Awards season has arrived.
The 2020 BBWAA Award finalists were announced live on the MLB Network on Monday. After an unprecedented and exciting season, who is running for Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year?
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Winners announced on MLB Network on Thursday, November 12
NL Finalist: Mukki Bates (LAD), Freddy freeman (ATL), Manny Machado (SD)
Bates: The 2018 AL MVP Award winner had an impressive debut season with the Dodgers, hitting .292 / .366 / .562 with 16 homers and 10 stolen bases. With the award winning in 2018, Bates has received MVP votes each season since ’15, including finishing as runner-up in ’16.
Freeman: Although he has never finished higher than fourth in MVP voting before, this will change after Freeman’s incredible 2020 campaign. The Braves’ first baseman hit .341 with 13 homers, an MLB-leading 23 doubles and 53 RBIs, all posting a remarkable 1.102 OPS.
Machado: The Padres had a solid all-around season at Machado, a major entourage in the powerful offense, making 16 home runs and swiping six bases in a 60-game season. This would give him the momentum for 43 home and 16 stolen bases in 162 game matches. He also dropped .304 / .370 / .580, with Fernando Tatis Jr. making it one of the league’s most formidable pairings.
AL Finalist: Jose Abreau (CWS), DJ LeMahieu (NYY), Jose Ramirez (CLE)
Abreu: The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner wants to add the MVP Award to his trophy case after leading the AL in both hits (76) and slugging percentage (.617). Abey led the Majors in RBI (60) and total bases (148), while his 19 homers were second behind Luke Watt (22).
LeMahieu: After finishing fourth at the AL MVP Award in his first season with the Yankees in 2019, Lemahieu put his hitting line on the board in ’20. He led the Majors with a .364 average and rewarded all AL batsmen in both on-base percentage (.421) and OPS (1.011).
Ramirez: AL MVP Award voting in 2017 and back-to-back third in ’18, Ramirez took a step back with a disappointing ’19’ campaign. The Indians’ fielder responded in a big way in ’20, however, posting a career-best .993 OPS, racking up 17 homers and 10 stolen bases – which he had 45 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Were on pace. 162-game season.
Winners announced on MLB Network, Weds. 11 November
AL Finalist: Shane Bieber (CLE), Kenta Flour (the minimum), Hyun Jin Ryu (ToR)
Bieber: No surprise here, as Bieber completely replaced the Major Crown not only for the American team, but also for the Major. After finishing fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting in 2019, the right-handed Indians led all AL pitchers in wins (eight), ERAs (1.63) and strikeouts (122).
Maeda: They are doing exactly the same with the twins, who lead the Major with a 0.75 WHIP, after being acquired from the Dodgers as part of a three-team blockbuster deal involving Mookie Bates in February Was what he expected. The right-handed batsman finished 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 80 strikes, with more than 11 66/3 innings.
Ryu: After leading the Majors with a 2.32 ERA and finishing second at the NL Cy Young Award, voting as a member of the Dodgers in 2019, Ryu picked up right where he left off in ’20. The left-hander led 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA, while his career-best performance included nine sixes in nine innings with the Blue Jay.
NL Finals: Trevor bauer (CIN), Yu Darvesh (CHC), Jacob Degrom (NYM)
Bauer: After finishing sixth at the AL Cy Young Award with the Indians in 2018, Bauer took a step back in ’19 – especially after trading for the Reds. He went 2-5 with a 6.39 ERA in 10 starts to stretch with Cincinnati, but he bounced back in a dominant way this season. Bauer led the NL with a 1.73 ERA and struck out 100 batters in 73 innings. He allowed eight earned runs or less in eight of his 11, while four of them had at least 12 batsmen.
Darvish: The Cubs were almost non-existent in the right hand for this season, starting 7–0 with a 0.98 ERA from July 31 to September. 4. Although Darvesh did not quite dominate his next few outings, he finished 8–3 with a 2.01 ERA and 93 strikes in 12 starts.
deGrom: A search for the third consecutive NL Cy Young Award was one of 16 hits in a rocky sept. 16 outings in Philadelphia, but Degrom still finished with a respectable 2.38 ERA, while leading the NL with 104 strikes. The Mets ace had a 1.67 ERA that entered that outing and he hit 24 batters in two starters and started after that. However, after being drawn against rival Phillips that night with hamstring cramps, allowing three runs in just two innings could loom large.
