Last week, MLB announced it annual awards for rookie of the year, manager of the year, Cy Young, and MVP. So here I am to yell about all of them.
AL Rookie of the Year: Shohei Ohtani
I think he got it just because he pitches and hits. Big deal. Dude had Tommy John because it’s not humanly possible to do both for a long period of time. He had 10 pitching appearances and 20 home runs. And he’s my age: 24. Cool.
NL Rookie of the Year: Ronald Acuna Jr.
Don’t really know much about him, but good for him. He’s even younger than me at 20 years old. Why are all of these children doing better than I am? (Granted, I have no athletic ability whatsoever.) I hope he continues to do well.
AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin
The above messages were sent to Paul over at The Captain’s Speech, because he—for some reason—puts up with me and my sports yelling. I may have over-reacted, but I’m being an extremely biased Red Sox fan. Yeah, yeah, Bob Melvin has a really small payroll and the team had 97 wins, but this is the third time Melvin has gotten it. Cora, in his first season as a major league manager, led a team to 108 regular season wins. Yes, I’ll admit the Sox have a very large payroll, but it’s a historic amount of wins and the team won the World Series.
NL Manager of the Year: Brian Snitker
I’m gonna be honest, I’ve never heard of him before. But good for him? The Braves were good this year, and Snitker is helping them rebuild. I think they’ve been the quiet underdogs for the last few seasons, and I could see them going far in the future.
AL Cy Young: Blake Snell
He was on my fantasy team this season and didn’t help me finish better than seventh out of nine teams. I had a feeling he was going to win, so I wasn’t surprised. He finished the season with 21 wins and a 1.89 ERA. And plays for the Rays. Hopefully he can keep it up next season.
NL Cy Young: Jacob deGrom
Also wasn’t surprised by this, but I was surprised by his haircut during the season. He looked like a completely different person. Apparently if you win only 10 games—because you play for the Mets who finished 77-85—and have an ERA of 1.70, you can win the Cy Young. deGrom definitely didn’t get runs support.
AL MVP: Mookie Betts
HERE I AM BEING AN EXTREMELY BIASED RED SOX FAN WHO IS EXTREMELY EXCITED THAT MOOKIE BETTS WON MVP.
He 110% deserves it: .346 batting average, 47 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs, 80 RBIs, and 30 stolen bases. He won his third Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger, and the batting title.
And became a father a few weeks ago. Dude’s got it going on.
NL MVP: Christian Yelich
He looks like Pete Davidson. That’s really it.
He got 29 out of 30 first place votes after playing his first season in Milwaukee after spending six seasons in Miami in that awfully tacky stadium—minus the home run machine now. (Thanks Derek Jeter, you bi-racial angel.) Additionally, Yelich won a batting title, batted .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs.
Hall of Fame Ballots
2019 Hall of Fame ballots dropped today. Newcomers include:
- Mariano Rivera
- Roy Halladay (RIP)
- Andy Pettitte
- Todd Helton (remember that one time the Rockies got him a horse for his retirement?)
- Jason Bay (I LOVE YOU)
- Rick Ankiel
- Travis Hafner
- Roy Oswalt
- Derek Lowe
- Kevin Youkilis (YOOOOOUUUUUUUK)
Basically all of the players I grew up watching. Bonds and Clemens are in their seventh year on the ballot and only have until 10 years to be voted in. So we’ll soon be having “the discussion” as the time for voting rolls around.