2020 BBWAA Awards Finalists: MVPs, Rookies, Pitchers
Another baseball season is over, and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) finally revealed the three finalists for Major League Baseball’s top regular-season player awards: Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year. The winners will be announced on the MLB Network from November 9 to 12.
Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award
NL finalists: Alec Bohm (PHI), Jake Cronenworth (SD), Devin Williams (MIL)
Bohm slashed .338/.400/.481 with four homers, 11 doubles, and 23 RBIs within 44 games under the Phillies. But the Padres’ Cronenworth slashed a much higher line with .356/.411/.624 entering September. 16 of his 36 hits have gone for extra bases. Williams, meanwhile, made Milwaukee proud with his dominant 2020 run. He posted a 0.63 WHIP and struck out 53 batters.
AL finalists: Cristian Javier (HOU), Kyle Lewis (SEA), Luis Robert (CWS)
Javier stepped up his game with a 3.48 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 12 appearances for the Astros. Lewis competed against all rookies with 11 homers, while also boasting five stolen bases and one grand-slam robbery. Robert posted a .960 OPS and 10 homers in 33 games for Chicago.
Cy Young Award
NL finalists: Trevor Bauer (CIN), Yu Darvish (CHC), Jacob deGrom (NYM)
Bauer, currently a free agent, led the Cincinnati Reds with 1.73 ERA and struck out 100 batters over 73 innings. The Cubs’ Darvish didn’t back down with a 2.01 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 12 starts. DeGrom, meanwhile, led the entire NL with 104 strikeouts and a respectable 2.38 ERA.
AL finalists: Shane Bieber (CLE), Kenta Maeda (MIN), Hyun Jin Ryu (TOR)
Bieber took home the pitching Triple Crown for the American League and the Majors. He remains dominant over all AL pitchers in wins (eight), ERA (1.63), and strikeouts (122). Maeda, in contrast, led the Majors with a dominant 0.75 WHIP after leaving the Dodgers as part of a three-team blockbuster deal. Ryu is not to be left behind with his 5-2 record, 2.69 ERA, and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
Most Valuable Player Award
NL finalists: Mookie Betts (LAD), Freddie Freeman (ATL), Manny Machado (SD)
Betts’ debut season with the Dodgers allowed him to slash .292/.366/.562 with 16 homers and 10 stolen bases. Equal to Betts is Freeman, the Braves’ first baseman. He hit .341 with 13 homers, a record-breaking 23 doubles, and 53 RBIs. Third from NL’s list is Machado, who slashed .304/.370/.580 with the help of Fernando Tatis Jr.
AL finalists: José Abreu (CWS), DJ LeMahieu (NYY), José Ramírez (CLE)
Abreau is looking forward to more MVP awards after leading the AL in both hits (76) and slugging percentage (.617), but his contenders are equally strong. LeMahieu, another frequent MVP nominee, led the Majors with a .364 average and all AL batters in both on-base percentages (.421) and OPS (1.011). Ramirez, the Indians’ infielder and the 3rd-runner up for the AL MVP Awards in 2017 and 2018, posted a career-best .993 OPS while garnering 17 homers and 10 stolen bases.