It their annual attempt to build hype, the BBWAA announced their "finalists" for all the major awards.
http://m.mlb.com/news/article/260802304 ... sts-named/
Quick n' dirty, with my picks:
I'll say Altuve, as it's more a team award for the Astros. He's also been around (slightly) longer, so it could also be an "Altuve Appreciation Award" from the BBWAA. Yet Judge was amazing...so if it were up to me, I'd give it to him.
Toss-up between Goldie and Stanton. I'll say Stanton, since he had a pretty good year, from start to finish. Nice to see Votto "bounce back" with an MVP-worthy year and get some national recognition. Bounce back in quotes, since Votto's been pretty consistent since winning the award in 2010.
Little surprised that either Nolan Arenado or Charlie Blackmon didn't make it as finalists. I'll chalk it up to the ol' "Coors Field Bias". See also: Holliday, Matt in 2007 and Bichette, Dante in 1995.
AL Cy Young:
Tough one, but I'll go with Sale, due to his strikeout totals. Severino "only" has 14 wins, which will probably cost him some votes.
NL Cy Young
I'll say Kershaw. Put up impressive numbers, despite missing some time. No knock on the Nats duo, but I still think Kershaw's the best pitcher in the game.
AL Manager of the year
I'll go with Molitor, as I didn't expect the Twins to even sniff contention.
NL Manager of the Year
I'd be okay with each Lovullo or Black. Like the Twins, I didn't expect either team to contend.
AL Rookie of the Year
Judge in a landslide. Unless someone creates a time machine and goes back to alter the 2017 season.
NL Rookie of the Year
In an ordinary year, Bell would win. But Bellinger had an impressive homer-crazy year, so he's sort'a the NL answer to Judge and will win easily.