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REGular
07-16-2008, 02:46 PM
Is this award given to each league?

I'm looking at Cliff Lee in the AL and Jorge Cantu in the NL (although Cantu might be a homer pick).

Anybody else?

SportsFan1988
07-16-2008, 02:51 PM
Well me being a Cardinal fan, I'm going with my homer pick, Ryan Ludwick. The guy has had an incredible year, and it's turning into a real Cinderella story. He has had to overcome several injuries throughout his career, and midway through last year his wish finally came true, and that was being called up to the majors... since then he has become an all-star... and I being a Cardinals fan, just think that's it great to be able to see thing kind of thing happen, because this is one of the things you might not see for a very long time. :)

GBG2489
07-16-2008, 02:55 PM
Ryan Ludwick
Cliff Lee

goldglove212
07-16-2008, 02:55 PM
J.D. Drew

Tragedy
07-16-2008, 03:04 PM
Most improved, as in, comeback player?

AL: EASILY Cliff Lee. Over 6.00 ERA and spent a good chunk in AAA last year, and now starts the ASG? Wow.

The Schmooze
07-16-2008, 03:06 PM
I'd also go with Cliff Lee....

NL is a tough one...

CarniifeX
07-16-2008, 03:11 PM
Cliff Lee, although you could also make a case for Ervin Santana.

torontocubs
07-16-2008, 03:12 PM
This seems pretty pathetic, how many awards can Josh Hamilton win! I think it has to go to him. Came from playing part time last year, with good numbers, to putting up what is likely an MVP like season.

Both Cantu and Ludwick are solid choices. I suppose someone like Volquez has to be looked at too. He was written off by the Rangers as a prospect that was merely nothing, and he is cy young material. Also Quentin, huge improvement from a guy who lost his spot to J Upton last year. Joe Crede as well.

chicagowhitesox
07-16-2008, 03:17 PM
Cliff Lee or Carlos Quentin. Last year Q was a .214 hitter. Now he's one of the league's best power hitters, and an All-Star. But he played only 81 games last season, so I'm not 100% sure if he's considered a rookie, even though this is his 3rd year.

Nova
07-16-2008, 03:34 PM
Cliff Lee, Josh Hamilton and Ryan Ludwick all deserve a look. To be honest, I'd say it's between Lee and Hamilton for the most part, but Ludwick shouldn't be left out by any means.

Sportscenterman
07-16-2008, 03:35 PM
Mike Mussina?

The Schmooze
07-16-2008, 03:35 PM
I look at Ludwick as being new to the league....so I dont really see him as 'most improved' per say

rriders9
07-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Cliff Lee and Mike Pelfrey

SportsFan1988
07-16-2008, 05:19 PM
I look at Ludwick as being new to the league....so I dont really see him as 'most improved' per say

The thing is, he's already 30yrs old.

Nova
07-16-2008, 07:51 PM
Mike Mussina?

I'm a Yankees fan and didn't even think of the Moose. Without a doubt, he deserves a look too.

HighVelocity
07-16-2008, 07:56 PM
Josh Hamilton and Carlos Quentin. Both surprised me.

H-MYK
07-16-2008, 08:19 PM
Cliff Lee, Josh Hamilton and Carlos Quentin.

sanfranfan1210
07-16-2008, 08:23 PM
Cliff Lee

belliard is god
07-16-2008, 08:47 PM
carlos quentin, cliff lee, mike pelfrey

iam brett favre
07-16-2008, 09:04 PM
How has Josh Hamilton been a comeback player?

zambo4president
07-16-2008, 09:54 PM
ryan theriot

PunkShizzle
07-16-2008, 09:55 PM
Homer pick, but hey...Kerry Wood is still pitching.

Theriot2
07-16-2008, 10:17 PM
Theriot and Quentin and Cliff Lee

Tragedy
07-16-2008, 10:34 PM
Josh Hamilton and Carlos Quentin. Both surprised me.
I think it's hard to say Hamilton. He already was good last year, it's just that he's now given a full time job/healthy, so he's being VERY good.

An award like this needs to be for someone that is coming out of nowhere doing this - Like Cliff Lee.

