American sports are marked by star players and that goes for NFL football, NBA basketball, and MLB baseball. However, the difference between the NBA and MLB is that the NBA honors players in the middle of the season with the All-Star Game and the end of the season with All-NBA awards. Now, it appears that Major League Baseball is jumping on the bandwagon.
MLB.com is now hosting All-MLB awards voting on their website and it would be hard to believe that it was not inspired by a recent column by Jeff Passan of ESPN.
This new concept could very easily become an award that carries as much weight as an All-Star Game appearance or a Gold Glove in the near future.
The following players have nominated as candidates for the All-MLB award at their respective positions in representation of the Dodgers:
Max Muncy, 2B
Max Muncy has been selected as a finalist at second base. Muncy faces some tough competition with Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies and Houston’s Jose Altuve also up for the win. Muncy had a terrific season, posting a .251 batting average and .889 on-base plus slugging percentage with 35 home runs and 98 runs batted in.
Cody Bellinger, OF
Cody Bellinger, the NL MVP, should win one of the three awards easily. He finished the excellent 2019 campaign with a .305 batting average, 1.035 on-base plus slugging percentage, and 47 home runs to go along with 115 runs batted in. There are some legit contenders with him like Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, and Ronald Acuña Jr., but he should be one of the highest three vote getters.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP
Hyun-Jin Ryu, the runner-up for the NL Cy Young, had an excellent season to say the least. He ended up with a 14-5 win-loss record, 163 strikeouts, and a 2.32 ERA to go along with a 1.01 WHIP. He faces some really tough competition with only five spots available and Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, Stephen Strasburg, and Jack Flaherty all in the running.
Walker Buehler, SP
Walker Buehler had an excellent 2019 campaign. He finished the season with a 14-4 record, 215 strikeouts, a 3.26 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP. Buehler will be subjected to a strong pool of pitchers that may force him out of the top five.
Clayton Kershaw, SP
Clayton Kershaw had a lot better of a season in 2019 than people will give him credit for. Many people — including myself — believed that he would regress hard. He really didn’t. He finished the season with an excellent 16-5 record, 189 strikeouts, a 3.03 ERA, and a 1.04 WHIP.
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