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Picks for MLB's awards season

By November 4, 2012

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The announcement of baseball's major awards is a week away, starting with the Rookies of the Year next Monday. The picks on who will win and who should win each award:

AL Rookie of the Year (Nov. 12)
Who should win: Mike Trout, Angels. This is the biggest no-brainer of the bunch. He hit .326 with 30 homers, 83 RBI and a league-leading 49 stolen bases and had an OPS of .963. Who will win: Trout.

NL Rookie of the Year (Nov. 12)
Who should win: Wade Miley, Diamondbacks. Miley won 16 games and had a 3.33 ERA and a 1.182 WHIP on a losing team. But it's a close call with Bryce Harper, who was a big part of a Washington Nationals team that won the NL East and finished strong. He hit .270 with 22 homers and 18 stolen bases at age 19. Harper's future looks to be stronger. Will that make the difference? Who will win: Harper.

AL Manager of the Year (Nov. 13)
Who should win: Bob Melvin, A's. This is another tough call with two top front-runners. Oakland came out of nowhere to win the AL West, finishing 20 games better than they did last season with a team that had its share of decimating injuries, too. But there's a lot of sentiment for Buck Showalter of the Orioles as well. Baltimore improved by 24 games from 2011. Can't go wrong either way. Who will win: Showalter.

NL Manager of the Year (Nov. 13)
Who should win: Davey Johnson, Nationals. Adeptly handled a young team and led them to a division title at least a year ahead of schedule. The Nationals were 18 games better than last season. Who will win: Johnson.

AL Cy Young Award (Nov. 14)
Who should win: David Price, Rays. Led the AL with his first 20-win season and led the league in ERA as well at 2.56. Struck out 205 in 2011 innings. So how does it seem like nobody noticed? Who will win: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA, 239 Ks, 238.2 IP).

NL Cy Young Award (Nov. 14)
Who should win: R.A. Dickey, Mets. Tougher call, but baseball writers love great stories, and Dickey is a great story. When has a knuckleballer ever led the league in strikeouts and won 20 games with a 2.73 ERA, and only walked 54 in 233.2 innings? And he did it for a losing team, too. Phil Niekro wishes he could have had a season like that. Clayton Kershaw (14-9, league-leading 2.53 ERA), last year's winner, deserves consideration. Who will win: Dickey.

AL Most Valuable Player (Nov. 15)
Who should win: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers. I know the sabermetrics folks are ga-ga about Trout, and deservedly so. Trout plays a tougher position, has speed and power, etc. But Cabrera won the first Triple Crown in 45 years and led his team to the playoffs. That's the MVP in my book. Who will win: Cabrera.

NL Most Valuable Player (Nov. 15)
Who should win: Buster Posey, Giants. There's some sentiment toward the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, who had a career season at .315 with 22 homers and 76 RBI. He's also a Gold Glove winner, and he should be in the top three. But Posey, who won the batting title at .336 and also hit 24 homers and drove in 103 runs, has entered that star stratosphere now, and he's the leader of a budding dynasty in San Francisco. Who will win: Posey.


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