Most Valuable Player: Luke Scott, Orioles
In only 66 games, Scott is sitting at .305/.384/.592 with 18 HR and 51 RBI. He ranks in the top 15 in the AL in slugging percentage (3rd), OPS (4th), and HR (15th). He has been the Orioles most consistent and dominant hitter since he came off the DL in late May. If for no other reason, he deserves this accolade because he is a notoriously streaky hitter who has yet to completely cool off. Until I just jinxed him.
-Honorable Mention: Adam Jones, Orioles; Adam Dunn, Nationals; Brad Bergesen, Orioles
Least Valuable Player: Daniel Cabrera, Nationals
0-5. 5.85 ERA. 16 K. 35 BB. 2.08 WHIP. $2.6 million. General lack of soul. Conned both area baseball teams into believing he was anything more than an awful basketball player stuck in an awful baseball player's awful team's uniform. Follow? Doesn't matter, he's our hands down loser.
-Honorable Mention: Mark Eaton, Orioles; Joel Hanrahan, Nationals
Best Hunting Beard: Joe Beimel, Nationals
Two words: Awesome.
More on that here.
-Dishonorable Mention: Sidney Crosby, Penguins
Best (Almost) Record-Breaking Performance: Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
His 30-game streak was only the 7th such streak of the past decade, so we applaud his effort to enter baseball lore.
-Honorable Mention: Orioles beat Red Sox, June 30
Best Single Game Performance: Luke Scott, Orioles, July 7
Just a double away from the cycle and with 7 RBI to boot, Scott's performance about a week ago goes down as the Beltway's best of the season.
-Honorable Mention: Brad Bergesen, Orioles, June 9 and July 1; John Lannan, June 6
Unsung Hero: Josh Willingham, Nationals
If only because that photo just has to be included here. No, but seriously, dude's hitting .304/.419/.576. That's a .995 OPS in case you can't add, good enough for 5th in the NL were he to qualify.
-Honorable Mention: George Sherrill, Orioles
Guy Who Needs to Produce in the Second Half: Brian Roberts, Orioles
Any way you choose to look at it, the guy has had an awful year. Perhaps our expectations are unfair of the O's unquestioned team leader and catalyst, but that's what happens when you sign a brand new contract worth over $10 million a year. Do better, Brian, because the lineup ain't as potent without ya.
-Honorable Mention: Matt Wieters, Orioles; The Entire Nationals Bullpen, Nationals
Most Overpaid Player: Dmitri Young,
$5 million for a 35 year old with no place in the future of the franchise to play zero games. That's a bad dollar to game ratio, if you ask me.
-Honorable Mention: Melvin Mora, Orioles; Daniel Cabrera, Nationals
Breakthrough Performance: Nolan Reimold, Orioles
Although he's cooled down of late, Reimold has himself a comfortable position in AL Rookie of the Year talk. Yes, the AL Rookie class is somewhat lacking in production relative to hype, but Reimold is putting up above average power numbers and looks to be that 3rd outfielder of the future.
-Honorable Mention: Brad Bergesen, Orioles; Jordan Zimmerman, Nationals
Manager of the Year: Dave Trembley, Orioles
Because it's funny.
Honorable Mention: Manny Acta, Nationals
Because it's funny-er.