And the winner is…?
Major League Baseball’s seemingly never-ending awards season culminates this week, with the distribution of eight (four in NL, four in AL) Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards — Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP. Each will be announced in successive days at 5 p.m. CT on MLB Network.
The Rookie-of-the-Year winners were revealed last hour, with Mike Trout (LAA) winning the AL award unanimously and Bryce Harper (WSH) taking home the NL honors in a tight vote. I applaud the BBWAA for its decision to release the ballots of each of its voters. The transparency can only be a benefit to dialogue, and it will help focus the inevitable debate regarding the order of finish.
Click here to go to the BBWAA website, where you will be able to see the ballots of all those writers who cast votes for this particular award (on an aside, MLB.com writers are not a part of the BBWAA, so we do not take part in this vote. The only exception is for those MLB.com writers who have garnered lifetime BBWAA status by previously working at a newspaper).
In Monday’s Rookie-of-the-Year voting, Cardinals utilityman Matt Carpenter did receive one third-place vote, putting him in a tie for sixth-place. That vote came from Bryan Burwell, a columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carpenter was one of three NL rookies to receive one third-place vote. Interestingly, the other two (San Diego’s Yonder Alonzo and Colorado’s Jordan Pachecho) also received their single vote from a writer from the city in which they play. That’s not meant as an indictment, but rather as an observation.
Coming up on Tuesday is the Manager-of-the-Year announcement. Though we already know that manager Mike Matheny will not finish in the top three, there’s a strong possibility he’ll get at least a mention on someone’s ballot.
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