162 games played and we have arrived at the playoffs. It was another fun MLB season as I feel that way just about every year. Whether your team made the playoffs or finished dead last, we can appreciate the great moments the season has provided us. Here I will recap some of the best (and worst) of 2017.
- JD Martinez
Longest Home Run of the season: Aaron Judge
This ball was hit 495 feet with an exit velocity of 121.1 mph.
Defensive Play of the Year: Keon Broxton
This catch saved the game for the Brewers and possibly their season as well. This was the most clutch catch this season and has to be the play of the year.
Surprise team of the year: Minnesota Twins
How can it not be the Twins. They turned a 100 loss season into a playoff birth in just one season. Sano was hitting the cover off of the ball in the beginning of the season and hopes to do damage against the Yankees in the post season. Buxton started to hit in August, Polanco had an amazing 2nd half, and Berrios started to come into his own
Runner up: Milwaukee Brewers
Honorable mention: LA Angels, Colorado Rockies
Surprise bad team of the Year: Toronto Blue Jays
This was a team that was expected to compete in the AL East. They had a healthy Marcus Stroman and an offense that still had Josh Donaldson and signed Morales. Donaldson was out to begin the season and they started by losing 9 of their first 10 games. To compound troubles, Bautista may have aged as he only had a -1.8 war hitting .203 with 23 home runs.
Runner up: New York Mets
Surprise Pitcher of the Year: Robbie Ray
The guy was great this season and nobody saw it coming. He pitched a 2.89 ERA and a 3.49 xFIP while striking out 12 per 9. He was out for a little while in the middle of the season when he was hit in the head with a line drive but came back and helped the D-backs get back to the post season.
Runner up: Jimmy Nelson
Honorable Mention: Chase Anderson, Louis Severino
Surprise Hitter of the Year: Anthony Rendon
A big reason the Nationals were one of the best teams in the NL this year is because of Anthony Rendon. A couple years back he showed a glimpse of this production but injuries prevented him from having a full season. He hit .301/.403/.533 this season with 25 home runs. He is an MVP candidate and could come up big for the Nats in the post season.
Runner up: Tommy Pham
Honorable Mentions: Zack Cozart, Andrelton Simmons, Whit Merrifield
Team of the Year: Cleveland Indians
This team was on a different planet in the regular season. They made headlines by winning 22 straight games while their pitchers had an ERA under 1.50 in that span. Over the course of the season they led all of baseball in reliever’s ERA by nearly half a run, they were 2nd in starter’s ERA, they walked the 2nd least batters, and they were 3rd in wRC+. Overall they were a complete team and should be favorites to win the World Series.
Runner Up: LA Dodgers. If it weren’t for the slump they would’ve been #1
Honorable Mentions: Yankees, Astros
2017 Send Offs:
R.A Dickey (possibly)
2017 NL ROY: Cody Bellinger
2017 AL ROY: Aaron Judge
2017 NL Cy: Young: Clayton Kershaw
2017 AL Cy: Young: Chris Sale
2017 NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt
2017 AL MVP: Jose Altuve