BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network …

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The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) is announcing 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 airing right now (6:00 p.m. ET) on MLB Network. We will post those names here as they are rolled out …

National League Rookie of the Year

Jacob deGrom, SP, Mets
Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds
Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals

American League Rookie of the Year

Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
Dellin Betances, RP, Yankees
Matt Shoemaker, SP, Angels

National League Manager of the Year

Bruce Bochy, Giants
Clint Hurdle, Pirates
Matt Williams, Nationals

American League Manager of the Year

Buck Showalter, Orioles
Mike Scioscia, Angels
Ned Yost, Royals

National League Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
Johnny Cueto, SP, Reds
Adam Wainwright, SP, Cardinals

American League Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez, SP, Mariners
Corey Kluber, SP, Indians
Chris Sale, SP, White Sox

National League MVP

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers
Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Marlins
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates

American League MVP

Mike Trout, OF, Angels
Michael Brantley, OF, Indians
Victor Martinez, DH, Tigers

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The official award winners will be announced next week. Here’s the schedule:

  • Monday, November 10: AL & NL Rookie of the Year Award
  • Tuesday, November 11: AL & NL Manager of the Year Award
  • Wednesday, November 12: AL & NL Cy Young Award
  • Thursday, November 13: AL & NL Most Valuable Player Award

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.