By Matthew Bagdat,
Sports Business Editor
While the World Series recently came to a close, there were still a number of annual awards in Major League Baseball that had not yet been given out. Among these awards were the Cy Young, the League MVP awards, the Rookie of the Year, and the award for best manager per league. As per tradition, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted on these awards, and were required to submit their ballots before the playoffs began, according to CBS.
In the American League, Red Sox ace Rick Porcello beat out his former teammate Justin Verlander, and Indians pitcher Corey Kluber to take home the Cy Young award. Porcello lead the league in wins with 22. The race was extremely close, as Porcello beat Verlander by only five points in the voting. The voting in the National League was a much easier choice. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals won the award after leading his league in wins, innings, strikeouts, and walks plus hits per innings pitched, according to the New York Times.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his young career, according to CBS. His stat line of a .318 batting average, along with 29 home runs, 100 RBI, and 30 stolen bases help him beat out Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Jose Altuve of the Astros for the award.
Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer of the Tigers won the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Fulmer was part of the big trade that brought Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets. He beat out Tyler Naquin of the Indians, and Gary Sanchez of the Yankees. Fulmer led all rookie starters in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched, which helped him earn 26 out of 30 first-place votes.
The National League MVP award was won by Kris Bryant, the outfielder from the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. He hit .292, along with 39 home runs and 102 runs batted in, leading the league in wins above replacement. The 24-year-old earned 29 out of the 30 possible first-place votes, capping off the best season of his career with both an MVP award and a World Series title. His young career is off to a great start, having won the MVP award the season after taking Rookie of the year honors.
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won Rookie of the Year honors in the National League. He was a force all season long for the Dodgers, hitting an impressive .308 with 26 home runs in 157 games. His strong performance helped him become the 21st player in baseball history to win the award unanimously. He is also the fifth in Dodgers history to earn these honors.
Last but not least, one manager from each league was rewarded for their hard work. Plenty of teams this season were loaded with talent, but managers are the ones who help these teams stand out. Terry Francona, who led the Indians to the World Series won the American League award. Francona gave credit to his entire organization, according to USA Today saying, “When something lie this happens, if someone thinks it’s an individual award, it’s the furthest thing from the truth.” On the other side, Dave Roberts became the first Dodgers manager to win the award since 1988, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Despite having never managed before, Roberts beat out Joe Maddon and Dusty Baker with 16 first place votes.
The awards put an end to an extraordinary season in Major League Baseball. While there is often some debate afterwards, all of the players who won were extremely deserving. It is only a matter of time until teams report to spring training to get ready for the upcoming season.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 22nd print edition.
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