Braun unanimous pick for Sporting News honor
From Sporting News…..
Twins catcher Joe Mauer and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols highlight Sporting News’ 2009 American League and National League All-Star teams, as selected by a panel of 31 Major League Baseball general managers and assistant GMs.
Mauer received votes from all 17 A.L. executives who participated, while Pujols, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun were on the ballots of all 14 N.L. team executives who voted.
Mauer led the Majors with a .365 batting average and won his third A.L. batting title in the past four seasons. His .444 on-base percentage also was the best in the majors, and he set career highs with 28 homers and 96 RBIs despite missing all of April because of back problems.
Pujols, named SN’s 2009 player of the year, led the majors with 47 homers, 124 runs scored, a .658 slugging percentage and a 1.101 OPS. His 135 RBIs and 115 walks both ranked third in the majors, his .443 on-base percentage was second and his .327 batting average was sixth.
In addition to Mauer, the A.L. all-star team features Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter and Yankees DH Hideki Matsui.
In addition to Pujols, Utley and Braun, the N.L. all-star team includes Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds, Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth.
Sporting News is unveiling its award winners throughout the week on sportingnews.com. On Tuesday, Phillies lefthander J.A. Happ and White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham were named SN’s 2009 rookies of the year. On Wednesday, Royals righthander Zack Greinke and Giants righthander Tim Lincecum were named SN’s pitchers of the year, and the Angels’ Mike Scioscia and Rockies’ Jim Tracy were named SN’s managers of the year. Today, SN also named Pujols as 2009 player of the year.
The remaining schedule:
- Friday morning: Comeback players of the year, relievers of the year
SN’s entire 3-page awards package can be found in the new issue of the magazine, which arrives later this week at all Barnes & Noble, Borders and Hudson Retail outlets.