Fantasy Baseball: Final Awards For 2012 Season
The 2012 fantasy baseball season was one of the most memorable seasons ever. There were broken records and even some broken hearts as well. Some familiar faces play well and some newcomers stepped into the spotlight this season.
Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera won the fantasy triple crown and ended up winning several fantasy titles in the process. His performance will live on in fantasy lore for decades to come and will certainly take some more trophies home.
A couple rookies had an immediate impact this year. Los Angeles Angels outfielder, Mike Trout, had an insane first year; he batted well over .300, hit 30 homers, and almost stole 50 bases. Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper may not have posted Trout-like numbers, but he was still fantasy relevant. Harper hit .270 and hit 22 longballs in his first action in the bigs.
As usual, pitching once again ruled fantasy baseball in 2012. Six pitchers had 20 wins or more this year and thirteen pitchers reached the 200-strikeout plateau.
The 2012 fantasy season had numerous surprises, from New York Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey’s miracle season at 37 years old to Edwin Encarnacion blasting 42 homers and driving in 110 RBI. Even Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn had a resurgent fantasy performance, as 41 of his 110 hits this season where long balls.
To completely wrap up the 2012 fantasy season and hand out some Rant Sports hardware, here are the top fantasy award winners from this fantasy baseball season:
Breakout Player Of The Year
OF Andrew McCuthem, Pittsburgh Pirates – McCutchen matured a lot over the last season. The centerfielder batted a disappointing .259 in 2010, but shockingly brought his average all the way up to .327 this past season. McCutchen also posted a OPS of .953, was second in the National League with 107 runs scored, and stole 20 bases, which only added to his amazing roto-league potential.
The 26-year old crushed 31 home runs and drove in 98 runs in a true MVP performance. McCutchen is one of the best youngsters at the position and it is scary that he will only get better form here.
Disappointment Of The Year
SP Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants – Lincecum, being the NL Cy Young Award winner in 2008 and 2009, was a very high draft pick this past season. However, he was by far the biggest fantasy disappointment of the season.
Lincecum finished the year with a 10-15 record, 5.18 ERA, and horrendous 1.47 WHIP. He was eventually demoted to a middle reliever in the playoffs, but came back to the rotation just in time to lose game 7 to the St. Louis Cardinals after allowing 4 runs in 4.1 innings pitched. This was by far the worst performance of any players drafted within the top-20 this past preseason.
If you poll 100 people who owned Big Time Timmy Jim this past season and ask them why they lost, you will get the same response; “I lost because of Tim Lincecum!”
Performance Of The Year
OF Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers – On May 8th, Hamilton crushed a ridiculous 4 home runs, tying the MLB record for most homers in a single game. He finished the game 5-5 with 4 homers, a double, and an insane 8 RBI. Hamilton easily won thousands of fantasy matchups that week, as he put up great weekly numbers in one game.
Rookie Of The Year
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – It is not often that a rookie contends for a fantasy MVP in his first year, and the 21-year old, Trout did exactly that. Trout hit a ridiculous .326 in 2012, but even more ridiculous was his 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases. He has become the ideal fantasy keeper in any type of dynasty leagues and Trout has already matured into the big fish in a little pond.
Pitcher Of The Year
SP R. A. Dickey, New York Mets – Dickey’s performance in 2012 was easily the best season from any knuckleball pitcher. Dickey boasted an incredible 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He also tossed 5 complete games, 3 of which were complete game shutouts.
In 232.2 innings of work Dickey struck out 230 batters, which was that much more impressive considering the meager 54 walks. The 37-year old journeyman showed outstanding control over a pitch that is so unpredictable, and even better he was completely overlooked in the beginning of the year. Dickey was the best pitcher of the 2012 season, not only because of his amazing stat lines, but also because he was such a great value pick this year.
Most Valuable Player
3B Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – Miggy put together one of the most impressive performances in the history of fantasy baseball. Cabrera had an absurd .330 batting average with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, winning the American League Triple Crown. Cabrera’s unthinkable numbers carried millions of fantasy owners and will be talked about for years to come.