MLB Best of the Best Awards and Winners in 2020
By Uppercut Staff
Published Nov. 16, 2020
After two months of high-octane baseball in a shortened season Major League Baseball found a new World Series champion in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Despite only playing 60 games in the regular season there were many standout performances.
This year no All Star Game was played but there were many standout performances.
Here are the results:
Most Valuable Player
NL – Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves first baseman was selected the MVP after leading his team to the brink of the World Series. During the regular season his consistency on defense and offense helped his young team win the Eastern Division again though they were not picked to repeat. Batted .341 with an OPS of 1.102 and 53 RBIs and 13 homers.
AL – Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox first baseman was selected MVP after leading his team to the Central Division wild card playoffs. After years of offensive and defense prowess, Abreu’s leadership and hitting helped guide a young Chicago team to the playoffs for the first time in many years. Batted .317 with an OPS of .987 and 60 RBIs and 19 homers.
Cy Young Award
AL – Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians pitched 8-1 season with 1.63 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
NL – Trevor Bauer Cincinnati Reds pitcher 5-4 record with 1.73 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.
Rookie of the Year
NL – Delvin Williams Milwaukee Brewers pitched 22 innings as a reliever with 0.33 ERA and 0.63 WHIP including 53 strikeouts.
AL – Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners batted .262 with OPS .800 and played excellent center field. Also hit 11 homers.
Manager of the Year
AL – Kevin Cash Tampa Bay Rays had one of the lowest payrolls in leading his team past the powerful New York Yankees and winning the AL Pennant.
NL – Don Mattingly Florida Marlins led a team through Covid-19 crisis and surprised everyone in making the playoffs and beating Chicago Cubs in Wild Card.
Gold Glove winners
AL – Evan White Seattle Mariners
NL – Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
AL – Cesar Hernandez Cleveland Indians
NL – Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals
AL – J.P. Crawford Seattle Mariners
NL – Javier Baez Chicago Cubs
AL - Isiah Kiner-Falefa Texas Rangers
NL – Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies (eight consecutive) Mike Schmidt (9) Brooks Robinson (16).
AL – Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
NL – Tyler O’Neill St. Louis Cardinals
AL – Luis Robert Chicago White Sox
NL – Trent Grisham San Diego Padres
AL – Joey Gallo Texas Rangers
NL – Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers
AL – Roberto Perez Cleveland Indians
NL – Tucker Barnhart Cincinnati Reds
AL – Griffin Canning Los Angeles Angels
NL – Max Fried Atlanta Braves
Silver Slugger Awards
AL – Jose Abreu of Chicago led league in hits with 72. Also hit 19 homers with 60 RBIs and .987 OPS.
NL – Freddie Freeman of Atlanta hit .341 with 1.102 OPS and 53 RBIs.
AL – DJ LeMahieu of NYY hit .364 to win batting title and also had 1.011 OPS.
NL – Donovan Solano of San Francisco hit .326 with .882 OPS.
AL – Tim Anderson CHW hit .322 to win batting title and scored 45 runs to lead the league.
NL – Fernando Tatis of San Diego Padres hit 17 homers and had 45 RBIs.
AL – Jose Ramirez of Cleveland Indians hit 17 homers and had a .993 OPS.
NL – Manny Machado of San Diego Padres had .304 batting average with .950 OPS.
AL – Salvador Perez of KC Royals had .333 batting average and 986 OPS.
NL – Travis d’Arnaud of Atlanta had .321 batting average and .919 OPS.
AL – Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won his eighth slugging award with 17 homers, 46 RBIs and .993 OPS.
AL – Teoscar Hernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays hit 16 homers and had a .919 OPS.
AL – Eloy Jimenez of Chicago White Sox hit 14 homers and had a .891 OPS.
NL – Juan Soto of Washington Nationals won batting title with .351 average and had 1.185 OPS.
NL – Mookie Betts of Los Angeles Dodgers hit 16 homers and .928 OPS along with his Gold Glove fielding.
NL – Ronald Acuna of Atlanta Braves hit 14 homers and had a .987 OPS.