Here’s who I predicted would win.
- NL MVP: Kershaw
- NL Cy Young: Kershaw
- NL Rookie: deGrom
- NL Manager: Bochy
- AL MVP: Trout
- AL Cy Young: Felix
- AL Rookie: Abreu
- AL Manager: Showalter
Here’s who actually won, along with some links to other awards
- NL MVP: Kershaw comfortably. Stanton 2nd, McCutchen 3rd.
- NL Cy Young: Kershaw unanimously.
- NL Rookie: Jacob deGrom, named first on 26 of 30 ballots. Hamilton 2nd. Surprised he won so handily.
- NL Manager: our own Matt Williams, by a large margin (18 of 30 first place votes). Bruce Bochy, who likely wrapped up his Hall of Fame candidacy with his 4th pennant and third WS title in 2014, finished a distant third.
- AL MVP: Mike Trout, unanimously. About time. Martinez 2nd, Brantley 3rd. Abreu was 4th, quite a showing.
- AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber in a close race over Felix Hernandez.
- AL Rookie: Jose Abreu, unanimously. Shoemaker 2nd, Betances 3rd. Tanaka 5th; I would have had him higher.
- AL Manager: Buck Showalter in a romp (25 of 30 first place votes)
End result predicting 2014’s BBWAA awards: 6 for 8. My worst prediction season on record. 2010: 8 for 8. 2011: 8 for 8. 2012: 7 for 8. 2013: 8 for 8. I swear I only looked up these links because I was re-categorizing posts and adding in a filter for “awards” related posts :-). Usually its a bit easier to predict the BBWAA electorate in these awards; I suppose that the general evolution of the writers is slowly bringing more statistical analysis into the mix, meaning that the “dinosaur” method of voting is heading out the window. Probably for the better.
Links to other awards, some of which I used to try and track/predict but no longer.
- Gold Gloves; no love for the Nats, though Span and LaRoche were finalists.
- Fielding Bible: no one from the Nats.
- Silver Sluggers: Desmond and Rendon both winners.
- Comeback Players of the Year: Casey McGehee and former Nats farmhand Chris Young.
- Links to a slew of other awards are on my Off-Season Baseball Calendar.