The Final Award in our series is the Player of the Year. The votes have been tabulated and are posted at FanSided’s Call to the Pen. Click here for the American League results and here for the National League results. As a member of the National League contingent, I voted for who I believed to be the top ten players in the senior circuit. Here’s a look at my ballot.
|1||Matt Kemp||L A Dodgers|
|3||Albert Pujols||St. Louis|
|6||Jose Reyes||N Y Mets|
|7||Lance Berkman||St. Louis|
|10||Hunter Pence||Hou. – Phil.|
Matt Kemp was among the league leaders in several offensive categories and made a legitimate run at the triple crown. Although he was unable to lead the Dodgers to the playoffs, I felt his performance was still worthy of the award. Ryan Braun was a very close second on my ballot. Braun led the league in slugging and was right there with Kemp in several other categories. Even though Albert Pujols had somewhat of a subpar season by his standards, he still led the league in homeruns and maintained an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pujols piled up some pretty impressive numbers despite missing two weeks of the season with a forearm injury. Justin Upton had a breakout season and helped turn the Diamondbacks from a last place team into a division winner.