2017 MLB First Half Awards: MVP, Cy, Manager, and Rookie
2017 MLB First Half Awards: National League
National League MVP: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals. This was a tough call. Harper doesn’t lead the NL in homers, and he doesn’t lead in RBI. Hell, he doesn’t even lead in batting average. Harper does, however, have a tremendous OPS of 1.021 for a first-place team. And it’s not like he’s far from the lead in any of those categories. Importantly, he’s fielding his position in right. For now, this belongs to Harper again.
National League Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. All Clayton Kershaw has to do is show up every year to get in the top three of the Cy Young voting. He and Max Scherzer of the Nationals are very similar statistically. However, we’d be hearing it if we gave Washington the Cy and the MVP.
National League Manager of the Year: Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers. This could have easily gone to Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks. However, Counsell has Milwaukee in first place over the defending World Champs. The Brew Crew had no expectations whatsoever, and Counsell’s star is rising.
National League Rookie of the Year: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers. Bellinger is to the Dodgers what Judge is to the Yankees. His batting average is too low to make him an MVP candidate, but he’s running away with ROY. 40-something homers is more than enough to do it.