Awards are being given out for the end of the season, and today we had our Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year presentations.
To no one’s surprise, your ROYs were Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers and Aaron Judge of the Yankees. Unanimous choices for both, which was also not a surprise. Both Bellinger and Judge had seasons of enormous presence, and came onto the scene with great power and finesse. Baseball is in a good place, rookie-wise. Between these two phenoms, and other young players like Andrew Benintendi, Rhys Hoskins, Trey Mancini, and others, we’re going to be spoiled. Not to mention guys like Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Ender Inciarte, even Bryce Harper, who is as old as some of these “rookies”.
Manager of the Year, for me, wasn’t a surprise either. Worthy choices, all, but I think MLB actually picked well this year. Those of you who follow my Twitter account will know that I had predicted that Torey Lovullo would win the NL Manager of the Year award, and that I would give the AL nod to Paul Molitor (although I had thought AJ Hinch would win). Imagine my non-surprise when it was announced that, indeed, Moli and Lovullo both won the honor. One reason why I would have given the award to Moli was precisely because of the stat discussed below:
Next up… the Cy Young Awards. We will have a separate post for that, I promise.