Predicting the Winners for Every 2014 Major MLB Award

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Looking Into the Future to Predict 2014 MLB Awards

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After what felt like an eternity of an offseason, 2014 Spring Training is officially right around the corner. The 2014 MLB season is going to be upon us shortly which means seven months full of 100 mph heaters, no-hit bids, tight games and an enthralling race for the pennant will be occurring shortly, and I for one am excited.

Of course a lot has changed since the Boston Red Sox raised the Commissioner's Trophy as 2013 World Series Champions. Players such as Masahiro Tanaka came to the New York Yankees from Japan, Robinson Cano moved to the Seattle Mariners and Matt Garza moved to the Milwaukee Brewers. These are just a few of the moves that have ensured no team looks exactly the same as they did at the end of the 2013 season, and 2014 will be one of the most exciting years on record.

With the changes of many players and upcoming season in mind, I have taken a peek into the future and attempted to predict who will win the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year Award from each league. Predicting each of these awards required taking a look at a plethora of different factors with the main things that unite each award being past performance and the potential of each candidate for the upcoming season.

Enjoy, discuss and feel free to let me know why you agree or disagree with a certain award prediction I made.

Tyler Leli is a Washington Capitals writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook or join his network on Google.

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AL Cy Young - Yu Darvish

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While some people may think of Yu Darvish as a seasoned veteran, the 27-year-old is actually a third year player who will only get better in 2014. That is a very scary proposition as in 2013 he compiled a 13-9 record with 2.83 ERA, 277 strikeouts, a 5.8 WAR and finished in second in AL Cy Young voting. Expect the Texas Rangers pitcher to improve in 2014 with a 20 win, 300 strikeout season and 2014 AL Cy Young Award to ensue.

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NL Cy Young - Clayton Kershaw

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Picking Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award may seem too dull of a selection, but he really is impossible to go against. Kershaw has won two of the last three Cy Young Awards, and his 16-9 record with 232 strikeouts,and 1.83 ERA in 2013 compiled arguably the best steroid free pitching season in the last 15 years. Expect Kershaw to continue to put up impeccable numbers in 2014 win the NL Cy Young Award in a rout.

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AL MVP - Mike Trout

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After being robbed each of the last two years, Mike Trout will finally win the AL MVP Award in 2014. Like Darvish, the 2014 season will only be Trout's third in the big leagues, and the scary thing is the 22-year-old can actually improve on the .323/.432/.557 statistical line with 27 home runs, 97 RBI and 33 stolen bases he compiled in 2013. Expect Trout to approach a 12 WAR and put up peripheral numbers that will make voters forget who Miguel Cabrera is.

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NL MVP - Yasiel Puig

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Many people despise the way that Yasiel Puig plays baseball, but I for one am a huge fan of the Cuban outfielder. In his rookie season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Puig posted a statistical line of .319/.391/.534 with 19 home runs, 42 RBI, eleven stolen bases and a 5.0 WAR in only 104 games played. Suffice to say, Puig is the all-around package, and he will avoid the dreaded sophomore slump to get better in 2014. He will prove to voters he is the best -- and most valuable -- position player in the National League.

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AL Rookie of the Year - Masahiro Tanaka

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In what will turn out to be the easiest choice ever or a dreaded mistake, I have chosen Masahiro Tanaka as the AL Rookie of the Year for 2014. During the 2013 season Tanaka compiled a 24-0 record with a 1.27 ERA in 212 innings pitched for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Pacific League. Of course the Pacific League is not the major leagues, but his mixture of a low to mid 90s fastball, impeccable splitter, effective slider and great control will ensure he wins 15 games with a 3-3.50 ERA in 2014.

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NL Rookie of the Year - Oscar Taveras

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Oscar Taveras is unanimously voted as the best prospect on any National League team today, and 2014 will be his coming out party. The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has an explosive bat with the ability to drive the ball to all different areas of the field. If healthy, expect Taveras to hit close to 20 home runs and steal 20 bases while posting an average close to .300.

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AL Manager of the Year - Mike Scioscia

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While some people may decry Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as being out of touch with the stars on his team, he will prove these theories wrong in 2014. Guys such as Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols will have breakout years, and with the combined presence of Mike Trout the Angels will have a lineup that will out slug many opponents. Scioscia will ensure that the team can patch together enough arms to win north of 85 games, and people will again realize he is a great manager.

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NL Manager of the Year - Bruce Bochy

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The San Francisco Giants tend to win the World Series every other year, and 2014 would seem to fit into that trend. In order to do this Bruce Bochy will have to make sure that starting pitchers Tim Hudson, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner perform up to their potential and the team's lineup can scrape together four to five runs a game. Expect Bochy to make this happen and for the Giants to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West crown.

