Commentary

MLB postseason picks

Updated: September 27, 2011, 12:10 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

I am a big baseball fan. On Monday night, I was in Arizona and went to the Dodgers-Diamondbacks game. It was a blast to see Kirk Gibson and Justin Upton.

My friends, I am not an expert like the Baseball Tonight guys. I love watching Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Bobby Valentine, Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney and the whole gang. I respect what they talk about and their passion for baseball.

That said, I do have my own opinions on major league baseball. I am a Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holder and there is excitement galore with a couple of great races for the wild card.

I also have my views on postseason baseball awards. Here it goes, baby, my picks for the major honors:

NL MVP: Ryan Braun. I know it is a tough call between him and Dodgers star Matt Kemp. To the victor goes the spoils and Braun has been the star of stars in Brew Town.

AL MVP: Curtis Granderson. There are a number of candidates here. I know Granderson strikes out a lot, but he has been a super run producer, posting great numbers in both RBI and runs scored. He steals bases and is a catalyst for big things in the Bronx.

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw. He has passed the 20-game mark and been super, scintillating and sensational in the strikeout category.

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander. An M&M'er, a no-brainer.

AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon. He gets the most out of his talent. His lineup is not as strong as the Red Sox, but here are the Rays in the playoff hunt.

NL Manager of the Year: Kirk Gibson. Come on, how many of you had Arizona winning the NL West.

There you have it, my picks for baseball's best of the best.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.