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Let’s hand out some hardware.

MLB: SEP 23 Phillies at Nationals Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

This was a year, huh?

Going from mild trepidation in spring training about how the team would fare to not having a season at all to riding the highs of long winning streaks to hoping to season would mercifully end is the life of a Phillies fan. We’ve all lived it before and unfortunately, with one team or another in this great city of ours, we’ll live through it again.

With all that in mind, let’s hand out some awards. We saw some performances from players that we expected, some we didn’t expect, and some downright shocking performances. Let’s go through some of the awards and their nominees. I’ll list some names, a few of their accomplishments, but it’s going to be up to you to make a gut reaction.

<stares deeply into the camera>

Vote. You have the power <man throws tantrum on stage next to me> VOTE.


Most Valuable Player

This award will go to the player that had the season that was most valuable to the Phillies getting to where they ended up. When I look at MVP conversations, I tend to think of it as “If this team lost player X and replaced him with a replacement level player, what does that team look like?” Selecting the MVPs this year in the National League will be an interesting exercise. Do you go with the dominant season from Freddie Freeman, all the more surprising considering how bad of shape he was in after contracting COVID-19? Do you pick Mookie Betts, whose first year in Los Angeles seemed to be the final piece of the puzzle for them? How about the brilliance of Fernando Tatis, Jr.? See - I’m probably still forgetting someone.

With the Phillies, there are several candidates. Bryce Harper’s season, even with its midseason lull, was still worth 1.6 fWAR over the course of the 60 games. J.T. Realmuto, the catcher who did it all, saw his worth amplified when he was out for a week, a week in which the team collapsed. Was it because he wasn’t there? How about Didi Gregorius, the bat they needed to lengthen the lineup who also was a decent glove at shortstop? Do you go with a darkhorse candidate, like Andrew Knapp? A pitcher like Aaron Nola or Zack Wheeler?

Poll

2020 Phillies MVP

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Bryce Harper
    (178 votes)
  • 19%
    J.T. Realmuto
    (109 votes)
  • 15%
    Didi Gregorius
    (84 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrew Knapp
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Aaron Nola
    (8 votes)
  • 7%
    Zack Wheeler
    (43 votes)
  • 19%
    Alec Bohm
    (107 votes)
  • 1%
    other
    (8 votes)
547 votes total Vote Now

Cy Young

This should be short.

You’ve really only got three options here to choose from unless you want to dig deep into the stats and try to convince me why Blake Parker was the best pitcher on this staff. We know what Aaron Nola did this season, but those few September starts where he struggled have left a bad taste in many a mouth of fans. Zack Wheeler was great this season so long as he didn’t do battle with any pants. Zach Eflin was surprisingly solid beneath the surface numbers and gave the team a solid trip of rotation members. So, if we do add Parker as a the sole representative of the bullpen, who was the Cy Young award winner for Philadelphia?

Poll

2020 Phillies Cy Young

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Aaron Nola
    (124 votes)
  • 66%
    Zack Wheeler
    (350 votes)
  • 7%
    Zach Eflin
    (38 votes)
  • 0%
    Blake Parker
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    other (don’t click this one)
    (10 votes)
525 votes total Vote Now

Rookie of the Year

Really?

Poll

2020 Phillies Rookie of the Year

This poll is closed

  • 62%
    Alec Bohm
    (295 votes)
  • 6%
    Alec Bohm
    (32 votes)
  • 13%
    Alec Bohm
    (63 votes)
  • 17%
    Alec Bohm
    (84 votes)
474 votes total Vote Now

Most surprising Phillie

Even though the crushing disappointment of the season is still fresh in our minds, there were some surprises that happened along the way. As intrepid reporter Matt Breen detailed in a piece the other day, you can point to at least four players that outperformed expectations - Eflin, Bohm and the bullpen duo of Connor Brogdon and Jojo Romero. The bullpen dup especially showed promise that many might have been aware of prior to the season beginning. Bohm feels like the least surprising “most surprising”. He is, after all, a first round pick and the talent has been there all along his minor league journey. Even still, coming up and hitting as well as he did made many feel better about the future of the hot corner. Eflin, as said previously, rounded out the rotation in a way that the team needed. We all know that Nola and Wheeler were going to be solid-to-great, but after that there were question marks. Eflin provided a nice piece of stability.

Poll

2020 Most surprising Phillie

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Alec Bohm
    (215 votes)
  • 35%
    Zach Eflin
    (184 votes)
  • 14%
    Brogdon/Romero
    (76 votes)
  • 7%
    other
    (37 votes)
512 votes total Vote Now

Most disappointing Phillie

Can you name an entire unit?

No? Ok, we have to pick single players, so out of everyone - man I can’t even choose just one guy. Hector Neris? Let’s go with him.

Scott Kingery did disappoint, but we’re going to leave him off of this list because of his contracting COVID-19. We simply don’t know what that did to him physically in terms of preparation to get ready for the season and maintenance to stay ready as the season wore on. That’s not fair to him.

Vince Velasquez seems like a perpetual disappointment, especially with a new pitching coach and manager coming in, theoretically giving him an opportunity to hear a new voice and new ideas in his development. It didn’t end well.

There is an argument that prior his picking it up at the end, Andrew McCutchen is the most disappointing player. The defense and baserunning were bad enough that even despite the offense, he was a sub-replacement level player.

Perhaps a controversial choice as most disappointing is Spencer Howard. There were some people that were saying Howard would contribute right away, being one of the three best pitchers on the staff and he has trouble getting out of the fourth inning, when he could get there at all, before getting hurt again. It might be a tad unfair to place those kinds of expectations of a young player that didn’t get to pitch at Triple-A, but when our expectations go up and they aren’t met, that’s disappointing.

Poll

2020 Most disappointing Phillie

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Vince Velasquez
    (82 votes)
  • 33%
    Hector Neris
    (170 votes)
  • 9%
    Andrew McCutchen
    (48 votes)
  • 25%
    Spencer Howard
    (131 votes)
  • 15%
    other
    (81 votes)
512 votes total Vote Now

You might be thinking to yourself: “I wonder what the staff at TGP thinks of this...”

Well do I have news for you! Here are the results of the writing group (and selected friends) taking the same poll.

MVP:

Cy Young:

Rookie of the Year:

Most surprising Phillie:

Most disappointing Phillie: