Along with this week’s Hall of Fame announcement, The B.O.T.Y. will be the award an athlete can look back on and say………What??????????? 6 of our 20 finalists from last year (and here) are on our list again with a repeat winner in the AL.
For those who don’t remember, we take all batting statistics of the top 5 players in each category and assign a value. The top 10 players are then ranked against each other. The results are an unbiased selection of the most feared players at the plate for an entire season.
For the list of American League Batsmen of the Year, click here.
National League Batsman of the Year
Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers - Batsman Score: 974.35
Many people think Braun slipped by on a technicality in avoiding a 50 game ban for a failed drug test. But, surely baseball couldn’t have made such a mistake! Braun finished third last year behind Fielder and Matt Kemp. With Fielder in the AL and Kemp injured much of the year, Braun finished with another solid season in 2012.
The National League MVP cemented his All-Star status with a second place Batsman finish.
Aaron Hill - Arizona Diamondbacks - Batsman Score: 829.80
Who? After being traded to the Diamondbacks in 2011, Hill had his best year in 2012
Remainder of National league Top 10
Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates – 795.65
Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers – 786.05
Chase Headley – San Diego Padres – 778.25
Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – 767.15
David Wright – New York Mets – 752.35
Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds – 656.70
Adam LaRoche – Washington Nationals – 648.60