Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for various awards given by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Here they are.
American League Rookie of the Year
National League Rookie of the Year
American League Manager of the Year
- Terry Francona (Indians)
- A.J. Hinch (Astros)
- Paul Molitor (Twins)
National League Manager of the Year
- Bud Black (Rockies)
- Torey Lovullo (Diamondbacks)
- Dave Roberts (Dodgers)
American League Cy Young
National League Cy Young
American League Most Valuable Player
- 2B Jose Altuve (Astros)
- OF Aaron Judge (Yankees)
- 3B Jose Ramirez (Indians)
National League Most Valuable Player
The schedule for awards announcements:
- Nov. 7: Rawlings Gold Gloves
- Nov. 9: Louisville Silver Sluggers
- Nov. 10: Wilson Defensive Players of the Year
- Nov. 13: Rookies of the Year
- Nov. 14: Managers of the Year
- Nov. 15: Cy Youngs
- Nov. 16: MVPs
Remember that voting for these awards was completed before the start of the playoffs. So, for example, the Astros winning the World Series won’t impact Hinch’s chances of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award.
With his team trailing 8-3 to begin the bottom of the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Astros, Indians third baseman José Ramirez eventually won a 17-pitch at-bat against closer Ken Giles, ripping a double off of the wall in right field. The Indians would go on to score five runs on seven hits to tie the game against Giles and Hector Rondon. Ramirez almost won the game in his second at-bat of the ninth inning, but first basebamn Yuli Gurriel made a terrific diving catch on a line drive otherwise headed for the right field corner.
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record for the longest at-bat last month, seeing 21 pitches against the Angels’ Jaime Barria. The Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez sfaw 20 pitches from the Indians’ Bartolo Colon on June 26, 1998, which was the previous record. Kevin Bass saw 19 pitches from the Phillies’ Steve Bedrosian in 1988. There have also been five 18-pitch at-bats from Brian Downing, Bip Roberts, Alex Cora, Adam Kennedy, and Marcus Semien.
Sunday’s game wound up going 14 innings. The Astros pulled ahead 9-8 in the top of the 13th on a solo home run from Evan Gattis. However, the Indians’ Yonder Alonso responded with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the 13th to re-knot the game at 9-9. Greg Allen then lifted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 14th to give the Indians a 10-9 win.
After Sunday’s effort, Ramirez is batting .292/.389/.605 with 15 home runs, 37 RBI, 34 runs scored, and seven stolen bases. According to FanGraphs, his 3.5 Wins Above Replacement ranks third across baseball behind Mike Trout (4.4) and Mookie Betts (4.1). They’re the only players at three wins or above.