Seattle Mariners’ First-Half Team Awards

First-Half Seattle Mariners Awards

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With half the season in the books, here's who is in line to take home the individual hardware for the Mariners at the end of the season. These are the front-runners, but plenty of baseball is still left to be played. Anything can still happen this season.

MVP - Felix Hernandez

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MVP - Felix Hernandez

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Simply put, the Mariners would not be a playoff team if they were Hernandez-less. The fact that King Felix had a truly distinguished first half and is in line to win a second AL Cy Young award makes this an easy call.

Runner-up: Robinson Cano

Best Hitter - Robinson Cano

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Best Hitter - Robinson Cano

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So far, he is earning his salary. But this is only half of year one, with 9.5 more seasons to come. His average is impressive, and he is driving in runs despite below career average power numbers. But he is 31, so real regression will have to come about sometime in the not too distant future. For now, second in hits in the AL, third in AVG and 12th in RBIs will appease the home crowd just fine.

Runner-up: Kyle Seager

Best Pitcher - Hisashi Iwakuma

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Best Pitcher - Hisashi Iwakuma

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Kuma missed the first month of the season, but he picked up right where he left off in 2013. He is 8-4 with an ERA of 2.98. Kuma's biggest asset to the M's is his ability to pitch deep into ball games and keep the bullpen fresh and rested. Of his 14 games started in 2014, he has failed to log at least 7.0 innings pitched in only five starts.

Runner-up: Fernando Rodney

Breakout Player(s) - James Jones & Dominic Leone

Breakout Player(s) - James Jones & Dominic Leone
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Breakout Player(s) - James Jones & Dominic Leone

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Jones was a career .282 hitter spread out over six seasons in the minors. He is currently doing an admirable job hitting ahead of Cano in the lineup, batting .287 with 17 SBs, while playing Gold Glove quality defense in CF.

Leone was never a prized prospect, drafted in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur draft. He made the jump from AA last year to MLB this year and hasn't looked back. His ERA sits at 1.83, and he has a very nice 10.3 K/9.

Comeback Player(s) - Joe Beimel & Chris Young

Comeback Player(s) - Joe Beimel & Chris Young
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Comeback Player(s) - Joe Beimel & Chris Young

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Beimel is a 37-year old veteran who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 but last pitched in MLB in 2011. So far with the M's, he has the lowest ERA of any relief pitcher on the roster to log 30-plus innings pitched in 2014.

Young has been plagued by injuries in his career. The 6-foot-10 Princeton grad broke into the league in 2004, but he has only three times logged more than 160 IP in a single season. He did not pitch in the majors in 2013.

Best Fielder - Dustin Ackley

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Best Fielder - Dustin Ackley

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A lot of fans gripe about his underachieving numbers at the plate so far in his career. The 26-year-old has yet to record an error in LF this year for the Mariners, having played in 631.2 innings thus far.

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