Sometimes a team wins in spite of having no big-time, league leading slugger on their roster. The first place Cleveland Indians are as good of an example of that as any I can remember in recent memory. They have several players that have done incredibly well at just doing their jobs and the result has them leading the American League Central over the defending A.L. champion Detroit Tigers. No one man got them there but without a doubt their first half MVP would have to be Jason Kipnis.
Kipnis has been so good since the start of May, and most of it actually in June, that his slow start should be a thing of forgotten past. The second baseman has led the team so powerfully that he has put himself right behind New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in most stat categories and if you slice off some time at the start of the season, Kipnis has been one of the if not the best producing second baseman in the game.
So I think we can hand him the Indians first half MVP trophy but what about an All-Star slot? Oh he definitely deserves one. I won’t say he deserves to start above Cano because frankly he doesn’t but he most certainly should be one of the players selected after the starting line-ups are finalized. The work he has put in to get better and stay better has moved him from just another second baseman to one of the premier second basemen in the entire game.