Midseason MLB awards: From MVP to most exciting player

We round up which teams and players -- like Phillies pitcher Ranger Suarez -- are leading the way this season. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It's not a midsummer night's dream: The 2024 MLB season is nearly half over.

The timing of this annual occurrence is always a bit incongruous, coming less than a week after the official start of summer, but facts are facts. We're halfway home. Barring any postponements, the 1,215th game of the campaign (out of an eventual 2,430) will be when the Cubs face the Giants at Oracle Park on Thursday afternoon.

And so, as we did last season, we're using this milestone as an excuse to dole out some recognition to players and teams that have dominated in the first half of the season.

We'll have a little fun with the categories in order to cast a wide net when looking at the leading narratives of 2024 baseball to date, but this will also serve as the June update for our monthly Awards Watch.

Practical and fun. What more could you want? Let's get into it.