Each week, I will be participating in the 2008 MLB Blog Poll, put together by BaseballHappenings.com. Below are my current votes for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards. These votes will be tabulated among other votes from other blogs to create a running master list of voting as the year progresses. This week is the A.L. voting. Votes were asked to be turned in by the end of Monday.
1. LF Carlos Quentin, CHW: The steal of the year? Quentin’s 11 homers have him leading the league as the Pale House lead the A.L. Central.
2. 1B Justin Morneau, MIN: Minnesota remains in the hunt, and the offense of Morneau is a big reason why.
3. 1B Kevin Youkilis, BOS: Youk supplants Manny as the BoSox’s hottest hitter as they retain the A.L.’s best record.
Cy Young:
1. SP Cliff Lee, CLE: A loss yesterday isn’t enough to take the luster off his fast start — not yet, anyways.
2. SP Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS: A 7-0 record with a sterling 2.16 ERA has Dice-K as Boston’s de facto ace.
3. SP Joe Saunders, LAA: The lefty has a 7-1 record and is quickly establishing the Angels’ rotation as the league’s best.
Rookie of the Year:
1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS: Girls swoon over him, fans root for his speed, he’s the future in Boston and he’s the sexy pick to be Rookie of the Year. What else does this guy need?
2. David Murphy, TEX: Traded for Eric Gagne, Murphy’s combining with Milton Bradley and Josh Hamilton to keep Texas afloat.
3. SP Nick Blackburn, MIN: Sans Santana, Blackburn’s contributions can’t be ignored.
What do you think? Did I do a good job picking the award winners if the season was to end today?