si.com’s Jon Heyman put out his list of midseason award winners, and interestingly, only one Dodger player makes Heyman’s top five for any award – Ronald Belisario checking in at No. 5 in the N.L. Rookie of the Year category.
Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti was Heyman’s choice for N.L. Executive of the Year and Joe Torre took the honors for N.L. Manager of the Year.
While the lack of Dodger player representation was noticeable for the team with the best record in all of baseball, I can’t say I disagree. Fact is, the Dodgers have been a collection of good to very good players, but with no real star to speak of.
That isn’t a knock on anyone, it’s the fact of the matter.
Of course, that may change with the addition of Manny Ramirez for the second half of the season, although it has to be pleasing to Manny that he doesn’t feel like he has to carry this team now that he’s back. He can just blend in and do his thing on an already very good club.
Colletti and Torre absolutely deserve their honors, especially Joe for the way he kept things together when Manny got suspended.