Here’s my choices for Padres awards. Please be aware that I made some of these up.
MVP: Adrian Gonzalez. You can’t argue with 36 home runs and 119 RBIs.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Chase Headley. He is our top prospect, and he showed us why. I think he will be a star in the future. HONORABLE MENTION: Edgar Gonzalez and Will Venable.
VETERANS OF THE YEAR: Trevor Hoffman with his 30 saves in 34 opportunites. Brian Giles had a great, solid year, and it looks like he will be back next year.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Even though he didn’t win it in the National League, he was a very eligible candidate. Jody Gerut came back to the majors after not playing for two years, and put together a marvelous season. Unfortunately, he missed the last month because of a sprained finger.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Kouzmanoff. His play at third was the best of any Padre, I think. Anything that came his way, he would make a great attempt at it. It was incredible.
RELIEVER OF THE YEAR: Gotta be Mike Adams. The guy went out there on a regular basis, threw strikes and got people out. He was a huge positive on this pathetic team.
SUPRISES OF THE YEAR: After playing in the minors for 8 years, Edgar Gonzalez finally got the chance to play for his hometown team with his younger brother, Adrian. Edgar filled in nicely for the injured Tadahito Iguchi at second, and also swung a great bat. And Jody Gerut, what a great pickup he was! Filling in for the injured Jim Edmonds, Jody played wonderful defense. He was also great at the plate.
MOST PATHETIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: I can’t tell you how bad this signee was. Yep, it’s Jim Edmonds. He’s old, Petco Park is too big for him, and he was injured. It was horrible.
DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR: Khalil Greene. After such a great 2007, expectations were pretty high for Khalil. He absolutely failed at the plate. His defense was average. He finally took out his frustration on a storage box and broke his left hand. So he missed the rest of the season. But Luis Rodriguez took his place and did a fantastic job.
FLOPS OF THE YEAR: I know this is kind of mean, but these people who made us lose need to be reconized: Tadahito Iguchi, Randy Wolf, Wil Ledezma, Joe Thatcher, Charlie Haegar, Michael Barrett, Colt Morton, Luke Carlin, Tony Clark, Callix Crabbe, and Justin Huber.