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For game's top talent, awards contention awaits

March 29, 2017

Opening Day is nearly upon us, which means it's Prediction Season, and what's more fun to predict than which players will take home baseball's most prestigious awards?The 162-game season is filled with twists and turns, and much still needs to be determined before anyone is crowned.• Get pumped for Opening

Opening Day is nearly upon us, which means it's Prediction Season, and what's more fun to predict than which players will take home baseball's most prestigious awards?
The 162-game season is filled with twists and turns, and much still needs to be determined before anyone is crowned.
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But which players and managers could be among the best in the game? That's the fun part.'s 30 beat reporters weighed in to highlight which stars could be in line for some hardware come November.
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Angels: Nobody is a bigger favorite for the American League Most Valuable Player Award than the two-time winner patrolling center field for the Angels, Michael Trout. More >

Astros: Deep and balanced on both ends of the game, Houston has no shortage of candidates for major awards this season. More >
Athletics: Pitching potential and fancy glove work could turn several A's into dark-horse candidates for hardware. More >
Blue Jays: Star power and potential award winners litter Toronto's roster. More >
Braves: Atlanta will run out one of baseball's top prospects, Dansby Swanson, at shortstop, with an MVP candidate lined up across the infield at first in Freddie Freeman. More >

Brewers: Milwaukee has a couple of National League Comeback Player of the Year candidates -- including one who came back all the way from Korea in Eric Thames. More >
Cardinals: St. Louis' awards fate will hinge on a Cy Young candidate at the top of the rotation, Carlos Martinez, and its defensive stalwart behind the plate, Yadier Molina. More >
Cubs: The reigning World Series champs are loaded again, with potential MVP, Cy Young and Gold Glove Award candidates all over the roster. More >
D-backs: Whenever you talk Esurance Player of the Year, you talk about Arizona's first baseman, Paul Goldschmidt. More >

Dodgers: Guess which lefty is again the favorite for NL Cy Young? More >
Giants: San Francisco's rotation is topped by Madison Bumgarner, who perennially finds himself in the Cy Young and Silver Slugger Award conversation. More >
Indians: Cleveland could be in the running for a ton of offseason hardware, especially if it repeats as AL champion. More >
Mariners:Robinson Cano has placed in the top 10 in AL MVP voting five times. Is this the year he nets the honor? More >

Marlins: Miami has a potential batting (Christian Yelich) and home run champion (Giancarlo Stanton) anchoring its lineup. More >
Mets: Look no further for a legit NL MVP candidate than New York's most dynamic superstar, Yoenis Cespedes. More >

Nationals: At least one player on Washington's roster seems to take home a major postseason award every season. This year should be no different. More >
Orioles: Baltimore's best player, Manny Machado, is a strong candidate for the AL's top individual honor, while its manager, Buck Showalter, is always in the awards season conversation. More >
Padres:Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, a pair of NL Rookie of the Year candidates, will be major reasons to watch the Padres in 2017. More >
Phillies: A potential breakout star, Maikel Franco could make an even bigger jump than expected and become one of the NL's best sluggers. More >
Pirates: From 2012-15, Andrew McCutchen placed no lower than fifth in NL MVP balloting, even winning it in '13. A return to his top form isn't hard to envision. Meanwhile, youngsters Josh Bell (first base) and Tyler Glasnow (rotation) could be among the NL's best rookies. More >
Rangers: If healthy, Shin-Soo Choo has the talent and experience to win AL Comeback Player, and a Cy Young isn't out of the question for Yu Darvish, who would be the first winner of that honor in franchise history. More >

Rays: Just a guess, but Kevin Kiermaier, baseball's top defensive center fielder, could be in line for a few more accolades. More >
Reds: First baseman Joey Votto should once again be in the discussion for NL MVP as well as a bevy of other offensive awards. More >
Red Sox: Boston already returns the reigning AL Cy young winner, and Rick Porcello is just one player on a loaded roster who could take home hardware come November. See also: Baseball's top overall prospect, Andrew Benintendi. More >
Rockies: Third baseman Nolan Arenado will remain in the NL MVP discussion for the foreseeable future because he can do practically anything on the field. More >
Royals: The award potential on Kansas City's roster centers around its array of glove-heavy talent. More >
Tigers: Starting with Justin Verlander and Jose Cabrera, Detroit will once again trot out some of baseball's best on the mound and at the plate. More >

Twins: Minnesota has Silver Slugger and Gold Glove potential in its starting lineup. More >
White Sox: Chicago has a Cy Young candidate in the rotation (Jose Quintana) and a Rookie of the Year favorite waiting in the wings in Yoan Moncada. More >
Yankees: Coming off an outstanding spring, Masahiro Tanaka could make a case for AL Cy Young, while New York has not just one bullpen piece in the running for Reliever of the Year, but two. More >

Joe Trezza is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.