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BBWAA awards finalists announced

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for various awards given by the Baseball Writers Association of America. They are:

American League Rookie of the Year

National League Rookie of the Year

American League Manager of the Year

  • Kevin Cash (Rays)
  • Alex Cora (Red Sox)
  • Bob Melvin (Athletics)

National League Manager of the Year

  • Bud Black (Rockies)
  • Craig Counsell (Brewers)
  • Brian Snitker (Braves)

American League Cy Young

National League Cy Young

American League Most Valuable Player

National League Most Valuable Player

The schedule for awards announcements:

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Rookies of the Year
  • Tuesday, Nov. 13: Managers of the Year
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14: Cy Youngs
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: MVPs

Remember that voting for these awards was completed before the start of the playoffs. So, for example, the Red Sox winning the World Series won’t impact Alex Cora’s chances of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award.

Bryce Harper finally gets his first spring training hit with Phillies

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Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper hasn’t had the best spring training showing. After a delayed start because he didn’t officially sign until early this month, Harper made his Phillies debut on March 9. Then Harper had an injury scare when he was hit in the ankle by a pitch on March 15. Harper returned on Sunday and finally registered his first hit of the spring on Wednesday — a line drive up the middle.

Harper finished 1-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon. In 10 official at-bats, Harper is batting .100/.438/.100. As you can see, five total walks are helping that on-base percentage. Spring stats are largely meaningless, though, so no one should be worried about Harper with the start of the regular season just a week away.