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With All-Star break right around the corner I decided to give out some mid-season awards for the National League players.

MVP: Joey Votto (1B Cincinnati Reds)

This guy has been on fire all season long. 21 HR’s 59 RBI’s .316 BA and is slugging .594. Tell me how you could not put this guy here. Apparently MLB doesn’t think he’s All-Star game worthy and it’s left up to the fans to choose him. In my mind as of right now Votto is an All-Start starter and the first half MVP.

CY Young: Ubaldo Jimenez (P Colorado Rockies)

To even think of putting someone else here is ridiculous. Jimenez is 14-1 with 107 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA. He is one win away from breaking his career record of wins (15) and it’s only the first half of the season. Not to mention throwing a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves earlier this month. The kid has an incredible gift and just to think he could have turned down being a MLB pitcher to be a doctor instead makes me as a baseball fan shutter. His talent needs to be used and right now he’s Cy Young worthy.

Rookie of the Year: Gaby Sanchez (1B Florida Marlins)

A lot of people would figure to put 20 year old Braves star Jason Heyward here but Sanchez is looking like a better case. Hitting just over .300 (.309 which is better then Heywards .251 BA) with 9 home runs and 38 RBI’s. He has been a solid player on the young Florida Marlins team which includes another young talent Mike Stanton, another 20 year old call up in the majors this year. Look for Sanchez to continue his strong season.

Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker (Cincinnati Reds)

When the season started I said that the Reds could be a solid team but what I’ve seen so far is unexpected. The pitching staff filled with lots of youngsters has really emerged and the position players have found their grove. Dusty Baker has been making the right calls all year. The Reds are a top the N.L. Central with St. Louis right behind them. Dusty has to continue to make the right calls for the Reds to continue this great season.

-Timmy Dimas

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