02 April 2016

2016 MLB Awards Predictions

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With the MLB season kicking off on Sunday night and Opening Day coming on Monday, it is time to predict who will bring home the major hardware come the end of the season. Therefore, here are my awards predictions for the 2016 MLB season.

Season Predictions

Anaheim Angels (1997 - 2001)AL MVP - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
In the end, this will be a tough call for the voters between Trout and Carlos Correa and there will plenty of voters for the budding star shortstop because he will be on a World Series contender, while the Angels are going to be awful. For me, I can't penalize Trout for his team being bad and I think that as he will provide his typical brilliance, he will get this award.
Runner-up - Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

Arizona Diamondbacks (1998 - 2006)NL MVP - Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
I still feel that Goldschmidt is criminally underrated considering how good of a player he is, both at the plate and with the glove. I think that at least part of that is because Goldschmidt stars for a club that has not been in the playoffs since I was a freshman in college. Now I don't think that Arizona is going to make the playoffs this season but they will certainly be contention, thanks in part to another brilliant campaign from their first baseman.
Runner-up - Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

AL Cy Young - Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians (1921 - 1927)Kluber's numbers may have dipped slightly from his awesome 2014 season but he still was one of the top pitchers in the American League. I think that the Indians will put him in position to get more wins this season not only by improving their mediocre offense but by upgrading their defense, a unit that was awful last season. I think Cleveland will get back to the playoffs and Kluber will be a big reason why.
Runner-up - Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 - 1967)NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Picking Kershaw to win the Cy Young is essentially a copout, just like picking Trout to win MVP, but hey this award does generally go to the best pitcher in each league and even with some of the rising stars in the NL, Kershaw is still the cream of the crop. And I think that Kershaw could be even better this year considering that the rotation behind him is pretty subpar.
Runner-up - Noah Syndegaard, New York Mets

Minnesota Twins (2015 - Pres)AL Rookie of the Year - Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
Picking the Rookie of the Year to be a player from the Twins is not exactly stepping out on a limb but decided which player it will be is a tougher task. Expectations are very high for Buxton, even after he didn't exactly set the world on fire during his stint in the bigs last season. The experience will only help him and frankly, he's too talented not to make an impact.
Runner-up - Byung-ho Park, Minnesota Twins

Los Angeles Dodgers (1958 - 1967)NL Rookie of the Year - Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
For me, this is a relatively easy call. Seager is considered to only be the top prospect in baseball for a reason and more importantly, he has got himself a spot in the lineup from day one. His big back will be a big boost for the Dodgers from the shortstop position and I think as a result, he will run away with this award.
Runner-up - Steven Matz, New York Mets

AL Manager of the Year - Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals (1993 - 2001)The Royals will have all the arrows headed their way this season after winning the 2015 World Series and as usual, they'll have their usual doubters. After all, this team is not as good as that of a year ago and will have to withstand a stiff challenge from the Indians for the division. I think they will and that will earn Yost his first ever Manager of the Year award.
Runner-up - Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians

NL Manager of the Year - Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants (1983 - 1993)As observers of baseball know, there are plenty of folks that buy into the even year/odd year stuff with the Giants. And for what it's worth, 2016 is an even year. All kidding aside, this team is a legitimate contender for the pennant in a tough National League and Bochy will have to do a great job to win a division featuring strong teams in Chavez Ravine and in Phoenix. Therefore, nobody will or should be surprised when he is the Manager of the Year this year.
Runner-up - Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs

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