2007 Leaders & Numbers

Alex Rodriguez dominated in Yankee pinstripes like never before, with numerous walk-off home runs—all before fizzling once again in the playoffs. Jimmy Rollins won the NL MVP perhaps as much for his soothsaying as his productivity; he promised—and helped delivered—a divisional title for the Phillies. Matt Holliday did one better, forging the Rockies past Philadelphia and into the World Series. Rollins and Curtis Granderson became the third and fourth players in history to each collect at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season. Ichiro Suzuki became the first major leaguer to collect 200 hits in each of his first seven years. Prince Fielder emulated his estranged father Cecil of 18 years earlier and became part of the first father-son duo to each belt 50 homers in a season. Carlos Pena, whose career looked dead and buried after years of struggling at the plate, engaged in a startling rejuvenation in Tampa Bay. Closer J.J. Putz continued to be a big-time major league secret except for those in and around Seattle. Many believed the spacious conditions at San Diego’s Petco Park subsidized Jake Peavy’s bid for the NL Cy Young Award, but his numbers on the road were actually better. After a torturous, 1-10 rookie campaign, Fausto Carmona did a complete about-face and emerged as a worthy equal to teammate/AL Cy winner C.C. Sabathia. Brandon Webb was the primary reason the Diamondbacks were able to win so many low-scoring games.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2007
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Matt Holliday Colorado 158 .340 636 120 216 50 6 36 137 56 7 10 11 4 23
2. David Wright New York 160 .325 604 113 196 42 1 30 107 88 6 6 34 5 14
3. Prince Fielder Milwaukee 158 .288 573 109 165 35 2 50 119 69 21 14 2 2 9
4. Chipper Jones Atlanta 134 .337 513 108 173 42 4 29 102 72 10 0 5 1 21
5. Hanley Ramirez Florida 154 .332 639 125 212 48 6 29 81 49 3 7 51 14 10
6. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 113 .324 451 91 146 26 6 34 97 28 1 7 15 5 13
7. Chase Utley Philadelphia 132 .330 530 104 176 48 5 22 103 49 1 25 9 1 7
8. Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia 162 .296 716 139 212 38 20 30 94 44 5 7 41 6 11
9. Ryan Howard Philadelphia 144 .268 529 94 142 26 0 47 136 72 35 5 1 0 13
10. Miguel Cabrera Florida 157 .320 588 91 188 38 2 34 119 56 23 5 2 1 17
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2007
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Alex Rodriguez New York 158 .314 583 143 183 31 0 54 156 84 11 21 24 4 15
2. Magglio Ordonez Detroit 157 .363 595 117 216 54 0 28 139 68 8 2 4 1 20
3. David Ortiz Boston 149 .332 549 116 182 52 1 35 117 99 12 4 3 1 16
4. Carlos Pena Tampa Bay 148 .282 490 99 138 29 1 46 121 93 10 10 1 0 7
5. Curtis Granderson Detroit 158 .302 612 122 185 38 23 23 74 49 3 5 26 1 3
6. Vladimir Guerrero L.A. Anaheim 150 .324 574 89 186 45 1 27 125 43 28 9 2 3 19
7. Jim Thome Chicago 130 .275 432 79 119 19 0 35 96 84 11 6 0 1 10
8. Grady Sizemore Cleveland 162 .277 628 118 174 34 5 24 78 92 9 17 33 10 3
9. Jorge Posada New York 144 .338 506 91 171 42 1 20 90 67 7 6 2 0 18
10. Ichiro Suzuki Seattle 161 .351 678 111 238 22 7 6 68 36 13 3 37 8 7
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2007
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jake Peavy San Diego 2.54 19 6 .760 0 0 34 34 223.1 253 63 63 5 6 4 0 21 3 16
2. Brandon Webb Arizona 3.01 18 10 .643 0 0 34 34 236.1 295 79 66 6 5 3 0 26 10 20
2. Tim Hudson Atlanta 3.33 16 10 .615 0 0 34 34 224.1 298 83 45 8 8 5 2 9 6 26
4. Brad Penny Los Angeles 3.03 16 4 .800 0 0 33 33 208 275 70 71 2 5 6 0 14 5 29
5. Takashi Saito Los Angeles 1.40 2 1 .667 39 4 63 0 64.1 52 10 13 0 3 0 0 2 0 7
6. Jason Isringhausen St. Louis 2.48 4 0 1.000 32 2 63 0 65.1 64 18 25 3 2 3 0 1 0 5
7. John Smoltz Atlanta 3.11 14 8 .636 0 0 32 32 205.2 295 71 38 9 4 8 0 11 5 8
8. Roy Oswalt Houston 3.18 14 7 .667 0 0 33 32 212 324 75 54 6 7 1 1 5 1 19
9. Trevor Hoffman San Diego 2.98 4 5 .444 42 7 61 0 57.1 77 19 10 5 0 0 0 3 1 2
10. Derek Lowe Los Angeles 3.88 12 14 .462 0 0 33 32 199.1 293 86 57 2 3 1 1 14 12 21
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2007
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Fausto Carmona Cleveland 3.06 19 8 .704 0 0 32 32 215 282 73 59 2 11 5 1 13 7 32
2. C.C. Sabathia Cleveland 3.21 19 7 .731 0 0 34 34 241 360 86 36 1 8 1 0 10 10 23
3. J.J. Putz Seattle 1.38 6 1 .857 40 2 68 0 71.2 61 11 13 0 2 3 0 3 0 7
4. John Lackey L.A. Anaheim 3.01 19 9 .679 0 0 33 33 224 324 75 50 2 12 9 1 19 7 23
5. Josh Beckett Boston 3.27 20 7 .741 0 0 30 30 200.2 291 73 40 0 5 3 0 14 7 12
6. Erik Bedard Baltimore 3.16 13 5 .722 0 0 28 28 182 224 64 57 0 5 3 0 5 2 13
7. Kelvim Escobar L.A. Anaheim 3.40 18 7 .720 0 0 30 30 195.2 263 74 64 2 3 9 0 17 3 28
8. Chien-Ming Wang New York 3.70 19 7 .731 0 0 30 30 199.1 276 82 58 1 8 9 1 14 7 32
9. Roy Halladay Toronto 3.71 16 7 .696 0 0 31 31 225.1 323 93 45 3 3 4 0 20 8 28
10. Joe Nathan Minnesota 1.88 4 2 .667 37 4 68 0 71.2 80 15 17 2 1 3 0 7 0 4

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2007 Awards


NL MVP
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia

AL MVP
Alex Rodriguez, Boston


NL Cy Young Award
Jake Peavy, San Diego

AL Cy Young Award
C.C. Sabathia, Cleveland


NL Rookie of the Year
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

AL Rookie of the Year
Dustin Pedroia, Boston


NL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin, Arizona

AL Manager of the Year
Eric Wedge, Cleveland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Greg Maddux, San Diego
C Russell Martin, Los Angeles
1B Derrek Lee, Chicago
2B Orlando Hudson, Arizona
3B David Wright, New York
SS Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia
OF Carlos Beltran, New York
OF Andruw Jones, Atlanta
OF Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta; Aaron Rowand, Philadelphia (tie)

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Johan Santana, Minnesota
C Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit
1B Kevin Youkilis, Boston
2B Placido Polanco, Detroit
3B Adrian Beltre, Seattle
SS Orlando Cabrera, Los Angeles of Anaheim
OF Grady Sizemore, Cleveland
OF Torii Hunter, Minnesota
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle