I've decided to wait and hand out the final edition of the monthly awards until the conclusion of the regular season for reasons that I'm sure are obvious to all human beings. In the meantime, however, I thought it'd be fun to revisit a segment that gives special recognition to the players who least deserve it. That's right, these are the guys that make us wonder why their managers would continue to write their names on the lineup card day in and day out. They're categorized by position (C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, 3 OFs, SP, RP) and each hitter was required to have a minimum of 370 plate appearances. These very prestigious awards are only reserved for the ones who continued their (lack of) performance embarrassingly deep into the season.
So, without any further adu, your 2009 LVP's!
C- Dioner Navarro, Tampa Bay Rays
1B- Aubrey Huff, Baltimore Orioles/Detroit Tigers
2B- Luis Valbuena, Cleveland Indians
3B- Garret Atkins, Colorado Rockies
SS- Yuniesky Betancourt, Seattle Marines/Kansas City Royals
OF- Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins
OF- Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox
OF- Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs
SP- Braden Looper, Milwaukee Brewers
RP- Seth McClung, Milwaukee Brewers
Don't give up, guys. Just last year Michael Bourn won an LVP award and he bounced back to have a 4.3 WAR. There's still hope. My apologies to Garret Anderson, Jeff Francoeur, Emilio Bonifacio, Jeff Suppan, Chris Volstad and countless others. Perhaps you can make it all the way to the top (or bottom) next season!