NL Cy Young: Carlos Zambrano.
Yet another of my famous Strat league biased picks, Zambrano has won the conference Cy Young for me two years running. This year, Real Life will follow suit, as he will hum at a 2.45 ERA, and win 23 games, narrowly defeating Zach Duke and Dontrelle Willis for the award.
AL Cy Young: Kevin Millwood.
With all of Texas cheering him on, and Tom Hicks installing a giant fan to counteract the jet stream effect that occurred when he built a luxury box addition to Arlington Stadium, Millwood wins the Cy Young with an ERA of 2.98, and a 23 win season. Johann Santana fans cry foul again, as he leads the league in ERA and strikeouts, but wins 6 less games.
NL Rookie of the Year: Jeremy Hermedia.
Florida wins the Wild Card, and Hermedia hits .310 with 23 homers and 118 walks.
AL Rookie of the Year: Kenji Jojima.
Importing Rookie of the Year’s is outlawed after this season, as a rule is passed that includes all top level international leagues as eligibility, for players over 25 years of age. The catcher wins a Gold Glove, and hits .288 with 16 homers.
NL MVP: Miguel Cabrera.
The Marlin superstud hits .327 with 38 homers and 141 RBIs, largely due to Hermedia batting in front of him.
AL MVP: Derek Jeter.
He dives into stands. He saves babies from burning buildings. He is a media darling. He wins yet another (undeserved) Gold Glove. He hits .347 with 27 homers and 119 RBIs, and steals 23 bases. Johnny Damon kisses him in public, and calls him “the Heart of the Yankees”. Jason Giambi swears before a Senate subcommittee that he did not inject Jeter with any substance, including B-12. George Steinbrenner smiles in public, and says he finally got his money’s worth.
AL WEST: RANGERS
AL CENTRAL: WHITE SOX
AL EAST: YANKEES
WILD CARD: INDIANS
AL CHAMPS: INDIANS BEAT YANKEES IN 7.
NL WEST: DIAMONDBACKS
NL CENTRAL: CARDINALS
NL EAST: BRAVES
WILD CARD: MARLINS
NL CHAMPS: BRAVES IN 5 OVER MARLINS.
WORLD SERIES: INDIANS BEAT BRAVES IN 6.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER OF WORLD SERIES:
Special award for Most Prophetic Homer Writer goes to me, and the Indians rename a plate in the Media free food room “The Evans Platter—Indians fanfare served up with Pride”.