MLB Awards 2022: A look at who wins what

MLB awards 2022

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A historic 2022 season saw Yankees’ Aaron Judge surpassing the 61-year-old AL record of Roger Maris with 62 home runs and the Astros winning the championship. With so many big performances across all areas in both leagues, the offseason is the time to honor the achievers with the MLB awards.

It’s time for MLB to recognize their contribution to this season’s baseball and entertaining play for fans. This week, from Monday to Thursday, there will be an announcement of MLB awards each evening. Over the next four days at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network, the 2022 MLB awards winners for each league will be announced. Here is how it will go:

  • Monday, November 14, 6 p.m. ET: Announcement for Jackie Robinson Rookies of the Year award
  • Tuesday, November 15, 6 p.m. ET: Announcement for MLB Managers of the Year awards
  • Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m. ET: Announcement for Cy Young Awards
  • Thursday, November 17, 6 p.m. ET: Announcement for MVP Awards

Who are the contenders for MLB awards?

Here are the three finalists for each category of MLB awards in the American League and the National League.

AL MVP Award

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees

Aaron Judge’s great season makes him the favorite to win the MLB award for the Most Valuable Player in the Americal League. The outfielder hit 62 home runs, which beat Roger Maris’s old record of 61 and set a new record for the American League. The power hitter also came close to winning the Triple Crown. He led the AL with 131 RBIs and came in second with a batting average of .311. You may check here for the list of the Yankees who won MVP MLB awards in the past.

Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros

This season, Alvarez was again one of the best hitters in the American League. The left-handed hitter batted .306 with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs. He and Aaron Judge are the only players with an OPS over 1.000. Alvarez’s 1.019 OPS and 187 OPS+ (the league average is 100) were both second-best in the MLB, behind only Judge. He also hit some memorable home runs for the World Series champions in the playoffs. Here are past MLB awards for the Most Valuable Players.

Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

After his historic two-way season in 2021, the AL MVP had another great year in ’22. Ohtani became the first player in the history of the World Series to make the leaderboards for both hitting and pitching. As a batter, he hit 34 home runs, stole 11 bases, and drove in 95 runs. As a pitcher, he went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts. Can he win two MVP MLB awards in a row?

NL MVP Award

Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals

Goldschmidt tried for a long time to win the Triple Crown in the NL. He ended up with a.317 batting average, 35 home runs, and 115 RBIs. He also led the NL in slugging (.578) and OPS (.981). Goldschmidt wants to win his first MVP MLB Award in his 12-year career. He has been a runner-up for the award twice and a finalist three times before 2022.

Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

Machado was an All-Star for the Padres for the second year in a row. He hit .298 with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs. According to FanGraphs, he had the most Wins Above Replacement in the NL. His 7.4 WAR was just ahead of Arenado’s 7.3 and Paul Goldschmidt’s and Freddie Freeman’s 7.1. Machado led the Padres to the playoffs, even though Fernando Tatis Jr., another star player, was not on the team. He has been in the top five for MVP MLB awards three times but has never won the award.

Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals

Arenado and Goldschmidt, who was also a finalist for MVP, might have been the best team in baseball in 2022. Arenado hit .293 and had 30 home runs and 103 RBIs. He also played great defense at third base and won his 10th Gold Glove Award in a row. But can he add to that his first MVP Award? He has finished in the top five three times and in the top ten five times, but he has never won.

AL Cy Young Award

Dylan Cease, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox’s 26-year-old pitcher Cease built on his breakout year in 2021 by having an even better year in 2022. He went 14-8, had a 2.20 ERA (second in the AL to Justin Verlander), and struck out 227 batters, one more than he did the year before. From May 29 to August 11, Cease made 14 straight starts in which he gave up no more than one earned run. This was a record that attracts the attention of those choosing MLB awards finalists.

Justin Verlander, Houston Astros

In 2022, when he was 39 years old and coming back from Tommy John surgery, Verlander had another great season for the Astros making him a top contender for MLB awards. Verlander won the MLB ERA title with a mark of 1.75, and he had the most wins in the AL with 18. He got another 185 strikeouts, bringing his total to 3,198, which is the most of any active pitcher. Verlander is going for his third Cy Young Award, which would make him just the 11th pitcher to win it three times.

