Did any Blue Jays players possibly get award votes?
By Reuben Gasee
Could anyone on the Toronto Blue Jays win some hardware?
The Blue Jays 2020 shortened regular season is completed and in the final week of each regular season, baseball writers who are members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) vote on who they think should win each award in each league.
While votes have already taken place, they won’t be revealed until after the postseason and we’ll only really know who the top three candidates are for each award. The full ballots aren’t revealed until after the winners are announced.
That being said, is it possible that anyone on the Toronto Blue Jays got votes from the voters? With how some players on the team performed, some players should very well so receive some votes which they deserve.
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On the pitching front, Hyun Jin Ryu will probably get some votes for the Cy Young award and could finish top three in the American League. In his first season with the Jays, he went 5-2 with a 2.69 E.R.A. and 72 strikeouts in 67.2 innings over 12 starts.
Among American League pitchers, Ryu had the fourth-best E.R.A. and HR/9 with a mark of 0.81. Despite his solid numbers, it’s extremely unlikely he wins the Cy Young award as it should unanimously go to Shane Bieber who got the triple crown with a 1.63 E.R.A., 122 strikeouts, and eight wins.
No one on the Jays is winning MVP, nor will anyone finish top three for the award but some could have gotten votes as each voter puts five players on his ballot. Despite missing 10 games, it’s possible Teoscar Hernandez could be fourth or fifth place on a ballot as he slashed .289/.240/.579 with 16 HR and at one point was atop the leaderboard for dingers.
Bo Bichette won’t appear on any ballots as he only played 29 games but if he stayed healthy and kept up the pace of play he was playing at, it’s possible he could have garnered some vote consideration. He slashed .301/.328/.512.
Despite growing cries to fire Charlie Montoyo as Facebook and Twitter managers think they know better than a major league coach, he could actually win Manager of the Year. This Jays team didn’t have high expectations yet Montoyo guided them to a playoff spot and kept the team afloat with injuries to key players in Hernandez and Bichette. The bullpen was also among the best in the league which Montoyo had a part to play in and deserves credit.
We’ll see if any Blue Jays players get some votes from BBWAA members but for now, let’s focus on the postseason.