MLB Awards Balloting, 2020 Season: CtPG Style

With the season officially wrapped up, before the focus of the world turns to Winter Meetings and transactions, we still must get through awards season.

CtPG voted on the four major awards (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year) in both leagues. We used the BBWAA scoring system. (This means for MVP, 14 points for 1st, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, etc. down to 1 for 10th. For Cy Young, 7 points for 1st, 4 for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, 2 for 4th, and 1 for 5th. For ROY and MOY, 5 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, and 1 for 3rd.)

Like the BBWAA, we cast ballots before the postseason so as to not be biased by results. Here are the totals: feel free to discuss what we hit spot on and what we missed below!

AL MVP

  • 1. Shane Bieber, Indians: 3.3 bWAR, 3.2 fWAR, 77.1 IP, 1.63 ERA, 2.07 FIP, 0.87 WHIP, 14.2 K/9

  • 2. José Ramírez, Indians: 2.2 bWAR, 3.4 fWAR, 254 PA, .292/.386/.607/.993, 17 HR, 46 RBI

  • 3. José Abreu, White Sox: 2.8 bWAR, 2.6 fWAR, 262 PA, .317/.370/.617/.987, 19 HR, 60 RBI

  • 4. Anthony Rendon, Angels: 1.8 bWAR, 2.7 fWAR, 232 PA, .286/.418/.497/.915, 9 HR, 31 RBI

  • 5. Mike Trout, Angels: 1.6 bWAR, 2.6 fWAR, 241 PA, .281/.390/.603/.993, 17 HR, 46 RBI

  • 6. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees: 2.8 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 216 PA, .364/.421/.590/1.011, 10 HR, 27 RBI

  • 7. Brandon Lowe, Rays: 2.1 bWAR, 2.3 fWAR, 224 PA, .269/.362/.554/.916, 14 HR, 37 RBI

  • T-8. Hyun-jin Ryu, Blue Jays: 3.0 bWAR, 1.9 fWAR, 67.0 IP, 2.69 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 1.15 WHIP, 9.7 K/9

  • T-8. Nelson Cruz, Twins: 1.6 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 214 PA, .303/.397/.595/.992, 16 HR, 33 RBI

  • 10. Tim Anderson, White Sox: 2.2 bWAR, 2.2 fWAR, 221 PA, .322/.357/.529/.886, 10 HR, 21 RBI

  • 11. Luke Voit, Yankees: 1.5 bWAR, 1.8 fWAR, 234 PA, .277/.338/.610/.948, 22 HR, 52 RBI

  • 12. Kenta Maeda, Twins: 1.6 bWAR, 2.1 fWAR, 66.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 0.75 WHIP, 10.8 K/9

  • 13. Alex Verdugo, Red Sox: 1.9 bWAR, 1.6 fWAR, 221 PA, .308/.367/.478/.844, 6 HR, 15 RBI

  • T-14. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rangers: 1.8 bWAR, 0.4 fWAR, 228 PA, .280/.329/.370/.699, 3 HR, 10 RBI

  • T-14. David Fletcher, Angels: 1.6 bWAR, 1.6 fWAR, 230 PA, .319/.376/.425/.801, 3 HR, 18 RBI
RankPlayer, TeamPoints12345678910
1Shane Bieber, Indians9361
2Jose Ramirez, Indians66151
3Jose Abreu, White Sox521231
4Anthony Rendon, Angels484111
5Mike Trout, Angels36421
6DJ LeMahieu, Yankees35123
7Brandon Lowe, Rays23114
8Hyun-jin Ryu, Blue Jays15111
8Nelson Cruz, Twins15311
10Tim Anderson, White Sox121121
11Luke Voit, Yankees9122
12Kenta Maeda, Twins41
13Alex Verdugo, Red Sox21
14Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Rangers11
14David Fletcher, Angels11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Shane BieberShane BieberJose RamirezShane Bieber Shane BieberShane BieberShane Bieber
2Jose RamirezJose RamirezShane BieberJose Abreu Jose RamirezJose RamirezJose Ramirez
3Anthony RendonAnthony Rendon Jose AbreuAnthony Rendon DJ LeMahieuJose AbreuAnthony Rendon
4Jose AbreuJose AbreuBrandon LoweJose Ramirez Hyun-Jin RyuAnthony RendonJose Abreu
5Mike TroutDJ LeMahieuDJ LeMahieuMike Trout Jose AbreuMike TroutMike Trout
6DJ LeMahieuMike TroutAnthony RendonHyun-Jin RyuMike TroutDJ LeMahieu DJ LeMahieu
7Nelson CruzBrandon LoweNelson CruzTim Anderson Anthony Rendon Nelson CruzKenta Maeda
8Brandon LoweTim AndersonLuke VoitBrandon LoweBrandon LoweBrandon LoweHyun-Jin Ryu
9Luke VoitNelson CruzMike TroutAlex VerdugoTim AndersonTim AndersonLuke Voit
10Tim AndersonLuke VoitDavid FletcherIsiah Kiner-FalefaNelson CruzLuke Voit(blank)

