Sept. 23, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) makes a catch in the third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium. Image Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Dugout Dirt: Awards Season

Awards season is just around the corner. I’m not talking about the Oscars, as true as that may be, but the annual announcement of who the Baseball Writers Association of America voted for.

For the first time that I can recall, they aired a special on the MLB Network that announced the finalists in each category.

I’m sorry but I’m just not a fan of this. Yes, all the awards are being televised live on television instead of being announced online during the daytime as in years past. To announce the top finalists just takes away the surprise of the awards.

Call me a purist if you will.

It should be a given who the top votes are going to. We’ve known for the better part of a few months that Mike Trout would win Rookie of the Year in the American League. Whether that vote is unanimous or not, we don’t know. I hope it is, for his sake, because he was the best rookie not only in the AL but in all of Major League Baseball.

The American League MVP race is going to go down to the wire. We know this. Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera are the two candidates. Barring a deadlock in the votes, only one of them will take home the hardware? Will Cabrera be awarded the award for leading the AL in three offensive categories or will it be Mike Trout for everything he did on offense and defense?

As for Manager of the Year, I can tell you that it will go to Buck Showalter and Davey Johnson. I don’t even have to look at a finalists list to say that. It’s practically a given at this point that the award will go to those two managers!

It will be a long week to find out who wins.

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