The Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers have been awarded; now comes the real hardware.
Beginning today, with the announcing of the rookies of the year, we begin that fun stretch of mid-November when baseball withdrawal really starts to kick in, but is staved off by one final week of award-giving.
The Sox and Yanks both have seeming locks on one award each. Dustin Pedroia — somehow able to hit a ball despite being 3-foot-5 and just 25 pounds — should beat out Delmon Young for AL Rookie of the Year, and Alex Rodriguez doesn’t have any competition for AL MVP. The big question there is whether Mike Lowell will finish second or third.
Josh Beckett, of course, is in a duel with C.C. Sabathia. As Nick Cafardo notes today, he would be the hands down winner if the postseason was included. In fact, here are their regular+postseason numbers: