This has certainly been an interesting season so far, hasn't it? All four of baseball's young teams- the Astros, the Twins, the Mets, and the Cubs, are all ahead a year or two ahead of schedule and have made the 2015 season surprisingly interesting. We also have a large group of young talent across all of baseball that is playing at a very high level, and that does nothing but good for the game. With that said, let's hand out some hardware for the 2015 season so far, beginning with the National League.
Manager of the Year: Terry Collins/New York Mets- The Mets are a year or two ahead of schedule, and Collins has kept them afloat with no offense. The Mets enter the All-Star break just 2 games back of the first place Nationals. This is an easy one.
Rookie of the Year: Khris Bryant/3B/Chicago Cubs- Really, is there anyone else who deserves this award? Bryant started the year in Triple A, a move that was very criticized at the time, and was made so they could have another full year of team control. Still, he was called just two weeks into the season and since then, he has shown us why he has all the hype. Bryant is batting .269 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI's at the All-Star break, and has been nothing short of awesome.
Cy Young: Max Scherzer/SP/Washington Nationals- Once again, is there really anyone else you could make the case for? During the offseason, Scherzer signed a seven year, 210 million dollar contract with the Washington Nationals. So far, that contract has been a bargain. Scherzer has 10 wins at the All-Star Break, a 2.11 ERA, and 150 strikeouts. He would have started the All-Star game had he not pitched on Sunday.
MVP: Bryce Harper/OF/Washington Nationals- Yet again, is there anyone else who deserves mention? Harper is having a monster season. Harper takes a .339 average, 26 home runs, 61 RBI's, and an OPS of 1.168 into the break. All four of these awards have been easy.
Manager of the Year: Paul Molitor/Minnesota Twins- Yes the Astros have been a surprise as well, but the Twins have been an even bigger surprise. Of the four young teams, the Twins were the farthest behind to start the season. They have caught up, quickly, thanks to Molitor and the young talent rising. Tom Kelly understood as well as anyone how to communicate with young players, and he taught that to Ron Gardenhire, who spent years under Kelly's tutelage before taking over in 2002. Gardenhire then taught Molitor the same thing, who, by the way, spent quite a while under Gardenhire before taking over this season. Molitor has put the Twins in contention, and deserves all of the recognition he is getting.
Rookie of the Year: Billy Burns/CF/Oakland Athletics- This one was a little harder to figure out. Burns has just played 63 games, but qualifies for the batting title and carries .303 batting average into the break for the Oakland Athletics, good for the 10th best average in the American League.
Cy Young: Dallas Kuechel/SP/Houston Astros- Well, it appears as if the ace of the rebuilt Houston Astros has emerged finally, lefty Dallas Kuechel. Dallas carries as 11-4 record with a 2.23 ERA into the All-Star Break.
MVP: Mike Trout/CF/Los Angeles Angels- This one is easy. Trout is the best player in the game, and carries a .312 batting average, 26 home runs, and 55 RBI's into the All-Star Break. At this pace, Trout is headed for another MVP award, his second of many.