2022 BBWAA Awards Finalists

2022 BBWAA Awards Finalists

The finalists for MLB’s four major end-of-season awards — Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player — were announced Monday night.

Monday, November 14: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year
Tuesday, November 15: Managers of the year
Wednesday, November 16: Cy Young Awards
Thursday, November 17: MVP awards

Here’s a breakdown of the three nominees for each award in the American League and National League.

Yordan Alvarez, DH/LF, Astros

Alvarez was one of the elite hitters in the American League this season as well. The Astros lefty batted .306 with 37 home runs and 97 RBI, and he and Aaron Judge were the only OPS over 1.000. Alvarez’s 1.019 OPS and 187 OPS+ (league average is 100) were second best in the Majors, behind only Judge. He also added several memorable home runs in the postseason for the World Series champions.

Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees

Judge’s historic season makes him the MVP favorite. He hit 62 home runs to surpass Roger Maris’ long-standing mark of 61 and set a new American League record. Judge also nearly won the Triple Crown, leading the AL with 131 RBIs and finishing second with a .311 batting average.

Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels

The reigning AL MVP continued his historic two-way streak in 2021 with another superstar season in ’22. Ohtani became the first player in the World Series era to qualify for the major league hitting and pitching rankings. He had 34 home runs, 11 steals and 95 RBIs as a hitter and went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts as a pitcher.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals

Goldschmidt made a long run for the NL Triple Crown, eventually finishing with a .317 batting average, 35 home runs and 115 RBI while leading the National League in slugging (.578) and OPS (.981) . A two-time MVP runner-up and three-time finalist before 2022, Goldschmidt is seeking the first MVP award of his 12-year career.

Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals

Arenado and fellow MVP finalist Goldschmidt were arguably the best team duo in baseball in 2022. Arenado batted .293 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI while playing his usual superstar defense at third base, winning his 10th straight Gold Glove award. But can he add to that his first career MVP award? He finished three times in the top five and five times in the top 10, but never won.

Manny Machado, 3B, Padres

Machado batted .298 with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs in his second straight All-Star season for the Padres. He led the NL in wins above replacement — his 7.4 WAR, according to FanGraphs, was just ahead of Arenado’s 7.3 and Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman’s 7.1. With the Padres missing fellow superstar Fernando Tatis Jr., Machado led them to the postseason. A three-time top five MVP, he wants to win the award for the first time.

Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox

The 26-year-old Cease built off his breakout 2021 with an even better 2022 for the White Sox, going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA (second in the AL behind Justin Verlander) and 227 strikeouts, one more than last year. Cease’s season included a streak of a career-high 14 consecutive starts without allowing more than one earned run from May 29th to August 11th.

Alek Manoah, RHP, Blue Jays

After a great rookie season in 2021, Manoah was even better as a sophomore. The 24-year-old right-hander went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA — third-best in the AL — and 180 strikeouts. Manoah went 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA in September and led the Blue Jays to the AL Wild Card.

Justin Verlander, RHP, Astros

The ageless Verlander had another dominant season for the Astros as a 39-year-old in 2022 — his first season back from Tommy John surgery, no less. Verlander won the MLB ERA crown with a 1.75 mark and led the AL with 18 wins. He added 185 strikeouts to push his career total to 3,198, the most among active pitchers. Verlander is seeking his third career Cy Young Award, making him just the 11th pitcher to win it three times.

Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Marlins

Alcantara was the kind of workhorse you rarely see in baseball anymore. The Marlins ace has pitched six complete games — the most by any pitcher since Chris Sale in 2016 and more than any other team he had 2022. Alcantara was 14-9 and posted a 2.28 ERA in a Major League-high 228 2/3 innings. He pitched seven or more innings in 13 straight starts from May 11 to July 15, the longest streak by any pitcher since the 2014 season.

The 2021 World Series champion ace was just as good in 2022 — maybe even better. Fried went 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts in his first All-Star season, and was instrumental in leading the Braves past the Mets for their fifth consecutive NL East title, with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts in August and September.

