It’s that time of year again. After months spent grinding things out throughout the baseball season, all leading up to the first World Series title for the Cubs in 108 years, award season is finally here.
Although the winners of the major awards won’t be officially announced until next week, the top three vote-getters were unveiled on Monday evening. For the mot part, I agree with the finalists for the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP awards, but there were a few I was surprised about.
Here are the top three players still in the running for the major MLB awards:
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
American League: Tyler Naquin, Gary Sanchez and Michael Fulmer
National League: Kenta Maeda, Trea Turner and Corey Seager
I have Gary Sanchez and Corey Seager winning the Rookie of the Year award.
CY YOUNG FINALISTS
American League: Corey Kluber, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander
National League: Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer
I have Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer winning the Cy Young award.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER FINALISTS
American League: Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve
National League: Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager
I had David Ortiz and Kris Bryant winning the Most Valuable Player award. However, with Ortiz not being a finalist, I am thinking Mookie Betts will likely take home the award.
The winner of each award will begin being announced next week on MLB Network.
Here’s the schedule:
AL & NL Rookie of the Year: November 14th
AL & NL Cy Young: November 16th
AL & NL Most Valuable Player: November 17th
I plan on posting a recap of each winner, along with a look at how well I did with my predictions, in a blog entry after each award is officially announced. So be sure to check back for that at some point next week.