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BBWAA Awards Week honors game's best

Cy Young, MVP winners still to be unveiled
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With a sense of duty, honor and tradition -- and with the knowledge that their choices will be subject to scrutiny and, sometimes, the subject of controversy -- the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) cast their votes at the end of the regular season for four of the game's highest individual accolades. And then, for four fun nights in November, the results are unveiled, one by one, in the peak week of Major League Baseball's awards season.

BBWAA awards week is upon us, continuing with Wednesday's 6 ET announcement on MLB Network of the American League and National League Cy Young Award winners.

With a sense of duty, honor and tradition -- and with the knowledge that their choices will be subject to scrutiny and, sometimes, the subject of controversy -- the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) cast their votes at the end of the regular season for four of the game's highest individual accolades. And then, for four fun nights in November, the results are unveiled, one by one, in the peak week of Major League Baseball's awards season.

BBWAA awards week is upon us, continuing with Wednesday's 6 ET announcement on MLB Network of the American League and National League Cy Young Award winners.

The Most Valuable Player Awards will be the last honor to be unveiled, set for Thursday at the same time and channel.

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For now, we know the top three vote-getters on each ballot. Remember: Postseason performance does not factor into consideration for these awards.

Here are the finalists/winners for each of these prestigious honors:

AL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Mookie Betts, OF, Red Sox: With a .346 average, 32 homers and 30 stolen bases, Betts became the first 30-30 batting champ in history, and he also led the Majors in slugging percentage (.640) and runs scored (129). He had the Major League-leading Wins Above Replacement mark in both the FanGraphs (10.4) and Baseball Reference (10.9) calculations. Many thought teammate J.D. Martinez might join him as a finalist, but he missed the cut.

Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians: Ramirez actually beat Betts to the 30-30 club entrance, notching his 30th steal in early September and becoming the first player since 2012 (and only the fourth third baseman) to reach 30-30 status. He became just the 25th player in MLB history with at least 30 homers and 30 steals and at least 100 runs and 100 RBIs.

Mike Trout, OF, Angels: After Trout delivered a career-high OPS (1.088) and on-base percentage (.460), to go with 39 homers, 24 doubles and 24 steals, the question, as usual, is how many first-place votes his team standing (the Angels finished 80-82) cost him. He may have finished in the top two of the AL MVP Award voting for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Video: Betts, Ramirez, Trout named AL MVP Award finalists

NL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies: For the third straight season, Arenado had an OPS over .900 (.935, to be exact). For the third time in the last four years, he led the NL in homers (38). For the sixth straight year, his all-world defense at third was recognized with a Gold Glove. Whatever the exact result, this will be his highest finish in the NL MVP Award voting.

Javier Baez, 2B/SS, Cubs: The NL RBIs leader (111) became the first player in Cubs history to reach 40 doubles, 30 homers and 20 stolen bases in a single season. He finished second in the league in extra-base hits (83). Baez's defensive versatility (he played 104 games at second base, 65 at short and 22 at third) added to his value.

Christian Yelich, OF, Brewers: The NL Hank Aaron Award winner led the league in the FanGraphs (7.6) and Baseball Reference (7.6) WAR calculations, batting average (.326), OPS (1.000) and total bases (343). A September surge in which he slashed .370/.508/.804 while the Brewers stormed to the top of the NL Central might have sealed this award for him.

Video: Arenado, Baez, Yelich named finalists for NL MVP

AL CY YOUNG
Corey Kluber, RHP, Indians: After winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and '17, Kluber is a finalist for the third straight year. He won 20 games for the first time, led the league in innings (215) and had the third-best WHIP (0.99) and fifth-best ERA (2.89) among qualifiers.

Blake Snell, LHP, Rays: Snell didn't have the typical volume of a Cy Young Award winner, but he made his 180 2/3 innings count. He led the Majors with 21 wins and a 219 ERA+, and his 1.89 ERA was the best among AL qualifiers.

Justin Verlander, RHP, Astros: Verlander's 159 ERA+ was the best by a qualified pitcher aged 35 or older since Roger Clemens' 226 mark in 2005. Verlander led the AL in strikeouts (290) and led the Majors in WHIP (0.90) across 214 innings, with a 16-9 record and 2.52 ERA.

Video: Kluber, Snell, JV are finalists for AL Cy Young

NL CY YOUNG
Jacob deGrom, RHP Mets: To focus on deGrom's 10-9 record would be to ignore the 1.70 ERA that was the best in the NL by 67 points. He had 18 starts in which he went at least six innings and allowed one or zero earned runs, and he set a record with 29 straight starts allowing three runs or fewer. There was talk of deGrom making his way into NL MVP Award consideration, but he was not one of the finalists.

Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies: The ace of an improved Phillies team, Nola tied deGrom atop the NL in total WAR via the Baseball Reference tally (10.0). He was second in the league in ERA (2.37), third in innings (212 1/3) and third in WHIP (0.97).

Max Scherzer, RHP, Nationals: Vying for his third straight NL Cy Young Award (and his fourth Cy Young Award overall), the Nats' indefatigable ace led the Majors in innings (220 2/3) and strikeouts (300) and tied deGrom with a 0.91 WHIP. He finished third in the NL in ERA (2.53).

Video: deGrom, Nola, Scherzer named NL Cy Young finalists

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR WINNER
Bob Melvin, A's: The A's were the first team on record to reach the postseason despite beginning the year with the lowest payroll in MLB. Melvin has already won a Manager of the Year Award in both leagues (with the D-backs in 2007 and the A's in '12), but this might have been his finest work yet. More >

Video: Bob Melvin wins AL Manager of the Year Award

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR WINNER
Brian Snitker, Braves: The longtime organizational guy proved to be the right person to take the Braves to the next level. Atlanta took over the top spot in the NL East ahead of schedule and hung tough in the second half. More >

Video: Snitker wins NL Manager of the Year Award

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER
Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels: Billed as the "Japanese Babe Ruth," Ohtani delivered, becoming the first player since Ruth with 10 pitching appearances and 20 homers in a season. Though a right elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery prevented him from pitching in the second half, he was above average both in 51 2/3 innings pitched (126 ERA+) and in 367 plate appearances (152 OPS+). More >

Video: Ohtani wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER
Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Braves: The 20-year-old had the third-highest OPS of any player in baseball in the second half (1.028) and finished with 26 homers, 16 steals and a .552 slugging percentage. His ascension to the leadoff spot after the All-Star break sparked the Braves in the NL East race. More >

Video: Acuna Jr. voted as the NL Rookie of the Year

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.