Although there have been other season wrap-up awards already announced – Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, et cetera – the big four will be presented this week: Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP.
The Baseball Writers Association of America’s awards announcements kick off tonight with the American League and National League Rookies of the Year. It’s the only dog the Orioles have in these fights: Left fielder Trey Mancini is one of three finalists, along with Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, who appears to be a lock for the award.
Mancini finishing as a finalist is a rare accomplishment for an Oriole. You have to go back to Daniel Cabrera – yes, Daniel Cabrera – in 2004 for the last time an Oriole finished Top 3 in the voting. The last Oriole to win was Gregg Olson way back in 1989.
That ignominious streak will continue. Judge probably will be a unanimous winner; we’ll find out shortly after 6 tonight on the awards show, which airs on MLB Network.
Each day, through Thursday, there will be a new set of winners announced (managers on Tuesday, Cy Youngs on Wednesday and MVPs on Thursday).
Full disclosure: I am a longtime member of the BBWAA and I voted for one of the awards this year. Since we’re not allowed to reveal our vote until the winners are named, I’m not going to disclose which category I voted for. That’ll keep the mystery going.
Here are the candidates for each of the four major awards in both leagues and who I think should win each one.