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Boy, I love it when people do my work for me. Here's a season-closing, marathon post from Birdland Todd, who says he wants my opinion but really just wrote so he could get his votes on the record for all the postseason awards:

Todd's take: Pete, at the beginning of the month, I asked you who you thought would be the MVP, ROY, Cy Young and Manager of the Year in both leagues, so with Sunday being it, who are your picks now?

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AL MVP: Justin Morneau (I don't think the Twins would be in the hunt without this guy, as they are a soft hitting team so no way they make up the 129 runs that Justin knocked in)

Rookie of the Year: Evan Longoria

Cy Young: Cliff Lee (lower right)

Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon

NL MVP: Ryan Howard (The avg. isn't good nor the errors, but this guy produced when it counted and carried the team to a division title)

Rookie of the Year: Geovany Soto

CY Young: Johan Santana (I had Webb at the beginning of the month, but Johan was the one Met pitcher that basically carried his team and did it under a huge spotlight)

Manager of the Year: Joe Torre (It would be easy to go with Lou, but the Dodgers played without Furcal for 120+ games. They lost their closer for 60 days. Andruw Jones was injured and Kent missed a big portion and has been basically a pinch hitter since coming back and yet they won their division)

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Comeback player of the year: Carlos Delgado (Hamiltons' story was great, but my definition of a comeback player is someone who's an established player, but either in decline or coming back from a serious injury. Carlos was awesome this year and showed that he is still a feared hitter with 38 HRs and 115 RBIs)

Most Valuable Oriole: Nick Markakis, as this guy walks, scores runs, hits doubles, hit .300, gold glove arm and helps retrieve the grocery cart for elderly women.

Pete's picks...

AL MVP: Carlos Quentin -- I'm overweighting the "value to his team" to make up for his injury.

NL MVP: Ryan Howard -- Slam dunk.

AL Cy Young: Cliff Lee -- No argument here.

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NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum -- Best all-around season. MVP value to team is not part of the equation.

AL Rookie: Evan Longoria -- Simply the best first-year player in either league...in awhile.

NL Rookie: Geovany Soto -- Terrific all-around rookie season for a catcher.

AL Manager: Joe Maddon -- No need to comment here.

NL Manager: Lou Piniella -- Best record in NL and, well, it's the Cubs.

Comeback Player of the Year: Cliff Lee -- Can't go with Delgado (24 HR, 87 RBI) or Hamilton (19 homers in a half-season in 2007). Lee went from 5-8 to 22-3, for God's sake.

Orioles MVP: Aubrey Huff

Howard/AP photo

Lee/Getty Images

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