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MLB Awards 2012 : List of Finalists from BBWAA and Our Picks

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Posey and Braun are favorites for National League MVP

Next week is awards week for Major League Baseball. Baseball’s annual individual awards will be presented live on television next week on MLB Network.

The announcement of four major awards as voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America taking place on four consecutive nights, beginning Monday. Below is a list of the finalists.

Baseball News Source  writers have their picks too, along with some commentary.

Rookie of the Year

Angels NewsAmerican League: Yoenis CespedesYu DarvishMike Trout -  In any other year Cespedes would be a shoe in.  The Cuban outfielder hit .292/.356/.505 with 23 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 129 games.  Darvish led all AL rookie pitchers with 16 wins and 221 strikeouts on the season, and finished with a 3.90 ERA. Good numbers that it won’t matter.

Trout was not able to win a Gold glove, but there is little chance that missed out on American League Rookie of the Year.

Don’s Pick – Trout

Jeff’s Pick – Trout

Vince’s Pick – Trout

James’ Pick – Trout

John’s’ Pick – Trout


Reds NewsNational League: Todd FrazierBryce HarperWade Miley - Frazier hit .273/.331/.498 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI It helped carry Cincinnati. While Joey Votto was on the disabled list.

Miley led the Diamondbacks with 16 wins and his 3.33 ERA was tenth in the National League.

Harper finished the season with a .270 batting average 22 home runs and 59 and was a media darling of the 2012 baseball season. The safe pick is Harper, I’m going with Frazier.

Don’s Pick – Frazier

Jeff’s Pick – Frazier

Vince’s Pick – Harper

James’ Pick – Miley

John’s Pick – Miley

Manager of the Year

American League: Bob Melvin, Buck Showalter, Robin Ventura - Earlier this year I wrote about Showalter and the winning Baltimore Orioles. Melvin lead a ragtag bunch from Oakland into the playoffs and Ventura succeeded with the White Sox when not many people gave him a chance. All good nominations.

Don’s Pick- Showalter

Jeff’s Pick- Showalter

Vince’s Pick- Melvin

James’ Pick- Melvin

John’s Pick- Showalter

Dusty Baker RedsNational League: Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson - Davey and Dusty two seasoned veteran managers guided the Nationals and the Reds to division titles. Because these awards are chosen the day after the season choosing Baker or Johnson would be a likely pick. But how do you go against Bochy getting his team to the playoffs. I don’t.

Don’s Pick – Bochy

Jeff’s Pick – Johnson

Vince’s Pick – Bochy

James’ Pick – Bochy

John’s Pick – Bochy

Cy Young Award

Rays NewsAmerican League: David PriceJustin VerlanderJered Weaver - Price led the AL (and was second in the majors) with a 2.56 ERA and shared the AL lead in wins with Weaver at 20. Verlander led in innings, 2381/3, and strikeouts, 239. Weaver had the lowest average against, .214, and WHIP (walks and hit per innings pitched), 1.02. I’ll take Price and his 10 wins against the AL East

Don’s Pick – Price

Jeff’s Pick – Price

Vince’s Pick – Verlander

James’ Pick – Price

John’s Pick – Verlander

New York Mets newsNational League: R.A. DickeyGio GonzalezClayton Kershaw - Kershaw was (14-9, 2.53, 1.02) and Gonzalez  led all major-league pitchers with 21 wins and 199.1 innings in his first season with the Nationals.  Dickey and his knuckleball led the National League in innings and strikeouts, and finished with a 2.73 ERA.

Don’s Pick – Dickey

Jeff’s Pick – Dickey

Vince’s Pick – Dickey

James’ Pick – Dickey

John’s Pick – Dickey

MVP

Detroit Tigers newsAmerican League: Adrian BeltreMiguel CabreraRobinson CanoJosh Hamilton, Mike Trout – All of these nominees had periods during the season where they were just impossible to get out. This award is likely to be the most talked about by the time awards season is over. If the season ended in early July it would probably be Hamilton

Cabrera won a Triple Crown for the first time since 1967 and should be the odds on favorite to win the MVP. Trout cooled off somewhat during the last two months of the season but still finished with a 10.7 WAR compared to Cabrera’s 6.9. Trout had me checking box scores nightly to see how he was doing and I’m not an Angels fan. I know I’m going against the grain here.

Don’s Pick – Trout

Jeff’s Pick – Cabrera

Vince’s Pick – Trout

James’ Pick – Trout

John’s Pick – Cabrera

San Francisco Giants newsNational League: Ryan BraunChase HeadleyAndrew McCutchenYadier MolinaBuster Posey - McCutchen would have been a hands-down favorite to win the National League MVP had the Pirates not faded into oblivion over the last seven or eight weeks of the season.

McCutchen finished second to Posey in the N.L. batting race and won the N.L. Outstanding Player in the MLB Players Choice awards.  Braun put up MVP numbers similar to 2011 when he won the MVP.  After Melky Cabrera was suspended, Posey put the Giants on his back and carried them into the playoffs.

Don’s Pick – Posey 

Jeff’s Pick – Posey 

Vince’s Pick – Braun

James’ Pick – Posey

John’s Pick – Posey

Rookie of the Year will be awarded for each league on November 12, Manager of the Year will be named November 13, the Cy Young Awards are set for November 14 and MVPs are announced November 15.

Don is a lifelong baseball fan and loves to look inside the game for stories not everyone sees. He served as a Tampa Bay Rays correspondent for ESPN Fantasy Baseball. His style has been described as direct , and he wont likely change.