Texas Rangers: Handing Out the Mid-Season Awards
By Kenneth Nash
MVP: Shin-Soo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo is having a season for the ages. Currently in the midst of a 51-game on-base streak, his average is nearing .300 at the break which is why he was named the Rangers lone All-Star this season, a career first. Demonstrating his ability as a consummate leadoff hitter, he has an on-base percentage over .400 and a slugging percentage over .500. He is having one of the top years of his 14-year career and shows no signs of slowing down.
In a Rangers season marred by disappointment, Choo and his streak have been one of the few positives to glean from a tough first half. Much like Kela, he himself may be on the move this summer especially with the numbers he’s putting up at the plate. There really is no question that he is the Most Valuable Player for the Rangers halfway through the year.