Cale's Corner

The 2020 MLB Award Finalists have been announced and there are a few from the two Chicago teams, but no Cardinals. Let's start with the Cubs: 

 

Chicago Cub, Yu Darvish has been named as a Cy Young Award Finalist. Darvish finished this season with a 2.01 ERA, 2.7 WAR, .96 WHIP with an 8-3 record in 12 starts. This season was a 360-degree round-a-bout for the Cubs right-hander. In 2019 Darvish was 6-8 with a 3.98 ERA. Darvish is a finalist with Trevor Bauer and Jacob deGrom. 

 

First-year skipper David Ross is one of the Managers of the Year Finalists. Ross navigated the North Siders to a 34-26 record in the pandemic shortened season, starting 13-3. After that 13-3 start, the Cubs never could get above .500. The only stain on Ross’s 2020 bid is the sweep in the postseason against the Miami Marlins. 

 

The Chicago White Sox also have multiple finalists. Recently fired skipper Rick Renteria is a Manager of the Year candidate after getting the young White Sox to the postseason finishing with a 35-25 record in the pandemic shortened season. The Sox finished second in the division this season, the highest since 2005 when they were AL Central Champions. 

 

Jose Abreu is an MVP Finalist for the South Siders. Abreu in 240 at-bats this season hit 19 home runs, with 60 RBIs, and has a .317 BA. In his six-year career, Abreu has never hit better than .304. Abreu also scored 49 runs for the Sox. 

 

The last finalist, for Rookie of the Year, Luis Robert. The White Sox are loaded with talented rookies. Robert however is one of the highest-rated. Robert this season in 202 plate appearances this season hit 11 home runs, notched 31 RBIs (Lead AL Rookies), and batted .288 for his first year as a pro. 

 

The award winners will be named on November 10 and 11. Stay Tuned for the winners.

 

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