2012 Leaders & Numbers

Miguel Cabrera may have been baseball’s first triple-crown hitter in 45 years, but Mike Trout—a mere 20 years of age—had the more complete offensive season. Ryan Braun remained the NL’s hottest bat, presumably this time without the help of PEDs. Aramis Ramirez became Braun’s new protective pal in the Milwaukee lineup, replacing Detroit-bound Prince Fielder. Andrew McCutchen’s most impressive numbers to date weren’t enough to keep the Pirates from a late collapse and their 20th straight losing campaign. Like Jose Bautista before him, fellow Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion came out of nowhere with an eye-opening effort that helped ease the loss of numerous injury-stricken teammates…including Bautista. R.A. Dickey overcame a season-long muscle tear in his abdomen and a weak Mets squad to become, at 37, the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award. David Price became both the first Cy recipient and 20-game winner in Tampa Bay history. Helping out Price on the backend, the Rays’ Fernando Rodney set a record for the lowest ERA by a closer (minimum 50 innings). Jim Johnson was the primary reason the Orioles won 29 of 38 one-run games while breaking a 14-year streak of losing seasons. The Yankees made good on their insurance policy when Rafael Soriano rose to the challenge as the team’s closer following Mariano Rivera’s year-ending knee injury.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2012
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 154 .319 598 108 191 36 3 41 112 48 15 11 30 7 12
2. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh 157 .327 593 107 194 29 6 31 96 57 13 5 20 12 9
3. Buster Posey San Francisco 148 .336 530 78 178 39 1 24 103 62 7 2 1 1 19
4. Chase Headley San Diego 161 .286 604 95 173 31 2 31 115 84 2 4 17 6 7
5. Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee 149 .300 570 92 171 50 3 27 105 41 3 12 9 2 14
6. Giancarlo Stanton Miami 123 .290 449 75 130 30 1 37 86 37 9 5 6 2 5
7. Carlos Gonzalez Colorado 135 .303 518 89 157 31 5 22 85 45 11 2 20 5 11
8. Matt Holliday St. Louis 157 .295 599 95 177 36 2 27 102 72 3 9 4 4 16
9. David Wright New York 156 .306 581 91 178 41 2 21 93 65 16 3 15 10 15
10. Aaron Hill Arizona 156 .302 609 93 184 44 6 26 85 45 7 4 14 5 15
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2012
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mike Trout L.A. of Anaheim 139 .326 559 129 182 27 8 30 83 63 4 6 49 5 7
2. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 161 .330 622 109 205 40 0 44 139 49 17 3 4 1 28
3. Josh Hamilton Texas 148 .285 562 103 160 31 2 43 128 47 13 5 7 4 9
4. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 151 .280 542 93 152 24 0 42 110 72 12 11 13 3 6
5. Prince Fielder Detroit 162 .313 581 83 182 33 1 30 108 67 18 17 1 0 19
6. Robinson Cano New York 161 .313 627 105 196 48 1 33 94 51 10 7 3 2 22
7. Adrian Beltre Texas 156 .321 604 95 194 33 2 36 102 28 8 5 1 0 8
8. Josh Willingham Minnesota 145 .260 519 85 135 30 1 35 110 72 4 14 3 2 15
9. Billy Butler Kansas City 161 .313 614 72 192 32 1 29 107 45 9 7 2 1 20
10. Curtis Granderson New York 160 .232 596 102 138 18 4 43 106 71 4 5 10 3 5
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2012
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. R.A. Dickey New York 2.73 20 6 .769 0 0 34 33 233.2 307 71 52 2 4 9 1 4 8 25
2. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 2.53 14 9 .609 0 0 32 32 227.2 262 64 58 5 6 5 2 8 23 17
3. Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 2.78 19 9 .679 0 0 33 33 217 298 67 44 5 1 12 3 1 18 14
4. Gio Gonzalez Washington 2.89 21 8 .724 0 0 32 32 199.1 217 64 73 3 10 5 1 12 1 9
5. Kris Medlen Atlanta 1.57 10 1 .909 1 1 50 12 138 142 24 23 0 3 0 0 5 5 13
6. Kyle Lohse St. Louis 2.86 16 3 .842 0 0 33 33 211 296 67 37 1 1 4 0 6 5 12
7. Craig Kimbrel Atlanta 1.01 3 1 .750 42 3 63 0 62.2 37 7 14 0 5 2 0 8 1 3
8. Matt Cain San Francisco 2.79 16 5 .762 0 0 32 32 219.1 287 68 50 1 8 9 0 18 9 14
9. Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati 1.51 5 5 .500 38 5 68 0 71.2 56 12 23 0 4 4 0 5 1 2
10. Tim Hudson Atlanta 3.62 16 7 .696 0 0 28 28 179 245 72 46 2 3 9 0 2 6 9
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2012
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. David Price Tampa Bay 2.56 20 5 .800 0 0 31 31 211 244 60 57 2 8 5 1 11 11 20
2. Jered Weaver L.A. Anaheim 2.81 20 5 .800 0 0 30 30 188.2 233 59 45 0 2 4 0 9 9 13
3. Justin Verlander Detroit 2.64 17 8 .680 0 0 33 33 238.1 296 70 58 2 2 5 1 16 5 16
4. Fernando Rodney Tampa Bay 0.60 2 2 .500 48 2 76 0 74.2 51 5 14 1 4 3 0 2 1 5
5. Jim Johnson Baltimore 2.49 2 1 .667 51 3 71 0 68.2 71 19 14 1 1 3 0 3 2 8
6. Felix Hernandez Seattle 3.06 13 9 .591 0 0 33 33 232 289 79 56 0 13 12 2 17 9 23
7. Chris Sale Chicago 3.05 17 8 .680 0 0 30 29 192 263 65 46 5 6 6 0 14 16 20
8. Matt Harrison Texas 3.29 18 11 .621 0 0 32 32 213.1 330 78 59 0 2 1 0 1 6 27
9. Rafael Soriano New York 2.26 2 1 .667 42 4 69 0 67.2 89 17 20 4 3 1 0 3 1 6
10. Doug Fister Detroit 3.45 10 10 .500 0 0 26 26 161.2 241 62 36 1 1 7 0 2 6 16

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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2012 Awards


NL MVP
Buster Posey, San Francisco

AL MVP
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit


NL Cy Young Award
R.A. Dickey, New York

AL Cy Young Award
David Price, Tampa Bay


NL Rookie of the Year
Bryce Harper, Washington

AL Rookie of the Year
Mike Trout, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Manager of the Year
Davey Johnson, Washington

AL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin, Oakland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Buehrle, Miami
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Adam LaRoche, Washington
2B Darwin Barney, Chicago
3B Chase Headley, San Diego
SS Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh
OF Jason Heyward, Atlanta

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jake Peavy, Chicago; Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay
C Matt Wieters, Baltimore
1B Mark Teixeira, New York
2B Robinson Cano, New York
3B Adrian Beltre, Texas
SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City
OF Josh Reddick, Oakland
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore