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BBWAA awards finalists revealed on MLB Network

Nov 5, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is announcing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special airing right now (6:00 p.m. ET) on MLB Network. We will post those names here as they are rolled out …

National League Rookie of the Year

Jose Fernandez, SP, Marlins
Shelby Miller, SP, Cardinals
Yasiel Puig, OF, Dodgers

American League Rookie of the Year

Chris Archer, SP, Rays
Jose Iglesias, SS, Tigers
Wil Myers, OF, Rays

National League Manager of the Year

Fredi Gonzalez, Braves
Clint Hurdle, Pirates
Don Mattingly, Dodgers

American League Manager of the Year

John Farrell, Red Sox
Terry Francona, Indians
Bob Melvin, Athletics

National League Cy Young Award

Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

American League Cy Young Award

Yu Darvish, Rangers
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
Max Scherzer, Tigers

National League MVP

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
Yadier Molina, C, Cardinals

American League MVP

Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Tigers
Mike Trout, OF, Angels
Chris Davis, 1B, Orioles


The official award winners will be announced next week. Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday, November 11: AL & NL Rookie of the Year Award
  • Tuesday, November 12: AL & NL Manager of the Year Award
  • Wednesday, November 13: AL & NL Cy Young Award
  • Thursday, November 14: AL & NL Most Valuable Player Award

  1. lyon810 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    lol Mattingly

    • fearlessleader - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Mike Matheny racks up 97 wins and a pennant with eight million rookies on his roster and doesn’t make the cut. Don Mattingly spends the first two and a half months of the year in last place and on the verge of being fired, magically becomes a great manager once his $220 million team gets healthy and starts winning, and will now have the honor of finishing second or third to Clint Hurdle for the award. Silliness. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure that given the choice, Matheny would take the pennant every time.

      • Anoesis - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        When did the Dodgers “get healthy?”

        Chad Billingsley went down after two starts and never returned. Josh Beckett was done by May 14. Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly both suffered from multiple injuries and even their replacement, Stephen Fife, took two trips to the DL for shoulder bursitis. Zack Greinke’s collarbone was broken.

        Multiple hamstring injuries took out Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, and Ramirez, while strained quads, groins and obliques sidelined A.J. Ellis, Mark Ellis, Jose Dominguez, and Jerry Hairston Jr.

        Freak accidents also took out Kemp with an ankle injury on a poor slide, and Ramirez when he dived into the stands to catch a fly ball in Chicago.

        The injuries continued into the playoffs. Ethier’s ankle kept him out of the NLCS, except for a few ineffective pinch-hit appearances, and Ramirez was hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the NLCS that broke two of his ribs.

        17 players hit the Disabled List in 25 different occurrences for a total of 1,109 games. That doesn’t count the time that Adrian Gonzalez spent on the bench with a sore neck, or the games Yasiel Puig rested his hip after banging into outfield walls for half the season.

        The Dodgers spent $55,250,000 on injured players this season. That is over 25 percent of their $215 million payroll. Twenty five percent of payroll to guys who weren’t playing.

        Many projected the Cardinals to be very competitive last season and they proved that to be true. Many projected the Dodgers to be competitive as well, but they weren’t until late June.

        Matheny took a team deep into the playoffs that was expected to do just that. Mattingly took a team deep into the playoffs that was expected to do just that until the season actually started. Then he had to turn around a train wreck in the making.

        None of this means Mattingly is manager of the year, but it also means that the Dodgers didn’t suddenly “get healthy.” Mattingly has maddening moments of befuddlement and, in my opinion, doesn’t deserve to be in the running for this award. Then again, neither does Matheny, who made boneheaded moves himself more than once.

      • fearlessleader - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Understood. The Cards’ injuries and the Dodgers’, throughout the season, were probably more or less comparable. (Yes, the Cards were projected to contend, but that was before Carpenter, Garcia, Motte, and Furcal went down for the season.)

        I’ve got nothing against Mattingly, and I think he’s been a model of good grace during an incredibly trying rollercoaster of a season, but I’m struggling to understand how Matheny’s shepherding of a team that used 20 rookies—most in the majors—to the best record in the NL wasn’t even worth a top-three finish.

