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.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.