In breaking news tonight, the Dodgers Nation has three big reasons to celebrate. Three members of the team sit prominently among the top three leaders in three postseason awards categories.
Roberts did not have an easy rookie year managing the blue, as his team was beset by injuries to key players right out of Spring Training, and carrying throughout the season. He ended up bringing the Dodgers within two games of the NL pennant; a heck of an accomplishment.
His record for 2016 sits at 91W and 71L, a W/L percentage of .562.
Starting pitcher Kentas Maeda is among the top three Rookie of the Year candidates, along with fellow Dodger, Corey Seager and Trea Turner (Nationals). This is the first time that two Dodgers have been among the top three ROY finalists.
Maeda’s line for 2016:
|2016 Regular Season||32||32||0||0||175.2||150||72||68||20||50||179||16||11||91.6||1.14||.229||3.48|
Last, and very far from least, Corey Seager finds himself among another elite group of players, the final three nominees for NL Most Valuable Player. The other two are Kris Bryant (Cubs) and Daniel Murphy (Nationals). Thanks to a tweet from Eric Stephan at TrueBlueLA, we learned no Dodgers rookie has finished among the top three since Joe Black, back in 1952. Fernando Valenzuela was the closest since Black, who hit 5th place.
Seager’s 2016 stats:
|2016 Regular Season||157||627||105||193||40||5||26||72||54||133||3||3||.308||.365||.512||.877|
While the Dodgers came up short of the World Series, it appears the baseball world will soon be honoring one or more members of the team in ways that will etch their names into the history books.
My predictions: Corey Seager for ROY and Dave Roberts for Manager of the Year. Bryant will probably take the NL MVP. While I doubt the boys in blue will sweep, two out of three aint bad.