On a day when the Colorado Rockies announced their new manager in Bud Black, some things didn’t change, including a lack of respect for the franchise from the national media.
Finalists for each of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s major awards were announced on Monday night and the Rockies were sorely missing from the list. Candidates for each league’s Most Valuable Player, the Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year were unveiled … and there were some notable omissions from the Mile High City.
In the race for the National League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America narrowed down the list to Chicago’s Kris Bryant, Washington’s Daniel Murphy and rookie shortstop Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Those are three good players to be sure, but where is Nolan Arenado on the list?
Arenado paced Major League Baseball with 133 RBI and paced the National League for the second straight season in homers. He recently won his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award for his defensive prowess at the hot corner. He’s also up for his fourth Gold Glove honor in four seasons.
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One thing that Arenado did not have this season that the other three candidates did is postseason experience. If getting your team to the postseason contributes to the MVP discussion, fine. If it doesn’t, it’s hard to believe that Arenado doesn’t fall into one of the three best players this season in the National League.
In the National League Rookie of the Year competition, Trevor Story didn’t make the top three despite establishing a new National League record for homers with 27. Obviously Story’s season-ending injury hurt his chances at Rookie of the Year as he played in just 97 games. But think of what he did in those 97 games! Besides the homers, he also logged 72 RBI and 101 hits overall, including 21 doubles.
All winners will be announced next week.