NL MVP

  • 1. Freddie Freeman, Braves: 2.9 bWAR, 3.4 fWAR, 262 PA, .341/.462/.640/1.102, 13 HR, 53 RBI

  • 2. Mookie Betts, Dodgers: 3.4 bWAR, 3.0 fWAR, 246 PA, .292/.366/.562/.927, 16 HR, 39 RBI

  • 3. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: 2.5 bWAR, 2.9 fWAR, 257 PA, .277/.366/.571/.937, 17 HR, 45 RBI

  • 4. Manny Machado, Padres: 2.8 bWAR, 2.6 fWAR, 254 PA, .304/.370/.580/.950, 16 HR, 47 RBI

  • 5. Trevor Bauer, Reds: 2.7 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 73.0 IP, 1.73 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 0.80 WHIP, 12.3 K/9

  • T-6. Mike Yastrzemski, Giants: 2.5 bWAR, 2.7 fWAR, 225 PA, .297/.400/.568/.968, 10 HR, 35 RBI

  • T-6. Yu Darvish, Cubs: 2.7 bWAR, 3.0 fWAR, 76.0 IP, 2.01 ERA, 2.23 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 11.0 K/9

  • 8. Juan Soto, Nationals: 2.1 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 196 PA, .351/.490/.695/1.185, 13 HR, 37 RBI

  • 9. Trevor Story, Rockies: 2.1 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 259 PA, .289/.355/.519/.874, 11 HR, 28 RBI

  • T-10. Trea Turner, Nationals: 2.2 bWAR, 2.7 fWAR, 259 PA, .335/.394/.588/.982, 12 HR, 41 RBI

  • T-10. Marcell Ozuna, Braves: 2.3 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 267 PA, .338/.431/.636/1.067, 18 HR, 56 RBI

  • T-10. Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves: 2.1 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 202 PA, .250/.406/.581/.987, 14 HR, 29 RBI

  • 13. Jacob deGrom, Mets: 2.6 bWAR, 2.6 fWAR, 68.0 IP, 2.38 ERA, 2.26 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 13.8 K/9

  • 14. Max Fried, Braves: 2.0 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 56.0 IP, 2.25 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 1.09 WHIP, 8.0 K/9

  • 15. Trent Grisham, Padres: 2.2 bWAR, 2.3 fWAR, 252 PA, .251/.352/.456/.808, 10 HR, 26 RBI

  • T-16. Dominic Smith, Mets: 1.7 bWAR, 1.8 fWAR, 199 PA, .316/.377/.616/.993, 10 HR, 42 RBI

  • T-16. Kyle Freeland, Rockies: 2.2 bWAR, 1.0 fWAR, 70.2 IP, 4.33 ERA, 4.65 FIP, 1.42 WHIP, 5.9 K/9

  • T-16. Dinelson Lamet, Padres: 2.4 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 69.0 IP, 2.09 ERA, 2.48 FIP, 0.86 WHIP, 12.1 K/9

  • T-19. Zack Wheeler, Phillies: 2.9 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 71.0 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 1.17 WHIP, 6.7 K/9

