Major League Baseball Returns: All-Star Game Recap, Midseason Awards, and Second Half Hopes

Another all-star break down the drain… another potentially thrilling second half to come. After five painful days, baseball has returned!

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But let’s take a step back and recap. What seemed like just another routine midseason classic actually turned out to be a neurotic circus of pure fan-sanity. For starters, during the determining game of home-field advantage in the World Series, Pinstripe fan Dylan Masone (fittingly sporting a Robinson Cano t-shirt) darted for second base and accordingly manned the position. Why? Call it social media peer pressure. Although, some fans have suggested that Jerry Seinfeld’s self-entitled “disapproval” of those Citi Field boos directed at rival players remains the most nail-biting aspect of the All-Star Game.

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But this “fearless dash for second turning into a ruthless form tackle” wasn’t all we were given during this year’s MLB pause. While MVP Mariano Rivera and the AL pitching staff were holding the NL on just three hits to secure home-field advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2009, MLB was seemingly crafting a new pro team. They’re mean, they’re lean, they’re awfully like the Brewers…

And in case you missed it, Mets 99-mph wunderkind Matt Harvey even patrolled Manhattan while asking off-guard New Yorkers about none other than… Matt Harvey. Apparently the gifted righty isn’t as recognizable as one might expect a 6’4″ celebrity to be. So just to recap and update his resume: Jaw-breaking fastball, succulent curveball, crafty approach with a microphone. Stud.

 

 

As we prepare for a juicy second half, we’ll take a look at our midseason awards. But first!… The Arizona Diamondbacks have already tapped the waiver wire in hopes of infusing the team with yet another somehow-talented piece to the puzzle…

 

 

Ok, forget disturbing mascots and crafty phenoms. It was truly this uncoordinated Mets fan who stole our hearts…

 

 

And finally… drumroll please… Jockstrap’s midseason awards. Or rather, proof that a younger generation of ball-and-stick talent is flooding the diamond. For good…

 

NL MVP: Yadier Molina, Cardinals

While he’s seemingly never led the NL in anything offensively, .341 Molina is finally headed toward a glorious batting title. He also throws out nearly 45 percent of base thieves.

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

If it wasn’t for Chris Davis, Miggy would be darting toward a second straight Triple Crown. Instead, he’ll settle for a third straight batting title.

NL Cy Young: Matt Harvey, Mets

He’s second in WHIP (0.92) and has three starts during which he walked zero, fanned at least 10, allowed no more than one earned run, and yet earned a no-decision. The UNC product can simply hurl a baseball.

AL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, Tigers

13-1 doesn’t quite detail Detroit’s closet ace (sorry Verlander). Not as well as a .098 WHIP and 152 strikeouts do.

NL Rookie of the Year: Shelby Miller, Cardinals

What about Puig?! Well, the 22-year-old Dodger may win the end-of-the-year award, but Cards’ phenom Shelby Miller currently leads the rookie crew in WHIP, Ks, and ERA.

AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Iglesias, Red Sox

A .367 average, a mere 24 strikeouts, and a potent infield glove is all the Sawx could ask for. 

NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, Pirates

56-37. Could baseball be back for good in the Steel City?

AL Manager of the Year: John Farrell, Red Sox

Heading the talented AL East, the Red Sox have thrived despite an injury to ace Clay Buchholz. Bobby V and the ’12 catastrophe is long forgotten.

 

Things we hope to see in the second half…

 

First, a hardest-pitch contest between Jose Fernandez and Aroldis Chapman…

 

 

Then, newly-bald Manny “Being Manny” Ramirez back in a Major League uniform. Currently with the Ranger’s Triple-A club, Ramirez seems determined to climb back to prominence.

 

Signing autographs like the old days... (image via http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/manny-ramirez-homers-triple-shows-off-newly-bald-144617726.html)

Signing autographs like the old days… (image via sports.yahoo.com)

 

 

Of course, far more of this… (Image via juniusworth.tumblr.com)

 

Image via juniusworth.tumblr.com/

 

And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, more of this…

 

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