Rays Awards

The Tampa Bay Rays finished the season with a solid 90-72 record and despite not making the playoffs have players and coaches nominated for top awards in the MLB.

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Cory Fakterowitz, Staff Writer

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This past week the nominees for the annual MLB awards that conclude the season following the playoffs were announced. Amongst those were the Rays ace and only starting pitcher Blake Snell, who was essentially the entire year lights out for AL CY Young. Snell is up against Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros. Up for AL Manager of the Year is Rays manager Kevin Cash, who took a team with very little expectations for the year with the juggernaut Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in our division to managing to stay in the Wild Card chase up until the final week of the season, up a record 18 games over the .500 mark. Cash is up against Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s and Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox. While these are great the Rays did, however, just miss out on having a Rookie of the Year candidate in Joey Wendle as the race for the honor this year was heavily packed and unfortunately the Yankees filled two of the three spots with players of their own. Lastly, Kevin Kiermaier won the Wilson Top Defensive Centerfielder award despite a rather disappointing and injury filled season.

For the Cy Young award, the Rays have only had one winner in the past, that being David Price in 2012. Snell, if he wins, would become the person with the fewest innings pitched in order to do so. While Snell threw only 180.2 innings, he posted a AL best 1.89 Earned Run Average. Doing this in the by far strongest division the AL East in which two teams won 100 plus games is a feat that should not go unacknowledged. To add to this, it’s also worth mentioning that in July not only was Blake Snell not voted as the starter of the All-Star game, he was completely left off the team until making it as an injury replacement. This left not only me but players, fans, coaches, and executives in shock as it clearly showed the flawed system of All-Star voting. All in all, it is great Snell and Cash have received credit for their hard work and dedication.

Update: Kevin Cash finished 3rd in voting for the AL Manager of the Year; however, Blake Snell won the AL Cy Young, becoming the second Ray to do so as well as setting a record for least innings pitch in a Cy Young winning year.

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