2017 MLB Awards

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Each year, after the World Series is over, the MLB association presents awards for outstanding performances during the 2017 season. These awards include Most Valuable Player (the best player in both the American and National Leagues), Cy Young (the best pitcher in the AL or NL), and much more. The MLB awards are extremely great achievements for all players that win them.

Out of all the awards players can win, this is by far the greatest of them all because of how hard it is to be the best player in each league. In 2017, some NL MVP candidates are Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies.

This year, Charlie Blackmon led the MLB in runs scored, hits, and triples and had the best batting average in the National League. Out of all the contenders for NL MVP, Charlie Blackmon is by far the most well-rounded. Giancarlo Stanton also had a season to remember in 2017. This past season he hit 59 home runs,the greatest total since Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa hit 73 and 66 in 2001. In addition to hitting the most home runs in the MLB, Stanton led the league in runs batted in (RBI’s) with 132. Finally, Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies has been one of the MLB’s most loved stars for the past couple of years. During the 2017 campaign, Nolan Arenado was second in RBI’s in the MLB, fourth in the NL in home runs with 37, all while being the best defense third baseman in the whole league.

The AL MVP race is just as exciting as the one in the NL. The main candidates for this award are Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Standing at a sturdy 5 feet 6 inches tall, Jose Altuve is the shortest current MLB player. However, that doesn’t seem to bother him much at all. This past regular season, Altuve led the MLB in batting Average, is second in the Al in runs scored, and was third in the AL in stolen bases. Unlike Altuve, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 282 pounds making him one of the largest players in the Majors. The rookie Judge barely beat Mark McGwire’s record for home runs by a rookie (49) by hitting 52. Not only did Judge lead the AL in home runs but also in runs scored. This young man also won the home run derby during the summer. Judge is by far the best power hitter in the American League and the definite rookie of the year.

Being the MVP is something that means a lot to each and every player who has previously won the award. This year, one of the players will add the award to their trophy room. Seeing who the MLB decides to give the award to will be interesting and exciting.

The Cy Young award is named after baseball legend Cy Young who won the most games in Major League Baseball history. The award is given to the best pitchers in both the American and National leagues. The NL Cy Young award favorites are currently Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and Nationals ace Max Scherzer. During the past campaign Kershaw once again was dominant. Despite missing 5 weeks of the regular season due to injury, Kershaw was tied for the MLB lead in games won and leads the NL in Earned Run Average (ERA). Kershaw has been one of the if not the most dominant pitcher in the 21st century. In addition to all this, Kershaw is known to be a great guy who enjoys going on mission trips and starting fundraisers for children in need. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals had by far the best year of his long and respected career. This season, he was second in ERA in the NL, led the NL in average walks and hits per innings pitched (WHIP), and led the NL in strikeouts.

The AL Cy Young award candidates are Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians. This past season, the Red Sox ace struck out a total of 308, which is the highest tally since Randy Johnson struck out 334 in 2002. Also, Sale’s ERA of 2.90 is the second best in the AL. even though Chris Sale had a year to remember, this award is likely going to go to Indians hurler Corey Kluber. Kluber led the MLB in ERA, WHIP, and was tied for the MLB lead in wins. He also led the Indians to an American League record 22 games won in a row.

This year, the MLB awards races are very close in every category. Seeing who will earn their place into the history books will be something most baseball fans will not forget for a long time.