The dates for the major MLB awards have been announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.
Just so's ya know — BBWAA awards schedule
Nov. 4 — Top 3 finalists for each award announced
Nov. 11: Rookie of the Year winner
Nov. 12: Manager of the Year winner
Nov. 13: Cy Young winner
Nov. 14: MVP
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 23, 2019
On November 4, the finalists for all of the major awards will be announced. The Dodgers most likely will not have anyone in the running for Rookie of the Year, but Dave Roberts could be in the running for Manager of the Year (take that as you will), Hyun-Jin Ryu could be a finalist for the Cy Young, and Cody Bellinger will definitely be a finalist for the NL MVP.
Rookie of the Year
If Alex Verdugo had played the entirety of the 2019 season, he very well could have been in the running as a finalist, but Pete Alonso seems to be the surefire winner this season. Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves could garner some support, but this seems to be Pete Alonso’s award to lose.
Manager of the Year
While Dave Roberts has next to zero shot of winning NL Manager of the Year, especially with Dave Martinez of the Washington Nationals taking his team all the way to the World Series in franchise history, Roberts could easily be a finalist.
Cy Young Award
Hyun-Jin Ryu should be a finalist, but even if he is, he may have a tough time winning the award. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Washington Nationals teammates Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg likely have the lead on Ryu. It will be interesting to watch how the voting shakes out, especially if Ryu is in the mix.
Most Valuable Player
Cody Bellinger has the greatest odds to take home one of the BBWAA awards as the National League MVP. Bellinger will be fighting Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon in what could be the closest MVP vote in recent memory. The three men are splitting hairs, but early indicators are that Bellinger could come out on top. This is an award for the entire season’s body of work, not just a second half. Yes, Bellinger deserves this award as much as you may think he doesn’t.
All of these ballots were submitted by BBWAA writers before the start of postseason play, so October numbers and outcomes will not play any part in the vote.