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As the 2010 MLB season comes to its midpoint and the Mid-Summer Classic, here are my first half awards.

MVP

Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

The 27 year old Tigers’ first baseman is in the midst of another stellar, under-the-radar season. After six straight seasons of 100+ RBIs, he has a league-leading 71 at the break, putting him on pace for a fantastic 140. Pair that with a .339 average (tied for 4th in the MLB) and 20 HR (tied for 2nd), and Cabrera has quietly become a Triple Crown threat. Look for him to have the same success in the second half and, hopefully for him, lead his team to the playoffs.

Cy Young Award

David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Following his key role in the 2008 Playoffs, Price had a subpar 2009 season, going 10-7 with an ERA of 4.42. But, he seems to be back to fulfill the promise he showed as a rookie. At the break, Price is 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 90 K’s in 16 starts. The only question that remains is, can he sustain the grind of 30+ starts and, perhaps, a playoff run? With the selection of pitches he has and the fact that he’s a lefty, he should be able to.

Rookie of the Year

Neftali Feliz, CP, Texas Rangers

While most of the ¬†rookie buzz has been surrounding a certain phenom in our nation’s capital, Neftali Feliz has done a nice job closing games for the Rangers. At the break, he has 22 saves and an ERA of 3.00.

Manager of the Year

Joe Girardi, New York Yankees

The Yankees, being the only team in the MLB with 50 wins at the half-way point, have been led by their general. Joe Girardi. Girardi has done a good job this year taking on a variety of managerial calls, including developing young starter Phil Hughes, working with a struggling Mark Texiera, and, the toughest of all, defending the World Series crown with the inherent target-on-the-back that comes with it.

-Dan Martin

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After what I and every other sports addict or common people saw last night happen to Armando Galarraga the whole “life isn’t fair bit” is for real.

Last night Galarraga stepped to the mound not knowing that in two hours he’d be one out away from the 3rd perfect game this season and the 21st in MLB History. He also stepped to the mound not knowing that he WOULD get the out but first base umpire Jim Joyce would have a moment of stupidity and call the base runner safe which , no replay needed, was obvious the runner was out. The site of Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was right on point. A minute of throwing your arms in the air excited because your teammate just threw a perfect game to a disbelief look at what you just saw the umpire signal at first base.

Jim Joyce had this to say, “I just cost the kid a perfect game …. I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay.” Well Jim you were right you did cost this kid a perfect game.

MLB Officials and Commissioner Bud Selig are in talks this morning about over turning the call and giving Armando what he deserves and that is perfection. My questions out of all of this is A. why did the three other umpires who have clear vision of the play call for a discussion to talk together and make the right call. B. when will MLB realize its time to forget old fashion and institute replays. There is already replays for home runs why not add it for things like this. Baseball is already close to a three hour sport what will 5 minutes more due? Get the right call? Joe West might have a problem but he can be dealt with later. What happened last night was awful and for Armando Galarraga to keep a straight face and go after the next batter was commendable and professional. I can bet other pitchers would have gone nuts but he kept his composure and got the next batter out to finish the game and at least give his team the win.

This story is far from being over and after todays meeting I hope the call is overturn and Armando Galarraga can place his name into the history books as the 21st pitcher in MLB History to throw a perfect game.

-Timmy Dimas

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