  • T-19. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers: 2.1 bWAR, 2.1 fWAR, 73.2 IP, 3.05 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 11.1 K/9
RankPlayer, TeamPoints12345678910
1Freddie Freeman, Braves9361
2Mookie Betts, Dodgers601123
3Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres564111
4Manny Machado, Padres4513111
5Trevor Bauer, Reds27131
6Mike Yastrzemski, Giants23213
6Yu Darvish, Cubs23211
8Juan Soto, Nationals19221
9Trevor Story, Rockies1412
10Trea Turner, Nationals11111
10Marcell Ozuna, Braves1113
10Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves11112
13Jacob deGrom, Mets51
14Max Fried, Braves41
15Trent Grisham, Padres31
16Dominic Smith, Mets21
16Kyle Freeland, Rockies21
16Dinelson Lamet, Padres21
19Zack Wheeler, Phillies11
19Brandon Woodruff, Brewers11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Freddie FreemanFreddie FreemanFreddie FreemanMookie BettsFreddie FreemanFreddie FreemanFreddie Freeman
2Manny Machado Fernando Tatis, Jr. Fernando Tatis Jr.Freddie FreemanMookie BettsFernando Tatis Jr.Fernando Tatis Jr.
3Fernando Tatis Jr. Mookie BettsManny MachadoManny Machado Trevor BauerManny MachadoMookie Betts
4Mookie BettsYu DarvishMookie BettsFernando Tatis Jr. Yu DarvishMookie BettsManny Machado
5Juan SotoTrevor BauerTrevor BauerTrevor Story Juan SotoTrea TurnerTrevor Bauer
6Ronald Acuña Jr. Marcell OzunaJacob deGromMike YastrzemskiFernando Tatis Jr.Mike YastrzemskiYu Darvish
7Trevor Story Manny MachadoYu DarvishRonald Acuña Jr. Max FriedTrevor StoryMike Yastrzemski
8Trea TurnerMike YastrzemskiMike YastrzemskiTrent GrishamMike YastrzemskiJuan Soto Juan Soto
9Dominic SmithTrea TurnerMarcell OzunaKyle Freeland Dinelson LametMarcell OzunaMarcell Ozuna
10Trevor BauerBrandon WoodruffJuan SotoZack Wheeler Manny MachadoRonald Acuña Jr.Ronald Acuña Jr.

AL Cy Young

  • 1. Shane Bieber, Indians: 3.3 bWAR, 3.2 fWAR, 77.1 IP, 1.63 ERA, 2.07 FIP, 0.87 WHIP, 14.2 K/9

  • 2. Kenta Maeda, Twins: 1.6 bWAR, 2.1 fWAR, 66.2 IP, 2.70 ERA, 3.00 FIP, 0.75 WHIP, 10.8 K/9

  • 3. Hyun-jin Ryu, Blue Jays: 3.0 bWAR, 1.9 fWAR, 67.0 IP, 2.69 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 1.15 WHIP, 9.7 K/9

  • 4. Zack Greinke, Astros: 1.2 bWAR, 2.1 fWAR, 67.0 IP, 4.03 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 1.13 WHIP, 9.0 K/9

  • 5. Dylan Bundy, Angels: 1.8 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 65.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 2.95 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, 9.9 K/9

  • 6. Gerrit Cole, Yankees: 2.2 bWAR, 1.4 fWAR, 73.0 IP, 2.84 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 11.6 K/9

  • T-7. Dallas Keuchel, White Sox: 2.1 bWAR, 1.8 fWAR, 63.1 IP, 1.99 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 1.09 WHIP, 6.0 K/9

  • T-7. Lucas Giolito, White Sox: 0.8 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 72.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 1.04 WHIP, 12.1 K/9

