31 March 2014

2014 MLB Awards Predictions

(Fox Sports)
We have arrived at Opening Day for the 2014 MLB season, so how about we hand out some preseason hardware? Here are my predictions for the major baseball awards for 2014.

Season Predictions

AL MVP - Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Of course, the voters have done it before in giving the MVP to Miguel Cabrera instead of Trout, but I think this is the year that that changes with Trout finally winning his first MVP. Not only is Trout going to put up awesome numbers again, and play tremendous defense and the like, but he will be the catalyst for a rejuvenated Angels club that will make a strong push for the postseason.
Runner-Up: Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Detroit Tigers

NL MVP - Bryce Harper, OF, Washington Nationals
No clown questions here my friend, Harper will join Trout as wunderkinds winning their first respective MVP's. Harper has been very good as he felt out major league pitching these past two years but I think he is poised for a monstrous breakout campaign as he will lead the Nats back to the NL East divisional crown. And as we have seen, winning helps your cause with these voters.
Runner-Up: Hanley Ramirez, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Cy Young - David Price, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
There is no question that Price was fantastic for the Rays after coming off the disabled list in July and I think that excellence will continue all season long. The race for the Cy Young in the Junior Circuit will be tight, I think Chris Sale will be excellent as well, but I think that as Price climbs into his prime years, he will make the case as the best pitcher in the AL. And working with an excellent defensive catcher like Ryan Hanigan will only help.
Runner-Up: Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox

NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
As much as I would love to give this award to the awesome Jose Fernandez or perhaps Shelby Miller among others, and even with Kershaw starting the 2014 season on the disabled list, I still think that the game's best pitcher is poised to win the Cy Young yet again. I do not foresee his back issues to linger all season and he will be brilliant yet again.
Runner-Up: Jose Fernandez, SP, Miami Marlins

AL Rookie of the Year - Masahiro Tanaka, SP, New York Yankees
One of the biggest acquisitions of the offseason, this Japanese import will have the spotlight on him all season long in his debut season in the Bronx. Like many Japanese players in their debut seasons, he comes more polished than your typical rookie and for a Yankees rotation that will take all the contributions they can get, Tanaka should make an impact all season long.
Runner-Up: Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

NL Rookie of the Year - Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
I am not loving this ROTY crop in the Senior Circuit as a lot of top prospects do not have set spots quite just yet, so hence my less than inspiring choice of Wong. Now that he has a set spot in the deep St. Louis lineup, Wong will have plenty of opportunities to flash his bat all season long and I think his solid offensive work will give him the edge.
Runner-Up: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

AL Manager of the Year - Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
Just in case you forgot, I have the Royals making the postseason for the first time since they won the World Series in the I-70 Series in 1985 this year. And as a result, I think Yost is going to get the positive press he needs to ultimately win this award. Taking a team to the playoffs for the first time in 29 years in kind of a big deal, and Yost will be rewarded as a result.
Runner-Up: Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics

NL Manager of the Year - Matt Williams, Washington Nationals
I was a fan of the Williams hiring and I think he will bring some much-neede energy and excitement to the Nats team that needed it at the end of the Davey Johnson tenure. Williams will benefit from a strong roster from a solid team of a year ago and will guide it back into the postseason by way of winning the NL East and they will emerge as a serious title contender.
Runner-Up: Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals

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