Another season is in the books and the Chicago Cubs have ended their 108 year drought and for the first time since Tinkers to Evers to Chance and “The Merkle Boner” the Cubs are World Series Champions. Now that the games are done, we’ve entered into Awards Season where Major League Baseball will announce their most outstanding players and managers throughout the 2016 MLB Season. Now before I get into my picks, let’s look back to my Preseason picks to see where we started from and how we got here.
AL MVP and Dark horse- SS Carlos Correa HOU, OF Mookie Betts BOS
NL MVP and Dark horse- 1B Paul Goldschmidt ARI, SS Corey Seager LAD
AL Cy Young and Dark horse- SP Chris Sale CWS, SP Danny Salazar CLE
NL Cy Young and Dark horse- SP Clayton Kershaw LAD, SP Shelby Miller ARI
AL ROY and Dark horse- OF Tyler Naquin CLE, OF Aaron Judge NYY
NL ROY and Dark horse- SS Corey Seager LAD, SP Lucas Giolito WAS
First off, a couple of observations…man did I have too much faith in the Diamondbacks or what? Goldschmidt had a great year, but Shelby Miller? I apologize with my stupidity on that one. I also bought into the Correa/Houston hype train as well. Overall though looking at the season, I don’t think I’m too far off on a few of these. So now that I’m done with laughing at myself and seeing where we started at the beginning of the year, we can jump into my picks now that we’ve seen how the season has happened.
Honorable Mention Mike Trout LAA, David Ortiz BOS, Mark Trumbo BAL, Corey Kluber CLE, Jose Altuve HOU
Honorable Mention Nolan Arenado COL, Anthony Rizzo CHC, Daniel Murphy WAS, Corey Saeger LAD
Honorable Mention Zach Britton BAL, Rick Porcello BOS, Andrew Miller NYY/CLE
Honorable Mention Max Scherzer WAS, Clayton Kershaw LAD, Jose Fernandez MIA
Honorable Mention Michael Fulmer DET, Tyler Naquin CLE
Honorable Mention Trea Turner WAS, Kenta Maeda LAD
Honorable Mention N/A (THIS ISN’T A CONTEST)
Honorable Mention Joe Maddon CHC
As we head into the offseason, we should take these awards as a way to look back at what was an unforgettable Baseball season that I think has re-energized what was a dormant fanbase that really only a few fanbases appreciated and now has Baseball emerging once again as what it is, the great American Pastime. For some it was full of heartbreak, some cheered, some crying, and some started to imagine what the future holds in the 2017 Baseball season. Well before you know it, Winter pass by and welcome in the Spring and guess what? We get to do this all over again.