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  • Wilt

    Trout will never approach Miguel’s power numbers. His batting average will also be lower. But his WAR is awesome!

    • Tyler Leli

      It depends what type of power numbers you speak of. If you only refer to home runs yes Cabrera is far superior to Trout. In 2013 Trout had 75 extra base hits as compared to 71 from Cabrera, indicative of the fact that the Angels superstar is at the very least an equal hitter to the Tigers third baseman. Additionally Trout had 33 stolen bases as compared to 3 for Cabrera, and their defensive contributions are not even comparable. WAR weighs in both offensive and defensive contributions, and shows that Trout is more valuable than Cabrera, and ultimately he will win the 2014 AL MVP.
      Thank you for reading.

      • Wilt

        Miguel was badly hobbled for the last third of the season. He could barely run in the post season. His numbers would have been historical. Trout is a great player, but Miguel will always be the better hitter. He hits 30+ homers and wins batting titles. With Cabrera moving back to first, the defensive difference will be minimal.

        • Tyler Leli

          I agree that Cabrera is a better hitter, but the gap isn’t as vast as some would like to think. And I disagree profusely on the defensive end of the spectrum, Trout is one of the best outfielders in MLB, with his only downfall being a sub par arm. Meanwhile, Cabrera is in no world even an average defender, although this is overshadowed by playing on the corner. Ultimately, the award should come down to Trout vs. Cabrera, and voters will have to once again decide how much defense should be weighed into the spectrum.

          • Wilt

            Well, I hope one of them wins it.

  • Tenacious_A

    Mike Scioscia 2014 AL manager of the year???? thats a joke – and will never happen – all that talent and choking over the last few years and the HUGE salaries???? comical prediction – I like Mike Scioscia but this not going to happen

    • Tyler Leli

      The manager of the year award often goes to the team and manager that have the biggest turnaround from the year before. Keeping this in mind, I believe that Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick will score enough runs to win 85+ games. Additionally, Scioscia is a good enough manager to maneuver the Angels 3-5 starters with efficiency, and at the end of the day LAA could win the AL West. That alone would clinch the AL Manager of the Year Award for Scioscia.

      Thank you for reading by the way.

      • Tenacious_A

        This is worse than the Bochy pick… and for similar reasons I disagree. Scioscia is a good manager and I respect him, but his team (full of talent) tanked for 2 yrs running… is that his fault? NO. Now in 2014 if they play to their ability and salary and win 85+ games what did HE do different? NOTHING. 85 games will not win the west and A’s are predicted to win 88+ and the West – Again. Bob Melvin on the other hand could and should be considered for MOY because he is squeezing an above average product out of a) youth, b) mediocre salaries and c) platooning to do so which means he is hands on for this above average positive performance… he will most likely not unless they win it all. But that is just my 2 cents… or maybe a nickel and this point. Cheers.

  • Tenacious_A

    OMG – What are you smoking? Bruce Bochy 2014 NL Manager of the Year – Your hilarious!!! ha ha ha Giants pitching is over rated and the offense is mediocre at best… every other year???

    • Farva55

      I think you should leave viewers like me your predictions, just so I can make fun of them.

      Thanks.

      • Tenacious_A

        huh?

    • Tyler Leli

      In 2013 the Giants pitching staff did not pitch up to their abilities, and this will see an undoubted correction in 2014. A starting five of Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong will rank amongst the top five in MLB if each stays healthy during the upcoming season. If, and when, this occurs the Giants will surely be an 85-90 win team, and at the very least will fight for a spot in the NL Wild Card game.

      One has to remember that the manager of the year award often goes to the manager that surprises others the most. Competing for the NL West and Wild Card will surely accomplish this from Bochy, and catapult him to the top of the NL Manager of the Year Award candidates list in my opinion.

      Thank you for reading by the way.

      • Tenacious_A

        Your are actually making my point for me… why would it be a shock or surprise for your so called “top 5 rotation” to win the amount of games a “top5 rotation” should win … to be where they should be in their division… how are they now “better” – they just blew it the year before. It isnt Bochy’s fault they blew it last year nor should he get credit if they playing to their ability this year. This is not going to happen… if it does I will gladly eat crow, admit you were right and wish Mr Bochy the best… but you should look up recipes for crow now – I think you will need it more than I – LOL

        Also the NL West is going to be more competitive then people think (in my opinion) I think the Giants will be 2nd or 3rd place and nowhere near a Wild Card. More, Mangers that squeeze more out of less and turn teams around deserve MOY award, A’s, Indians, Pirates, Nationals… SF has won in recent years and but not consistently.