        We agree that both Mattingly and Matheny make plenty of dippy moves on the field, by the way. Ultimately, perhaps my biggest issue with this award is that it’s always going to be capricious and narrative-bound, and in any given year, those of us who aren’t in the clubhouse may never know if the right guy won it.

        Also, it’s the off-season and I’m bored, so I had to comment on SOMETHING.

  2. lyon810 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    On another note, Cuban baseball is being very well represented so far:

    Fredi, Yasiel, J. Fernandez, Iglesias

  3. phillysports1 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    AL manager of the year by far is the toughest one … I’ll go with terry .

    • wendell7 - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      worst to first. Farrell

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Yep. Essentially all “coach/manager of the year” awards across all sports go to the coach/manager who was on the team with the biggest improvement from season to season. This one is a Ferrell lock.

      • Caught Looking - Nov 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

        And dysfunctional to functional.

      • Kevin Gillman - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        Farrell always had Papi, Pedroia, a healthy Ellsbury. Francona won more with less, give it to Tito.

      • rythestunner - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        @Kevin – Valentine had those last year as well (minus half of Ellsbury). How did that work out for him?

      • jwbiii - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:35 AM

        Kevin Gilman, Ortiz and Pedroia both were on the DL last season. Ellsbury wasn’t, but missed most of September.

        I’m not suggesting that their absences were of anywhere near the magnitudes of Carpenter, Furcal ,and Motte or Rodriguez, Jeter, and Granderson but if you’re going to pick three examples who were always available, shouldn’t you be better than 0-3?

      • Kevin Gillman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        @rythestunner that shows you how out of touch with the modern game Bobby V was from baseball. Let me put it like this, Terry Francona never had a player hit over 25 HRs for the Indians this season. John Farrell had, what 3? Just off the top of my head? The Indians also never had a starter win more than 14 games, they had closer issues, especially down the stretch. Yet, the Indians just won 5 games less than Red Sox. Take my word on it, Farrell would rather have the ring, but let’s give Francona and Cleveland some credit. They did get screwed already with Rivera winning comeback player of the year, over a guy that hadn’t pitched in MLB for 3 seasons in Scott Kazmir. Let’s give it to Tito.

  4. tc4306 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    So for the next two days the stat heads will tell us why Mike Trout should win the MVP over Cabrera, and then, after Miggy wins, for the next six months we’ll have to listen to them whinge about the unfairness and stupidity of it all. I’m breathless with anticipation of it all.

    • paperlions - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      No. People that understand that baseball players can provide value at the plate, on the bases, and with the glove know that Trout was the most valuable player in the AL for the second year in a row, and it wasn’t really all that close either year. Cabrera will win the award because of his hitting and despite being a poor base runner and horrible fielder. He’ll be given this award by a group of people that repeatedly decry that players don’t do the little things anymore….little things, BTW, that Trout does do to help his team win and the Cabrera does not do.

      People care about these award results about as much as HOF voting….which is less and less every year, because every year we know better that the results of the voting are horribly askew with respect to what we know about value (over a season or a career).

      • clydeserra - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Can I copy this comment, so that I won’t have to think of my own way to say this same thing over and over and over in the next few years until Miguel Cabrera stops being an offensive monster?

      • tc4306 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        Wake me up when they develop a metric that is fair to all players at all positions in the game and one that rewards all skills in the game.

        WAR is hopelessly flawed. You’d have us take a flawed statistic and then use it to reward the very players who benefit from its flaws.

        Last year was a different story, but this year I’d have no argument with Trout as the MVP. Both Cabrera and Davis, for different reasons, cooled off down the stretch while Trout was consistent all year long.
        But I see it as a coin toss, not a slam dunk.

      • paperlions - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        First, no one cited WAR. You can evaluate value based on the components that go into WAR without bothering to combine them into a single metric.

        If people are going to comprehensively evaluate player production on the field in all ways they can contribute to winning, then you must consider all aspects.

