It is now time for MLB to complete the 2016 season by naming the winners of its yearly awards. The new policy of announcing finalists (actually the 3 guys with the most votes) is still in effect. Apparently it’s the new normal.
OK, I guess, but I liked the old system better. I got to anticipate the winner in a different way than now. I got to wonder “who’s going to win?” and “who’s gonna finish fifth but shoulda won?” You don’t get to do that anymore and that’s kind of a shame. Now I know who’s been shafted before I even know who won.
Well, anyway, in case you haven’t seen the lists, here they are for your information and commentary if you want:
NL MVP: Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, Corey Seager (winner announced 17 November)
AL MVP: Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout (also announced 17 November)
NL Cy Young: Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Max Scherzer (announced 16 November)
AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander (also 16 November)
NL Rookie: Kenta Maeda, Corey Seager, Trea Turner (announced 14 November)
AL Rookie: Michael Fulmer, Gary Sanchez, Tyler Naquin (also 14 November)
NL Manager: Joe Maddon, Dusty Baker, Dave Roberts (announced 15 November)
AL Manager: Jeff Bannister, Terry Francona, Buck Showalter (also 15 November
That’s the list. One thing I noted is how good the Tigers starting staff was just a few years ago: Verlander, Porcello, Scherzer. All three are nominees this season.
Good luck to all.
Tags: Buck Schowalter, Corey Kluber, Corey Seager, Daniel Murphy, Dave Roberts, Dusty Baker, Gary Sanchez, Jeff Bannister, Joe Maddon, Jon Lester, Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Kenta Maeda, Kris Bryant, Kyle Hendricks, Max Scherzer, Michael Fulmer, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Rick Porcello, Terry Francona, Trea Turner, Tyler Naquin