2022 BBWAA Awards Finalists

The finalists for MLB’s four major end-of-season awards — Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player — were announced Monday night.

Monday November 14: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
Tuesday, November 15: Manager of the year
Wednesday, November 16: Cy Young Award
Thursday, November 17: MVP Awards

Here’s a breakdown of the three nominees for each American League and National League award.

Yordan Alvarez, DH/LF, Astros

Alvarez has been one of the American League’s elite hitters again this season. The Astros left-handed slugger hit .306 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs, and he and Aaron Judge were the only hitters to post an OPS over 1,000. Alvarez’s 1,019 OPS and 187 OPS+ (league average is 100) were both the second-best at the Majors, behind Judge. He also added some memorable home runs in the playoffs for the World Series champions.

Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees

Judge’s historic season makes him the MVP favorite. He hit 62 home runs to surpass Roger Maris’ longtime mark of 61 and set a new American League home run record. Judge also came close to winning a triple crown, leading the AL with 131 RBIs and finishing second with a .311 batting average.

Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, angels

The reigning AL MVP continued his 2021 history with another 22 superstar season. Ohtani became the first player in the World Series era to qualify for both batting league rankings and launchers. He had 34 homers, 11 stolen bases and 95 RBIs as a batter and went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts as a pitcher.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals

Goldschmidt chased a triple crown in the NL for an extended stretch, eventually finishing with a .317 batting average, 35 home runs and 115 RBI while leading the national league in slugging (.578) and OPS (.981). A two-time MVP finalist and a three-time finalist heading into 2022, Goldschmidt is in the hunt for the first MVP award of his 12-year career.

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals

Arenado and fellow MVP finalist Goldschmidt were arguably baseball’s best teammate duo of 2022. Arenado hit .293 with 30 homers and 103 RBI while playing his usual superstar defense at third base, earning his 10th Gold Glove Award consecutive. But can he add his first career MVP award to it? He was three times in the top five and five times in the top 10, but never won.

Manny Machado, 3B, Padres

Machado hit .298 with 32 home runs and 102 RBI in his second straight all-star season for the Padres. He led the NL in Wins Above Replacement – ​​his 7.4 WAR, per FanGraphs, was just ahead of Arenado’s 7.3 and Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman’s 7.1. With the Padres’ absence, superstar Fernando Tatis Jr., Machado led them to the playoffs. A three-time top-five MVP, he’s looking to win the award for the first time.

Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox

The 26-year-old Cease built on his 2021 breakout with an even better 2022 for the White Sox, going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA (second in the AL behind Justin Verlander) and 227 strikeouts, one more than last year. . Cease’s season included a record streak of 14 straight starts allowing no more than one earned run from May 29 to August 11.

Alek Manoah, RHP, Blue Jays

After his big rookie season in 2021, Manoah was even better as a sophomore. The 24-year-old right-hander went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA — third-best in the AL — and 180 strikeouts. Manoah went 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA in September to lead the Blue Jays to an AL Wild Card berth.

Justin Verlander, RHP, Astros

The ageless Verlander had another dominant season for the Astros at 39 in 2022 — his first season back from Tommy John surgery, no less. Verlander won the MLB ERA crown with a 1.75 rating, and he led the AL with 18 wins. He added 185 strikeouts to bring his career total to 3,198, the most among active pitchers. Verlander is seeking his third career Cy Young Award, which would make him the 11th pitcher to win three times.

Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Marlins

Alcantara was the type of workaholic you rarely see in baseball. The Marlins ace has pitched six complete games – the most of any pitcher since Chris Sale in 2016 and more than any other crew had in 2022. Alcantara went 14-9 and posted a 2.28 ERA in a Major League-high 228 2/3 innings. He pitched seven or more innings in 13 consecutive starts from May 11 to July 15, the longest such streak by a pitcher since the 2014 season.

The 2021 World Series champion ace was just as good in 2022 – maybe even better. Fried went 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts in his first All-Star season, and he was instrumental in leading the Braves past the Mets for their fifth consecutive NL East title. , with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts in August and September. .