  • 9. Marco Gonzales, Mariners: 1.5 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 69.2 IP, 3.10 ERA, 3.32 FIP, 0.95 WHIP, 8.3 K/9
RankPlayer, TeamPoints12345
1Shane Bieber, Indians497
2Kenta Maeda, Twins24421
3Hyun-jin Ryu, Blue Jays2024
4Zack Greinke, Astros6111
4Dylan Bundy, Angels622
6Gerrit Cole, Yankees513
7Dallas Keuchel, White Sox42
7Lucas Giolito, White Sox41
9Marco Gonzales, Mariners11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Shane BieberShane BieberShane BieberShane Bieber Shane BieberShane BieberShane Bieber
2Kenta MaedaLucas GiolitoKenta MaedaHyun-Jin RyuHyun-Jin RyuKenta MaedaKenta Maeda
3Hyun-Jin RyuKenta MaedaHyun-Jin RyuZack GreinkeKenta MaedaHyun-Jin RyuHyun-Jin Ryu
4Dylan BundyZack GreinkeGerrit ColeKenta MaedaDallas KeuchelDylan BundyDallas Keuchel
5Gerrit ColeMarco GonzalesDylan BundyDylan Bundy Gerrit ColeZack GreinkeGerrit Cole

NL Cy Young

  • 1. Trevor Bauer, Reds: 2.7 bWAR, 2.5 fWAR, 73.0 IP, 1.73 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 0.80 WHIP, 12.3 K/9

  • 2. Yu Darvish, Cubs: 2.7 bWAR, 3.0 fWAR, 76.0 IP, 2.01 ERA, 2.23 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 11.0 K/9

  • 3. Jacob deGrom, Mets: 2.6 bWAR, 2.6 fWAR, 68.0 IP, 2.38 ERA, 2.26 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 13.8 K/9

  • 4. Dinelson Lamet, Padres: 2.4 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 69.0 IP, 2.09 ERA, 2.48 FIP, 0.86 WHIP, 12.1 K/9

  • 5. Zack Wheeler, Phillies: 2.9 bWAR, 2.0 fWAR, 71.0 IP, 2.92 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 1.17 WHIP, 6.7 K/9

  • 6. Devin Williams, Brewers: 1.2 bWAR, 1.4 fWAR, 27.0 IP, 0.33 ERA, 0.86 FIP, 0.63 WHIP, 17.7 K/9

  • T-7. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: 1.7 bWAR, 1.4 fWAR, 58.1 IP, 2.16 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 0.84 WHIP, 9.6 K/9

  • T-7. Kyle Hendricks, Cubs: 1.9 bWAR, 1.9 fWAR, 81.1 IP, 2.88 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, 7.1 K/9

  • T-9. Corbin Burnes, Brewers: 2.1 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 59.2 IP, 2.11 ERA, 2.03 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 13.3 K/9

  • T-9. Luis Castillo, Reds: 1.0 bWAR, 2.4 fWAR, 70.0 IP, 3.21 ERA, 2.65 FIP, 1.23 WHIP, 11.4 K/9
RankPlayer, TeamPoints12345
1Trevor Bauer, Reds38412
2Yu Darvish, Cubs35322
3Jacob deGrom, Mets224111
4Dinelson Lamet, Padres11132
5Zack Wheeler, Mets42
6Devin Williams, Brewers31
7Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers22
7Kyle Hendricks, Cubs21
9Corbin Burnes, Brewers11
9Luis Castillo, Reds11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Trevor Bauer Yu DarvishTrevor BauerYu DarvishTrevor BauerYu DarvishTrevor Bauer
2Jacob deGrom Trevor BauerJacob deGromJacob deGrom Yu DarvishJacob deGromYu Darvish
3Yu DarvishDevin WilliamsYu DarvishTrevor Bauer Dinelson LametTrevor BauerJacob deGrom
4Dinelson LametDinelson LametKyle HendricksZack WheelerJacob deGromDinelson Lamet Zack Wheeler
5Clayton KershawJacob deGromDinelson LametClayton Kershaw Corbin BurnesLuis CastilloDinelson Lamet

AL Rookie of the Year

  • 1. Kyle Lewis, Mariners: 1.4 bWAR, 1.7 fWAR, 242 PA, .262/.364/.437/.801, 11 HR, 28 RBI

  • 2. Willi Castro, Tigers: 0.4 bWAR, 1.3 fWAR, 140 PA, .349/.381/.550/.932, 6 HR, 24 RBI

  • T-3. Cristian Javier, Astros: 1.3 bWAR, 0.5 fWAR, 54.1 IP, 3.48 ERA, 4.94 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 8.9 K/9

  • T-3. Justus Sheffield, Mariners: 0.8 bWAR, 1.6 fWAR, 55.1 IP, 3.58 ERA, 3.17 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 7.8 K/9

