With apologies to Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Dustin Pedroia, Ryan Howard and dozens others,...well sorry, you didn't make it.
I'm counting down the top 10 personal seasons of the 2008 MLB season. And to Dustin and Ryan and all the....if you want to make this list.....do better next year.
10. David Wright
The package. Gold Glove. Silver Slugger. 10th in the NL batting average, 3rd in total bases and 2nd in RBIs. 33 HRs with a .924 OPS and hit 42 doubles—the third time he's hit 42 doubles in the past 4 years.
9. Lance Berkman
Were it not for a slow September, Berkman would have been higher on this list. 29 HRs, a .312 BA and a .986 OPS. Also, Berkman playing on a soft-hitting Astro team, had 106 RBIs, 79 extra basehits, batted .345 with RISP and even had 18 steals (double his previous high).
8. Chipper Jones
Yes, he was injured. Still he had a .364 BA, a .470 OBP and a .574 slugging percentage—all first in the NL. And even just playing 128 games, he was 7th in the NL runs created.
7. Carlos Quentin
Cinderella story. Kid out of nowhere. 2nd to A-rod in the AL with a .571 slugging percentage, 2nd in HRs with 36 and batted .311 with 7 HRs with RISP.
6, Milton Bradley
Really put it together this year (except for the personality disorder thing), with a .321 BA, a .436 OBP (good for 1st in the AL) and an absolute sick .999 OPS. And even only playing 126 games, chipped in with 32 doubles and was 4th in the AL with 13 intentional walks.
5. Tim Lincecum
Stud. 1st or 2nd in the National League in Wins, ERA, Strikeouts, Hits Allowed/9IP, Complete Games and Shutouts. What Zito was suppossed to be for the Giants.
4. C. C. Sabathia
There's a reason teams and trying to throw crazy money at him this offseason. Check out these sick numbers. A 1.11 WHIP, 251 Ks, 2.70 ERA (1.65 while in Milwaukee) and 7 complete games. And he's a hoss, as well. C.C. threw 253 IP, which led both leagues.
3. Alex Rodriguez
Let me get this straight. Rodriguez bats 74 points higher in slugging percentage (leading the AL), is 13 points higher on the OPS+, has more runs, batting wins, a higher .BA, grounded into less DP, a better power/speed number...heck even has 18 more stolen bases than Justin Morneau....and Morneau is 2nd in the MVP voting and A-Rod is 8th?
2. Manny Ramirez
What he did in L.A. is legendary. But 2008 taken as a whole.....not too shabby either. A .332 BA to go with 37 HRs and 121 RBIs. Ramirez also batted .355 with RISP, and was 13 for 25 in the postseason with 4 HRs. Dang. If only he cared about the other half of the inning.
1. Albert Pujols
Even by his standards, this was an incredible year. Pujols batted 30 points higher (.357) than he did last year and 90 points higher in slugging percentage. The stats go on; he batted a ridiculous .398 when the game was tied, led the NL in runs created, and was first in total bases as well. He also had a career low in errors while having a career high in assists. And oh yeah, he was injured all year.
And that's it. upset because your favorite player didn't make it? Just write in and tell me why this list is crap.