2016 MLB Awards Finalists Announced: Bryant, Lester, Hendricks, Maddon

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2016 MLB Awards Finalists Announced: Bryant, Lester, Hendricks, Maddon

Chicago Cubs

major award leg lamp trophyThe Cubs are all over MLB’s major award finalist lists.

Although they have no entrant this year in the Rookie of the Year Group (it was awfully strong this year, though Willson Contreras could plausibly be in the top 10), the Cubs have at least one finalist in all of the MVP, Manager, and Cy Young races.

I say “at least one” because the Cubs have two of the three Cy Young finalists: Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester. Max Scherzer is the other finalist.

Kris Bryant is your obvious NL MVP finalist, together with Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager.

Bryant, who was the NL Rookie of the Year last year, already claimed the Hank Aaron award for the NL’s best offensive player. Bryant slashed .292/.385/.554 this year, with 39 home runs, 121 runs scored, and 102 RBI. Throw in his defensive value and versatility, and excellent base running, and he seems like a lock for NL MVP honors this year. He’d certainly get my vote.

Joe Maddon got the nod in the NL managerial group, together with Dusty Baker and Dave Roberts. Maddon won the award last year, his first season with the Cubs.

The full list of finalists is below, together with the date for the announcements (which will air live on MLB Network).

NL Rookie of the Year (November 14)

  • Kenta Maeda
  • Corey Seager
  • Trea Turner

AL Rookie of the Year (November 14)

  • Michael Fulmer
  • Tyler Naquin
  • Gary Sanchez

NL Manager of the Year (November 15)

  • Dusty Baker
  • Joe Maddon
  • Dave Roberts

AL Manager of the Year (November 15)

  • Jeff Bannister
  • Terry Francona
  • Buck Showalter

NL Cy Young (November 16)

  • Kyle Hendricks
  • Jon Lester
  • Max Scherzer

AL Cy Young (November 16)

  • Corey Kluber
  • Rick Porcello
  • Justin Verlander

NL MVP (November 17)

  • Kris Bryant
  • Daniel Murphy
  • Corey Seager

AL MVP (November 17)

  • Jose Altuve
  • Mookie Betts
  • Mike Trout

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.