  • T-3. James Karinchak, Indians: 0.6 bWAR, 1.1 fWAR, 27.0 IP, 2.67 ERA, 1.52 FIP, 1.11 WHIP, 17.7 K/9

  • T-3. Sean Murphy, A’s: 1.0 bWAR, 1.5 fWAR, 140 PA, .233/.364/.457/.821, 7 HR, 14 RBI

  • T-7. Luis Robert, White Sox: 1.6 bWAR, 1.5 fWAR, 227 PA, .233/.302/.436/.738, 11 HR, 31 RBI

  • T-7. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles: 0.5 bWAR, 0.7 fWAR, 140 PA, .333/.386/.492/.878, 5 HR, 23 RBI

  • 9. Jared Walsh, Angels: 0.6 bWAR, 0.9 fWAR, 108 PA, .293/.324/.646/.971, 9 HR, 26 RBI
RankPlayer, TeamPoints123
1Kyle Lewis, Mariners357
2Willi Castro, Tigers1132
3Cristian Javier, Astros31
3Justus Sheffield, Mariners31
3James Karinchak, Indians31
3Sean Murphy, A’s31
7Luis Robert, White Sox22
7Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles22
9Jared Walsh, Angels11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Kyle LewisKyle LewisKyle LewisKyle LewisKyle LewisKyle LewisKyle Lewis
2Cristian JavierJames KarinchakWilli CastroJustus SheffieldWilli CastroSean MurphyWilli Castro
3Ryan MountcastleWilli CastroLuis RobertWilli CastroJared WalshRyan MountcastleLuis Robert

NL Rookie of the Year

  • 1. Jake Cronenworth, Padres: 1.4 bWAR, 1.4 fWAR, 192 PA, .285/.354/.477/.831, 4 HR, 20 RBI

  • T-2. Alec Bohm, Phillies: 0.7 bWAR, 1.2 fWAR, 180 PA, .338/.400/.481/.881, 4 HR, 23 RBI

  • T-2. Tony Gonsolin, Dodgers: 1.4 bWAR, 1.8 fWAR, 46.2 IP, 2.31 ERA, 2.29 FIP, 0.84 WHIP, 8.9 K/9

  • 4. Devin Williams, Brewers: 1.2 bWAR, 1.4 fWAR, 27.0 IP, 0.33 ERA, 0.86 FIP, 0.63 WHIP, 17.7 K/9

  • T-5. Dustin May, Dodgers: 1.4 bWAR, 0.4 fWAR, 56.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.09 WHIP, 7.1 K/9

  • T-5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pirates: 1.8 bWAR, 1.7 fWAR, 95 PA, .376/.442/.682/1.124, 5 HR, 11 RBI
RankPlayer, TeamPoints123
1Jake Cronenworth, Padres2651
2Alec Bohm, Phillies822
2Tony Gonsolin, Dodgers822
4Devin Williams, Brewers611
5Dustin May, Dodgers31
5Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pirates31
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase Kimura
1Jake CronenworthDevin WilliamsJake CronenworthJake CronenworthJake CronenworthJake Cronenworth
2Alec BohmKe’Bryan HayesDustin MayTony GonsolinTony GonsolinAlec Bohm
3Tony GonsolinJake CronenworthAlec BohmDevin WilliamsAlec BohmTony Gonsolin

AL Manager of the Year

  • 1. Kevin Cash, Rays: 40-20, 1st in AL East, #1 seed in AL

  • 2. Bob Melvin, A’s: 36-24, 1st in AL West, #2 seed in AL

  • T-3. Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays: 32-28, 3rd in AL East, #8 seed in AL

  • T-3. Rick Renteria, White Sox: 35-25, 3rd in AL Central, #7 seed in AL

  • 5. Rocco Baldelli, Twins: 36-24, 1st in AL Central, #3 seed in AL

  • 6. Terry Francona, Indians: 35-25, 2nd in AL Central, #4 seed in AL
RankManager, TeamPoints123
1Kevin Cash, Rays24411
2Bob Melvin, A’s1112
3Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays102
3Rick Renteria, White Sox1031
5Rocco Baldelli, Twins512
6Terry Francona, Indians22
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase KimuraJeff Joiner
1Charlie MontoyoKevin CashBob MelvinKevin CashKevin CashCharlie MontoyoKevin Cash
2Rick RenteriaBob MelvinKevin CashRick RenteriaBob MelvinRick RenteriaRocco Baldelli
3Kevin CashRick RenteriaRocco BaldelliTerry Francona Rocco BaldelliTerry Francona (blank)

