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

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.