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MLB awards: Finalists for Cy Young, MVP, Rookie and Manager of the Year

Last week, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the three finalists in each league for its 2020 awards. The winners of those awards — the Most Valuable Player, the Cy Young, the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year, and the Manager of the Year — have already been voted upon. The results are being announced on a designated evening this week.

Below, we’ve compiled the finalists for each of the awards. We’ve also made note of when the BBWAA will reveal the victors.

Most Valuable Player (announced on Nov. 12)

National League: Mookie Betts (Dodgers); Freddie Freeman (Braves); Manny Machado (Padres)

Betts possesses the lead in Wins Above Replacement, and he seems like the favorite from this vantage point. Still, Freeman and Machado finished a not-so-distant second and third and either would be a worthy winner, should it come to that.

American League: Jose Abreu (White Sox); DJ LeMahieu (Yankees); Jose Ramirez (Cleveland)

This is the first time 2017 Mike Trout won’t finish first or second in MVP voting. Nevertheless, Abreu and LeMahieu tied for the lead in Wins Above Replacement. Ramirez tied for third. Keep that in mind, because the voters clearly consulted with these numbers before voting.

Cy Young Award (announced on Nov. 11)

National League: Trevor Bauer (Reds); Yu Darvish (Cubs); Jacob deGrom (Mets)

This one can go any which way. Bauer and Darvish finished with almost identical run averages against (2.10 versus 2.13) while facing the same competition. DeGrom’s 2.78 mark was higher, but voters might determine that he pitched better than that figure when other factors, including his quality of competition, is factored in.

American League: Shane Bieber (Cleveland); Kenta Maeda (Twins); Hyun-Jin Ryu (Blue Jays)

Bieber is, obviously, the odds-on favorite to win. We do want to note that the Dodgers had both Maeda and Ryu in 2019, trading one then letting the other walk. And then they won the World Series, anyway, in case you were wondering about how much depth they had and continue to have.

Rookie of the Year (announced on Nov. 9)

National League: Alec Bohm (Phillies); Jake Cronenworth (Padres); Devin Williams (Brewers)

Williams, who allowed just one earned run (0.33 ERA) and eight hits (0.63 WHIP) in 27 innings this season, took home the honors.

American League: Cristian Javier (Astros); Kyle Lewis (Mariners); Luis Robert (White Sox)

Lewis won the award after authoring a .262/.364/.437 batting line with 11 home runs in 58 games.

Manager of the Year (announced on Nov. 10)

National League: Don Mattingly (Marlins); David Ross (Cubs); Jayce Tingler (Padres)

Mattingly won the honors for turning around the Marlins and taking Miami to the postseason for the first time since 2003.

American League: Kevin Cash (Rays); Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays); Rick Renteria (formerly White Sox)

Cash beat out Montoyo and Renteria — who was let go shortly after the season. Cash led the Rays to the best record in the AL before winning the pennant.



 

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