/.454, 36 RC, 129 OPS+, .308 EQA, 18.0 VORP, 10.0 Win Shares   9. B.J. Upton, Devil Rays .309/.391/.550, 32 RC, 146 OPS+, .314 EQA, 18.3 VORP, 10.4 Win Shares   8. Orlando Cabrera, Angels .312/.360/.435, 32 RC, 116 OPS+, .281 EQA, 15.5 VORP, 11.3 Win Shares   7. Curtis Granderson, Tigers .286/.347/.583, 36 RC, 144 OPS+, .305 EQA, 19.6 VORP, 9.9 Win Shares   6. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox .347/.429/.535, 39 RC, 154 OPS+, .322 EQA, 22.0 VORP, 9.3 Win Shares   5. David Ortiz, Red Sox .319/.436/.596, 40 RC, 171 OPS+, .335 EQA, 23.6 VORP, 9.0 Win Shares   4. Derek Jeter, Yankees .367/.444/.494, 45 RC, 157 OPS+, .319 EQA, 23.8 VORP, 10.8 Win Shares   3. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees .306/.396/.676, 46 RC, 187 OPS+, .340 EQA, 29.1 VORP, 10.1 Win Shares   2. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels .335/.444/.613, 40 RC, 186 OPS+, .348 EQA, 28.1 VORP, 11.0 Win Shares   1. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers .361/.441/.710, 48 RC, 203 OPS+, .365 EQA, 34.5 VORP, 12.3 Win Shares

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2007 MLB Awards

Before I get to my awards picks, here's my quick rundown of what I want out of this postseason.   1. No Red Sox/Yankees ALCS. Do I need to explain? 2. No Rockies/D-Backs NLCS. Do I need to explain? 3. D-Backs don't win the World Series. We have one 90's expansion team with two world championships already, we don't need another. 4. Indians win the ALCS. Besides the Giants, there are no teams in baseball that I would rather see less in a World Series than the Red Sox, Yankees, and Angels. The second the Indians are eliminated is the second I tune out from the postseason.   My gut feeling is we get another Yankees/D-Backs World Series with the Yankees prevailing this time. Finally Yankees' fans many years of suffering will be over! On to the awards.   I should note that when I post my player rankings for the year there may be some differences from my awards but mainly because I throw this together pretty quick. Last year I had C.C. Sabathia as 3rd for A.L. Cy Young but by the time I did the rankings for starting pitchers I had Sabathia about 5th or 6th. Also I'm going to be lazy and not bother with typing out players stats. You know where to find them anyways.   N.L. MVP   This was a wide open race all year with no one ever seeming to take a real strangle hold on the spot as favorite. The media has narrowed it down to Matt Holliday, Jimmy Rollins, and Prince Fielder but my choice is David Wright as he was just a tad better across the board. Any writer's who held out until the last second to submit their ballots probably filled in Holliday's name at #1 today and his late season surge I think will make him a PAC (Pefectly Acceptable Choice) but it's a shame that Wright is unlikely to finish better than 4th and the Mets' collapse has completely overshadowed his amazing season. Fielder would be a pretty uninspiring choice and Rollins would be almost on the level of Justin Morneau winning the A.L. MVP last year.   1.   2. Matt Holliday, Rockies 3. Albert Pujols, Cardinals 4. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 5. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins 6. Prince Fielder, Brewers 7. Chipper Jones, Braves 8. Chase Utley, Phillies 9. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 10. Ryan Howard, Phillies   N.L. Cy Young   This and A.L. MVP are by far the easiest choices. Hopefully no idiot writers will decide to penalize Jake Peavy for lack of clutchiness on the mound last night as he was far and away the best pitcher in the N.L. and should be the unanimous winner. 2nd place was also very easy but 3rd place proved very difficult to decide but finally went with John Smoltz over Aaron Harang, subject to change of course when I do the pitcher rankings.   1.   2. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks 3. John Smoltz, Braves   N.L. Rookie of the Year   This will be my most questionable choice. ROY's I think can be very tough to choose because you are dealing with candidates who some played the whole season and others who were midseason call ups. Ryan Braun was an absolute force at the plate but he's also hacker (29 BB/112 SO) and a liabiltiy defensively. So I decided to go with Troy Tulowitzki, who was with the Rockies the whole season, giving them Gold Glover caliber defense at shortstop and by the end of the year had put up some strong offensive numbers.   1.   2. Ryan Braun, Brewers 3. Hunter Pence, Astros   A.L. MVP   Magglio Ordonez had a shockingly good rebound year and hung tough for a very long time in this race but by the end of the year he couldn't stick with A-Rod. All have to say about my ballot is, seriously what the fuck happened to Carlos Pena this year? Biggest fluke ever or best late bloomer ever?   1.   2. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 4. David Ortiz, Red Sox 5. Vladmir Guerrero, Angles 6. Carlos Pena, Devil Rays 7. Victor Martinez, Indians 8. Grady Sizemore, Indians 9. Jorge Posada, Yankees 10. Curtis Granderson, Tigers   A.L. Cy Young   Josh Beckett is going to win the writer's award. There was so much hand wringing and phony outrage by the baseball writer's last year about there being no 20 game winners in either league that anyone who won 20 games this season with an ERA under 4 is going to win the award. Not to say Beckett will be a bad choice, just the wrong choice.   1.   2. Josh Beckett, Red Sox 3. Johan Santana, Twins   A.L. Rookie of the Year   Toughest pick of them all. Jeremy Guthrie has no shot at all at the writer's award due to having only a 7-5 record but he's my pick here in pretty much a coin flip over Dustin Pedroia. Hell I couldn't even find a picture of 2007 baseball card for Guthrie.   1. Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles 2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 3. Brian Bannister, Royals

