2016 Leaders & Numbers

The incomparable Mike Trout continued to make life tolerant for Angels fans otherwise losing patience with the team’s backward direction. For the second straight year, Nolan Arenado collected over 40 home runs and 130 RBIs; only Jimmie Foxx and Chuck Klein had also previously done that before turning 26. No one hit more doubles, home runs and drove in more runs in his final season than David Ortiz. Daniel Murphy earned every penny of his rich new contract with Washington, saving his best stuff for when he faced his former Mets mates. After a miserable start to the year, the Reds were able to play .500 ball in the second half because Joey Votto hit .400 during that same time. Brian Dozier became the first player in nearly 40 years to hit 40 homers for a 100-loss team. Rick Porcello muted the volume on those who criticized Boston for giving him an annual $20 million salary. Justin Verlander, righting himself from a recent dry spell, finished a close second in the AL Cy Young Award vote despite garnering twice as many first-place nods as anyone else. Johnny Cueto led the league in complete games, meaning less chances for an AWOL Giants bullpen to blow more saves. Kyle Hendricks channeled Greg Maddux with both his ability to baffle hitters and to top the ERA charts. A midseason back injury left Clayton Kershaw 13 innings shy of qualifying for a likely fifth ERA title in six seasons. Like teammate Jose Bautista before him, J.A. Happ found sudden success after years of living an infuriating, nomadic major league existence. Zach Britton didn’t suffer a single blown save and recorded the lowest-ever ERA by anyone throwing over 50 innings—but he’ll be remembered for the one game he didn’t play, the Orioles’ AL Wild Card loss at Toronto in which he never left the bullpen

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2016
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Nolan Arenado Colorado 160 .294 618 116 182 35 6 41 133 58 10 2 2 3 17
2. Kris Bryant Chicago 155 .292 603 121 176 35 3 39 102 70 5 18 8 5 3
3. Joey Votto Cincinnati 158 .326 556 101 181 34 2 29 97 93 15 5 8 1 16
4. Daniel Murphy Washington 142 .347 531 88 184 47 5 25 104 25 10 8 5 3 4
5. Freddie Freeman Atlanta 158 .302 589 102 178 43 6 34 91 71 18 10 6 1 12
6. Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 158 .297 579 106 172 33 3 24 95 95 15 7 32 5 14
7. Charlie Blackmon Colorado 143 .324 578 111 187 35 5 29 82 39 4 13 17 9 2
8. Anthony Rizzo Chicago 155 .292 583 94 170 43 4 32 109 66 8 16 3 5 13
9. Jean Segura Arizona 153 .319 637 102 203 41 7 20 64 38 1 12 33 10 6
10. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 135 .305 511 80 156 23 3 30 91 36 10 4 16 5 20
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2016
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mike Trout L.A. of Anaheim 159 .315 549 123 173 32 5 29 100 104 12 11 30 7 5
2. Mookie Betts Boston 158 .318 672 122 214 42 5 31 113 48 1 2 26 4 12
3. Jose Altuve Houston 161 .338 640 108 216 42 5 24 96 49 11 7 30 10 15
4. David Ortiz Boston 151 .315 537 79 169 48 1 38 127 65 15 2 2 0 22
5. Josh Donaldson Toronto 155 .284 577 122 164 32 5 37 99 103 6 9 7 1 16
6. Brian Dozier Minnesota 155 .268 615 104 165 35 5 42 99 55 6 8 18 2 12
7. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 158 .316 595 92 188 31 1 38 108 60 15 4 0 0 26
8. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 160 .263 601 99 158 34 0 42 127 84 3 5 2 0 22
9. Manny Machado Baltimore 157 .294 604 105 188 40 1 37 96 39 9 3 0 3 14
10. Robinson Cano Seattle 161 .298 655 107 195 33 2 39 103 39 8 8 0 1 18
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2016
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Johnny Cueto San Francisco 2.79 18 5 .783 0 0 32 32 219.2 286 68 44 1 3 8 1 4 12 13
2. Kyle Hendricks Chicago 2.13 16 8 .667 0 0 31 30 190 219 45 41 3 5 8 0 13 7 12
3. Jon Lester Chicago 2.44 19 5 .792 0 0 32 32 202.2 244 55 52 0 4 6 0 28 13 15
4. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 1.69 12 4 .750 0 0 21 21 149 141 31 10 1 5 2 3 1 1 9
5. Jeurys Familia New York 2.55 3 4 .429 51 5 78 0 77.2 79 22 25 6 3 1 0 8 0 10
6. Kenley Jansen Los Angeles 1.83 3 2 .600 47 6 71 0 68.2 59 14 9 2 1 2 0 4 1 1
7. Max Scherzer Washington 2.96 20 7 .741 0 0 34 34 228.1 303 75 54 2 2 6 1 8 4 6
8. Mark Melacon Pitt.-Wash. 1.64 2 2 .500 47 4 75 0 71.1 69 13 12 0 4 1 0 2 0 6
9. Jose Fernandez Miami 2.86 16 8 .667 0 0 29 29 182.1 223 58 49 5 9 6 1 2 6 14
10. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 2.74 15 9 .625 0 0 34 34 226.2 298 69 54 0 4 8 1 6 9 15
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2016
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Rick Porcello Boston 3.15 22 4 .846 0 0 33 33 223 306 78 32 0 3 13 0 7 3 16
2. Corey Kluber Cleveland 3.14 18 9 .667 0 0 32 32 215 281 75 56 1 5 7 1 4 8 17
3. Aaron Sanchez Toronto 3.00 15 2 .882 0 0 30 30 192 241 64 63 0 5 5 0 12 2 14
4. Justin Verlander Detroit 3.04 16 9 .640 0 0 34 34 227.2 304 77 56 1 6 8 0 5 9 8
5. J.A. Happ Toronto 3.18 20 4 .833 0 0 32 32 195 269 69 60 0 3 6 2 7 1 21
6. Zach Britton Baltimore 0.54 2 1 .667 47 0 69 0 67 49 4 15 3 10 0 0 1 0 4
7. Chris Sale Chicago 3.34 17 10 .630 0 0 32 32 226.2 311 84 43 2 2 17 0 5 2 16
8. Michael Fulmer Detroit 3.06 11 7 .611 0 0 26 26 159 213 54 40 1 1 9 1 4 2 17
9. Masahiro Tanaka New York 3.07 14 4 .778 0 0 31 31 199.2 283 68 36 0 7 3 0 7 3 10
10. Sam Dyson Texas 2.43 3 2 .600 38 5 73 0 70.1 89 19 23 0 3 3 0 5 2 12

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2016 Awards


NL MVP
Kris Bryant, Chicago

AL MVP
Mike Trout, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Cy Young Award
Max Scherzer, Washington

AL Cy Young Award
Rick Porcello, Boston


NL Rookie of the Year
Corey Seager, Los Angeles

AL Rookie of the Year
Michael Fulmer, Detroit


NL Manager of the Year
Dave Roberts, Los Angeles

AL Manager of the Year
Terry Francona, Cleveland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Zack Greinke, Los Angeles
C Buster Posey, San Francisco
1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago
2B Joe Panik, San Francisco
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Brandon Crawford, San Francisco
OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta
OF Starling Marte, Pittsburgh
OF Jason Heyward, Chicago

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Dallas Keuchel, Houston
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B Mitch Moreland, Texas
2B Ian Kinsler, Detroit
3B Adrian Beltre, Texas
SS Alcides Escobar, Kansas City
OF Brett Gardner, New York
OF Mookie Betts, Boston
OF Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay