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Finalists announced for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP…

Nov 7, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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This year, the Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing finalists for its eight major awards before actually rolling out the trophies next week. Those finalists will be announced in an hour-long special on MLB Network beginning at 6 p.m. ET. We’ll list the names as they come in…

Rookie of the Year
American League: Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Mike Trout
National League: Todd Frazier, Bryce Harper, Wade Miley

Manager of the Year
American League: Bob Melvin, Buck Showalter, Robin Ventura
National League: Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson

Cy Young Award
American League: David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver
National League: R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw

American League: Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout
National League: Ryan Braun, Chase Headley, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, Buster Posey


Rookie of the Year will be awarded for each league on November 12, Manager of the Year will be named November 13, the Cy Young Awards are set for November 14 and MVPs are announced November 15.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Ron Roenicke deserves to be a finalist for manager of the year.

  2. jonrox - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Dusty Baker? What a joke

    • metalhead65 - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      are you sure this is for manager of the year and not most over rated manager? if that is the case dusty wins hands down! anybody who watched him blow the giants series could see he was outclassed and out managed in every way by bochy. let’s see leave pitcher in game to long? check! start washed up broken down vet instead of potential ROY? check! leave.200 hitting centerfielder in lineup instead of someone who has a chance of having the bat hit the ball?check! manager of the year goes to bochy and most over rated goes to dusty hands down!

    • raysfan1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      All the awards are voted on prior to the playoffs. The Reds won their division, and that’s why Baker is one of the finalists. Playoff performance is irrelevant. Besides, i expect Davey Johnson to win (again, playoff performance does not count for the award).

  3. sumerduckman - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Man, that’s nice to see three Nats on that list!

    • dcfan4life - Nov 8, 2012 at 3:29 AM

      Whats better is theres a good possibily all 3 of those Nats win, although im guessing it will only be one with Davey Johnson.

      • jl9830 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

        I don’t think there’s a good possibility of Gonzalez beating Dickey; I would be absolutely shocked. I would even be shocked to see Kershaw beat Dickey. No pitcher in the NL should beat Dickey for the Cy Young; he was clearly the best pitcher in the league from game 1 to game 162.

  4. chill1184 - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Go Dickey!

  5. number42is1 - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    shouldn’t the W be on the 3 and not the 9 so that it can be read clockwise?

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      most people read English from left to right

      • number42is1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM


      • paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

        That’s not it either. It reads from Home to First to Second to Third….you know….like you run the bases.

      • jl9830 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Paperlions is right; the BB is home plate. W is first, A is second, A is third. BBWAA.

      • number42is1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

        oh… wow! sorry folks.. 10+ days with no power and working 18 hour days has taken a toll on me.

  6. phillyphever - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    American League: Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano

    Ah oh. This thread might be getting ugly soon.

    • phillyphever - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      NVM, thought they were only gonna show 3 candidates.

      • georgia - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:44 PM

        Phew. I thought the same thing phever.

  7. Gordon - Nov 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM


  8. historiophiliac - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Much easier tonight, isn’t it Drew?

  9. beefytrout - Nov 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Hamilton on the MVP finalist list? Huh?

  10. prosourcetalk - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Cutch for MVP!

  11. biasedhomer - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    My predictions (note: I don’t agree with all of the picks, but these are who I think win):

    Rookie of the Year
    American League: Mike Trout
    National League: Todd Frazier

    Manager of the Year
    American League: Buck Showalter
    National League: Davey Johnson

    Cy Young Award
    American League: David Price
    National League: R.A. Dickey

    American League: Miguel Cabrera
    National League: Buster Posey

  12. candlestickkid - Nov 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Really pulling for Buster Posey.

  13. kelshannon19 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Considering the team he played for, and still winning 10 + games with a 3.76 with almost 200 innings pitched, I believe Lucas Harrell is getting a little bit of the shaft not even being a finalist.

    • stex52 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Really original to think of him. You know the Astros are going to have to get to minimally respectable before anyone on their team will be considered. I like your thinking, but the WHIP and K/BB keave a bit to be desired. Maybe if he sharpens up the control in a year or two.

      • kelshannon19 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:53 PM

        Hey i knew it would be a long shot, but he had a great year and on a better team he would be a 15+ game winner. I was just hoping to see his name as a finalist.

      • jl9830 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        He could have played for the Nationals and he wouldn’t be one of the top 3 pitchers in the NL in 2012. Good year? Sure. But good years don’t get you consideration for Cy Young.