Julius Uriah, LHP, Dodgers

With Los Angeles missing Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw for large chunks of the year, Urías has been steady as the ace of the best team in baseball in the regular season. The 26-year-old lefty won the NL ERA title with a 2.16 ERA for the 111-win Dodgers. A year after leading the majors with 20 wins and receiving Cy Young votes for the first time, Urías is 17-7 in 2022 with 166 strikeouts.

Steven Kwan, LF, Guardians

Kwan’s contact shot made him a darling early in the season, and it continued all year. The 25-year-old outfielder batted .298 with six homers and 19 stolen bases for the season and finished with more walks than strikeouts (62-for-60), one of only six qualified hitters to do so. He capped the season with AL Rookie of the Month honors in April and September.

Julio Rodriguez, CF, Mariners

The AL Rookie of the Year front-runner, J-Rod was immediately one of the most electric players in baseball and propelled the Mariners to their first postseason appearance since 2001. Rodríguez batted .284 with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases and a 147 OPS+. with stellar defense in center field. The 21-year-old became one of three rookies ever with 25 homers and 25 steals, the first since Mike Trout in 2012.

Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft made his big league debut on May 21 and quickly emerged as one of the best all-around catchers in the game. Rutschman ended up batting .254 with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a 128 OPS+, and the 24-year-old showed off a strong arm behind the plate and excellent pitch frame.

Brendan Donovan, UTIL, Cardinals

Donovan played all over the field for the NL Central champions — the 25-year-old appeared at every infield position and both outfield corners in his rookie season, and won a Gold Glove for his all-around defensive efforts. Donovan also batted .281 and posted a .394 on-base percentage for St. Louis. Louis.

Michael Harris II, CF, Braves

The Braves have both favorites for the 2022 NL Rookie of the Year — one hitter, one pitcher. Harris is No. 1. The 21-year-old stole the show in center field for the NL East champions after his call-up in late May, hitting .297 with 19 home runs, 20 stolen bases and a 135 OPS+ while playing stellar outfield defense. Harris led NL rookies with 5.3 WAR, per Baseball-Reference.

Spencer Strider, RHP, Braves

While Harris patrolled the field for Atlanta, Strider overpowered hitters on the mound. The 24-year-old flamethrower went 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts, the most by a rookie pitcher since Yu Darvish in 2012. Strider began the season in the bullpen but moved into the Braves’ starting rotation at the end of May — and was equally dominant in both roles. His 16 strikeouts on Sept. 1 against the Rockies were the most by any pitcher in a game this season.

Terry Francona, Guardians

Tito led the Guardians to a 92-70 record and the AL Central title in his 10th year as their manager. Cleveland made the postseason in six of Francona’s 10 seasons, and 2022 marked his fourth major league title.

The Orioles were one of the biggest surprises in 2022, finishing 83-79 in Hyde’s fourth season as manager after a 110-loss season in 2021. It was Baltimore’s first winning season since 2016. The O’s have lost over 100 games in each of their last three full seasons seasons before their reversal in 2022.

Servais led the Mariners to the postseason for the first time since 2001, ending a 20-year playoff drought that was the longest not only in MLB, but in any of the four major North American sports leagues. It was Seattle’s second consecutive 90-win season under Servais.

Roberts led the Dodgers to a career-high 111 wins in 2022, which is fourth all-time in a season and the most by any team since the Mariners’ 116 wins in 2001. It was Roberts’ fourth 100-win season and sixth NL West title in seven years as Dodgers manager.

Showalter took over the Mets and immediately returned them to the postseason for the first time since 2016. New York won 101 games in Showalter’s first season with the Mets, second most in franchise history behind only the legendary 1986 World Series team.

The Mets led the NL East for most of the season, but under Snicker, the 2021 World Series champions came back to win the division for the fifth straight time in ’22 — including a key move by the Mets at the very end of the regular season. The Braves’ 101 wins were their most in a season since 2003, when they also won 101.

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