Cubs Fan 4Ever
07-16-2008, 10:41 PM
cliff lee
quentin

SticklerOfRules
07-16-2008, 10:45 PM
McClouth for the NL imo

chicubs377
07-16-2008, 10:52 PM
ryan theriot.

Mauersota
07-16-2008, 11:00 PM
Can't say he deserves it but Alexi Casilla should at least be named. Last year in about 200 at bats his OPS+ was 39 this year in 200 at bats it is 118.

The Intimidator
07-16-2008, 11:04 PM
from the american league, the top candidates should be cliff lee, josh hamilton, carlos quentin, and j.d. drew. i expect that lee, who has a legitimate shot at the cy young as well, will take this award home, although i would like it to go to hamilton, even though he played well in cincinnatti last season.

from the national league, the top candidates should be kerry wood, nate mclouth, ryan ludwick, and ben sheets, who could be a candidate every year with his injury history hahaha. i think that mclouth takes it home, although ludwick will give him a run for his money.

Theriot2
07-16-2008, 11:35 PM
I think it's hard to say Hamilton. He already was good last year, it's just that he's now given a full time job/healthy, so he's being VERY good.

An award like this needs to be for someone that is coming out of nowhere doing this - Like Cliff Lee.

Same thing applies to Quentin

REGular
07-16-2008, 11:41 PM
Same thing applies to Quentin

Not really. The guy didn't have good numbers last year and was expected by many to lose the job this year.

Although, I really don't see why people are throwing Theriot's name out there. I remember him showing great flashes last year, I don't see why that would make him Most Improved/Comeback Player of the Year, just a guy who was a rookie and now has some more experience . . .

pad1
07-16-2008, 11:42 PM
JOSH HAMILTON!! Long story short.

Drug addiction---> ML record for most HRs in a round.

Theriot2
07-16-2008, 11:52 PM
Not really. The guy didn't have good numbers last year and was expected by many to lose the job this year.

Although, I really don't see why people are throwing Theriot's name out there. I remember him showing great flashes last year, I don't see why that would make him Most Improved/Comeback Player of the Year, just a guy who was a rookie and now has some more experience . . .

I said Theriot as more of a surprising player than most improved or comeback

pad1
07-17-2008, 12:03 AM
True. And to think that The Pads were gonna trade Khalil for Theriot is heartbreaking, since we would have been great.

Poncho_707
07-17-2008, 01:14 AM
I said Theriot as more of a surprising player than most improved or comeback

oh i thought u would of picked someone else according to ur name :pity:

Jonathan2323
07-17-2008, 01:27 AM
cliff lee and second Cantu

jam2that
07-17-2008, 01:34 AM
American League= Cliff Lee
National League= Brad Lidge

GHGHCP
07-17-2008, 02:21 AM
Not one person has named Chan Ho Park who has been great out of the pen and as a starter. Great comeback from some injury filled years.

The Schmooze
07-17-2008, 09:26 AM
The thing is, he's already 30yrs old.

I realize that but its his first full season in the bigs no?

Tragedy
07-17-2008, 09:55 AM
Same thing applies to Quentin
No, not at all.

Quintin was never good at the ML level before 2008.

Johan=LightsOut
07-17-2008, 10:36 AM
Cliff Lee and Mike Pelfrey

YES
homer pick for me but mike pelfry is sick this year

Cub_StuckinSTL
07-17-2008, 10:42 AM
Ryan Dempster :D

iam brett favre
07-17-2008, 10:59 AM
How is it Hamilton? Its not like he came out of nowhere this year.. he had a good year last year, and he was supposed to be the "Best prospect in the history of baseball" I mean i know its a good story, but come on.

chaseismyhero
07-17-2008, 11:02 AM
i gotta go with brad lidge for the NL. he goes from basically getting run out of houston to 20 for 20 in save opportunities. ian kinsler has had a good year, he matched his totals from last year already and raised his average over 70points. that's a pretty good improvement, maybe not the best, but notable.

oh yeah and adam eaton. his era has dropped from 6.29 to 5.71! :clap:

marlinsfan24
07-17-2008, 11:07 AM
Jorge Cantu put up great number so far this season, and he was only signed for a minor league contract and made the team by working really hard.
My AL pick is Cliff Lee tho

mikedesi1004
07-17-2008, 11:56 AM
A.L.= Cliff Lee
N.L.= Ryan Dempster