- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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While I am known for broadcasting college hoops, I am a big baseball fan. I know that I don't have the knowledge of a Karl Ravech, but I am still passionate about the sport. With the regular season later this week, it is time to look at the major awards. I do not have a vote, but if I did, here are my choices, baby!
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
I can hear the debate. Mike Trout has been great with the bat and the glove, putting up incredible numbers. He is lock city for Rookie of the Year, but what about MVP too? It is a tough call, but I would pick Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers to edge out Trout. Cabrera is right there in the Triple Crown race and the last winner was Yaz in 1967. Cabrera is also carrying his team to a likely division title.
AL Cy Young: David Price
Jered Weaver has had a terrific year, as has Justin Verlander and Fernando Rodney. My call is David Price of the Rays. It is not just because I am a Rays fan, but Price has won 20 games, leads the league in ERA and has limited run support in Tampa Bay. Price has had to be sensational day in and day out.
AL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter
Bob Melvin has done a remarkable job in Oakland, but I give the slight edge to Buck Showalter of Baltimore. Joe Maddon of the Rays also deserves some serious consideration too.
NL MVP: Buster Posey
I know you can make a case for Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh and Ryan Braun in Milwaukee, but I give the edge to Buster Posey of the Giants. Posey has done a good job behind the plate and at first, batting around .330. To the winner goes the spoils and the Giants would not be where they are without Posey in the lineup.
NL Cy Young: Gio Gonzalez
There are many candidates like R.A. Dickey of the Mets and Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. My vote would go to Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals. He was involved in a pennant race for much of the season, dealing with the day-to-day pressure. Every game was meaningful when he took the mound.
NL Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker
Davey Johnson has done very well with the Nationals. I give the edge to Dusty Baker of the Reds, even though he has missed several games late in the season.
During the college basketball offseason, Dick Vitale takes in plenty of baseball and he's got some picks for the big awards for 2012.