For the first time, the Baseball Writers Association of America will televise the announcement of its four prominent awards for each league: MVP,
along with Manager and Rookie of the year.
Yes, we've entered the 21st century. It's a big change from when I started and we submitted our nominations via stone tablet.
The winners will be announced at 6 p.m. EST next week on
Also new this year is an announcement of the finalists – the top three in each league for the rookie, manager and Cy Young and Top 5 for MVP. That will be aired this Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.
A little spoiler alert:
Showalter, who took a 69-93 team in 2011 and helped make it a playoff club that won 93 regular season games in 2012, is a no-brainer for the Top 3. He has already won the AL manager award given out by the Sporting News.
Showalter’s chief competition for the BBWAA manager award is Oakland’s Bob Melvin, who led his small-market A’s to a 94-68 record and an
Showalter is more of a media darling – and a better quote -- than Melvin; though both are exceptionally accessible and cordial. So there likely won't be an obvious bias there.
The one thing that might hurt Showalter is that the vote – which is given to two BBWAA members that cover baseball in each of the 14
Of course, Showalter’s team won the Wild Card out of the always brutal
Both deserve it; likely only one can win (though there could be a tie, I suppose). But both Showalter and Melvin will be named as finalists on Wednesday. The guess is that Chicago’s first-year manager
As for other Orioles making the finalist list,