Friday, November 14, 2014

2014 MLB awards breakdown

Now that the Most Valuable Player award has been handed out I felt it would be good to take a look back at my selections (explained in-depth here) made for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) and the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) compared with the final results of each organization and the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

One thing to keep in mind, my picks (as well as those submitted by members of the BBA and IBWAA) were made before the finalists were announced by BBWAA.

Without further adieu here is the breakdown.

Award
Rank
Baseball Stance & Beyond
Final
BBA Votes
Final IBWAA Votes
Final BBWAA Votes
AL ROY
1
Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
2
Masahiro Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka
3
Dellin Betances
AL MOY
1
Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter
2
Buck Showalter
Mike Scioscia
Mike Scioscia
3
Llyod McClendon
Mike Scioscia
Ned Yost
Ned Yost
1
Corey Kluber
Corey Kluber
2
Felix Hernandez
Felix Hernandez
Corey Kluber
Felix Hernandez
3
Jon Lester
Chris Sale
4
Chris Sale
Chris Sale
Jon Lester
Jon Lester
5
Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
AL MVP
1
Mike Trout
Mike Trout
Mike Trout
2
Jose Abreu
Victor Martinez
3
Michael Brantley
Michael Brantley
Michael Brantley
4
Corey Kluber
Jose Abreu
Jose Abreu
5
Jose Bautista
Victor Martinez
Robinson Cano
6
Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson
Jose Bautista
7
Jose Abreu
Jose Altuve
8
Victor Martinez
Felix Hernandez
Jose Bautista
Josh Donaldson
9
Alex Gordon
Nelson Cruz
Miguel Cabrera
10
Corey Kluber
Jose Altuve
Miguel Cabrera
Felix Hernandez
NL  ROY
1
Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom
2
Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton
3
Ender Inciarte
NL MOY
1
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
2
Clint Hurdle
Clint Hurdle
Clint Hurdle
3
Matt Williams
Bruce Bochy
Bruce Bochy
NL Cy Young
1
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw
2
Adam Wainwright
Johnny Cueto
3
Johnny Cueto
Adam Wainwright
Adam Wainwright
4
Jordan Zimmermann
Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner
5
Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann
NL MVP
1
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw
2
Clayton Kershaw
Andrew McCutchen
Giancarlo Stanton
3
Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton
Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen
4
Anthony Rendon
5
Jonathan Lucroy
Buster Posey
Jonathan Lucroy
Anthony Rendon
6
Anthony Rendon
Buster Posey
7
Buster Posey
8
Yasiel Puig
Johnny Cueto
Yasiel Puig
Adam Wainwright
9
Adam Wainwright
Adrian Gonzalez
Josh Harrison
10
Josh Harrison
Carlos Gomez
Carlos Gomez
Anthony Rizzo

So, I was spot on with six of the eight awards’ top vote-getter compared with the BBWAA and five of eight with both the BBA and IBWAA.

I was in the right in mix on each of the American League ballots, which makes some sense since I predominantly cover the New York Yankees. I was not as high on Victor Martinez as others.

Apparently I completely missed the boat on Johnny Cueto in the NL Cy Young race compared with my counterparts. I was also off the mark with Freddie Freeman in the NL MVP voting.

Well, there you have it. While it’s all very subjective it’s also very fun to submit ballots. Maybe one day I’ll get a chance to have a real say in the awards.

How about you? Who did you have on your ballot? Did the BBWAA get it right this year? How about the other groups? Let me know in the comments below.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.



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