CHICAGO – When you win 103 games during the regular season then go onto win the World Series, a team typically has some hardware coming their way.
That is the case for the Cubs who have a few players nominated for end of season awards in 2016.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was nominated for the National League’s Most Valuable Player award along with the Dodgers’ Corey Seager and the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy. First baseman Anthony Rizzo was considered a candidate but didn’t make the list of finalist.
Pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are both nominated for the National League Cy Young Award along with the Nationals’ Max Scherzer.
Defending National League Manager of the Year Joe Maddon will have the shot to get the award for a second-straight season as he is one of three finalists for the honor. Maddon was nominated along with the Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts.
One surprise for White Sox fans was Chris Sale not being nominated for the Cy Young Award in the American League. The Red Sox’ Rick Porcello, Indians’ Corey Kluber and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander were the finalists for the AL.