2010 Leaders & Numbers

Carlos Gonzalez became the latest multi-talented star to use Colorado’s Coors Field to his statistical advantage. Matt Holliday, traded for Gonzalez a year earlier from the Rockies to Oakland, proved he could thrive at sea level—though batting behind Albert Pujols didn’t hurt, either. Miguel Cabrera, sobered up after a final lost weekend in 2009, staked his claim as the AL’s best pure hitter. Jose Bautista, who had never hit more than 16 home runs in a season, became the majors’ first to reach 50 in three years. Joey Votto overcame clinical depression stemming from the death of his father to win the NL MVP. With the elder star Yankees starting to show their age, Robinson Cano fully emerged in the Bronx spotlight. No Cy Young Award winner had a worse record than Felix Hernandez, but voters understood that he got absolutely no support from a feeble Seattle offense. David Price shattered the Tampa Bay season record for wins, hardly a big challenge given that the old record was 14. Ubaldo Jimenez won 15 games by the all-star break and registered the first no-hitter in Colorado history. Adam Wainwright’s numbers handsomely matched those of Roy Halladay, but it was the first-year Phillie who got more wins, the perfect game, the postseason spot—and, as a result, the NL Cy. Tim Hudson was the latest post-Tommy John success story, winning NL Comeback Player of the Year honors.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2010
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Carlos Gonzalez Colorado 145 .336 587 111 197 34 9 34 117 32 8 2 26 8 9
2. Albert Pujols St. Louis 159 .312 587 115 183 39 1 42 118 65 38 4 14 4 23
3, Joey Votto Cincinnati 150 .324 547 106 177 36 2 37 113 83 8 7 16 5 11
4. Matt Holliday St. Louis 158 .312 596 95 186 45 1 28 103 59 10 8 9 5 13
5. Jayson Werth Philadelphia 156 .296 554 106 164 46 2 27 85 76 6 7 13 3 11
6. Troy Tulowitzki Colorado 122 .315 470 89 148 32 3 27 95 44 4 5 11 2 17
7. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 157 .304 619 101 188 45 1 25 103 55 1 6 14 3 17
8. Dan Uggla Florida 159 .287 589 100 169 31 0 33 105 76 2 2 4 1 9
9. Rickie Weeks Milwaukee 160 .269 651 112 175 32 4 29 83 76 0 25 11 4 5
10. Adrian Gonzalez San Diego 160 .298 591 87 176 33 0 31 101 58 35 2 0 0 15
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2010
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 150 .328 548 111 180 45 1 38 126 57 32 3 3 3 17
2. Josh Hamilton Texas 133 .359 518 95 186 40 3 32 100 38 5 5 8 1 11
3. Jose Bautista Toronto 161 .260 569 109 148 35 3 54 124 98 2 10 9 2 10
4. Paul Konerko Chicago 149 .312 548 89 171 30 1 39 111 65 7 5 0 1 9
5. Carl Crawford Tampa Bay 154 .307 600 110 184 30 13 19 90 43 3 3 47 10 2
6. Robinson Cano New York 160 .319 626 103 200 41 3 29 109 43 14 8 3 2 19
7. Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 151 .294 574 96 169 46 5 22 104 60 12 5 15 5 15
8. Alex Rodriguez New York 137 .270 522 74 141 29 2 30 125 58 1 3 4 3 7
9. Adrian Beltre Boston 154 .321 589 84 189 49 2 28 102 30 10 5 2 1 25
10. David Ortiz Boston 145 .270 518 86 140 36 1 32 102 68 14 2 0 1 12
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2010
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Adam Wainwright St. Louis 2.42 20 11 .645 0 0 33 33 230.1 274 62 54 2 2 4 0 8 6 25
2. Roy Halladay Philadelphia 2.44 21 10 .677 0 0 33 33 250.2 352 68 29 1 5 6 1 10 5 25
3. Ubaldo Jimenez Colorado 2.88 19 8 .704 0 0 33 33 221.2 244 73 85 7 16 9 1 12 15 25
4. Heath Bell San Diego 1.93 6 1 .857 45 3 67 0 70 72 15 25 3 1 1 0 3 3 4
5. Tim Hudson Atlanta 2.83 17 9 .654 0 0 34 34 228.2 283 72 66 8 5 9 0 11 14 32
6. Josh Johnson Florida 2.30 11 6 .647 0 0 28 28 183.2 220 51 46 2 4 5 0 15 8 9
7. Jaime Garcia St. Louis 2.70 13 8 .619 0 0 28 28 163.1 201 49 60 4 4 3 1 6 5 18
8. Brian Wilson San Francisco 1.81 3 3 .500 48 5 70 0 74.2 87 15 21 5 0 1 0 0 1 2
9. Billy Wagner Atlanta 1.43 7 2 .778 37 7 71 0 69.1 61 11 19 3 2 3 0 3 2 4
10. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 2.91 13 10 .565 0 0 32 32 204.1 239 66 72 9 5 7 2 8 16 9
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2010
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Felix Hernandez Seattle 2.27 13 12 .520 0 0 34 34 249.2 285 63 69 1 14 8 1 15 5 25
2. David Price Tampa Bay 2.72 19 6 .760 0 0 32 31 208.2 262 63 78 1 5 5 3 13 9 18
3. CC Sabathia New York 3.18 21 7 .750 0 0 34 34 237.2 311 84 68 6 8 7 1 15 5 26
4. Clay Buchholz Boston 2.33 17 7 .708 0 0 28 28 173.2 196 55 66 1 1 5 1 8 8 24
5. Trevor Cahill Oakland 2.97 18 8 .692 0 0 30 30 196.2 234 65 62 1 2 6 1 15 9 27
6. Rafael Soriano Tampa Bay 1.73 3 2 .600 45 3 64 0 62.1 65 12 12 2 0 1 0 3 0 3
7. Neftali Feliz Texas 2.73 4 3 .571 40 3 70 0 69.1 66 21 15 3 5 5 0 0 0 5
8. Cliff Lee Seattle-Texas 3.18 12 9 .571 0 0 28 28 212.1 295 75 16 2 3 1 1 4 3 11
9. Jon Lester Boston 3.25 19 9 .679 0 0 32 32 208 246 75 77 6 0 10 0 22 12 21
10. Dallas Braden Oakland 3.50 11 14 .440 0 0 30 30 192.2 270 75 43 0 2 5 1 1 10 17

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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2010 Awards


NL MVP
Joey Votto, Cincinnati

AL MVP
Josh Hamilton, Texas


NL Cy Young Award
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia

AL Cy Young Award
Felix Hernandez, Seattle


NL Rookie of the Year
Buster Posey, San Francisco

AL Rookie of the Year
Naftali Feliz, Texas


NL Manager of the Year
Bud Black, San Diego

AL Manager of the Year
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Albert Pujols, St. Louis
2B Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
3B Scott Rolen, Cincinnati
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
OF Michael Bourn, Houston
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
OF Shane Victorino, Philadelphia

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Buehrle, Chicago
C Joe Mauer, Minnesota
1B Mark Teixeira, New York
2B Robinson Cano, New York
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay
SS Derek Jeter, New York
OF Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Seattle
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle