Mark Trumbo

2012 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

<p> As the 2012 MLB pennant drives begin to heat up, it's good to know what will impact the races from the A's to Zimmerman.</p>

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A’s, as in the Oakland Athletics, are in a pennant race for the first time since 2006. We have the second wild card to thank for this, but the no-name A’s have been the hottest team since July 1. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you assemble a competent pitching staff.

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Athlon Sports' 2011 AL Rookie of the Year

Athlon editors cast their ballots for this year's best rookie in the American League
<p> Athlon editors cast their ballots for this year's best rookie in the American League</p>

With the World Series in the rear-view mirror and the hot stove just beginning to heat up, it's time to hand out some awards to this year's best performers on the diamond. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) will make their announcements starting Monday. And while no Athlon editors are members of the BBWAA, here's how four of us — Charlie Miller, Braden Gall, Patrick Snow and Mark Ross — would have voted if we did have a ballot to cast.

AL Rookie of the Year