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2006 Player Rankings: Starting Pitchers

And finally the starting pitchers to complete this year's rankings. The list is made up of the top 120 pitchers in games started. Francisco Liriano did not make the cut while Roger Clemens and Jered Weaver were among the last five to make it. I factor in the same stats as I did for the relievers but I also include ERA+ for the starters.   As I mentioned in my 2006 awards entry I wasn't sure if I'd end up changing my selection the 3rd best pitcher in the A.L. I picked C.C. Sabathia for 3rd when I posted the entry but as you'll see that changed here in the rankings.   2004 Top 10 1. Randy Johnson 2. Johan Santana 3. Ben Sheets 4. Curt Schilling 5. Jason Schmidt 6. Roger Clemens 7. Jake Peavy 8. Carl Pavano 9. Brad Radke 10. Oliver Perez   2005 Top 10 1. Roger Clemens 2. Johan Santana 3. Andy Pettitte 4. Pedro Martinez 5. Dontrelle Willis 6. Chris Carpenter 7. Jake Peavy 8. John Smoltz 9. Roy Oswalt 10. Mark Buehrle   2006 Starting Pitcher Rankings   1. Johan Santana, Twins 2. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks 3. Roy Oswalt, Astros 4. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals 5. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 6. John Smoltz, Braves 7. Bronson Arroyo, Reds 8. Aaron Harang, Reds 9. John Lackey, Angels 10. Jason Schmidt, Giants 11. Mike Mussina, Yankees 12. Curt Schilling, Red Sox 13. C.C. Sabathia, Indians 14. Carlos Zambrano, Cubs 15. Jered Weaver, Angels 16. Derek Lowe, Dodgers 17. Chien-Ming Wang, Yankees 18. Dan Haren, A's 19. Chris Capuano, Brewers 20. Jason Jennings, Rockies 21. Roger Clemens, Astros 22. Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays 23. Erik Bedard, Orioles 24. Chris Young, Padres 25. Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers 26. Justin Verlander, Tigers 27. Brett Myers, Phillies 28. Barry Zito, A's 29. Josh Johnson, Marlins 30. Jake Peavy, Padres 31. Kelvim Escobar, Angels 32. Dave Bush, Brewers 33. Kenny Rogers, Tigers 34. Greg Maddux, Cubs/Dodgers 35. Matt Cain, Giants 36. Nate Robertson, Tigers 37. Kevin Millwood, Rangers 38. Tom Glavine, Mets 39. Jose Contreras, White Sox 40. Dontrelle Willis, Marlins 41. Jeff Francis, Rockies 42. Clay Hensley, Padres 43. Freddy Garcia, White Sox 44. Jon Garland, White Sox 45. Aaron Cook, Rockies 46. Ervin Santana, Angels 47. Jake Westbrook, Indians 48. Brad Penny, Dodgers 49. Andy Pettitte, Astros 50. Vincente Padilla, Rangers 51. Javier Vazquez, White Sox 52. A.J. Burnett, Blue Jays 53. Cole Hamels, Phillies 54. Jamie Moyer, Mariners/Phillies 55. Scott Olsen, Marlins 56. Felix Hernandez, Mariners 57. Woody Williams, Padres 58. Ted Lilly, Blue Jays 59. Zach Duke, Pirates 60. Jeff Suppan, Cardinals 61. Josh Beckett, Red Sox 62. Brad Radke, Twins 63. Miguel Batista, Diamondbacks 64. Pedro Martinez, Mets 