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This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang, but with no baseball

What the [redacted] are we supposed to do. TWO straight days of no baseball is pure and utter devilry. I can’t imagine what the November is going to be li-

/drops what he’s holding

/takes off glasses

“Winter is coming.”

/drops to knees and cries

Let’s get right into the awards discussion because there’s little else to rant or rave over. Today’s edition will get into the NL Rookie of the Year voting, and it’s dominated by two names at the top. Jacob deGrom and Billy Hamilton. As it stands now, deGrom has a healthy ~900 point lead, and it’s arguable it shouldn’t even be that close. He was stellar throughout the year while Hamilton excelled at two things: rangy defense and swiping bases in volume, if not efficiency.

deGrom appears on 25 more ballots overall, and earned 211 additional first place votes. Others receiving more than two first place votes include: Ender Inciarte, Travid d’Arnaud, Joe Panik, and Kyle Hendricks. People we need to keep in our thoughts and prayers include the poor souls who voted Zach Walters, Tommy La Stella, Jimmy Nelson, and Neil Ramirez as first place finishers for the Rookie of the Year award.

Rafael Montero pitched in 10 games, had a 4.06 ERA and received a fourth place vote. Tony Sanchez compiled a 660 OPS in 80 plate appearances and received one third place vote. Mke Olt OPSed 604 while hitting .160 (kinda impressive?) and received a third and a fifth place vote. Christian Bethancourt played in 31 games, posted an OPS 45 percent worse than league average, likely played superlative defense, and received one fourth, and two fifth place votes.

If you can figure those out, you let me know cause I’ve got nothing.

I am a bit surprised by the love that Inciarte has received, especially given the sterling number of Ken Giles, and the significantly better offensive profile of his teammate David Peralta. Inciarte’s defense is highly praised and gives credence to his presence, but that was an initial surprise upon my initial viewing.

The top 20 are below, with updates on the rest as usual. Remember that you can knock Inciarte from his third place perch by voting for Giles (or others) here.

Rank Player Points
1 Jacob deGrom 3282
2 Billy Hamilton 2360
3 Ender Inciarte 525
4 Ken Giles 466
5 Kolten Wong 424
6 Travis d'Arnaud 383
7 Joe Panik 237
8 Kyle Hendricks 197
9 Tyler Matzek 130
10 Gregory Polanco 109
11 Chris Owings 101
12 Jorge Soler 94
13 David Peralta 69
14 Yangervis Solarte 64
15 Arismendy Alcantara 52
16 Jeurys Familia 51
17 Jesse Hahn 50
18 Javier Baez 45
19 Carlos Martinez 35
20 Neil Ramirez 32

NL Player of the Year

Rank Player
1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Andrew McCutchen
3 Giancarlo Stanton

NL Pitcher of the Year

Rank Player
1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Adam Wainwright
3 Johnny Cueto

NL Manager of the Year

Rank Player
1 Clint Hurdle

AL Player of the Year

Rank Player
1 Mike Trout
2 Michael Brantley
3 Corey Kluber

AL Pitcher of the Year

Rank Player
1 Corey Kluber
2 Felix Hernandez
3 Chris Sale

AL Rookie of the Year

Rank Player
1 Jose Abreu
2 Masahiro Tanaka
3 Dellin Betances

AL Manager of the Year

Rank Manager
1 Buck Showalter