I know the calendar still says June, but I said what the hell, I’m throwing out who I believe to be the top player’s in each respective league so far this year. It’s been an interesting year so far in baseball, with 4 no-hit/perfect game bids already thrown, power numbers seemingly a bit down compared to previous years, and rookies stepping up and performing above-and-beyond what some would expect. All-in-all, a well-rounded season is upon us. With that being said, 2 guys stick out to me that have helped position themselves and their clubs to reach the playoffs for the first time in a long time. Here are “my way too early MLB MVP’s.”
- Some might say this is a little far-fetched and I must admit, do I think Rolen continues what he’s doing right now and ends up winning hardware at the end of the season? Probably not. But that’s why he’s my MVP up to this point in the season. What’s he done? Oh, you know, hit .301 while knocking out 17 homers to go along with 52 RBI’s and a .582 SLG percentage. That, to go along with playing gold glove defense (he’s already got 7) and leading his team atop the central division at 43-34. The Reds have scored 376 runs so far, good enough for top 5 in the National League and much of that has to do with what Scott Rolen has done for this team. He has been the catalyst for them for much of the season and has rejuvenated a team that lost much, if not all, of it’s swagger for the last 10+ years. I think the Reds have a legitimate shot at reaching the postseason and a lot of that has to do because of Scott Rolen. He is my NL MVP.
- This one was a lot tougher to call as I had penciled in Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera, and even Paul Konerko as guys who possibly deserved the award also. But I believe none have been more vital to their respective team’s than Josh Hamilton. The guy has been on an absolute tear all season long and his numbers show it: .346 BA (3rd in AL), 18 HRs (5th in AL), 57 RBIs (3rd in AL), .620 SLG % (2nd in AL), 1.008 OPS (4th in AL), 52 runs scored (5th in AL). Needless to say, it’s apparent the guy has been on fire. It certainly has helped his ball club, as the Texas Rangers sit in first place all by themselves in the AL West at 46-29, a cushy 4.5 games in front of the 2nd-place Angels. Without Hamilton, do I believe Texas is in first place? Not hardly. I understand that Vladimir Guerrero is having a resurgent year, but I feel that Hamilton is the key cog that makes the Rangers go. If it weren’t for him, I think the Angels are perched atop the AL West and not Texas. Hamilton is my AL MVP.