Jeff Banister named 2015 AL Manager of the Year; Girardi finishes fifth in voting

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(Christian Petersen/Getty)

Tuesday night, MLB and the BBWAA announced Rangers skipper Jeff Banister has won the 2015 AL Manager of the Year award. Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished second and Twins manager Paul Molitor finished third. All three guys were in their first seasons on the job. Cubs manager Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year.

Joe Girardi finished fifth in the voting, receiving two first place votes and two third place votes. He was behind Banister, Hinch, Molitor, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. Girardi, who won the 2006 NL Manager of the Year award with the Marlins, has received at least one Manager of the Year vote every year since 2009.

The full voting results are available at the BBWAA’s site. The Manager of the Year has morphed into the “manager whose team most exceeds expectations” award, and, well, the Yankees are always expected to win. Joe Torre in 1996 and 1998 is the last New York manager to win the award.

The Rookie of the Year was announced Monday. The Cy Young will be announced Wednesday and the MVP follows Thursday. The Yankees do not have any finalists this year but I’m sure some players received down-ballot votes. They always do.

Carlos Correa named 2015 AL Rookie of the Year

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Monday night, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was named the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, the BBWAA announced. He received 17 of 30 first place votes. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was second in the voting and Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was a distant third. The full voting results are at the BBWAA’s site.

Correa, 21, hit .279/.345/.512 (133 wRC+) with 22 homers and 14 steals in 99 games after being called up in June. He led all AL rookies in homers and slugging percentage, among other things. Lindor, who received the other 13 first place votes, actually edged Correa in WAR (4.6 to 4.1) but he didn’t have the same power numbers, and much of that 4.6 WAR came from defense.

No Yankees received a Rookie of the Year vote this season. Correa and Lindor were in the top two spots on nearly every ballot, leaving the third spot for all other rookies. Luis Severino was New York’s only chance at a Rookie of the Year vote and it didn’t happen. Greg Bird didn’t play nearly enough games for serious consideration. So it goes.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was named NL Rookie of the Year unanimously. The Manager of the Year award will be announced Tuesday night. Joe Girardi is not a finalist but he has received at least one Manager of the Year vote every year since 2009.

The Yankees do not have any major awards finalists this year. I’m sure one or two guys receive down ballot votes though.

Brian McCann wins Silver Slugger at catcher

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(Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Silver Slugger awards, which are given to the best offensive players at each position, were announced Thursday night. Brian McCann took home Silver Slugger for AL catcher. It’s the sixth of his career and first in pinstripes. He was the only Yankees player to take home a Silver Slugger. Here are all the winners.

McCann, 31, hit .232/.320/.437 (105 wRC+) with a career-high 26 home runs this season, his second in New York. He led all catchers in dingers and his 94 RBI were one behind Buster Posey for the catcher lead, which is pretty much all it takes to win a Silver Slugger. The winners are selected by coaches and managers around the league.

Alex Rodriguez, who lost out to Prince Fielder for the Comeback Player of the Year award, lost out to Kendrys Morales for the Silver Slugger. Aside from A-Rod and McCann, the Yankees didn’t have any good Silver Slugger candidates. I guess Mark Teixeira, but, you know, Miguel Cabrera exists.

The four major awards — MVP, Cy Young, Manager and Rookie of the Year — will be announced next week, but no Yankees are among the finalists. No Yankees won a Gold Glove either. So I guess McCann’s Silver Slugger is the only award the Yankees will take home this year. No biggie.

Update: Forgot Andrew Miller won the Mariano Rivera Award as the league’s best reliever. So two awards this year.

Teixeira, Gregorius, Gardner do not win 2015 Gold Gloves

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(Presswire)

Earlier tonight, the 2015 Gold Glove Award winners were announced. The three finalists at each position were announced last week and the Yankees had three: Mark Teixeira at first base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop, and Brett Gardner at left field. All of this year’s Gold Glove winners are right here.

None of the three Yankees won a Gold Glove this season. Teixeira lost to Eric Hosmer, Gregorius lost to Alcides Escobar, and Gardner lost to Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was only in the league half the season! Also, I guess it wasn’t enough that the Royals won the World Series, huh? Gotta hog the Gold Gloves too? Rude.

Anyway, the Yankees have not had a Gold Glove winner since 2012, when Teixeira and Robinson Cano won. Managers and coaches vote for the Gold Gloves in their leagues — they can’t vote for their own players! — and there’s also a statistical component too.

The MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, and Rookie of the Year awards will be announced last week. The Yankees don’t have any finalists. No awards this year. For shame.

