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SB Nation Awards, #1: MLB Hitter of the Year

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As well as MLB Awards Week, it's also SB Nation Awards Week, and we kick things off with a vote on who was the best hitter in the major leagues this season.

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This kinda folds into, and slightly overlaps, the SnakePit Awards, but most of them apply across the entirety of baseball, rather than being particularly Diamondback oriented. Here's the schedule:

  • Today - MLB Hitter of the Year
  • Tuesday - MLB Pitcher of the Year
  • Wednesday - Diamondbacks Defensive Play of the Year
  • Thursday - Diamondbacks Celebration of the Year
  • Friday - MLB's Best Unwritten Rules Breakage

Wednesday will see us break out the five nominees from the groups, for which you all voted the weekend before last. [Voting still open! Scroll down the home page for those posts!] Today and tomorrow, I'll be listing the three nominees from each league for Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, since they would seem to cover about all the credible nominees. Thursday looks likely to be a smorgasbord of the five walk-off wins the Diamondbacks had this year, and Friday will be... Yeah, I dunno. Bautista's bat-flip and four others, I guess.

And without further ado, on to the six candidates for best MLB hitter. Here are their stats from last year.

Player Age Tm G PA AB R H HR RBI BB IBB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Lorenzo Cain 29 KCR 140 604 551 101 169 16 72 37 4 98 .307 .361 .477 .838
Josh Donaldson 29 TOR 158 711 620 122 184 41 123 73 0 133 .297 .371 .568 .939
Paul Goldschmidt 27 ARI 159 695 567 103 182 33 110 118 29 151 .321 .435 .570 1.005
Bryce Harper 22 WSN 153 654 521 118 172 42 99 124 15 131 .330 .460 .649 1.109
Mike Trout 23 LAA 159 682 575 104 172 41 90 92 14 158 .299 .402 .590 .991
Joey Votto 31 CIN 158 695 545 95 171 29 80 143 15 135 .314 .459 .541 1.000

This one actually promises to be kinda interesting: not least because none of the three top National League contenders played on teams which made it to the post-season. Can't be often that has happened in MVP voting history. And kinda amusing to see that Donaldson hit 41 home-runs without a single intentional walk! I'll leave the rest of the discussion up to you, along with the decision on how much of a homer you want to be. :)