65. Orlando Hernandez, Diamondbacks/Mets 66. Randy Johnson, Yankees 67. Cliff Lee, Indians 68. Mark Hendrickson, Devil Rays/Dodgers 69. Ian Snell, Pirates 70. Joe Blanton, A's 71. Doug Davis, Brewers 72. Jarrod Washburn, Mariners 73. Gil Meche, Mariners 74. Tim Hudson, Braves 75. Matt Morris, Giants 76. Livan Hernandez, Nationals/Diamondbacks 77. Jon Lieber, Phillies 78. Daniel Cabrera, Orioles 79. Noah Lowry, Giants 80. Jaret Wright, Yankees 81. Claudio Vargas, Diamondbacks 82. Cory Lidle, Phillies/Yankees 83. Tim Wakefield, Red Sox 84. Mark Buehrle, White Sox 85. Esteban Loaiza, A's 86. Kris Benson, Orioles 87. Paul Maholm, Pirates 88. James Shields, Devil Rays 89. Eric Milton, Reds 90. Rick Nolasco, Marlins 91. Chan Ho Park, Padres 92. Steve Trachsel, Mets 93. Byung-Hyun Kim, Rockies 94. Jamey Wright, Giants 95. Paul Byrd, Indians 96. Mike O'Connor, Nationals 97. Adam Loewen, Orioles 98. Josh Fogg, Rockies 99. Taylor Buchholz, Astros 100. Tony Armas Jr., Nationals 101. Elizardo Ramirez, Reds 102. John Koronka, Rangers 103. Rodrigo Lopez, Orioles 104. Mark Redman, Royals 105. Casey Fossum, Devil Rays 106. Scott Elarton, Royals 107. Jeff Weaver, Angels/Cardinals 108. Ramon Ortiz, Nationals 109. Sean Marshall, Cubs 110. Jae Seo, Dodgers/Devil Rays 111. Odalis Perez, Dodgers/Royals 112. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros 113. Carlos Silva, Twins 114. Jason Marquis, Cardinals 115. Jason Johnson, Indians/Red Sox/Reds 116. Joel Pineiro, Mariners 117. Runelvys Hernandez, Royals 118. Brian Moehler, Marlins 119. Shawn Chacon, Yankees/Pirates 120. Oliver Perez, Pirates/Mets

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2006 Player Rankings: Shortstops

2004 Top 3 1. Miguel Tejada 2. Carlos Guillen 3. Michael Young   2005 Top 3 1. Michael Young 2. Miguel Tejada 3. Derek Jeter   2006 Shortstop Rankings   1. Derek Jeter, Yankees 2. Jose Reyes, Mets 3. Carlos Guillen, Tigers 4. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers 5. Miguel Tejada, Orioles 6. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins 7. Michael Young, Rangers 8. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies 9. Bill Hall, Brewers 10. Orlando Cabrera, Angels 11. Edgar Renteria, Braves 12. Omar Vizquel, Giants 13. Felipe Lopez, Reds/Nationals 14. Jason Bartlett, Twins 15. Jhonny Peralta, Indians 16. Khalil Greene, Paders 17. Julio Lugo, Devil Rays/Dodgers 18. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners 19. David Eckstein, Cardinals 20. Jack Wilson, Pirates 21. Juan Uribe, White Sox 22. Adam Everett, Astros 23. Alex Gonzalez, Red Sox 24. Craig Counsell, Diamondbacks 25. Bobby Crosby, A's 26. Royce Clayton, Nationals/Reds 27. Clint Barmes, Rockies 28. Ronny Cedeno, Cubs 29. John McDonald, Blue Jays 30. Angel Berroa, Royals

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2006 Player Rankings: Rightfielders

