The psychoanalyst Helene Deutsch once said "the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth." It's in that spirit that we conclude
A crowd of players deserves consideration. The
But at the moment, this is Granderson's world, and we're all just passing through.
Long a solid center fielder and one of baseball's best baserunners, Granderson has turned into a beast at the plate since working with
While helping the Tigers to the 2006
Long made minor changes in the spring of 2010, but by midseason Granderson was ready for a major adjustment. He adopted a more conventional stance with the bat pointing toward the sky, and he has gotten better over the last year.
In his last 160 games, Granderson, 30, has hit .265 with 42 home runs. He has scored 121 runs while driving in 106. And he has done it while based in the crucible of baseball, Yankee Stadium.
Granderson entered the last weekend before the All-Star break batting .271-25-62 with a .944 OPS and 77 runs scored, eight more than any other player. He's just as bright and forward-looking as he was in 2009, when I only half-jokingly suggested he should be baseball's next commissioner.
Here are my other first-half awards:
The stakes are piled as high as they could be for a walk-year franchise icon who has done just about everything except help his team win a playoff series. Fielder has responded, hitting .302 with 22 homers and leading the league with 71 RBIs. He's in a great place to hit — after
•NL Cy Young:
As with Verlander in the AL, you wouldn't go wrong giving the nod to the
The powerful right-hander is matching
Runners-up: Eric Hosmer,
Part of the Long Beach State legacy built by
Their ace (
There are at least six reasonable choices for this award, but as a rookie manager, Roenicke has kept himself on even footing with