PHOENIX -- When your broadcaster of 67 years is standing next to Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross with the Presidential Medal of Freedom hanging around his neck, that's not happening again.Nonetheless, in 2017 there's so much baseball talent on the field that various Dodgers should contend for the more traditional
PHOENIX -- When your broadcaster of 67 years is standing next to Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross with the Presidential Medal of Freedom hanging around his neck, that's not happening again.
Nonetheless, in 2017 there's so much baseball talent on the field that various Dodgers should contend for the more traditional postseason awards.
Start with the current Dodger who has already won the most prestigious awards: Opening Day starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw is a perennial favorite for the Cy Young Award because he's already got three of them. With last year's herniated disc issue apparently and literally behind him, Kershaw also figures to be a finalist for the Esurance Pitcher of the Year. He also won a Silver Slugger five years ago.
In addition to his White House honor, now-retired Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully won the Esurance MLB Award for Best Call last year. While he won't be winning that award this year, budding superstar broadcaster Joe Davis steps into the lead role in the booth and he'll have plenty of big-name talent to talk about.
Start with Corey Seager, who won't sweep the National League Rookie of the Year Awards again, but it won't be a shock if he improves on a third-place finish for Most Valuable Player. He also could win the second of who-knows-how-many Silver Slugger Awards as the best hitter at his shortstop position.
In addition to Seager, the Dodgers had three other players hit at least 25 home runs last year, so third baseman Justin Turner, catcher Yasmani Grandal and center fielder Joc Pederson could make runs at Silver Slugger Awards, too.
Kenley Jansen won the Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year Award, and the Dodgers committed $80 million to their big closer in hopes that he makes the title an annual event.
The man in charge of the dugout is Dave Roberts, and anyone who wins his league's Manager of the Year Award as a rookie should be considered a future candidate as well.
Rookie of the Year consideration could go to Alvin Toles, who made an impact during his late-season call-up. Julio Urias lost his rookie status last year.
With all of last year's injuries, dozens of Dodgers could qualify for Comeback Player of the Year. The ones with the most obvious opportunities are Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez has a mantle full of awards, having won four Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers. Outfielder Andre Ethier has a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, but a bad back has him currently sidelined. Chase Utley won four Silver Sluggers and Franklin Gutierrez won a Gold Glove, but they are now bench players.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.