Does this thing still work? Okay. Hey! It's been some months since I've been on here but I guess that it's only appropriate that I continue to talk about what I left off with. Enjoy these photos from last night and remember that we're almost to pitchers and catchers reporting!
Congratulations to Mike Trout on winning his second MVP!!!
Congratulations to Kris Bryant on winning his first MVP!!!
I was right on my predictions!!! Yay!! I can't believe I was 2 for 2 on this!
I was so happy to do all the predictions for each award and I hope that you enjoyed this. I really enjoyed this baseball season more than others and I hope you felt the same way too.
This concludes the BBWAA awards.
Max Scherzer won the Cy Young for the National League! Congratulations on being the first Nationals player to win the award! Scherzer now has the Cy Young from both leagues.
See what I did there?! Okay!! The best player in the MLB is a huge deal and I must choose who I think should win this massive award.
Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
José Altuve (Astros)
Mike Trout (Angels)
Kris Bryant (Cubs)
Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Corey Seager (Dodgers)
My pick for the MVP is...
Congratulations to both Terry Francona and Dave Roberts on being awarded the Manager of the Year for their leagues!
I was only half right in my predictions which is not too bad. For more on why Francona won, check three posts ago.
Now, Roberts won because of how he handled being the new guy with a team that was well off but still underwhelmed in the playoffs the previous year. He dealt with most of the team being injured and still managed to win. He was bold and it worked.
What a great year for pitching! Kluber still continues to dominate, Porcello is great for Boston, and his former teammate, Justin Verlander, is back after he started to decline!
The National League side featured two Cubs, probably because they always like to invade award shows. Kyle Hendricks is a great young pitcher and Jon Lester is reliable. Max Scherzer is great for the Nationals and this race will be interesting...
I'll just clearly name the nominees and then get started with the picks/endorsements.
Justin Verlander (Tigers)
Corey Kluber (Indians)
Rick Porcello (Red Sox)
Kyle Hendricks (Cubs)
Jon Lester (Cubs)
Max Scherzer (Nationals)
My pick for AL Cy Young is...
This is much later than when it was announced but massive congratulations to both Michael Fulmer and Corey Seager for being named Rookie of the Year in their leagues!!
My endorsements won and I am excited about that!! If you want to know in more detail why they won, refer to two posts ago when I talked about why I endorsed them.
This will be a bit different than the previous endorsements because I will base this off of opinions and less stats because managers mostly work with wins and losses. Obviously the players know more than I do about who is the best but I will try and chose who deserves this.
And the nominees are:
Buck Showalter (Orioles)
Jeff Banister (Rangers)
Terry Francona (Indians)
Dusty Baker (Nationals)
Joe Maddon (Cubs)
Dave Roberts (Dodgers)
For Manager of the Year, I will endorse...
I want to try something new this year and endorse candidates for the awards. I promise to look at all the defining factors for each candidate, including stats and how valuable they were to the team.
This year's rookie race is pretty exciting in both leagues because they both have some great players. Without further ado, here are the nominees:
Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
Tyler Naquin (Indians)
Michael Fulmer (Tigers)
The endorsement is...
Why I chose him: He's a pitcher! Also, he's a starting pitcher! Need I say more?! I'm kidding because I actually do need to explain more about why he earned my endorsement.
Fulmer did well this year to be considered for this award and they could have found another rookie hitter but they went for a pitcher who deserves this award more than anyone else. He means a lot to his team because he was the second best pitcher behind Verlander on the Tigers. A great ace like Verlander needs support and this guy gave it to him by having 11 wins, 1 complete game, 132 strikeouts, and an ERA of 3.06. For the team's pitching staff, he usually ranks in the top 3 which shows how important he is to the team.
The case for the others: Naquin is a good player and will be apart of the Cleveland team that will dominate in the near future. He had 95 hits in 321 at-bats, which is a good sign. I hope to see him help his team out in the future because their youth is what got them where they are now.
Sanchez killed it this year with 20 home runs only 201 at-bats in 53 games, a rare feat. He also had 60 hits and 34 were runs. August gave birth to the new hero when he won BOTH AL Rookie of the Month and AL Player of the Month. He could have easily won my endorsment but since he played so few games and Fulmer worked very hard to get where he is in his team's rotation, I have to go with Fulmer for sure.
Kenta Maeda (Dodgers)
Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Trea Turner (Nationals)
The endorsement is...
Why I chose him: I know that this pick was obvious since everyone else is picking him, BUT there's a reason why most pick him to win. Good players always have some who think they shouldn't win, but great players have those who can't see why they shouldn't win! If majority agrees that he should win, why mess with it? He clearly deserves to win (this is the part where I bring in statistics) and here's why.
The case for the others: I campaigned hard in why I chose my endorsement, but I can find positives for the other two.
I'm going to use the pitcher excuse again because Kenta Maeda has a tough job. You can also argue that his job was tougher than other pitchers. He had to make the transition from playing in Japan to the highly competitive MLB. He did pretty well for his first year because he ended up finishing with a 3.48 ERA and 179 strikeouts. Also, he had to carry the burden for when Kershaw was gone and that is the reason why he leads the team in pitching stats (all except Saves and Complete Games). His first hit was also a home run, so yay for pitchers who rake!
Trea Turner was amazing this year and did so well with the little amount of games he had (73). He brought in the right burst of youth to the Nationals by showing off his great speed with team leading 33 stolen bases and 8 triples. Both of those are important to a team and few are able to provide those because it requires the right amount of speed.
Turner was exciting to watch and really made the Nationals fun again (sorry, Bryce). He also was converted into a center fielder in a short amount of time (6 games in the minors!!) so he could play in the Majors. Talk about taking one for the team and excelling at everything you try.
I hope that my endorsements were justified and of course I want to see them win the award! If any of the other candidates win, I will be happy for them too. Thanks for listening to my opinions!
Make sure to watch the announcements on MLB Network at 6 pm ET tomorrow!
Depending on what team you're on, these are positive results! Time to view the winners for Silver Slugger!
P.S. Silver Slugger is awarded to the best oensive player at each position. Some key factors to choosing a winner include: batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. Also, managers' and coaches' impressions of players also plays a role because they are the voters.
Summer isn't complete without baseball.