Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, right, is congratulated by Eric Thames...

Blue Jays' Jose Bautista, right, is congratulated by Eric Thames after scoring against the Yankees during the first inning. (July 14, 2011) Credit: AP

Just as we're settling into the postseason, let's divulge our annual end-of-the-regular-season awards.

American League MVP

Jose Bautista, Toronto. He helped defensively (a little) and offensively (a great amount). It's not his fault that the Blue Jays couldn't keep up with the Yankees, Rays or Red Sox. Props also to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, the Yankees' Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia and Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury.

AL Least Valuable PlayerCarl Crawford, Boston. The $142-million man capped a disastrous first campaign for Boston by failing to catch Robert Andino's flare single, ending his club's season. Dishonorable mention to the White Sox's Adam Dunn and Alex Rios and Detroit's Magglio Ordoñez.

National League MVPMatt Kemp, Dodgers. I don't see the logic in blaming Kemp for the McCourts' mismanagement of their team. He also improved his defense. Great seasons also for Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto of Cincinnati.

NL LVPAubrey Huff, San Francisco. One of the keys to the Giants' World Series title last year, he's one of the main reasons San Francisco is home. Ty Wigginton of Colorado and Milwaukee's Casey McGehee also hurt their clubs.

AL Cy YoungJustin Verlander, Detroit. A no-brainer. Sabathia, the Angels' Jered Weaver and Tampa Bay's James Shields also had excellent seasons.

AL Belly-ItcherJohn Lackey, Boston. Profoundly terrible, for $15.25 million. Cleveland's Fausto Carmona and the Angels' Joel Piñeiro weren't much better.

NL Cy YoungRoy Halladay, Philadelphia. It's a close call between Halladay, teammate Cliff Lee and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Halladay gets the edge with his strikeouts-to-walks ratio (6.29) and wins above replacement (7.4).

NL Belly- ItcherDerek Lowe, Atlanta. You won't hear Mets fans lamenting the failure to sign him anymore. Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo and Edinson Volquez and Houston's J.A. Happ also stunk.

AL RookieMichael Pineda, Seattle. He led a strong field, including teammate Dustin Ackley, Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson, Texas' Alexi Ogando and Oakland's Jemile Weeks.

NL RookieJosh Collmenter, Arizona. In a much weaker field than the AL, Collmenter's year topped those of San Diego's Cory Luebke and Washington's Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa.

AL ManagerJoe Maddon, Tampa Bay. Who else? Maddon took over a team with nearly 50-percent turnover and kept it believing. The Yankees' Joe Girardi led his "underdog" Yankees to impressive heights.

AL Mis-Manager

Ozzie Guillen, White Sox. You can't indict Guillen for Dunn's woeful play, but his clashes with the front office seemed to wear down everyone. Terry Francona took the hit for Boston's collapse.

NL ManagerKirk Gibson, Arizona. No one saw the D-backs' surge coming, except maybe Gibson. St. Louis' Tony La Russa kept the Cards hanging around. Don Mattingly helped his Dodgers through ownership woes.

NL Mis-ManagerFredi Gonzalez, Atlanta. He wore out his bullpen early, and it came back to bite him. The Cubs' Mike Quade blew his opportunity.

AL Front OfficeTampa Bay. The Rays were ready quickly after losing so many key players. The Yankees did great work (Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia) at the flea market but couldn't complete any deals (Cliff Lee, Andy Pettitte) at Tiffany. Texas recovered splendidly after losing Lee.

AL "The Office"Boston. The Red Sox's pitching depth was so poor that Lackey and Tim Wakefield kept getting the ball. The Angels' trade for Vernon Wells proved predictably awful -- Wells was bad, and Mike Napoli wound up having a great year with Texas. GM Tony Reagins resigned Friday.

NL Front OfficeMilwaukee. The Brewers went for it last winter, picking up Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum in trades, and the moves paid off with an NL Central title. Arizona fixed its bullpen and -- by keeping Gibson, last year's interim manager -- its clubhouse culture.

NL "The Office"Florida. The Marlins are an utter mess, from ownership down. Maybe increased investments this winter, starting with the Guillen hiring, will help. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had to go after countless mistakes.