Cubs All Over the Awards Landscape

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Do you remember last offseason, when the Chicago Cubs were very well represented in the awards shows?  This November, there are even more Cubs players and staff up for some hardware, and at some point we probably have to track Theo Epstein’s Hall of Fame case, too.  After all, he DID just fulfill his promise of bringing glory back to the North Side.

To start, we have the Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence, in which four Cubs have been named as finalists:

Right fielder Jason Heyward, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Addison Russell and pitcher Jake Arrieta are the finalists. The Cubs and Tigers, with four apiece, have the highest number of finalists.

I believe Heyward and Rizzo are most likely to win.  Addison Russell may not have enough to overtake Brandon Crawford, an excellent shortstop in his own right.  And who knows what people think about pitchers, especially when Jake Arrieta wasn’t all that good at holding baserunners?  Also every now and then, offensive performance seeps in to the Gold Glove vote, so take any winner with a grain of salt.  We will find out for sure when the winners are announced on Tuesday night, in the midst of election coverage.  One last bit of baseball goodness before the country goes to hell!

There were other awards announced on Monday as well, as the Cubs featured prominently amongst the finalists:

The Silver Sluggers figure to have a few Cubs vying for little bat trophies, although none of the Cubs were leaps and bounds above the field; they mostly were just consistently awesome all year, without any one Cub leading in hits, RBI, or what have you.  Kris Bryant did lead the National League in runs scored, while Anthony Rizzo was second in the NL in runs batted in.  I doubt that Silver Slugger voters care about wOBA, in which Bryant leads Nolan Arenado by a small margin, so I’m guessing Arenado takes the bat over Bryant.  Beyond that, I don’t really know, so we will find out when those awards are given out on Thursday.

The other major awards are to be announced next week, so when the dust clears, I expect Kris Bryant to be the MVP, but I do think Dave Roberts deserves the NL Manager of the Year award over Joe Maddon for bringing a patchwork Dodgers lineup with a rotation held on by a thread to the NLCS.  I also am unsure of how the Cy Young race will shake out, with Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester possibly splitting votes.  Very tough call, but with the best team in the majors showing so well, I’m okay with them just being in the conversation.

 

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About Rice Cube

Rice Cube is the executive vice president of snark at World Series Dreaming. He loves all things Cubs, with notable exceptions (specifically, the part of Cubs fandom that pisses him off). Follow on Twitter at cubicsnarkonia

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