With the postseason stuck in that lull between the Division Series and the League Championship Series, we here at Walkoff Walk thought it would be a good time to assault our readers' eyes and brains with some award posts. We proudly present The First Annual Walkoff Walk Dot Com Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence sponsored in part by nobody because we don't get paid a damn thing to do this website. It's a labor of love.
We've split up our choices into two sections, one for each of us. We've spent minutes and minutes research stats and whatnot to make these important decisions. Please consider our opinions and then feel free to express your own in the comment section.
First up, the National League Most Valuable Player:
Camp Tiger Claw:
Bert OPS'd at 1.100. Bert came within a hairs breadth of having two BBs for every K. Bert hit 37 HR which would have led the AL. BERT'S SEASON WAS IN JEOPARDY IN CAMP BECAUSE OF AN ELBOW PROBLEM.
Berkman and Utley both had stellar first halves that were so big they made their second halves pale in comparison. Still great #s across the board.
If any BBWAA voter doesn't have Pujols atop their ballots, they should be kicked out of the club. Wait, nevermind, I don't really care about for whom the writers vote. I could go off on a rant here, but instead let me focus my energy towards Mr. Pujols. He outslugged everyone else in the league by 60 points. He nearly matched Jones' on base percentage while amassing over 100 more plate appearances. He walked almost twice as much as he struck out. He played first base better than anyone else in the National League. Not only did he outperform everyone else in the league, he even set a career high in OPS+ with 190. If I had a ballot, I'd write Pujols' name down on every single line.
Berkman was probably the best hitter in the NL up until mid-June but faded towards the end of the season just as his mediocre team was staging a miraculous hot streak. Chipper flirted with hitting .400 but came up short; still, he won the batting title and bagged at least a dozen ten-point bucks and a handful of wild hogs.
Honorable mention goes to Hanley Ramirez who is easily the best middle infielder in the majors, and even figured out how to use his glove this year. Only 22 errors, Ma!