And just like that the 2020 baseball season is coming to a close. In a season with a sense of urgency like never before, we saw some guys play out of their minds. Not only are we seeing the usual suspects, like Jacob de Grom, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts in the discussion for awards, we’re also seeing some new blood in there as well, with guys like Shane Bieber, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Tim Anderson proving that they belong.
Rookie of the year, manager of the year, Cy Young and MVP. I’ve got it all covered for you guys. Let’s give out some awards.
AL Rookie of the Year: Kyle Lewis OF Seattle Mariners
Let me preface by saying Luis Robert is wildly talented and I expect him to be a top ten player in two or three years. However, it’s all about Kyle Lewis this year. Lewis is leading A.L. rookies in nearly every category and has shown that he’s one of the most exciting players the league has to offer. While Seattle has been one of the worst teams over the last 10-15 years, they do have an exciting young core, with Lewis being the leader.
N.L. Rookie of the Year: Jake Cronenworth IF San Diego Padres
Many thought of Cronenworth as the throw in player Tampa Bay gave them in the Tommy Pham trade. Little did they know they acquired an absolute gem. While his home run numbers aren’t very impressive, he hits for a high average, something you really don’t see in today’s home run or bust game. The addition of Cronenworth has also propelled San Diego squarely in the playoff push, somewhere they haven’t been since the mid 2000s. This definitely won’t be the last we hear of Jake Cronenworth.
A.L. Manager of the Year: Rick Renteria Chicago White Sox
Many, including myself, didn’t think the White Sox were there just yet. We were way off. The White Sox have one of the best lineups in baseball, a lineup that really doesn’t have any holes in it. Their pitching is still iffy, but they have two very solid starters at the top in Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel. This combination has the White Sox at 33-17, the best record in the American League and the second-best record in baseball. The Rick Renteria tenure hasn’t been the greatest, but he gets major props for handling this young and talented group.