Awards season has arrived.
Finalists for each of the major prizes awarded by the American Association of Baseball Writers were announced on Monday on the MLB Network.
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Again, voting for the BBWAA Awards – which includes Best Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year – takes place at the end of the season, meaning post-season performance are not considered.
Here is a list of the top three voters for each award and when the winner will be announced:
• Overview of the MLB season
THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Winners are announced on Thursday, November 12 on the MLB Network
NL finalist: Mookie Betts (YOUTH), Freddie Freeman (ATL), Manny machado (SD)
Betting: The AL MVP 2018 Award winner had an impressive debut season with the Dodgers, taking down .292 / .366 / .562 with 16 homers and 10 bases stolen. Along with winning the award in 2018, Betts has received MVP votes every season since ’15, including finishing runner-up in ’16.
• Each MVP Award winner
Freeman: Although he has never finished higher than fourth in the MVP vote before, that will change after Freeman’s incredible 2020 campaign. The Braves’ first gunner hit .341 with 13 home goals, 23 MLB lead doubles and 53 RBIs, all with 1,102 OPS.
Machado: As a key cog in Padres’s powerful attack, Machado enjoyed a solid all-round season, scoring 16 hosts and winning six chances in a 60-game season. That would put him on pace with 43 hosts and 16 bases stolen in 162 games. He also slashed .304 / .370 / .580 while forming one of the tournament’s most formidable duos alongside Fernando Tatis Jr.
AL finalist: José Abreu (CWS), DJ LeMahieu (NYY), Jose Ramirez (CLE)
Abreu: 2014 Rookie Award winner AL is looking to add the MVP Award to his title box after leading AL in both hit (76) and slip rate (0.617). Abreu also led the Majors in the RBIs (60) and total bases (148), while his 19 hosts are second only to Luke Voit (22).
Lemahieu: After finishing fourth in the AL MVP Awards poll in his first season with the Yankees in 2019, LeMahieu raised his performance across the board in ’20. He leads the Majors with an average of 0.364 and outperforms all those who beat AL in both percentages on a basis (.421) and OPS (1,011).
Ramirez: After finishing third in the AL MVP Awards in 2017 and ’18 in a row, Ramírez took a step back with a disappointing ’19 campaign. However, the Indian midfielder responded superbly in ’20, posting a career-best .993 OPS while destroying 17 stolen homes and 10 bases – the numbers have could make him improve in 45 home runs and 27 stolen bases in a season spanning 162 games.
Winners are announced on Wednesday 11 November on the MLB Network
AL to finalists: Shane Bieber (CLE), Kenta Maeda (MINUTE), Hyun Jin Ryu (ĐKTC)
Bieber: It’s no surprise here, given that Bieber brought in the Triple Crown – not just for the American League, but for the Majors as well. After finishing fourth in the 2019 AL Cy Young Awards poll, the Indian right-handed led all AL pitchers in terms of wins (eight), ERA (1.63) and wins (122 ).
• Award-winning Cy Young Award
Maeda: The Twins got exactly what they expected with Maeda, who led the Majors with a dominant 0.75 WHIP after being acquired from the Dodgers as part of a three-team blockbuster deal involving Mookie Betts in February . The right-handed player finished 6-1 with ERA 2.70 and 80 hits in just 66 2/3 innings in 11 starts.
Ryu: After leading the Majors with ERA 2.32 and finishing second in the NL Cy Young Awards as a member of the Dodgers in 2019, Ryu went on right where he left off on. Year 20. The left-handed player won 5-2 with an ERA of 2.69 while averaging 9.7 career best shots every nine innings during his debut season with Blue Jays.
NL reached the final: Trevor Bauer (CHINA), Dear Yu (CHC), Jacob deGrom (NYM)
Bauer: After finishing sixth in the 2018 AL Cy Young Indian Awards poll, Bauer took a step back into ’19 – especially after being exchanged for the Reds. He took a 2-5 lead with 6.39 ERA in 10 starting games against Cincinnati, but he has made a full-fledged comeback this season. Bauer led NL with 1.73 ERA and beat 100 strokes in 73 innings. He allows for a single shot or less in eight of his 11 starts, while beating at least 12 beaters out of four of them.
