Four Cubs named as finalists for baseball writers’ year-end awards – Chicago Tribune
Kris Bryant, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and manager Joe Maddon are finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s year-end awards, one year after the Cubs won three of the four National League categories.
Bryant is up for Most Valuable Player against Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was not named as a finalist Monday night.
Lester and Hendricks joined the Nationals’ Max Scherzer as Cy Young Award finalists, while Maddon, who won Manager of the Year last year, is again in the running with the Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts.
All 12 NL finalists came from the Cubs, Nationals and Dodgers, including Rookie of the Year candidates Seager, Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda and Nationals outfielder Trea Turner.
BBWAA representatives conducted voting before the postseason. Winners will be announced next week, beginning with the rookies on Monday, followed by the managers, Cy Youngs and MVPs.
Bryant, the Rookie of the Year in 2015, is considered the odds-on favorite to win his first MVP award in his first full season. He led the NL with 8.4 wins against replacement.
Roberts is expected to win the manager award in his debut season, while the NL Cy Young voting is expected to be tight. Scherzer had one more win than Lester (20-19) and led the majors in strikeouts (284), while Lester’s ERA (2.44) was second in the majors to Hendricks (2.13). The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta won the award last year.
White Sox ace Chris Sale was not selected as a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award, nor was Orioles closer Zach Britton, who some thought was the favorite to win. The Indians‘ Corey Kluber, the Tigers‘ Justin Verlander and the Red Sox‘s Rick Porcello are the finalists.
The other AL finalists are Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve for MVP; Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin for Rookie of the Year; and the Orioles’ Buck Showalter, the Indians’ Terry Francona and the Rangers‘ Jeff Banister for Manager of the Year.