NL Manager of the Year

  • 1. Jayce Tingler, Padres: 37-23, 2nd in NL West, #4 seed in NL

  • 2. Don Mattingly, Marlins: 31-29, 2nd in NL East, #6 seed in NL

  • T-3. Dave Roberts, Dodgers: 43-17, 1st in NL West, #1 seed in NL

  • T-3. Brian Snitker, Braves: 35-25, 1st in NL East, #2 seed in NL

  • 5. David Bell, Reds: 31-29, 3rd in NL Central, #7 seed in NL

  • 6. David Ross, Cubs: 34-26, 1st in NL Central, #3 seed in NL
RankManager, TeamPoints123
1Jayce Tingler, Padres17221
2Don Mattingly, Marlins15212
3Dave Roberts, Dodgers811
3Brian Snitker, Braves822
5David Bell, Reds51
6David Ross, Cubs11
RankJessica DeLine Rahul SettyH. T. EnnisJohn Henry WeitzelTurks TeethChase Kimura
1Don MattinglyDon MattinglyDavid BellDave RobertsJayce TinglerJayce Tingler
2Jayce Tingler Brian SnitkerDave RobertsJayce Tingler Brian SnitkerDon Mattingly
3Brian SnitkerJayce TinglerDavid RossDon MattinglyDon MattinglyBrian Snitker

Would you have voted differently? Let us know!

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

Well done, Rahul! Two for two so far.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

FYI time, the BBWAA has screwed up a lot with the annual awards, but not anywhere near how bad they have messed up the Hall of Fame. But please look up what the veterans committees have put in the HoF as recent as 2019. A system of 2 writers, 2 broadcasters, 2 veterans, and one each from Fangraph and one from BRef and one Umpire. Some type of form of a little bit from many sources is probably going in the right direction.

Greatjake
Member
3 years ago

Not a critique of your picks but I always wondered. Why aren’t these awards chosen by a collection of peers, scouts, and SABr knowledgeable individuals? Should baseball writers decide who the best manager is? Can they accurately gauge who’s better and why? If I want to know who the best defensive SS is I think I’d value the opinion of say Omar Vizquel and Jay Jaffee over a group of casual viewers and homer journalists. Make each award chosen by a committee who’s members fit specific qualifications. Equally weigh the opinion of ex-awardees, well respected writers and members of the SABr community. Remove anonymity and force voters to be passionately invested in these decisions.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

It’s just some content while we wait for the hot stove to get going.

Greatjake
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I just re-read my original post and it comes off as critical of you guys/gals as writers. That is not at all how I meant to come across. I was speaking of the BBWAA and their general ineptitude during awards season & HOF voting.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

No worries. I didn’t vote in the above awards because I didn’t know where to begin.

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

Well, the BBWAA was formed a long time ago to help writers. Then they started giving out awards to players each year. Then the HOF decided the BBWAA should be the body the elect players to the HOF. It all started with a group to help writers and grew from there. The big baseball awards have always been doled out by writers because they started it.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

[as BBWAA]: So there! Neener neener neener!!!

Greatjake
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Thanks Jessica. My question was more rhetorical analysis of what I think is a flawed system.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

pronounced Bibbwah. 😎 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Greatjake

People in the game are generally so focused on their own team they rarely get the opportunity to watch other teams. They hire advanced scouts specifically for this purpose.

It would be cool to have some sort of veteran’s committee in the BBWAA, though. Guys who both played/managed and have the ability to watch a wide spectrum of games.

Greatjake
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It’s not a perfect setup but the way NPB awards the Sawamura award was part of my inspiration for the rant above. Sorry for getting on a soapbox but the antiquated processes for doling out accolades is a change I’d welcome.