Darvish: The Cubs’ right-hand arm has been nearly impossible to stand out this season, 7-0 with ERA 0.98 in more than seven games starting July 31 to September 4. Although Darvish isn’t quite. dominated the next few games, he still finished 8-3 with ERA 2.01 and 93 attacks in 12 starts.
deGrom: The quest to win the NL Cy Young Award for the third time in a row got a bit tough during an outing in Philadelphia on September 16, but deGrom still finished with a respectable 2.38 ERA while leading NL with 104 shots. Mets’s Ace ace had an ERA of 1.67 when he entered that match and he hit 24 in the following two starts. However, allowing three runs in just two innings after being pulled in a hamstring spasm against opponents Phillies that night could be enormous.
JACKIE ROBINSON ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Winners are announced on Monday, November 9 on the MLB Network
NL finalists: Alec Bohm (PHI), Jake Cronenworth (SD), Devin Williams (THOUSAND)
Bohm: This is the case with a club with top prospects living, if not exceeding expectations in the first place. After his highly anticipated MLB debut on August 13, Bohm – the third overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft – downed .338 / .400 / .481 with four host players, 11 doubles and 23 RBI in just 44 games for the Phillies.
• Won a Rookie of the Year award
Cronenworth: There’s a point this season when it looks like Cronenworth will completely run away with this award. The Padres midfielder cut an absurd .356 / .411 / .624 number in September, with 16 of his 36 shots being sub bases (four home goals, three goals to three and nine braces). Despite cooling a bit in the meantime, Cronenworth still finished with the .285 / .354 / .477 line with four hosts, 15 doubles and three steals, while popping up all over the field.
Williams: Few pitchers have ever been as dominant as Williams’ 2020 campaign. Milwaukee’s 26-year-old painkiller only allowed a person to earn running more than 27 innings (0.33 ERA) while posting a WHIP 0.63 and beating a staggering 53 hits.
AL to finalists: Cristian Javier (HOU), Kyle Lewis (SEA), Luis Robert (CWS)
Javier: With Astros needing depth of field after losing Gerrit Cole to freedom and Justin Verlander late-season injury, Javier stepped in. The 23-year-old won 5-2 with 3.48 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 12 appearances, including 10 appearances.
Lewis: Seattle’s first round selection in MLB Draft 2016 exploded with his brilliance in 2020. Lewis led the way among all the new recruits with 11 homeowners, simultaneously taking five houses away. kept being stolen – and one big robbery.
Robert: After signing a six-year, $ 50 million deal before his MLB debut, Robert made his debut in 2020. He posted a 0.960 OPS and 10 goals in 33 games through August before slowing down. a little. Robert still leads all rookies with 31 RBIs and together with Lewis top the rookie rankings at home.
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Winners are announced on Tuesday, November 10 on the MLB Network
AL to finalists: Kevin Cash (TB), Charlie Montoyo (ĐKTC), Rick Renteria (CWS)
Cash: Not only did The Rays win their first AL East title since 2010, they did so by posting AL’s best record (40-20) and highest win rate (0.667). in franchise history. After finishing last in ’16, Tampa Bay has improved its odds of winning each season since.
• The manager of the year award winning
Montoyo: Just in his second season as the grand tournament manager, Montoyo guided Blue Jays back to the knockout stages after a 95-loss season in 2019. He led Toronto to a record 32 -28 – its first season to win since 2016 – despite the fact that the team was unable to compete at the Rogers Center due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Blue Jays have finally played their home matches at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY
Renteria: After improving by 10 wins from 2018-19, Renteria helped White Sox return to post-season ’20 for the first time since ’08. Even though Renteria and White Sox broke up after the season, Renteria is still under consideration after leading White Sox by 35-25 (.583) – their best win rate since the championship season ‘ 05.
NL finalists: Don Mattingly (MINE), David Ross (CHC), Jayce Tingler (SD)
Skillful: A season after losing their worst 105 games to NL, Mattingly’s Marlins won 31-29 (their first win record since 2009) and made their first post-season appearance since winning the World Series. ’03. All of that despite having to deal with a COVID-19 boom in the first week of the season that left Miami using 61 players – the most in any season in franchise history – in 60 battle.
Ross: In his first year at the helm, Ross helped the Cubs return to post-season after a disappointing 2019 season. The hero of the 2016 World Series led Chicago to a record 34-26 and was his first championship since ’17 in his debut season.
Tingler: Another freshman, Tingler instructed Padres to make his first post-season appearance since 2006. San Diego finished 37-23 (0.617), marking the best one-season win rate. in franchise history.
Paul Casella is a reporter / editor for MLB.com based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella.