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

Roger Clemens says he’s not running for Congress

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Apparently some people in Texas wanted Roger Clemens to run for Congress? At least enough people to where Clemens felt it necessary to tell Pete Olson, the congressman whose seat is going vacant due to his retirement, that, no, he had no interest in running for it.

From ESPN:

“The climate in politics at this time is much more than I would want to undertake, along with my family considerations,” Clemens said in a message to Olson that was obtained by ABC News.

“I am a Republican and I support our President and will continue to do so,” Clemens said. “No matter who our President may be, I will continue my support of them and root for them to be successful, just as I did when President Obama was in office.”

That’s a pretty diplomatic answer from Clemens. But even if he did not have family concerns and even if the “climate” disinterested him, I’m struggling to imagine Clemens as a viable political candidate in the first place.

For as good a pitcher as he was — and for as generally popular as he may be in Texas — the guy has some serious baggage, right? And I mean that beyond just the broad arc of the PEDs controversy that surrounded him for so long. The specifics of that controversy spun off his indictment for perjury before Congress, for example. He was acquitted — and I think it was a proper acquittal — but that was not exactly his finest hour.

It also led to a nasty battle of defamation lawsuits with a drug dealer that, remarkably, caused Clemens to come off way worse than the drug dealer, and that’s quite a trick. That whole process also revealed that he had an extraordinarily problematic extra-marital relationship with a now-dead country music singer. In all, it was a profound, 100% self-inflicted, reputation-trashing, public relations disaster that, even years later, he has taken no responsibility for. It was the sort of episode that, in addition to the ammo it might give any political opponent he may have, calls into serious questions Clemens’ judgment and sense of strategy, both of which are things that, to put it lightly, can be useful in politics.

Clemens, of course, is not going to cite any of those things as a reason for not wanting to run for office, nor does he have to. His simple “no” is all he needs to say and he can go back doing whatever it is he does for the Houston Astros.

But I am struggling mightily to understand why those people who are apparently encouraging him to run for office are doing so despite all of that being out there on the record. Is fame all that matters in politics now? Is a win bought by fame the be-all and end-all, even it means electing a candidate who is profoundly compromised both ethically and morally?

Haha, just kidding. You don’t need to answer that. I think we already know the answer.