        The answer to having imperfect metrics (and every metric is imperfect, none of them measure exactly what you want them to in a perfect fashion, they are all estimates) is not to ignore the everything, but to consider as much information as possible. The more information you consider with respect to last year or this year, the more clear it is that Trout was the superior player (and therefore, more valuable) both years.

      • grumpyoleman - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:23 AM

        ….little things, BTW, that Trout does do to help his team win and the Cabrera does not do.

        Angels 78-84 this year. Maybe we should just give him a ribbon for trying really hard.

    • tc4306 - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      You yourself advise us to ” consider as much information as possible.” I concur.
      Guys like Cabrera and Davis are paid handsomely to drive in runs…and they do it very well.
      Yet the metrics totally ignore RBI’s because they are “opportunity dependent”
      This article from the Hardball Times suggest looking at what they call “the opportunity of RBI” and developing an evaluation component to evaluate how well a player performs when presented with the opportunity to drive in runs.
      This is what I mean when I say develop metrics that are fair to all players.
      Until they do, I understand the metrics, I don’t need a lesson in them. I just don’t agree that many of them measure what they purport to measure.

  5. phillysports1 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    ^ Gillman exactly my point .
    Terry deserve it , no one expected them to host a wild cars game .

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      Nope, nobody. And the Sox always had the talent, just two seasons ago, they had won 90 games. Indians weren’t in the postseason for 5 years. So tell me who was the more valuable manager?

  6. phillysports1 - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Card *

  7. Jack Marshall - Nov 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Farrell is the beneficiary of the phenomenon Bill James identified decades ago: The Manager of the Year award is how writers justify their most unforgivable pre-season prognostications. It should have been obvious that if the Red Sox were healthy, unlike last year, and their two young aces rebounded, as they figured to, the ream would contend. Picking the Sox to lose again was idiotic: Farrell got a 90 win team, things broke right, and they won 97. That’s a good job—it’s no miracle. Francona, Girardi, Maddon, Melvin all had tougher challenges. But Farrell will win—I predicted it before Spring Training.

  8. pastabelly - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Tito’s record against good teams was awful. Farrell changed the culture in Boston and he and Nieves have to get credit for the improved pitching. This was not an easy job.

    • clydeserra - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      good players should win games. The red sox have good players. The yankees, dodgers and A’s of the 70s hated each other. can we please stop with this culture and bad juju in the clubhouse narrative?

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      And Francona DIDN’T change the culture in Cleveland? @pastabelly, how about the job Mickey Calloway did in rebounding Ubaldo Jimenez. No other pitching coach would have done that, and I stand by that statement. Ubaldo had a 3.30 ERA, averaging over a strikeout per inning, and when our number one starter Justin Masterson went down,. “experts” believed Indians were done. They proved them wrong. I don’t care who they played, to win the final 10 games, and HAD to do that just to get in the postseason, any one of those teams the last 5 years would never had done that. Indians had lost 8 in a row in June, the one calming voice in that dugout was Terry Francona. He relied heavily on Jason Giambi, when other teams would have let him go, and all Giambi did for him was get clutch hits, when Indians needed them the most. Now, the players know they can not only compete for playoffs next season, but will work on getting to the World Series. They will have the pitching for it, the manager, and experience. Boston had already had that, for the core players. The front office just had to get rid of the right players that was harming the team more than they were doing well. It worked.

  9. provguard - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    If Kershaw doesn’t get the CY, it is crooked…Hurdle is manager of the year NL…McCutchen is MVP NL…

  10. cur68 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Dog Damn It! Its SHOULD be Joe Girardi. He took that pile of crap that consisted of Vernon Wells, (insert name here) at 3rd, Dog Knows Who at SS, WTF at 1st, a rotation that looked truly iffy, a bullpen that that consisted of Mo Rivera and that’s pretty much IT, and he NEARLY DID IT.

    Farrell was HANDED a great team. Girardi had to MAKE ONE. And he almost did it, too. There’s your manager of the year.

    No I must go bathe myself in bleach for this. Effin Yankees

    • rythestunner - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      What did he ALMOST do? Finish 6.5 games out of the Wild Card race? Check, yep…he almost did it.

