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2022 Award Reactions: Did the writers get it right?

It's been a while since I got behind the keyboard and brought you something new. There was something about Minor League baseball ending, the Mariners making a playoff push, then playoff baseball launching Young Dad Podcast that just threw me off my writing, and I felt that something was missing! However, here we are for some award reactions.

We will look at the 4 Major Awards: Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP, and if the player who won should have or not. It's so weird; I remember doing these two years ago, post the 2020 season, while in the hospital because of the birth of my youngest daughter. How time flies.

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Rookie of the Year

For the American League, the finalist were Steven Kwan(OF) Guardians, Adley Rutchsman(C) Orioles, and Julio Rodriguez(OF) Mariners. Some thought that Jeremy Pena(SS) Astros should have been on this list; however, the awards are based on that period's regular season and stats.

As you likely saw by now, the winner was Julio Rodriguez; the award was presented by Mr. Mariner Alvin Davis, which didn't give it away. Julioooooooooooo had a legendary year as he also earned an All-Star nod, Silver Slugger, and capped it off with the RoY award. After posting a 6.2WAR, 147OPS+, 28HR/25SB over 132G and not hitting an HR until May. Julio also earned the BAG! The young soon-to-be face of the MLB earned a 7yr/$119.3MM extension that has options for the 2030-34 seasons with incentives for MVP finishes. The J-Rod show is legit, it's finally here after years of waiting, and it's hard to believe that this guy started the 2021 season with the High-A Everett Aquasox.

Now, with the new CBA, a player like Rutchsman is awarded a full year of service time for his second-place finish since he was called up in May. . Kwan and Rutchsman are also awarded money from the arbitration pool, as they both made the league minimum of $750K.

I am shifting gears over to the NL, where the finalists for the award were Michael Harris II(OF) Braves, Spencer Strider(SP) Braves, and Brendan Donovan(INF) Cardinals.

The winner of the NL RoY was OF Michael Harris II, who burst onto the scene on 5/28/22; Acuna was coming back from his injury. The Braves sat at 22-25. The first 32 games from his debut and play on the field helped the Braves go 24-8. he has posted a .388BABIP and a 135WRC+, a 1.4WAR which was 5th best on the team in that span. In no small part, Harris's bat and stellar defense helped the Braves overcome the Mets for the NL East crown. Harris ended the season with a 5.3WAR, 19HR/20SB, 135OPS+. He also earned a BAG, locked up to an 8yr/$72MM with 2031/32 team options.

I get it; the RoY is usually a position player's first award before it goes to a pitcher. However, the 2020 4th-round pick and teammate Strider were terrific! He went 131IP with a 2.67ERA/1.83FIP, 202K-46BB on the season. Those numbers are elite. Imagine if he had gotten to the 160/180IP clip.

Manager of the Year

Let's keep it going with the NL to lead off the MoY award. The NL Finalists were Dave Roberts(Dodgers), Brian Snitker(Braves), and Buck Showalter(Met). Some of the highlights for each individual were the Dodgers 111 win season, Snitker blasted past the Mets after being down 15+GB early in the season, and the division being given to Showalter's Met, who had a 100-win season in his return to the dugout.

Showalter ended up winning the award for the 4th time in his career. When you have a Billionaire owner who spent to get competitive and spent to bring this man into the dugout, the results couldn't have been much better. You can't argue the call here; what Buck did in one season with a team that hasn't been competitive in a minute, I agree the award was well deserved.

I love that Roberts and the Dodgers, with so many MVPS and a great staff, got 111 wins when they played the Giants, Rockies, and D-Backs so many times during the season; it doesn't seem that great when you think about it. Rob Thompson should have been the true MoY going from bench coach to interim manager and leading the Phillies to the playoffs, ending the 2nd longest active playoff drought in major North American Sports(NFL, NBA, NFL, MLB) after an abysmal start; that's the manager who was the best.

Let's go over the AL where Terry Francona(Guardians), Brandon Hyde(Orioles), and Scott Servias(Mariners) are. Francona and the Guardians were able to capitalize on injuries and poor play by the White Sox, Twins who were projected to own the division. Even I had the Guardians at 3rd place best going into the season for the AL Central. Hyde and the Orioles were just a cinderella story, much like the Marlines of 2020 with Don Mattingly making it to the playoffs. The Orioles look good; they are a young team with lots of heart and confidence. Lastly, my man, Scott Servias, led the Seattle Mariners to end the longest active playoff drought(21 years) in North American Sports HISTORY.

Now, one would naturally think it would be the manager who broke the longest streak in sports and was also a finalist last year after going 90-72 two years in a row. However, Servias finished third in the voting behind Hyde and the winner Francona who finished 92-70 with a division title. Dusty Baker, who led the Astros to a dominating 106 wins, or Aaron Boone, with his 99 wins with the Yankees, weren't finalists over any of these three candidates going off the NL logic.

Cy Young

This year's Cy Young winners were clean sweeps, and both got all 30 first-place votes.

Let's start with the AL since that is where we ended with the MoY award; the AL field was Justin Verlander, who did not pitch in 2021 due to recovering from Tommy John surgery, Dylan Cease(White Sox), and Alek Manoah (Blue Jays). Shohei Ohtani was not a finalist for the award; we will