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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.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.