MLB Awards Season


James Kim, Staff Writer

Major League Baseball’s 2017 season has sadly ended. As fans know, the year was highlighted with spectacular moments. More home runs were hit than ever before, the playoffs were filled with clutch plays, and the Houston Astros won their first ever World Series. These would not have been possible without the star players that compose the Major Leagues. Many players were given awards to commemorate their success on the field.

First, the Most Valuable Player award in the American League was given to Houston’s 5’6” second baseman Jose Altuve. Despite his small size, he put up outstanding numbers, leading the league with a .346 average and also managing to steal 32 bases and hit 23 home runs. The National League’s Giancarlo Stanton was named MVP with his power-heavy statistics: he led the whole league with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. These two same players also received the Hank Aaron award, given to the top hitter in each league (chosen by fans’ and media’s vote).

The Cy Young Award, given to the best pitcher in each league, was given to Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer. The Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber won 18 games and led the MLB with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts. He became the first Indians pitcher to win the award twice. In the National League, the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young by winning 16 games and having a personal best 2.51 ERA. He also led the league with 268 strikeouts.

Both of 2017’s “Rookie of the Years” were outstanding players who were even serious contenders for the MVP. In the American League, the Yankees’ 6’7” monster Aaron Judge set numerous records with his incredible power. He set the rookie record for home runs with 52 and had 114 RBIs while maintaining a .284 average. Cody Bellinger of the National League’s Los Angeles Dodgers also had a spectacular season. He also set a rookie record by hitting 39 home runs, the most ever in the National League. Following Corey Seager in 2016, Cody became the second consecutive Dodger to win the award.

Finally, the Roberto Clemente Award is given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to the team.” This year, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs earned this award through his compassion. In 2012 he created the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation which helps those battling with cancer. He created the foundation after fighting Hodgkin lymphoma in 2008. Rizzo has deservingly won this award by raising/donating millions of dollars and working tirelessly on and off the field.

Baseball’s 2017 season has been an exciting one, highlighted by new, young players with major potential. Through hard work and determination, players have earned these awards and along with others, will continue to dominate the game for years to come.


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