Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers of America Association have announced Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Corey Seager and Kenta Maeda as finalists for the National League Rookie of the Year and name manager Dave Roberts as a finalist for National League Manager of the Year. Seager will be the favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year, while Roberts will have to compete against Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Nationals manager Dusty Baker for NL Manger of the Year.
Seager was a consistent force this season leading the team with a .308 batting average, 105 runs, and broke the Dodgers home run record by a shortstop with 26. As a rookie at age 22, Seager did not resemble one. MLB has announced that Seager is a finalist for the NL Most Valuable Player award this season. As the Dodgers best everyday player this season, Seager’s historic season should without question end with a NL ROY trophy and perhaps the NL MVP.
LA Dodgers rookies to finish in top 10 of NL MVP voting:
Fernando Valenzuela (1981) 5th
Mike Piazza (1993) 9th
Corey Seager (2016) top 3
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) November 7, 2016
Maeda quietly had a solid year this season finishing 16-11 with a 3.48 ERA with 179 strikeouts. In a pitching rotation that dealt with injuries all season long, Maeda was the only pitcher to never take a trip to the disable list. Although his numbers are not eye popping, the best ability is availability and Maeda was able to deliver quality starts all season long.
In his first season as Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts was able keep the team at the top of the NL West to a fourth consecutive division title with a Major League Record 28 players on the disable list throughout the season. Loosing Clayton Kershaw during the season due to injury was surely a death sentence to a Dodgers club that was struggling to win games, yet Roberts was able to push all the right buttons and win the Division and make a NLCS appearance.
Dave Roberts of the Dodgers is officially a finalist for NL Manager of the Year, with Joe Maddon (Cubs) and Dusty Baker (Nationals).
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 7, 2016
Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda and Dave Roberts all had amazing seasons, and are all deserving of the major awards they have been nominated for!