Major League Baseball Award season is officially upon us. Earlier tonight, the three finalists for each major BBWAA awards were announced.
Surprisingly, KC Royals manager Ned Yost did not finish in the top three among American League managers. Huh? The Royals were picked to finish third in the AL Central, were expected to win just 72 games, and yet WON IT ALL. They led the division by double-digit games for most of the season (and the entire second half).
Granted, Texas was not expected to reach the postseason, let alone win the AL West, so Jeff Bannister definitely is deserving. Houston also surprised many with their young talent exploding onto the scene, so AJ Hinch is also deserving. But choosing Minnesota’s Paul Molitor over Yost? I continue to scratch my head.
I kept hearing Jonny Gomes’ World Series parade speech over and over in my head as each of the three finalists were announced, yet with no Royals names. “CY Young Award winner. Not on our team. But we beat him.” You remember right?
Until…the finalists for MVP were announced.
Lo and behold, centerfielder Lorenzo Cain was mentioned, along with Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and LA Angels centerfielder Mike Trout. Funny that AL managers and coaches didn’t rank LoCain as one of the best centerfielders, but the writers rank him as one of the best players in the league.
The MVP award will be announced on Thursday, November 19th.
The hardware that was given out tonight was the Gold Glove awards.
In shocking news, left fielder Alex Gordon saw his streak come to an end. He was beat out by Yoenis Cespedes, who was honored for his first half with Detroit. Remember, voting was done before the postseason, so voters did not see his horrific play during the World Series.
First baseman Eric Hosmer won his third straight Gold Glove. Catcher Salvador Perez also won his third straight.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar earned his first Gold Glove, the first at shortstop in Royals history.
These three are quickly filling up trophy cases at home. The best defensive team earns three defensive awards. Not bad at all.