- The Baseball Writers Association of American released their 2020 finalists for the league MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of Year and Manager of the Year on Monday night
- Indians’ right-hander Shane Bieber should be the biggest lock of them all for AL Cy Young winner after dominant 2020 regular season
- deGrom seeks his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award, although Bauer the favorite
Most Valuable Player
Jose Abreu, White Sox
Only the Yankees’ Luke Voit hit more than the 19 home runs Abreu hit across baseball this season, while his career-high 167 wRC+ finished second in the junior circuit next to only DJ LeMahieu.
DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
LeMahieu paced all of baseball with a .364 average and the AL with a 177 wRC+ a season ago. He’s added defensive versatility to his game in his two seasons in the Bronx and could be the best overall hitter in the game.
Jose Ramirez, Indians
Ramirez ended up tying Freddie Freeman atop the league with a 3.4 fWAR. From September 15th through the end of the season, Ramirez homered six times in 13 games and paced all of baseball with a 266 wRC+ and 1.3 fWAR in that time.
Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Betts didn’t disappoint in his first season in L.A., homering 17 times and posting a 3.0 fWAR that ranked second in the NL. He’s a Dodger for life after inking a 12-year, $365M extension and we’re sure to see him in this conversation plenty in that time.
Freddie Freeman, Braves
Freeman paced all NL players with a 3.4 fWAR this season and was recently voted the NL’s Most Outstanding Player by his peers in October. After a scary pre-season battle with the coronavirus, he’s a good bet to take down this award too.
Manny Machado, Padres
Machado hit 16 homers and stole six bases in the truncated 2020 season, his second with the Padres, and formed one of the deadliest duos in baseball alongside Fernando Tatis Jr. in the process.
Shane Bieber, Indians
Bieber is a sure-fire lock for this one after leading the AL by far with a 1.66 ERA, 2.07 FIP, 2.04 xFIP and 14.20 K/9, among qualified pitchers. He went 8-1 in 12 starts and fortunately his rough outing in the Wild Card round against the Yankees won’t hurt him in this debate.
Kenta Maeda, Twins
Maeda gave the Twins more than they every could have imagined in year one, posting a 2.70 ERA/3.00 FIP and a career-high 10.80 K/9. His 8.00 K/BB ratio ranked second in all of baseball behind only Marco Gonzales (9.14).
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays
Another success story after an offseason team switch, Ryu was the ace the Blue Jays thought they were getting as he worked to a 2.69 ERA/3.01 FIP and like Bieber, a tough postseason outing didn’t hurt his candidacy for this award.
Trevor Bauer, Reds
Bauer posted an NL-best 1.73 ERA and punched out 100 hitters over just 73 frames. He pitched the Reds into the postseason down the stretch while turning in a 1.29 ERA in his final five starts, the last of which came on short rest.
Yu Darvish, Cubs
After turning in a 0.77 ERA and monster 16.68 K/BB in the second half of 2019, Darvish worked to a 2.01 ERA/2.23 FIP in 2020 to go along with a 6.64 K/BB that ranked second in the NL to teammate Kyle Hendricks (8.00).
Jacob deGrom, Mets
It seems deGrom will fall short of his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young, albeit through not fault of his own. He posted 2.38 ERA/2.26 FIP and his 13.76 K/9 led the NL, but he still finished behind both Bauer and Darvish in many stats across the board.
Rookie of the Year
Kyle Lewis, Mariners
Lewis, a first-round pick in 2016, displayed a nice combination of power and speed with 11 homers and five steals this season while flashing some leather in the field to boot.
Luis Robert, White Sox
Robert mashed in his rookie season, especially early when he posed a .960 OPS through August. He slowed down the stretch, but tied Lewis for the AL rookie lead with 11 homers while also being named a finalist for a Gold Glove.
Christian Javier, Astros
Javier’s 3.48 ERA in 10 starts and 12 regular-season appearances helped a decimated Astros rotation, but he’ll be a distant third in this race.
Alec Bohm, Phillies
The Phillies’ top prospect made good in his debut, hitting .338 with four homers, 11 doubles and an .881 OPS in only 44 games at the corner infield spots for the Phillies.
Jake Cronenworth, Padres
Cronenworth displayed valuable defensive versatility with the Padres after an offseason deal from the Rays while posting an .831 OPS, four homers, 15 doubles and three steals in his rookie campaign.
Devin Williams, Brewers
Williams was absolutely lights out in his rookie season, posting a 0.33 ERA that was the best in baseball among qualified relievers while his 17.67 K/9 tied fellow rookie James Karinchak of the Indians for the best mark in baseball as well.
Manager of the Year
Kevin Cash, Rays
His early hook in Blake Snell in Game 6 of the World Series will be frowned upon for a long time, but Cash’s Rays led the AL with a 40-20 regular-season record, upsetting the rival Yankees in the AL East.
Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays
Montoyo led the Jays to a 32-28 regular-season record en route to a playoff berth in his second season at the helm.
Rick Renteria, White Sox
He’s no longer the club’s manager, but Renteria led the White Sox to their best winning percentage since their 2005 World Series, going 35-25 (.583) despite slipping down the stretch.
Don Mattingly, Marlins
Mattingly’s Marlins were the sure-fire non-contender who made good on the shortened season, going 31-29 before upsetting the Cubs in the Wild Card round.
David Ross, Cubs
Ross’ Cubs came out hot in his rookie managerial campaign, going 11-2 before finishing 34-26 and taking down the NL Central.
Jayce Tingler, Padres
Tingler’s Padres posted the second-best record and run differential in the NL in his first season as manager, posting a 37-23 record and +84 run differential, but ultimately could not avoid the Dodgers in the regular season or playoffs.