No Yankees among 2015 major awards finalists

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(Mike Skobe/Getty)

MLB and the BBWAA announced the three finalists for each of the four major awards Tuesday evening. That is the MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, and Rookie of the Year. They’ve been announcing three finalists for a few years now as a way to drum up interest.

As expected, no Yankees were among the three finalists for any of the four awards. Their best shot at one of this year’s awards was the Comeback Player of the Year, though Alex Rodriguez lost out to Prince Fielder. So it goes. You can see the three finalists for each award right here.

Now just because no Yankees are among the finalists doesn’t mean no Yankee received awards votes. Mark Teixeira and A-Rod are candidates for down-ballot MVP votes — the ballot runs ten players deep, after all — maybe Brian McCann too. Dellin Betances might steal a few Cy Young votes on the five-man ballot. Heck, maybe he’ll get some MVP votes too.

I would be surprised if Luis Severino received any Rookie of the Year votes. That ballot is only three players deep and I can’t imagine any voter omitted Carlos Correa or Francisco Lindor. So Severino is up against a bunch of other dudes for third place. Joe Girardi has appeared on at least one Manager of the Year ballot every season since 2009 and I don’t expect that to stop this year.

Votes for the major awards are cast following the end of the regular season but before the postseason, so the playoffs have no impact on the awards. The four major awards will be announced next week. Rookie of the Year are Monday, Manager of the Year Tuesday, Cy Young Wednesday, and MVP Thursday.

Prince Fielder, not A-Rod, named AL Comeback Player of the Year

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(David Banks/Getty)

Earlier today MLB announced Prince Fielder, not Alex Rodriguez, has been named the 2015 AL Comeback Player of the Year. Matt Harvey was named NL Comeback Player of the Year. Pretty easy call there.

Fielder hit .305/.378/.463 (124 wRC+) with 23 home runs this season after missing most of last year following neck surgery. A-Rod hit .250/.356/.486 (129 wRC+) with 33 homers. They’re both full-time DHs too — Fielder played only 18 games at first base in 2015.

There is precedent for a player with performance-enhancing drug ties winning the Comeback Player of the Year. Jason Giambi won it in 2005 after being caught up in the BALCO scandal. He was not suspended like A-Rod, however.

Kendrys Morales and Ryan Madson were the other notable Comeback Player of the Year candidates. Rodriguez was the Yankees’ best chance at a major award winner. The other four major awards will be announced in two weeks.

Teixeira, Gregorius, Gardner among Gold Glove finalists

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(Presswire)

Earlier today, Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2015 Gold Glove Awards at each position. Three Yankees are among the finalists for AL Gold Gloves: Mark Teixeira at first base, Didi Gregorius at shortstop, and Brett Gardner in left field. All of the finalists can be seen right here.

Teixeira is up against Eric Hosmer, who won the last two AL Gold Gloves at first base, and Mike Napoli. Last year Teixeira’s defense slipped a bit — he looked rusty after missing most of 2013 due to wrist surgery — but he rebounded this year and was stellar. Hosmer figures to win based on reputation and stuff, but Teixeira has a legitimate chance to take home the Gold Glove.

As for Gregorius, he is up against Xander Bogaerts and Alcides Escobar, so a first timer is guaranteed to win the AL Gold Glove at short this year. Gregorius had a real shaky start to the season, both at the plate and in the field, but he turned things around in May and was outstanding the last few months. His defense was really excellent at times. Here’s a totally necessary highlight reel:

Gregorius actually ranked second among full-time AL shortstops in DRS (+5) and UZR (+7.4), behind only Francisco Lindor (+10 and +10.5, respectively), who is apparently ineligible for the Gold Gloves because he didn’t play enough innings at the position this year. Didi might actually win the Gold Glove. How about that?

Yoenis Cespedes, who only played half the season in the AL, and Alex Gordon are Gardner’s competition in left field. Gardner had a strong season in left but not as good as previous years, I thought. The defensive stats say he’s closer to average these days rather than far above. Gordon has won the last four AL Gold Gloves in left and will probably win again, not that it’s undeserved. He’s outstanding in the field.

The Yankees haven’t had a Gold Glove winner since Teixeira and Robinson Cano in 2012. Teixeira has five career Gold Gloves, including three with the Yankees (2009, 2010, 2012). The Yankees haven’t had an outfielder win a Gold Glove since Bernie Williams way back in 2000. Seems unlikely Gardner will get it this year, but you never know. Teixeira and Gregorius appear to have legitimate chances to win.

The Gold Glove winners will be announced in two weeks, on November 10th. Here is the selection and voting criteria, if you’re interested. Managers and coaches vote for Gold Gloves but there is also a statistical component, which is relatively new.