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2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

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The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they are announced …

National League Rookie of the Year

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
Matt Duffy, 3B, Giants
Jung Ho Kang, SS, Pirates

American League Rookie of the Year

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
Miguel Sano, DH, Twins

National League Manager of the Year

Terry Collins, Mets
Joe Maddon, Cubs
Mike Matheny, Cardinals

American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister, Rangers
A.J. Hinch, Astros
Paul Molitor, Twins

National League Cy Young Award

Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
Zack Greinke, SP, Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers

American League Cy Young Award

Sonny Gray, SP, Athletics
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros
David Price, SP, Blue Jays

National League MVP

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks
Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
Joey Votto, 1B, Reds

American League MVP

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
Mike Trout, OF, Angels

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The official award winners will come out next week. Here is the schedule …

  • Monday, November 16: AL & NL Rookie of the Year
  • Tuesday, November 17: AL & NL Manager of the Year
  • Wednesday, November 18: AL & NL Cy Young Award
  • Thursday, November 19: AL & NL Most Valuable Player

Matt Harvey, Prince Fielder win Comeback Player of the Year Awards

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You never want to be a candidate for the Comeback Player of the Year Award — it means bad stuff happened, right? — but if you do find yourself needing to bounce back  it sure must feel like some good validation to win it. This year’s two winners were just announced: Matt Harvey in the NL, Prince Fielder in the AL.

Harvey missed the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. And, while there were controversies regarding his usage by the Mets, he had a great comeback season. He posted a 2.71 ERA in 29 regular-season starts and struck out 188 batters in 189.1 regular season innings. He likewise pitched four times in the playoffs, including an excellent, though ultimately losing, Game 5.

Fielder appeared in just 42 games last season before requiring season-ending surgery on his neck in 2014. He came back and put up a .305/.378/.463 line with 23 home runs and 98 RBI while playing in 158 games and helping the Rangers win the American League West.

Normally a player who missed an entire year and then put up .250/.356/.486 with 33 homers at age 40 would get strong consideration, but I suppose that when your name is Alex Rodriguez and the reason you missed a year was because of your own malfeasance, that’s gonna count against you with the voters.

The awards you care about will be announced November 16-19

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper blows a bubble as he steps out of the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015, in Washington. Harper flew out on the at-bat. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The end of the World Series means the beginning of the hot stove league. It also means the beginning of awards season.

There are more award now than ever. The BBWAA awards like the MVP and Cy Young Award we all know and love (and all love to fight about). MLB’s own shadow award that no one really cares about. The Gold Glove Awards which, venerable name aside, are completely irrelevant. Then some sponsored awards we forget exist each year until the moment they’re given and immediately forget again thereafter.

Major League Baseball just announced the timing of the handing out of these awards. At least the ones they broadcast on their television network. Plan your schedule accordingly:

  • Monday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. ET: Players Choice Awards presented by MLB The Show
  • Tuesday, November 10, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Awards finalists
  • Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m. ET: Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards
  • Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. ET: Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger
  • Monday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Rookie of the Year Awards
  • Tuesday, November 17, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Manager of the Year Awards
  • Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Cy Young Awards
  • Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. ET: BBWAA Most Valuable Player Awards
  • Friday, November 20, 8:00 p.m. ET: 2015 Esurance MLB Awards

So, basically, November 16-19 is all any of will really care about. And, if you’d like to just avoid watching these shows, check back here about the same time as we’ll be posting the winners. Because no matter how hard MLB tries to make entertainment out of these awards, they’re basically just news nuggets.