BBA: 2011 Stan Musial Award

Here’s my ballot for the BBA’s Stan Musial Award for the National League. The Stan Musial Award annually goes to the league’s best player.

1) Matt Kemp, OF, Dodgers – Kemp led the National League in WAR with an outstanding 8.7 and was .013 points away in batting average from winning the Triple Crown.

2) Ryan Braun, OF, Brewers – I hate him. But, man is he good. He finished 2nd among position players in WAR and finished with a pretty incredible slash line of .332/.397/.597.

3) Roy Halladay, P, Phillies – Doc actually had a higher WAR than Braun (8.2 to 7.8), but I gave the edge to Braun because he plays every day. Halladay’s the best pitcher in the league and deserves quite a bit of MVP recognition.

4) Joey Votto, 1B, Reds – The Reds were a bit of a disappointment, but Votto was not. He led the NL in OBP at .416.

5) Justin Upton, OF, Diamondbacks – Upton was a huge reason why the DBacks surprised a lot of people this year. His 6.4 WAR was 4th among NL position players

6) Clayton Kershaw, P, Dodgers – Kershaw’s 6.8 WAR was the 5th best in all of the National League and had a pretty impressive 21-5 season where he finished with a 2.28 ERA.

7) Jose Reyes, SS, Mets – Reyes ensured that he will collect a pretty big paycheck this off season when he becomes a FA by winning the NL batting title and posting a .337.384/.493 line while swiping 39 bases.

8. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates – I’m probably stretching this a bit, but ‘Cutch was pretty impressive this year and was a huge reason the Bucs hung around for as long as they did. Cutch was a member of the 20-20 club with 23 homers and 23 stolen bases.

9) Cliff Lee, P, Phillies – Lee dominated this season for the Phillies going 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and ranked 3rd among pitchers in WAR at 6.7.

10) Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies – Tulo once again was one of the best shortstops in the Majors. His 6.3 WAR was tops at the position and 5th among NL position players.