My previous edition of Singing The Blues was a sad one. The Dodgers had just lost the World Series and I was talking about that. This time, I have good news and something that I need all of you to do.
The Dodgers have three finalists for the Esurance MLB Awards. Dave Roberts is a finalist for Manager of the Year for the second straight year, Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for his fourth Cy Young Award, and Cody Bellinger is one of the finalists for the Rookie of the Year.
Dave Roberts is competing against Rockies’ manager Bud Black and D-Backs’ first-year manager Torry Luvello. All three contestants deserve to be finalists. Black led his Rockies to the postseason for the first time since 2007, when they were swept in the World Series by the Red Sox. Luvello led the D-Backs back to the postseason for the first time since 2011.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten the 2016 manager of the year, Dave Roberts. While Roberts did not lead the Dodgers to a World Series championship, he got awfully close. He led his team to game seven of the World Series before the Boys in Blue imploded. Roberts managed the Dodgers to the World Series with a sweep of the D-backs in the NLDS and a 5-game win against the Cubs in the NLCS. Before that, Roberts led the Dodger to their first 100-win season since 1974. In my mind, Roberts is the best option for Manager of the Year.
Clayton Kershaw‘s competition for the Cy Young Award comes from Nationals pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer. The strongest argument in favor of Strasberg is his ERA of 2.52 and his 1.02 WHIP. His teammate, however, one-ups him with an ERA of 2.51 and a 0.90 WHIP. Nationals fans will be torn between the two when they go to vote.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have one finalist for the Cy Young Award: Clayton Kershaw. Kersh had a frustrating season, spending time on the DL and giving up a record amount of home runs. Despite spending over a month on the DL, Kershaw pitched 175 innings and he won 18 games. His 2.31 ERA this year blows Strasburg and Scherzer out of the water. Dodger fans, unite behind Kershaw and get him his fourth Cy Young Award!
Cody Bellinger is the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year (according to Dodger fans). Pirates fans believe that Josh Bell deserves the honor while Cardinals fans think that it should go to Paul DeJong. Bell’s case for the award is his 26 home runs and 90 RBIs. However, his slash line is .255/.334/.446. His OBP and SLG are not bad, it’s his batting average of .255 that is so terrible. The Cardinals believe that the best option is Paul DeJong. DeJong looks like a much better choice than Bell. He hit 25 homers, drove in 65 runs, and slashed .285/.325/.532.
These candidates are nice options, but Cody Bellinger blows them both out of the water. Do you remember how terrible the Dodgers were before they called up Bellinger from Triple-A? They were horrendous. Their record was below .500 and they were in third place in their division. Then Cody Bellinger happened. He took the National League by storm, slugging 39 homers and driving in 97 runs. He slashed .267/.352/.581 over just 132 games. He drew 64 walks and another 13 intentional walks. Pitchers were terrified of him. He also was not afraid to bunt the ball down the third base line if the defense over shifted.
Roberts, Kershaw, and Bellinger need your help. The 2017 Esurance MLB Awards voting is now open. Currently, they do not have the categories we need open but they say “coming soon”. Votes are unlimited so you can still vote for categories such as best postseason major leaguer, best defensive player, best offensive player, and much more. It’s your job to vote and get Dodgers into the history books again.