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And now: your early-season awards

Apr 4, 2013, 9:13 AM EDT

Boston Red Sox Jackie Bradley singles in front of New York Yankees Chris Stewart in MLB game in New York Reuters

What? If pundits and newspaper columnists are allowed to talk about “who won the offseason” and are allowed to draw grand conclusions about this team or that team after one or two games, Joe Posnanski is certainly able to hand out MVP hardware based on the early season performances:

American League Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias, Boston

While there was a lot of hype for his teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., who tied for the league lead in walks (3) and was second in runs scored (2), Iglesias quietly hit .600 in helping Boston overcome its troubles the previous two seasons and tie for first in the American League East.

I like the past tense. I also like that, if we’re gonna do this, it makes the Mets and their +13 run differential and undefeated record into the best team in baseball.

  1. mattjg - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Clayton Kershaw, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg should all garner consideration for NL Cy Young Award, but you can’t forget Roy Halladay and his 1.47 xFIP.

    • mattjg - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Halladay also leads all of baseball with an astounding 24.3 k/9. The Phillies might be 0-2, but at least Doc’s on the right track!

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:34 AM


      • spudchukar - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Actually he could, unlikely be that it may. However, a Cy Young winner cannot have a losing record and an ERA of 13.50.

  2. jtpercell - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM


  3. dondada10 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Let’s go Mets!

  4. macfunden - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    This made me laugh. Puts the hype in perspective.

  5. jm91rs - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Shin Soo Choo is on pace to be hit by a pitch 160+ times this year. What early season award can we give him for that?

    Can we do these awards every week? This is fun.

    • quintjs - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Can you imagine the embarrassment if a Diamondback doesn’t win the inaugural grass-stained glove of grittiness?

  6. number42is1 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I’m liking this Joe fella more and more every day

  7. spudchukar - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM


  8. thomas844 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Cleveland Indians = Best Team in Baseball Right Now

  9. carpi2 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    It will be Interesting to see how many of these players are even in the running, for their respective awards, at the end of the season.

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