Jackie Robinson’s Journey of the Year
Winners announced Mon, Nov, 9 on MLB Network
NL Finalist: Alec Bohm (PHI), Jake cronworth (SD), Devin Williams (MIL)
Bom: It was a case of a club’s top prospect, if not exceeding expectations from the start. After making his much-awaited MLB debut on August 13, Bohm – the third overall pick in the 2018 MLB DB – slashed .338 / .400 / .481 for just 44 games with four homers, 11 doubles and 23 RBIs. Phillies.
Cronenworth: There was a point in this season when it looked like Cronworth was about to run away with the award altogether. Padres’ infiltrator entered September in a ridiculous .356 / .411 / .624, with 36 of his 36 hits going for extra bases (four homers, three trials and nine doubles). Although he cooled a bit down the stretch, Cronenworth still finished with a .285 / .354-477 line with four homers, 15 doubles and three stolen bases, all appearing in the infield.
Williams: Few pitches ever had a stretch as of Williams’ 2020 campaign. The 26-year-old reliever from Milwaukee allowed only one earned run out of 27 innings (0.33 ERA), posting a 0.63 WHIP and striking out 53 jaw-dropping batsmen.
AL Finalist: Christian Xavier (HOU), Kyle Lewis (sea), Louis robert (CWS)
Xavier: With the Astros in the depths of the pitching following a season-ending injury to Gerrit Cole in free agency and Justin Verlander, Xavier stepped in. The 23-year-old midwife made 5 starts with a 3.48 ERA and 10 starts with a 0.99 WHIP in 12 appearances.
Lewis: Seattle’s first round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft burst onto the scene in 2020 with his dazzle. Lewis tied for the lead with 11 homers among all the crooks, while also racking up five stolen bases – and an unforgettable grand – swag.
Robert: Robert came out swinging in 2020, signing a $ 50 million deal for six years before making his MLB debut. He posted .960 OPS and 10 homers in 33 games through August before slowing down the stretch a bit. Robert still led all rookies with 31 RBIs and tied with Lewis on the rookie home run leaderboard.
Manager of the year
Winners announced X, 10 November on MLB Network
AL Finalist: Kevin cash (TB), Charlie montoyo (TOR), Rick ranteria (CWS)
Cash: The Rays not only claimed their first AL East title since 2010, but did so by posting the AL’s best record (40-20) and best win percentage (.667) in French history. After finishing last in ’16, Tampa Bay has improved its win percentage each season.
Montoyo: In his second season as a big league manager, Montoyo guided the Blue Jays back to the playoffs after a 95-loss season in 2019. He led Toronto with a 32–28 record – its first winning season since 2016 – the fact that the team could not play at the Rogers Center due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Blue Jayes eventually played their home games at Sahalen Field in Buffalo, NY
Ranteria: After a 10-win improvement from 2018-19, Renteria helped the White Sox return to the postseason in ’20 for the first time since ’08. Although Renteria and the White Sox parted ways after the season, Renteria has since considered leading the White Sox with points 35-25 (.583) – theirs since the ’05 championship season Best win percentage.
NL Finalist: Don mattingly (MIA), David ross (CHC), Jays tingler (SD)
Mattingly: After a season of losing in the NL-worst 105 games, Mattingly’s Marlins went 31-29 (their first winning record since 2009) and made their first postseason appearance since winning the ’03 World Series. Despite dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the first week of the season, that forced Miami to use 61 players – the most in any season in franchise history – in 60 games.
Ross: In his first year at Hale, Ross disappointingly helped the Cubs return to the postman after the 2019 season. The 2016 World Series hero held Chicago to a 34–26 record and was the first division title since ’17 in its first season.
Tingler: Another first-year manager, Tingler directed Padres for his first postseason appearance since 2006. San Diego finished at 37-23 (.617), the best single-season winning percentage in franchise history.
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