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Early Award Predictions

Winter is beginning to fade away and spring is just around the corner. The light at the end of the tunnel is finally approaching and I could not be more excited. Spring Training games have commenced, albeit they most likely bore you to tears after the third or fourth inning, so let’s give you guys something to look forward to. How do predictions for the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP sound?

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This year there are two distinct favorites for the Rookie of the year award. Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves will run away with this award in the National League. Swanson played just 38 games after being called up at the end of the 2016 season. In his limited time in the Big’s, Swanson showed exactly why he was drafted first overall in 2015. The 23 year old does it all. Swanson is smooth in the field, can hit for average, steal bags, and has shown some pop in his bat. Swanson debuted in the middle of August and still finished with a .302 Avg., 3 home runs, 17 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases in just 38 games. Another year of experience will be extremely valuable for Swanson and should propel him to the next level of stardom.

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From the American league I see Red Sox young stud, Andrew Benintendi taking home the Rookie of the Year award. Most Red Sox fans fell in love with Benintendi last season after his debut on August 2nd. Benintendi hit .295 with 2 home runs and 14 RBIs, in just 34 games. These numbers aren’t jaw-dropping but they show the potential that Benintendi has. At the age of 22, he is poised to take over the everyday role in Left field, with the Green Monster looming over him.

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In 2016 Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello took the league by storm, receiving the Cy Young Award in their respective leagues. This year I see the honor going to Clayton Kershaw and Corey Kluber. Kershaw is an extremely safe pick, seeing that he is constantly dominant year in and year out. Last season was an enigma for Kershaw. He suffered through a nagging back injury that kept him to just 21 starts. With that being said, Kershaw still finished with a 12-4 record and an outrageous 1.69 ERA. If Kershaw can stay healthy, there is no question in my mind that he can win his 4th Cy Young in 7 years.

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Corey Kluber took the bull by the horns last year, finishing in third place for the Cy Young just behind Justin Verlander and Porcello. Kluber took his amazing statistics into the playoffs where he continued to dominate, leading the Indians to the World Series. Kluber has been a silent killer for the past three years. Staying out of the headlines, Kluber continues to produce amazing numbers as the ace of one of baseball’s best rotations.

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Now the moment you have all been waiting for; the MVP award. It would be a safe choice to pick Mike Trout and Kris Bryant but this year is going to be different. These players will obviously have sensational seasons but in 2017 Nolan Arenado and Jose Altuve will take home the award. Arenado doesn’t get much attention playing in Colorado but has been one of the best players in the MLB for the past two seasons. At 25, Arenado is a 4 time Gold Glove winner and 2 time Silver Slugger. Arenado will be turning 26 this year, baseball players prime. Over his four seasons, his statistics have continued to escalate. This year will be no different. Even though the Rockies are going nowhere fast, Arenado has certainly earned his spot as one of baseball’s best players.

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Jose Altuve has owned the American League for the past three seasons. Standing at just 5’6” and weighing 165 pounds, you would think Altuve would be better suited as a jockey rather than a MVP candidate. Altuve has proven that he is a 5 tool player. Altuve has 600+ hits over the course of the last three seasons and can still hit the long ball, racking up 24 last season. The Astros are poised to have a bounce back season this year, giving Altuve a better chance at winning the MVP award.

Keep an eye out for these players. All of them are stars or stars in the making. This year is going to be a fun one, make sure you strap in for the long ride.

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M-V-P! M-V-P!

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As the 2015 regular season is coming to an end and we all gear up for yet another great postseason, where legends are made, and many tears will be shed, we also have to get ready to see who the MVP’s will be in each talented league.

For the American League, Josh Donaldson is my front runner. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think the Blue Jays would be saying they came in first place in their heavy-powered division. His 41 home runs, 123 RBI’s, and batting average just below .300, you have to believe there is no one else in the American League that is even comparable to Donaldson’s 2015 season. You can say that Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, and even Miguel Cabrera can be mentioned in the MVP race. But Davis and Cruz weren’t really consistent in the big three categories (batting average, home runs, and runs batted in). Also, Cabrera was injured for some of the season, so I believe he is out of contention. For what Donaldson did for the city of Toronto and the numbers he put up, there is no question in my mind that he will be smiling to the cameras with the MVP trophy in his hand.

Now for the National league, there are a couple names to be talked about. I will first mention the player I think should get the award, and that’s Bryce Harper. Granted that the Washington Nationals don’t have a lot to smile about after this season’s meltdown, Harper was the fan favorite down in D.C. Before this season began, many sport writers believed that he was one of the most overrated players in all of Major League Baseball.

Let’s just say he proved them wrong.

His .331 batting average, 42 dingers, and 99 RBI’s was the only constant offensive power the Nationals had all year.

One other player you should think about spoiling Harper’s MVP parade is Colorado Rockies’s third basemen Nolan Arenado. He exploded with 42 home runs and a Major League leading 130 RBI’s with a .287 batting average. No one really knows about his career year because his team was in the basement of their division.

So there are my predictions. Love em’, hate em’, disagree with em’? Feel free to comment back and share your opinions!