Showalter favorite to win Manager of the Year

Showalter favorite to win Manager of the Year
November 8, 2012, 10:45 am
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No Baltimore Oriole has won a major award since 1997. That's likely to end on Tuesday night. That's when the Baseball Writers will announce their annual Manager of the Year Award.

Buck Showalter, who's already won two American League Manager of the Year Awards is looking to become the second three-time winner. Tony La Russa won three in the AL and a fourth in the National League.

Remember, the awards are voted at the conclusion of the regular season. The postseason doesn't count.

Let's look at the major awards.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

Announcement: Monday night 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Greg Olson-1989

Finalists: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland, Yu Darvish, Texas, Mike Trout, Los Angeles

Oriole who could get votes: Wei-Yin Chen

Outlook: It will be an upset if Trout, who's also a legitimate Most Valuable Player contender, isn't a unanimous choice. Chen could pick up a handful of third-place votes in a strong field.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR:

Announcement: Tuesday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Davey Johnson-1997

Finalists: Bob Melvin, Oakland. Buck Showalter, Orioles, Robin Ventura, Chicago

Outlook: Showalter should win because he got lots more attention; than did Melvin. The Athletics' manager also did a wonderful job, sweeping a three-game series with Texas to win the AL West. But, Showalter has a reputatation for turning clubs around, and that will probably work in his favor.

CY YOUNG AWARD:

Announcement: Wednesday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Steve Stone-1980

Finalists: Detroit's Justin Verlander, Los Angeles' Jered Weaver and Tampa Bay's David Price

Oriole who could get some votes: Jim Johnson

Outlook: This is a tight one. I'm betting on Price. He was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. He struck out more than three times as many as he walked. He allowed 7.4 hits and .7 home runs per nine innings.

Weaver was nearly as good. He also had a 20-5 record. His ERA was slightly higher; he allowed seven hits and a home run per nine innings and also struck out three times as many as he walked.

Johnson had a wonderful season in relief, and he could pick up a few votes.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Announcement: Thursday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Cal Ripken-1991

Finalists: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Los Angeles' Mike Trout, New York's Robinson Cano, Texas' Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton.

Oriole who could get some votes: Adam Jones

Outlook: Trout is a wonderful young player. At 21, he'll get lots of votes and is a likely future winner, but Cabrera was the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. Cabrera is the choice.

Jones should easily finish in the top 10.