Mariners Season Of Change Could Result In Multiple Postseason Awards
By Dan Hughes
September 3, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bats during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
MVP Award and Other Awards
This is definitely a long shot, but you could make the argument for either Robinson Cano or Felix Hernandez to win this award. Without either of these guys, the Mariners are not playing meaningful baseball in September this season.
The award will most likely go to Mike Trout of the Angels, who has just missed winning it each of the last two years. With Miguel Cabrera having a somewhat down year, Trout should finally earn the award.
Cabrera is batting 20 points higher than Trout. Cano is batting 32 points higher. But Trout has 107 runs scored and 107 RBI, leading the league in each. His 34 HR’s are currently 4th in the AL but he is the main cog in the offensive machine that has lead the Angels to an MLB-best 93 wins with 13 games to go.
Felix and Cano will get votes, but this is more than likely Trout’s year.
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When it comes to Manager of the Year, the award will more than likely go to Baltimore’s Buck Showalter, for taking the Orioles to the AL East crown (not yet clinched but looking likely).
Lloyd McClendon will get some consideration for taking this Mariners team to double-digit improvement in wins (with their next win) over last season. His methods have come into question at times this season and fans don’t always agree with some of the choices, but the M’s will have a winning record for the first time since 2009 and some of the credit goes to Mac.
Chris Young is a likely candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. His 12 wins and 3.33 ERA are full season bests for Young missed most of 2013 after having thoracic outlet decompression surgery on his shoulder. He spent 495 days on the MLB disabled list from 2009-12 and 112 days on the minor league DL in 2013.
Young has the fourth-lowest batting average against in the AL at .225.
Finally, Fernando Rodney has a great shot at the Delivery Man of the Year award, the award given out to the best reliever.
Rodney has been tough to watch at times. But he has tied a franchise record with 45 saves on the season. He could get to 50 by year’s end and does lead the AL in saves. He does have six losses on the season, including three blown saves.
But it’s hard to deny that he has made a difference on this team.
So there you have it. The last two weeks of the season could go a long way in determining who wins what awards. But with so many potential candidates coming from the Mariners, it’s hard not to get excited and look ahead.
Though I’m sure most Mariners fans would trade in all of the postseason accolades for a trip to the World Series.