Julio Urías, LHP, Dodgers

While Los Angeles lacked Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw for much of the year, Urías was steady as baseball’s top regular-season team ace. The 26-year-old southpaw won the NL ERA title with a 2.16 ERA for the Dodgers’ 111 wins. A year after leading the Majors with 20 wins and receiving votes from Cy Young for the first time, Urías went 17-7 in 2022 with 166 strikeouts.

Steven Kwan, LF, Guardians

Kwan’s touch made him a darling at the start of the season, and he maintained it all year. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .298 with six homers and 19 stolen bases for the season and finished with more walks than strikeouts (62-60), one of only six qualified hitters to do so. He finished the season with AL Rookie of the Month Awards in April and September.

Julio Rodríguez, CF, sailors

Favorite AL Rookie of the Year J-Rod was instantly one of baseball’s most electric players and spurred the Mariners to their first playoff appearance since 2001. Rodríguez hit .284 with 28 homers, 25 bases volleys and a 147 OPS+ along with stellar defense in center field. The 21-year-old became one of three rookies in history with 25 homers and 25 interceptions, and the first since Mike Trout in 2012.

Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles

The 2019 No. 1 draft pick made his league debut on May 21 and quickly established himself as one of the best catchers in the game. Rutschman ended up batting .254 with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a 128 OPS+, and the 24-year-old showed off a strong arm behind the plate and great framing from the field.

Brendan Donovan, UTIL, Cardinals

Donovan played all over the court for champions NL Central – the 25-year-old appeared in every position on the court and in both corners of the outfield during his rookie season, and he won a Gold Glove Award for his versatile defensive efforts. Donovan also hit .281 and posted a .394 on-base percentage for St. Louis.

Michael Harris II, FC, Braves

The Braves have the two favorites for the 2022 NL Rookie of the Year – one hitter, one pitcher. Harris is No. 1. The 21-year-old stole the show in center field for the Newfoundland East champions after his recall at the end of May, hitting .297 with 19 homers, 20 stolen bases and a 135 OPS+ while playing great outfield defense. Harris led NL rookies with 5.3 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

Spencer Strider, RHP, Braves

While Harris patrolled the Atlanta outfield, Strider towered over the hitters on the mound. The 24-year-old flamethrower went 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts, the most by a rookie pitcher since Yu Darvish in 2012. Strider started the season in the bullpen but joined the Braves’ starting rotation at the end of May – and he was equally dominant in both roles. His 16 strikeouts on Sept. 1 against the Rockies were the most by a pitcher in a game this season.

Terry Francona, Guardians

Tito led the Guardians to a 92-70 record and the AL Central title in his 10th year as manager. Cleveland made the playoffs in six of Francona’s 10 seasons, and 2022 marked its fourth division title.

The Orioles were one of the biggest surprises of 2022, finishing 83-79 in Hyde’s fourth season as manager following a 110-game losing streak in 2021. It was Baltimore’s first winning season since 2016. The O’s had lost more than 100 games in each of their last three full seasons before their turnaround in 2022.

Servais took the Mariners to the playoffs for the first time since 2001, ending a 20-year playoff drought that was the longest not just in MLB, but in any of the four major North American sports leagues. . It was Seattle’s second straight 90-win season under Servais.

Roberts led the Dodgers to a franchise-record 111 wins in 2022, tied for fourth in a season all-time and the most of any team since the Mariners’ 116 wins in 2001. It was the fourth season of 100 Roberts wins and the sixth NL West title in seven years as Dodgers manager.

Showalter took over the Mets and quickly got them back into the playoffs for the first time since 2016. New York won 101 games in Showalter’s first season with the Mets, the second most in franchise history behind the legendary 1986 World Series championship team.

The Mets have led the NL East for most of the season, but under Snitker’s stewardship, the 2021 World Series champions have come back to grab the division for a fifth straight time in 22 – including a crucial sweep of the Mets at the very end of the regular season. The Braves’ 101 wins were their highest in a season since 2003, when they also won 101.

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