MVP: David Ortiz
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Of course, in the World Series, he was dominant. He hit .688 with 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, 11 hits, and 8 walks (with only 1 strike out). He now has 3 World Series rings and 1 MVP award in his career.
Cy Young: Jon Lester
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This postseason, Lester made a name for himself as an ace. In the World Series, he had 2 winning starts, pitched 15.1 innings, and only gave up 9 hits, 1 run, 1 walk while striking out 15. His World Series ERA was 0.59.
Rookie of the Year: Xander Bogaerts
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In the World Series, Bogaerts started all 6 games, batted .238 (which was surprisingly the third highest on the team behind Ortiz and Ellsbury) with2 RBIs and 5 hits, including a triple.
Comeback Player of the Year: John Lackey
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When he came back this season, no one knew what Lackey would bring. He looked healthier, physically thinner and stronger, than he had in recent years. He had a presence to him that showed confidence, and he pitched with confidence. He had a 10-13 record, but that was because he couldn't get the run support. He completed the year with a 3.53 ERA (it was 6.41 in 2011), 189.1 innings pitched, and a 1.157 WHIP.
This World Series, Lackey pitched in 3 games (2 starts), had a 1-1 record, and a 2.57 ERA. He gave up 14 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and struck out 11.
Honorable Mention: Daniel Nava
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No one can argue that Daniel Nava had an incredible season. If you recall, Nava made headlines in 2010 when he hit a grand slam on the first pitch he ever saw in the minors. He was the guy who didnt make his college baseball team right away and was the team manager for two seasons. Then, he played in the Golden Baseball League, and his contract was bought by the Red Sox for one dollar. In 2011, he was buried in the minors and designated for assignment without any other team showing interest. In 2012, he hit only .243 in 88 games. Many thought he was just a good story, but he wrote another chapter this season.
Daniel Nava hit a career high .303 this season with 12 home runs and 66 RBIs. He played 134 games, platooning with Jonny Gomes and filling in for Victorino when needed. He was a presence at the plate, but he wasn't one of the over-the-top players that seemed to flood the media this season. He was grounded, and he will certainly be back in the Majors next season.
That's it for me today. Tomorrow, I will be attending the Red Sox World Series parade, so make sure to check back early next week for photos and commentary. It's been a great and intense season, but you can't be upset about the outcome.