National Sports Action
By Brad Crawford
Now with the postseason in full swing, it’s time for Major League Baseball season awards from National League performers who went above and beyond for their respective teams throughout 2007.
National League MVP
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies: Rollins became only the fourth player all-time to hit 20 home runs, 20 doubles, 20 triples and steal 20 bases in a single season.
The shortstop played a major role in Philadelphia winning the National League East division after trailing the New York Mets by seven games in September, placing the Phillies in the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
National League Cy Young
Jack Peavy, San Diego Padres: This season’s N.L. leader in almost every pitching statistical category, the hard thrower sits atop the league in earned run average, strikeouts and wins.
Peavy tossed 217 innings with 19 wins registering a pencil-thin 2.66 E.R.A.
National League Rookie Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers: Playing only 113 games this year for the brew crew, Braun has belted 34 homeruns and driven in 97 runs.
National League Manager Lou Piniella, Chicago Cubs: Winners of the National League Central with an 85-77 mark, Piniella has led the Cubbies to the playoffs for only the 14th time in the last century.