The Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) Awards were given out in Major League Baseball this week. They are considered the four big awards in MLB. Of course, no KC Royals player or manager was a winner, but did they receive any votes?
The answer is YES!
On Monday, the debate really heated up as to who won the TB Rays-Royals trade of last offseason. That is because former Royals outfield prospect Wil Myers was named the American League Rookie of the Year by a landslide, 131-80 over Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias. Despite playing in just 80 big league games, Myers was an instant favorite in Tampa Bay and a powerful force in their lineup.
If you scrolled down to look at the total voting from that day, you would see a KC next to one name. That would be outfielder David Lough, who received one point (a third place vote) in the ROY voting. Despite the great first season in the big leagues for Lough (.286 with 17 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 35 runs scored, and 33 RBIs in 96 games), the Royals are looking for a starting right fielder for the 2014 season.
On Tuesday, the Manager of the Year in both leagues was announced. Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona took his team to the wild card game (though they lost) in a season most thought would not bring that much success for the Indians. He beat out former pitching coach and Boston manager John Farrell.
If you scrolled down to look at the total voting from that day, you would see a KC next to one name. That would be manager Ned Yost, who somehow received a third place vote (one point). The Royals had their first winning season since 2003 (86-76) and finished just outside the Wild Card race (5.5 games back). Most fans would not credit Yost for the success of the club, but he guided the team nonetheless.
On Wednesday, the CY Young Award winners were announced. There was not a ton of debate for this award, as many expected the winners to be who they were. Both were also won by a landslide. The Tigers Max Scherzer won in the AL, 203-93 over Texas’ Yu Darvish.
However, if you scroll down to look at the entire voting, you will see a KC next to two names. Closer Greg Holland, who had himself a career year, picked up three votes (one fourth place and two fifth place) for four points. Ace James Shields picked also picked up a fourth place vote (two points). Royals fans hope these two have themselves even better seasons in 2014.
On Thursday, the MVP‘s were chosen. There was much debate, especially in the National League, but in the end, both winners won by a pretty big margin. In the AL, Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won his second straight award over LA Angels outfielder Mike Trout (385-282).
If you scroll down the list of players who received votes, you will find a KC next to two names. Holland received an 8th place vote (three points). Catcher Salvador Perez received a 10th place vote (one point).
So even though no Royals actually earned a big award this week, to have at least one name receive a vote for each award means the team is really getting better.