2009 Leaders & Numbers

Albert Pujols finished a prodigious decade in which he hit over .300 with at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in every year except 2000—a year in which he had yet to reach the majors. Joe Mauer, a St. Paul native immensely popular with Twin fans, registered the highest batting average ever by a catcher. Mark Teixeira was might over marquee, driving the Yankees to a championship while bigger names took most of the glory. Adam Lind provided unexpected spark for a Toronto offense that badly needed it. Buoyed by a 30-game hitting streak, Ryan Zimmerman cemented his reputation as the first star hitter for the Nationals. The Brewers’ Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun evolved into, arguably, baseball’s best one-two punch at the plate. Following two years of rehab from Tommy John surgery, Chris Carpenter regained his place as one of baseball’s toughest pitchers. With a sensational start that helped earn him the AL Cy Young Award, Zack Greinke completed the long road back from early futility complicated by social anxiety disorders. Tim Lincecum’s 15 wins were the fewest for a starting pitcher winning a Cy—until it was broken a year later by “King FelixHernandez, who for now finally reached the full potential forecast for him when he joined the majors four seasons earlier as a 19-year old. With a gruff, menacing disposition that appeared to channel Rod Beck, Heath Bell proved there was ninth-inning life on the Padres’ mound after Trevor Hoffman.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2009
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Albert Pujols St. Louis 160 .327 568 124 186 45 1 47 135 71 44 9 16 4 23
2. Prince Fielder Milwaukee 162 .299 591 103 177 35 3 46 141 89 21 9 2 3 14
3. Ryan Howard Philadelphia 160 .279 616 105 172 37 4 45 141 68 7 6 8 1 11
4. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 158 .320 635 113 203 39 6 32 114 56 1 13 20 6 6
5. Hanley Ramirez Florida 151 .342 576 101 197 42 1 24 106 47 14 9 27 8 9
6. Derrek Lee Chicago 141 .306 532 91 163 36 2 35 111 70 6 3 1 0 12
7. Chase Utley Philadelphia 156 .282 571 112 161 28 4 31 93 85 3 24 23 0 5
8. Joey Votto Cincinnati 131 .322 469 82 151 38 1 25 84 60 10 4 4 1 8
9. Ryan Zimmerman Washington 157 .292 610 110 178 37 3 33 106 63 9 2 2 0 22
10. Adrian Gonzalez San Diego 160 .277 552 90 153 27 2 40 99 97 22 5 1 1 23
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2009
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Joe Mauer Minnesota 138 .365 523 94 191 30 1 28 96 62 14 2 4 1 13
2. Jason Bay Boston 151 .267 531 103 142 29 3 36 119 90 4 9 13 3 9
3. Mark Teixeira New York 156 .292 609 103 178 43 3 39 122 72 9 12 2 0 13
4. Kevin Youkilis Boston 136 .305 491 99 150 36 1 27 94 71 6 16 7 2 9
5. Adam Lind Toronto 151 .305 587 93 179 46 0 35 114 51 7 5 1 1 15
6. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 160 .324 611 96 198 34 0 34 103 54 14 5 6 2 22
7. Alex Rodriguez New York 124 .286 444 78 127 17 1 30 100 73 7 8 14 2 13
8. Derek Jeter New York 153 .334 634 107 212 27 1 18 66 68 4 5 30 5 18
9. Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay 152 .297 501 91 149 28 7 27 91 87 4 2 17 6 7
10. Carlos Pena Tampa Bay 135 .227 471 91 107 25 2 39 100 76 11 9 3 3 5
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2009
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Chris Carpenter St. Louis 2.24 17 4 .810 0 0 28 28 192.2 214 48 37 1 1 7 0 2 4 23
2. Adam Wainwright St. Louis 2.63 19 8 .704 0 0 34 34 233 309 68 65 1 7 3 0 12 6 18
3. Tim Lincecum San Francisco 2.48 15 7 .682 0 0 32 32 225.1 236 62 66 2 11 6 0 20 5 9
4. Jonathan Broxton Los Angeles 2.61 7 2 .778 36 6 73 0 76 62 22 28 1 2 1 0 7 1 1
5. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 2.79 8 8 .500 0 0 31 30 171 168 53 87 4 11 1 2 6 14 12
6. Heath Bell San Diego 2.71 6 4 .600 42 6 68 0 69.2 73 21 23 1 4 0 0 5 2 7
7. Joel Pineiro St. Louis 3.49 15 12 .556 0 0 32 32 214 306 83 26 1 4 8 0 1 4 29
8. Jair Jurrjens Atlanta 2.60 14 10 .583 0 0 34 34 215 280 62 74 1 3 3 2 14 8 16
9. Javier Vazquez Atlanta 2.87 15 10 .600 0 0 32 32 219.1 281 70 42 2 6 4 0 7 5 10
10. Huston Street Colorado 3.06 4 1 .800 35 2 64 0 61.2 72 21 9 4 0 0 0 9 0 1
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2009
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Zack Greinke Kansas City 2.16 16 8 .667 0 0 33 33 229.1 285 55 51 0 5 4 0 5 10 17
2. Felix Hernandez Seattle 2.49 19 5 .792 0 0 34 34 238.2 280 66 71 0 17 8 1 20 9 20
3. CC Sabathia New York 3.37 19 8 .704 0 0 34 34 230 306 86 60 7 5 9 0 13 10 22
4. Roy Halladay Toronto 2.79 17 10 .630 0 0 32 32 239 349 74 35 0 2 5 0 18 6 21
5. Justin Verlander Detroit 3.45 19 9 .679 0 0 35 35 240 333 92 58 5 8 6 4 9 19 10
6. Mariano Rivera New York 1.76 3 3 .500 44 2 66 0 66.1 76 13 11 1 1 1 0 2 1 3
7. Joe Nathan Minnesota 2.10 2 2 .500 47 5 70 0 68.2 75 16 21 1 4 2 0 5 0 2
8. Jon Lester Boston 3.41 15 8 ..652 0 0 32 32 203.1 281 77 64 0 6 3 0 19 12 14
9. Jarrod Washburn Seattle-Detroit 3.78 9 9 .500 0 0 28 28 176 261 74 48 1 1 5 0 5 4 16
10. Andrew Bailey Oakland 1.84 6 3 .667 26 4 68 0 83.1 73 17 21 3 6 0 0 1 0 3

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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2009 Awards


NL MVP
Albert Pujols, St. Louis

AL MVP
Joe Mauer, Minnesota


NL Cy Young Award
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

AL Cy Young Award
Zack Greinke, Kansas City


NL Rookie of the Year
Chris Coghlan, Florida

AL Rookie of the Year
Andrew Bailey, Oakland


NL Manager of the Year
Jim Tracy, Colorado

AL Manager of the Year
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Adam Wainwright, St. Louis
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego
2B Orlando Hudson, Los Angeles
3B Ryan Zimmerman, Washington
SS Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia
OF Michael Bourn, Houston
OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
OF Shane Victorino, Philadelphia

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Buehrle, Chicago
C Joe Mauer, Minnesota
1B Mark Teixeira, New York
2B Placido Polanco, Detroit
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
SS Derek Jeter, New York
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore
OF Torii Hunter, Los Angeles of Anaheim
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle