Molina named MVP Award finalist

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America has unveiled its finalists for the 2012 BBWAA awards, all of which will be handed out next week. The only Cardinals player to dent the list of finalists for the four league-specific awards is Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is one of five finalists for the NL MVP Award. The MVP winner will be announced on MLB Network at 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Molina has never previously finished higher than 21st in the MVP voting.

Here is the full list of finalists:

NL Rookie of the Year (winner announced Mon., Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. CT)

  • Todd Frazier (CIN)
  • Bryce Harper (WSH)
  • Wade Miley (ARI)

AL Rookie of the Year (Mon., Nov. 12; 5 p.m. CT)

  • Yoenis Cespedes (OAK)
  • Yu Darvish (TEX)
  • Mike Trout (LAA)

NL Manager of the Year (Tues., Nov. 13; 5 p.m. CT)

  • Dusty Baker (CIN)
  • Bruce Bochy (SF)
  • Davey Johnson (WSH)

AL Manager of the Year (Tues., Nov. 13; 5 p.m. CT)

  • Bob Melvin (OAK)
  • Buck Showalter (BAL)
  • Robin Ventura (CWS)

NL Cy Young Award (Wed., Nov. 14; 5 p.m. CT)

  • R.A. Dickey (NYM)
  • Gio Gonzalez (WSH)
  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD)

AL Cy Young Award (Wed., Nov. 14; 5 p.m. CT)

  • David Price (TB)
  • Justin Verlander (DET)
  • Jered Weaver (LAA)

NL MVP Award (Thurs., Nov. 15; 5 p.m. CT)

  • Ryan Braun (MIL)
  • Chase Headley (SD)
  • Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
  • Yadier Molina (STL)
  • Buster Posey (SF)

AL MVP Award (Thurs., Nov. 15; 5 p.m. CT)

  • Adrian Beltre (TEX)
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET)
  • Robinson Cano (NYY)
  • Josh Hamilton (TEX)
  • Mike Trout (LAA)

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