2004 Top 3 1. Bobby Abreu 2. J.D. Drew 3. Lance Berkman   2005 Top 3 1. Brian Giles 2. Vladimir Guerrero 3. Gary Sheffield   2006 Rightfielder Rankings   1. Jermaine Dye, White Sox 2. Bobby Abreu, Phillies/Yankees 3. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels 4. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 5. Michael Cuddyer, Twins 6. J.D. Drew, Dodgers 7. Alex Rios, Blue Jays 8. Magglio Ordonez, Tigers 9. Brian Giles, Padres 10. Brad Hawpe, Rockies 11. Austin Kearns, Reds/Nationals 12. Moises Alou, Giants 13. Jacque Jones, Cubs 14. Mark DeRosa, Rangers 15. Geoff Jenkins, Brewers 16. Casey Blake, Indians 17. Milton Bradley, A's 18. Juan Encarnacion, Cardinals 19. Nick Markakis, Orioles 20. Xavier Nady, Mets/Pirates 21. Jeff Francoeur, Braves 22. Randy Winn, Giants 23. Shawn Green, Diamondbacks/Mets 24. Trot Nixon, Red Sox 25. Kevin Mench, Rangers/Brewers 26. Jeremy Hermida, Marlins 27. Reggie Sanders, Royals 28. Jason Lane, Astros 29. Jeromy Burnitz, Pirates 30. Jose Guillen, Nationals

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2006 Player Rankings: Middle Relievers

Now moving on to pitchers, starting with the middle men. Now the previous two years I took the top 60 in relief apperances, not counting closers, to put the list together. This time around though I took the top 60 in that most meaningless of stats, Holds. But as worthless as it is at least helps identify who managers trusted to use when their team had a lead since the majority of managers have a phobia when it comes to using their best relievers when they are trailing or tied.   Now for middle relievers I will take into account these statistics: Component ERA (ERC), K/BB Ratio, WHIP, VORP, Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP), and Pitching Runs Created (PRC). I don't use Win Shares when it comes to middle men because the majority of them don't get very many of them. I also don't use ERA+ for middle relievers or closers as I feel a relievers ERA can be very deceiving with the smaller sample size and the specialization of their use.   2004 Top 5 1. Tom Gordon 2. Francisco Rodriguez 3. B.J. Ryan 4. Akinori Otsuka 5. Juan Rincon   2005 Top 5 1. Justin Duchscherer 2. Scott Linebrink 3. Dan Wheeler 4. Al Reyes 5. Bob Howry   2006 Middle Reliever Rankings   1. Cla Meredith, Padres 2. Scot Shields, Angels 3. Dennys Reyes, Twins 4. Joel Zumaya, Tigers 5. Dan Wheeler, Astros 6. Rafael Soriano, Mariners 7. Scott Proctor, Yankees 8. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers 9. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 10. Bob Howry, Cubs 11. Justin Duchscherer, A's 12. Geoff Geary, Phillies 13. Aaron Heilman, Mets 14. Juan Rincon, Twins 15. Jon Rauch, Nationals 16. Scott Linebrink, Padres 17. Chad Qualls, Astros 18. Kiko Calero, A's 19. Trever Miller, Astros 20. Luis Vizcaino, Diamondbacks 21. Matt Capps, Pirates 22. Salomon Torres, Pirates 23. Braden Looper, Cardinals 24. Duaner Sanchez, Mets 25. Todd Coffey, Reds 26. Matt Thornton, White Sox 27. Alan Embree, Padres 28. Justin Speier, Blue Jays 29. Rheal Cormier, Phillies/Reds 30. Francisco Rodney, Tigers 31. Joel Peralta, Royals 32. Brandon Lyon, Diamondbacks 33. Scott Eyre, Cubs 34. Mike Stanton, Nationals/Giants 35. Joe Kennedy, A's 36. Kyle Farnsworth, Yankees 37. Elmer Dessens, Royals/Dodgers 38. Jose Mesa, Rockies 39. Scott Schoeneweis, Blue Jays/Reds 40. Taylor Tankersley, Marlins 41. Jose Capellan, Brewers 42. Keith Foulke, Red Sox 43. Damaso Marte, Pirates 44. George Sherrill, Mariners 45. Roberto Hernandez, Pirates/Mets 46. Danys Baez, Dodgers/Braves 47. LaTroy Hawkins, Orioles 48. Mike Timlin, Red Sox 49. Shawn Camp, Devil Rays 50. Manny Delcarmen, Red Sox 51. Mike Myers, Yankees 52. Steve Kline, Giants 53. Logan Kensing, Marlins 54. Brian Shouse, Rangers/Brewers 55. Matt Wise, Brewers 56. Arthur Rhodes, Phillies 57. Neal Cotts, White Sox 58. Randy Flores, Cardinals 59. Todd Williams, Orioles 60. Ray King, Rockies