Alek Manoah, Toronto Blue Jays

Manoah had a great first year as a player in 2021, and his second year was even better. The 24-year-old right-hander went 16-7 and had 180 strikeouts. His ERA was 2.24, which was third-best in the AL. In September, Manoah led the Blue Jays to an AL Wild Card spot by going 4-0 and having an ERA of 0.88 and made himself a frontrunner for MLB awards.

NL Cy Young Award

Sandy Alcantara, Miami Marlins

Alcantara was the kind of hard worker who is hard to find in baseball these days. The best pitcher on the Marlins won six complete games, which is the most since Chris Sale in 2016 and more than any other team did in 2022. Alcantara went 14–9 and had a 2.28 ERA in 228 2/3 innings, which was the best in the Major League. From May 11 to July 15, he made 13 straight starts in which he pitched at least seven innings. This was the longest run of this kind since the 2014 season and something that must be honored with MLB awards.

Max Fried, Atlanta Braves

The ace of the team that won the World Series in 2021 was just as good, or maybe even better, in 2022 making him a contender for MLB awards this off-season. Fried’s first All-Star season saw him go 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts. He also helped the Braves beat the Mets and win their fifth straight NL East title with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts in August and September.

Julio Urias, LA Dodgers

Even though Los Angeles was without Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw for a lot of the year, Uras was the best pitcher on the best team in baseball during the regular season. The 26-year-old left-hander won the NL ERA title with a 2.16 ERA for the 111-win Dodgers and seeks MLB awards in the offseason. The year after he led the Majors with 20 wins and got Cy Young votes for the first time, Uras went 17-7 with 166 strikeouts.

AL Rookie of the Year

Steven Kwan, Cleveland Guardians

Kwan was a fan favorite early in the season, and he stayed that way all year. The 25-year-old outfielder hit .298 for the season, hit six home runs, and stole 19 bases. He also walked more times than he struck out, 62 to 60, making him one of only six qualified hitters to do so. He got AL Rookie of the Month awards at the beginning and end of the season, in April and September, and is a top finalist for MLB awards in the offseason.

Julio Rodríguez, Seattle Mariners

J-Rod is the favorite to win the AL Rookie of the Year, the top honor for new players among all MLB awards. He became one of the most exciting players in baseball right away and led the Mariners to the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Rodriguez hit .284, had 28 home runs, stole 25 bases, and had a 147 OPS+. He was also a great center fielder. The 21-year-old became the first rookie since Mike Trout in 2012 to hit 25 home runs and steal 25 bases.

Adley Rutschman, Baltimore Orioles

The player who was picked first overall in the 2019 Draft made his big league debut on May 21 and quickly became one of the best catchers in the game. The 24-year-old hit .254 including 13 homers, 42 RBIs, and a 128 OPS+. He also had a strong arm behind the plate and was good at framing pitches.

NL Rookie of the Year

Michael Harris II, Atlanta Braves

The Braves have the top two candidates for NL Rookie of the Year in 2022, one batter and one pitcher. Harris is number one and led all NL rookies with 5.3 WAR and this puts him in the MLB awards final list. After being called up at the end of May, the 21-year-old stole the show in center field for the NL East champions. He hit .297, had 19 home runs, stole 20 bases, and had a 135 OPS+.

Spencer Strider, Atlanta Braves

While Atlanta’s Harris was in the outfield, Strider was beating up batters on the mound. The 24-year-old flamethrower won 11 games, had a 2.67 earned run average, and struck out 202 batters, which was the best record of rookie since 2012. Strider started the season in the bullpen, but at the end of May, he was moved into the starting lineup for the Braves. He was just as good in both roles. On September 1 against the Rockies, he had the most strikeouts of any pitcher this season with 16.

Brendan Donovan, St. Louis Cardinals

Donovan played all over the field for the NL Central champions. In his first season, the 25-year-old played every infield position and both corner outfield positions. For his versatile defensive work, he won a Gold Glove Award, which is often become a precursor to MLB awards. For St. Louis, Donovan also hit .281 and had a .394 on-base percentage.

AL Manager of the Year

Terry Francona, Cleveland Guardians

In his 10th year as manager, Tito led the Guardians to a 92–70 record and the AL Central title. In six of Francona’s 10 years as manager, Cleveland has made the postseason with four division wins. He had due for MLB awards for the best manager in 2013 and 2016.

Scott Servais, Seattle Mariners

Servais led the Mariners to the playoffs for the first time since 2001. This ended a 20-year drought, which was the longest of any of the four major North American sports leagues, not just MLB. It was the second straight season in which Servais led Seattle to 90 wins making him a contender for MLB awards.

