The St. Louis Cardinals have added outfielder Marcel Ozuna to strengthen its lineup, while the Milwaukee Brewers really boosted their outfield by signing free agent Lorenzo Cain and trading for Christian Yellich. within the National League Central division, however, it’s the Chicago Cubs that’s the team to beat.
Nearly everyone thought an equivalent thing entering last season, when the North Siders broke camp because the defending World Series Champions for the primary time in over 100 years. Chicago did narrowly win the division in 2017, but the season for the foremost part was a disappointment with the Cubs getting dominated by the Dodgers within the playoffs.
According to one member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, however, the Cubs must have enjoyed an excellent season. When the organization placed its selections for the highest awards of 2017, one writer inexplicably voted for clearly undeserving members of the Cubs.
While the BBWA will never confide in the general public the identity of the author, it might be an honest bet that he resides within Chicago. How else could his voting decisions be explained?
Miami outfielder Giancarlo, traded to the NY Yankees over the offseason, edged Cincinnati first sacker Joey Votto for the choice of National League’s most precious Player. Stanton led all of baseball with 59 home runs, and Votto finished in the top five in both home runs and batting average.
Those two players certainly deserved to receive all of the primary place votes for M.V. P. from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the organization given the respect of choosing the winner of that prestigious honor. However, one among the writers chose neither Stanton nor Votto nor did be choose worthy outside candidates like batting champ Charlie Blackmon or Runs Batted In leader Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies.
Instead, this obviously biased writer wasted his vote for M. V. P. on Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who had just won the award in 2016. Last year, however, was a disappointing season, both for him and therefore the Cubs.
Bryant did not finish within the top ten in any of the main offensive categories, managing to interrupt that rank within the minor component of bases on balls. the sole stat during which he led was the dubious distinction of getting made the foremost errors, his total of eighteen toppings all other third basemen within the league.
Bryant was never the sole reason the Cubs did not defend their pennant last season, as some blame must naturally be assumed by their manager. Joe Maddon, who had guided Chicago to the planet Series Championship, the previous season, just couldn’t really get Chicago on target to repeat that feat in 2017.
Nevertheless, one among the members of the BWWA somehow found Madden worthy enough to win the Manager of the Year Award, in spite of his team underachieving and winning six fewer games. Fortunately, all of the opposite members of the BWWA didn’t cast votes for Maddon, deservedly giving the award to Tory Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks with second place getting to Dave Roberts of the pennant-winning l. a. Dodgers.