      • bagsy5 - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        jl9830 — ROY not CY

  14. mianfr - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Can’t believe they didn’t also let Trout be a finalist in the National League.

  15. jburrell4 - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    +1 for baker being overrated. You don’t even have to watch the reds on a regular basis to wonder what this guy is doing or why he still has a job. Resigning him was shocking.

  16. randygnyc - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:09 PM


    AL trout
    NL Miley

    AL Showalter
    NL Johnson

    AL Price
    NL Dickey

    AL Cabrera
    NL Posey

  17. cackalackyank - Nov 7, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Well I think I am gonna break the ice here so break out the thumbs down all around.
    1. The power hitter bias for MVP is BS
    2. They have the wrong Yankee infielder as a finalist for MVP.
    3.Yes, I will now say it, Derek Jeter should be the finalist. Without the year he had most likely NYY are not a playoff team.
    4.This is all academic because I figure Cabrera will add the AL MVP to his Triple Crown.

    • cktai - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      How on earth was Jeter more valuable than Cano?

      • sabatimus - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

        Man, not only that, but how is generating runs with one swing BS?

      • cackalackyank - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Well for starters, lead off hitter with the most hit in the league….duh

      • cktai - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        And yet he scored less runs than Cano did.

        What is more, Cano actually was more effective than Jeter in hitting leadoff. Cano has a .376/.407/.632 line leading off an inning. Jeter only has a .351/.379/.464 line. Cano would have easily made a better lead-off hitter than Jeter. He is just so much more valuable as clean-up hitter.

        Add that to the fact that Cano hits more homeruns, drives in more runs, gets on base more, and plays much, much better defense, and it isn’t even close who the best Yankee infielder is.

      • newyorkyankee13 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Jeter was the only hitter that was consistent throughout the entire season. Cano is only able to drive in more runs because he had hitters like Jeter in front of him. Jeter led the Yankees for the first couple months of the season when Cano was non existent. He hit .268 this season with risp while Jeter hit .310. If it wasn’t for the last 9 games of the season, Cano would’ve hit .293 with 30 hr and 80 rbis while Jeter would’ve hit .322 with 15 hr and 57 rbis. Without Jeter’s lead the first half of the season, the Yankees don’t make the playoffs.

      • cktai - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:46 AM

        If you look at monthly splits, Jeter had an OPS of 1.012, .692, .608, .814, .941, and .717.
        Cano had an OPS of .712, .970, 1.146, .843, .862, .999. How on earth was Jeter more consistant?

  18. Carl Hancock - Nov 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    I know Buster is going to win but it’s great to see Yadi in the MVP mix. He’s more important to the Cards than Pujols was. It’s been a pleasure watching him come into his own the past few years.

    • paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      I agree. Yadi won’t, and shouldn’t, win…but it is nice to see he’ll be top 5.

      I think it is fair to say that Yadi was more important to the Cardinals in 2011 than Pujols was…and that he was the better FA signing because he is younger, plays a position that is tougher to replace, signed for fewer years, and for 30% of the total dollars. Yadi made it look really smart by hitting better than Pujols last year….it’ll be more clear every year going forward that the Cardinals decision not to sign Pujols was a very good one….and that they are lucky that the Angels made him that offer…because even the offer they did make would have been bad for the team long term.

  19. joerymi - Nov 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Rookie of the Year
    American League: Why even list finalists?
    National League: Harper

    Manager of the Year
    American League: Showalter
    National League: Bochy

    Cy Young Award
    American League: Verlander
    National League: Dickey

    American League: Cabrera (Right or wrong, I don’t think it will even be close)
    National League: Posey

  20. mute617 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Braun deserves NL MVP. Aoki deserved to be a ROY Finalist IMO

    • jericoc - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Well, either Braun or Melky Cabrera, same thing …

    • jl9830 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      If Braun hadn’t had his issues last offseason, I’d say he would win. But even if he was the best player in the NL this past season, the voters are never going to give him the MVP the season after that.

  21. johnnynewguy - Nov 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Why isn’t Chris Sale up there? Also, for everyone talking about Showalter getting manager of the year; he won’t. He should. But he won’t. Lots of writers and media people don’t like him and find him super abrasive. I hope I’m wrong but I don’t think so. Ventura will more then likely get it, but I could see Melvin too. Writers will probably give Robin votes because it is his first time managing.

  22. deathmonkey41 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Freddy Garcia gets robbed of a chance for the Cy Young again…

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