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2006 Player Rankings: Leftfielders

2004 Top 3 1. Barry Bonds 2. Manny Ramirez 3. Adam Dunn   2005 Top 3 1. Manny Ramirez 2. Jason Bay 3. Miguel Cabrera   2006 Leftfielder Rankings   1. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox 2. Alfonso Soriano, Nationals 3. Barry Bonds, Giants 4. Jason Bay, Pirates 5. Carlos Lee, Brewers/Rangers 6. Matt Holliday, Rockies 7. Raul Ibanez, Mariners 8. Carl Crawford, Devil Rays 9. Juan Rivera, Angels 10. Adam Dunn, Reds 11. Reed Johnson, Blue Jays 12. Pat Burrell, Phillies 13. Dave Roberts, Padres 14. Josh Willingham, Marlins 15. Davd DeJesus, Royals 16. Emil Brown, Royals 17. Frank Catalanotto, Blue Jays 18. Jay Payton, A's 19. Craig Monroe, Tigers 20. Matt Murton, Cubs 21. Andre Ethier, Dodgers 22. Luis Gonzalez, Diamondbacks 23. Garret Anderson, Angels 24. Melky Cabrera, Yankees 25. Preston Wilson, Astros/Cardinals 26. Cliff Floyd, Mets 27. Ryan Langerhans, Braves 28. Jason Michaels, Indians 29. Scott Podsednik, White Sox 30. Brad Wilkerson, Rangers

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2006 Player Rankings: Designated Hitters

For those who don't remember here were my 2004 and 2005 player rankings I posted on the forums.   2004   2005   These rankings are purely based on what the player did this past season. Past performance and potential future value are not taken into account. For hitters I take into account five statiscal compotents: OPS, Value Over Replacment Player (VORP), Equivalent Average (EQA), Runs Created, and Win Shares.   Now with the regular position lists I take the top 30 players at each position in games started which means not necessarily every team will have a player on the list. But I decided to get DH's out of the way because it's the shortest list and if you looked at my A.L. MVP ballot you already see the Top 3. In 2004 I did a normal DH list but last year with a complete lack of everyday DH's outside Oritz and Hafner I did combo list of DH's and players who played a lot but didn't fit into of the position lists. But this year we had at least a few more everyday DH's and there actually wasn't that many players this year who played a lot but didn't fit into the other lists. In fact the only player that had more than 500 plate appearances but wasn't in the Top 30 in games started at any position was Jay Payton who played 40+ games at every outfield position so I'm going to throw him in the leftfielders list.   So now onto the DH list which again isn't very interesting and once you get past the Big 5 there is a big drop off with a lot part-time/injured players and a couple of guys who were released. I took only the Top 14 in games started at DH. Jason Giambi played a few more games at DH than first base so that's why he's on it. Also for each position I'll list who I had as the Top 3 in 2004 and 2005 before the 2006 rankings.   2004 Top 3 DH's   1. Travis Hafner 2. David Ortiz 3. Erubiel Durazo   2005 Top 3 DH's   1. David Ortiz 2. Travis Hafner 3. Mike Sweeney   2006 Designated Hitter Rankings   1. David Ortiz, Red Sox 2. Travis Hafner, Indians 3. Jim Thome, White Sox 4. Jason Giambi, Yankees 5. Frank Thomas, A's 6. Jay Gibbons, Orioles 7. Jonny Gomes, Devil Rays 8. Tim Salmon, Angels 9. Mike Sweeney, Royals 10. Matt Stairs, Royals/Rangers/Tigers 11. Phil Nevin, Rangers/Cubs/Twins 12. Javy Lopez, Orioles/Red Sox 13. Carl Everett, Mariners 14. Rondell White, Twins   I think White produced more for the Twins today than he did for the entire season.

