Now that the World Series is done with, all that is left is the individual accolades to come pouring in. MLB Network hosted the BBWAA award nominations today, naming finalists for some of the league’s biggest award. On one of those awards in particular. Dodgers fans felt like they got snubbed.
The Baseball Writers Association voted 3 players in to possibly take home the Rookie of the Year award. While many felt the Dodgers would have at least 1 guy make the final vote, both Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May were left off of the final list.
2020 NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year finalists
Alec Bohm, Phillies
Jake Cronenworth, Padres
Devin Williams, Brewers
Winner announced Nov. 9, 6 p.m. ET on @mlbnetwork
— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 2, 2020
The Association instead nominated Alec Bohm, Jake Cronenworth, and Devin Williams as the finalists. No knock on these guys, but Dodgers fans know what May and Gonsolin brought to the team in 2020. Gonsolin led all rookies with a bWAR of 2, much higher than any player elected. He led all rookie pitchers in fWAR, and all rookie starters in FIP.
Dustin May stepped up in a huge way for the Dodgers, but his numbers obviously didn’t justify him being nominated for the writers. May was thrust into the Opening Day spotlight when Clayton Kershaw went down with a back injury that forced his debut back.
Keep in mind that this voting does not take into account the postseason. Votes are required to be sent in from the writers before the playoffs begin, so anything that May did in October was not considered.
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