Baker, Frazier are awards finalists

In the first-ever announcement of BBWAA awards finalists, the Reds have two.

After the Reds won 97 games and a division title, Dusty Baker is a finalist for National League Manager of the Year. With Baker are Davey Johnson from the Nationals and Bruce Bochy of the Giants. Baker is a good bet for leading his team through the adversity of losing Joey Votto to injury but Johnson helmed a surprise Nats club to the best record in baseball.

Todd Frazier is a finalist for NL Rookie of the Year. You may recall that Frazier won a Players Choice award already this week as the NL outstanding rookie. That award was selected by big league players. Like the Players Choice, Frazier is joined by the Nationals Bryce Harper and D-backs Wade Miley as finalists. One difference that could hurt Frazier is the writers turned in their ballots at regular season’s end while the players did Players Choice balloting in mid September. Harper had a strong finish while Frazier faded.

Reds 19-game winner Johnny Cueto was not named a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award. It is instead the Mets R.A. Dickey, the Nationals Gio Gonzalez and the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. Cueto deserves consideration but those three-straight losses in September had to have hurt his chances.

The BBWAA will reveal the Rookie of the Year winner on Monday at 6 p.m. ET and Manager of the Year on Tuesday at 6 p.m. All of next week’s awards will be carried by MLB Network.

Don’t forget that the Silver Slugger Awards will be revealed tomorrow (Thursday) at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. I can envision 2B Brandon Phillips and P Mike Leake winning some bats.


Dusty? What a joke

Sheesh! What’s he gotta do to win your appreciation? If he gets the award this year, it’ll be his third (or fourth?) MOTY. So, hey, I guess you’re right … terrible manager.

why doesnt dusty just get a glove and bat and be a player manager so we can blame him for not hitting with runners in scoring position too, then after that lets here about the stories about wood and prior when he was with the cubs, ridiculous! there is 162 games in the season they one almost 100, u have to have player accountability sometimes, i mean i really think it was dustys fault romney didnt win the election and look at how much crime violence is in chicago since dustys was a manager there, lol! this is gettin old, dusty may have blew a few games but not enough to not have the second best record in baseball! give it a break!

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