With the 2016 baseball season officially over, it's almost time to honor the very best in MLB this year.
On Monday, MLB revealed the finalists for the AL and NL MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year awards. Here they are (winners will be announced next week).
NL MVP: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
He hit .292 with a .385 OBP and 39 home runs while playing excellent defense at third base, all leading to an NL-best 8.4 WAR. Oh, and he helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.
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NL MVP: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Seager, a rookie, is up for two major awards after hitting .308 with 26 homers and superb defense at shortstop, accounting for 7.5 WAR in his debut season.
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NL MVP: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
He led MLB in batting average at .347 and added a .390 OBP with his 25 homers. The only knock is poor defense at second base.
AL MVP: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angeles
Trout led all of baseball in WAR by a full run, with his 9.4 blowing by Bryant's 8.4. He hit .315, posted an insane .441 OBP and earns his fifth consecutive MVP finalist honor at only 25 years old. The only thing potentially holding him back is how awful his team was.
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AL MVP: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
Betts had a breakout season for Boston, hitting .318 with 31 homers and posting a 7.8 WAR and help the Red Sox win the AL East.
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AL MVP: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Houston disappointed in 2016 after being a playoff team in 2015, but Altuve didn't at all — hitting .338 and slugging .531.
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NL Cy Young: Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
Despite his issues throwing to bases, Lester continues to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, posting a 2.44 ERA and 4.3 WAR in 202 2/3 innings. He was a stud for the Cubs in the postseason, too.
NL Cy Young: Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
Hendricks led the big leagues in ERA at 2.13 and was a crucial piece to the Cubs winning the World Series.
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NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Scherzer is proving to be worthy every bit of his massive deal with the Nationals, posting 5.6 WAR and a 2.96 ERA in 228 1/3 innings for Washington this year.
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AL Cy Young: Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Porcello has the gaudy record some voters love — 22-4 — but he stacks up with any other AL candidate in other ways too, posting 5.2 WAR over 223 innings.
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AL Cy Young: Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Kluber capped off a fantastic regular season — 3.14 ERA, 9.5 K/9 in 215 innings — by being a workhorse in the postseason for the Indians. By the time the Cubs roughed him up in Game 7 of the World Series, he had nothing left to give.
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AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
Verlander tied for the AL lead in WAR at 5.2, posting a 3.04 ERA over 227 2/3 innings.
NL ROY: Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
Turner provided a jolt for the Nationals in his 73 games in the big leagues, hitting .342, slugging .567 and stealing 33 bags. He should become a better defender over time, putting his elite speed to better use.
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NL ROY: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
Seager is all but a lock to win the NL Rookie of the Year award after Bryant will likely be a runaway winner for MVP.
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NL ROY: Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
Maeda pitched in Japan before coming over to America, so he's not your typical rookie. He posted a 3.48 ERA in 175 2/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2016.
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AL ROY: Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
Fulmer started 26 games for the Tigers in 2016, posting a 3.06 ERA over 159 innings.
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AL ROY: Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
Sanchez took MLB by storm, hitting 20 jacks and slugging a ridiculous .657 in only 53 games for the Yankees. He should be one of the AL's most exciting players for years to come.
AL ROY: Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians
Naquin hit .296/.372/.514 in his first season with the Indians. He should only get better in centerfield.
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NL Manager: Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs
Led the Cubs to an MLB-best 103 wins and then to the franchise's first World Series since 1908. It should be a no-brainer, with no disrespect to the other candidates.
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NL Manager: Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers
In his first season as a manager, Roberts led the Dodgers to 91 wins and the NL West crown despite toggling through more lineup options due to injury than any manager in the game.
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NL Manager: Dusty Baker, Washington Nationals
The Nationals crushed the NL East, winning by eight games despite missing Stephen Strasburg for a significant amount of time in the second half and enduring a Bryce Harper season that looked nothing like Bryce Harper.
AL Manager: Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
Guided Cleveland to 94 wins and an AL Central crown before ripping through the postseason and coming one win shy of winning the franchise's first championship in more than seven decades.
AL Manager: Jeff Banister, Texas Rangers
Texas won 95 games and the AL West crown by nine despite dealing with a number of injuries. Their season came to a disappointing end by getting swept by the Blue Jays in the ALDS.
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AL Manager: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
Showalter led the Orioles to the AL Wild Card, where he then caused an uproar by not using Cy Young candidate Zach Britton in a loss at Toronto. A good season nonetheless.
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