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2006 Player Rankings: Closers

Closer list is the Top 30 in saves, of course saves are not factored in the rankings. Same statistics taken into account as middle relievers but I also include Win Shares for closers.   2004 Top 3 1. Brad Lidge 2. Joe Nathan 3. Eric Gagne   2005 Top 3 1. Mariano Rivera 2. Billy Wagner 3. Todd Jones   2006 Closer Rankings 1. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox 2. B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays 3. Joe Nathan, Twins 4. J.J. Putz, Mariners 5. Francisco Rodriguez, Angels 6. Mariano Rivera, Yankees 7. Takashi Saito, Dodgers 8. Billy Wagner, Mets 9. Trevor Hoffman, Padres 10. Akinori Otsuka, Rangers 11. Huston Street, A's 12. Chris Ray, Orioles 13. Chad Cordero, Nationals 14. Mike Gonzalez, Pirates 15. Francisco Cordero, Rangers/Brewers 16. Brian Fuentes, Rockies 17. Bobby Jenks, White Sox 18. Tom Gordon, Phillies 19. Bob Wickman, Indians/Braves 20. Joe Borowski, Marlins 21. Todd Jones, Tigers 22. Jorge Julio, Mets/Diamondbacks 23. Jason Isringhausen, Cardinals 24. Brad Lidge, Astros 25. Ryan Dempster, Cubs 26. Armando Benitez, Giants 27. Jose Valverde, Diamondbacks 28. Eddie Guradado, Mariners/Reds 29. Ambriorix Burgos, Royals 30. Derrick Turnbow, Brewers

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2006 Player Rankings: Centerfielders

2004 Top 3 1. Jim Edmonds 2. Carlos Beltran 3. Johnny Damon   2005 Top 3 1. Jim Edmonds 2. Grady Sizemore 3. Andruw Jones   2006 Centerfielder Rankings   1. Carlos Beltran, Mets 2. Grady Sizemore, Indians 3. Vernon Wells, Blue Jays 4. Andruw Jones, Braves 5. Mike Cameron, Padres 6. Johnny Damon, Yankees 7. Gary Matthews Jr., Rangers 8. Torii Hunter, Twins 9. Curtis Granderson, Tigers 10. Rocco Baldelli, Devil Rays 11. Eric Byrnes, Diamondbacks 12. Kenny Lofton, Dodgers 13. Corey Patterson, Orioles 14. Chone Figgins, Angels 15. Juan Pierre, Cubs 16. Jim Edmonds, Cardinals 17. Shane Victorino, Phillies 18. Ken Griffey Jr., Reds 19. Mark Kotsay, A's 20. Willy Taveras, Astros 21. Steve Finley, Giants 22. Coco Crisp, Red Sox 23. Aaron Rowand, Phillies 24. Brady Clark, Brewers 25. Cory Sullivan, Rockies 26. Chris Duffy, Pirates 27. Joey Gathright, Devil Rays/Royals 28. Alfredo Amezaga, Marlins 29. Brian Anderson, White Sox 30. Reggie Abercrombie, Marlins

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2006 Player Rankings: Catchers

2004 Top 3 1. Ivan Rodriguez 2. Javy Lopez 3. Jorge Posada   2005 Top 3 1. Victor Martinez 2. Jason Varitek 3. Joe Mauer   2006 Catcher Rankings   1. Joe Mauer, Twins 2. Brian McCann, Braves 3. Jorge Posada, Yankees 4. Victor Martinez, Indians 5. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles 6. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers 7. Kenji Johjima, Mariners 8. Michael Barrett, Cubs 9. Paul Lo Duca, Mets 10. Jason Kendall, A's 11. Russell Martin, Dodgers 12. Mike Piazza, Padres 13. David Ross, Reds 14. Ronny Paulino, Pirates 15. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox 16. Johnny Estrada, Diamondbacks 17. Bengie Molina, Blue Jays 18. Mike Napoli, Angels 19. Miguel Olivo, Marlins 20. Eliezer Alfonzo, Giants 21. Damian Miller, Brewers 22. Jason Varitek, Red Sox 23. John Buck, Royals 24. Brian Schneider, Nationals 25. Rod Barajas, Rangers 26. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 27. Toby Hall, Devil Rays/Dodgers 28. Dioner Navarro, Dodgers/Devil Rays 29. Brad Aumus, Astros 30. Jose Molina, Angels

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