Brandon Hyde, Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles were one of the biggest surprises of 2022. In Hyde’s fourth season as manager, the team went 83-79, which was a big change from 2021, when they lost 110 games. It was the first winning season for Baltimore since 2016 and the turnaround puts Hyde for MLB awards.

NL Manager of the Year

Buck Showalter, New York Mets

Showalter has already won the MLB awards for AL Manager of the Year thrice in 1994, 2004, and 2014 with the Yankees, Rangers, and Orioles. He took over the Mets and took them to the playoffs for the first time since 2016 right away. In Showalter’s first year as manager of the Mets, the team won 101 games, second most in franchise history behind only the famous 1986 World Series champions.

Dave Roberts, Dodgers

In 2022, Roberts led the Dodgers to a franchise record of 111 wins, which is tied for the fourth most wins ever in a season and the most wins by any team since the 2001 Mariners’ 116 wins. It was Roberts’ sixth NL West title in seven years as the Dodgers’ manager and his fourth 100-win season. This makes him a top contender for MLB awards that he won in 2016 for the first time.

Brian Snitker, Braves

The Mets led the NL East for almost the whole season, but under Snitker’s leadership, the 2021 World Series champions came back strong and won the division for the fifth straight year in ’22, including a crucial sweep of the Mets at the end of the regular season. The Braves’ 101 wins were their most since they also had 101 wins in 2003. He won this award in 2018.

The Other MLB Awards

Hank Aaron Awards

  • American League

Aaron Judge won it. He led all of baseball in several other ways, such as runs (133), RBIs (131), OBP (.425), slugging (.686), OPS (1.111), and total bases (391). Only Barry Bonds has had a higher single-season wRC+ than Judge’s 207 in the last 65 years.

  • National League

Paul Goldschmidt, who has won the NL Hank Aaron Award twice, was a Triple Crown contender late in the season. He led the NL in slugging percentage (.578), OPS (.981), and OPS+ (180). He also finished in the top three in the senior circuit in runs (106), RBIs (117), total bases (324), batting average (.317), on-base percentage (.404), and WAR.

Roberto Clemente Award

Veteran third baseman of the Dodgers Justin Turner got the award. This is because he has done a lot of good work over the years, including starting his foundation and continuing to help children with life-threatening illnesses. The award goes to the baseball player who, both on and off the field, best shows what the game is all about through their character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions.

Postseason awards

  • ALCS MVP

Jeremy Pea, a rookie for the Astros, hit two home runs in the ALCS, including a huge three-run shot in Game 4 that sealed the deal. He also hit .353 (6-for-17) and played shortstop well enough to earn series MVP honors.

  • NLCS MVP

Bryce Harper, a power hitter for the Phillies, was named the 2022 NLCS Most Valuable Player after hitting.400 (8-for-20) with three doubles, two home runs (including the game-winning shot in the eighth inning of Game 5), and five RBIs.

  • World Series MVP

Jeremy Pea was named World Series MVP after hitting .400 with 10 hits and a 1.023 OPS in Houston’s six-game win. He was the first rookie position player to win the award. In Game 5, when the Astros won and Pea hit a home run, it was his best hit. He was the first rookie shortstop to hit a home run in the World Series.

Help figure out who the best players are at each position. You can vote for the All-MLB Team presented by Arm & Hammer and OxiClean until November 22 at 5 p.m. ET. On Dec. 5, the winners will be shown on the MLB Network.

All-Star Game MVP

Giancarlo Stanton, a slugger for the Yankees, led the American League with a huge two-run homer. It was a 457-foot blast that went 111.7 mph, making it the hardest-hit base hit in a Midsummer Classic since Statcast started keeping track in 2015. This helped him win the Most Valuable Player Award in his home city of Los Angeles.

Players of the Month

Aaron Judge of the Yankees won the AL Player of the Month Award three times in 2022. The only other player to win it more than once was Nolan Arenado of the Cardinals (winning the NL honor twice). Check out the full list of winners for the year 2022 and all time.

Pitchers of the Month

Ace White Sox Dylan Cease had a great summer in 2022. In June and July, he was named AL Pitcher of the Month. Check out the full list of winners from both leagues in the year 2022 and from all times.

Players Choice Awards

The players have spoken, and Aaron Judge, a hitter for the Yankees, has been named Player of the Year and Outstanding American League Player.

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