  11. misterj167 - Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    A lot of Braves fans complain about Fredi, but only the Red Sox and the Cardinals had better records than the Braves this year, and neither of them had the kind of injury issues the Braves had, or dealt with under-performing players. So based on that, and considering who else was nominated, I’d choose Fredi.

    • paperlions - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      The Cardinals had more players miss games because of injuries than the Braves did. And it wasn’t even close.

      Furcal missed the entire season.
      Carpenter missed the entire season.
      Motte missed the entire season.
      Garcia missed most of the season.
      Gast missed most of the season.
      Holliday was on the DL.
      Molina was on the DL.
      Craig was on the DL multiple times.
      Freese was on the DL.

      ….those are just off the top of my head, I’m sure there were more.

      • misterj167 - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        The Braves lost two of the best left-handed relievers in baseball in Venters and O’Flaherty for the entire year. McCann was on the DL. Freeman was on the DL. So was Heyward. Beachy made only a few starts. Hudson broke his ankle. Pena, who was a very instrumental backup, was out. Schafer, also important as a backup, was out. Also Reed Johnson. B.J. Upton had a horrible season, and Uggla was so bad they didn’t even put him on their preseason roster.

        The only reason both the Braves and the Cards finished as well as they did is that they’re both good organizations with talent in the minors.

      • rythestunner - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:30 PM

        You can’t site a suckish BJ Upton and Uggla as an “injury”…those are just both horrible contracts signed by the Braves. Freeman went on the DL ONCE for the minimum at the beginning of the year,

      • misterj167 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:10 AM

        I pointed out the underperforming players in the original post as well.

      • misterj167 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:11 AM

        Also, the Card’s manager isn’t on the list to begin with…

  12. keltictim - Nov 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Everyone to a T was calling Farrell a joke after his stint in Toronto. They couldn’t wait to get rid of him and just about everyone was picking the sox to finish 3rd or 4th and having a decent rebuilding year. And how exactly did the sox stay relatively healthy as a previous commenter suggested? Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t they lose their closer oh yea and then their next closer, Dustin’s thumb ligament was torn on opening day. What he did was remarkable in one season. It was his leadership at the top that helped the team gel the way it did starting in spring training. He gets it hands down.

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      Where did those same people pick the Indians EVEN with Tito managing? They picked them to finish anywhere from 3rd to 5th place. And all they did was come within one game of winning the division. They had closer issues all season long, their best setup man in Vinnie Pestano was ineffective, hurt most of the season, and had velocity issues. Asdrubal Cabrera was a 2-time All-Star, and he forgot to hit. Our thirdbaseman Lonnie Chisenhall was ineffective. Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn both were hurt, and missed some time, and even when they did play, neither was 100%. We lost 3/5 of our starters for a month out of a time, had to dig deep into the farm system, and have the confidence in Cody Allen to make some contributions this season.

      Now, Indians were a big hit or 2 away from giving the Rays a real chance in that WC game, and if they would have won, you never know where they would be at. But all in all, everyone relied on Tito Francona to lead that dugout, and he did.

  13. pastabelly - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Joe Girardi? How about the manager of the Astros winning more than four dozen games with a collection of turds?

  14. janessa31888 - Nov 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I wish Terry would win manager of the year, but I know its not going to happen.
    Still, He had way less talent on his team than Farrell and still guided them to a 90 win season. He should finish second, at least.

  15. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Do they do “finalists” every year? What does that mean? I thought there were far more guys voted on by the BBWAA for each award…all of those “down ballot” guys, and compensation for top 5 finish and such. What gives? Am I just misremembering?

    • clydeserra - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      just started in the last few years

  16. peddealer - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    If it were up to me it would go
    NL Roy J Fernandez
    NL Cy Young Kershaw
    NL manager. Hurdle

    AL ROY
    Meyers of Archer
    AL Cy Young
    You Darvish

    AL Manager

    J Molina and M Trout even though Cabrera wins..

    I as a Texas fan see Trout as a thorn in my side, since he is the best positional player in the majors!

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