Monday, September 28, the day after the end of the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season and the day before the start of the MLB playoffs, was the deadline for IBWAA members to submit our awards ballots.

At the end of each regular season, IBWAA members in good standing receive the opportunity to vote for the Most Valuable Player of the National and American Leagues, submitting our top 10 in each league. We are further asked to vote in each league for a top five in the Cy Young Award, as well as a top three in each of three more categories: top manager, top relief pitcher, and Rookie of the Year.

I follow a few personal standards with my MVP vote. You won’t ever find me putting a pitcher as my top choice, and rarely will they get into the top five. To me, the Cy Young is for pitchers. Players who produce every day are more valuable, for me, than others who take the field every fifth day. Even relievers rarely appear in more than one-third of their team’s games.

Also, I am heavily prejudiced towards players for clubs that actually are contenders. If you blast 80 home runs for a last place team, I question how much more value you have over someone who hits 35 while leading a division winner, for instance. These are only general guidelines of mine, and I am sure you would have your own.

This is my sixth year with a vote and, as with each of the last five, I am now publicly releasing my ballot. I’m sure that a few of you would choose differently in some or all of the categories. I would love to hear your choices for each of the awards. Please feel free to leave a comment below this piece with your own selections.

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego
  2. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta
  3. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles
  4. Marcell Ozuna, Atlanta
  5. Trea Turner, Washington
  6. Manny Machado, San Diego
  7. Corey Seager, Los Angeles
  8. Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco
  9. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia
  10. Willson Contreras, Chicago

AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

  1. Jose Abreu, Chicago
  2. DJ LeMahieu, New York
  3. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland
  4. Mike Trout, Los Angeles
  5. Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay
  6. Shane Bieber, Cleveland
  7. Tim Anderson, Chicago
  8. Cavan Biggio, Toronto
  9. Luke Voit, New York
  10. George Springer, Houston

NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG

  1. Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati
  2. Yu Darvish, Chicago
  3. Jacob deGrom, New York
  4. Dinelson Lamet, San Diego
  5. Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG

  1. Shane Bieber, Cleveland
  2. Gerrit Cole, New York
  3. Lucas Giolito, Chicago
  4. Dallas Keuchel, Chicago
  5. Chris Bassitt, Oakland

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  1. Alec Bohm, Philadelphia
  2. Devin Williams, Milwaukee
  3. Tony Gonsolin, Los Angeles

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  1. Kyle Lewis, Seattle
  2. Cristian Javier, Houston
  3. Luis Robert, Chicago

NATIONAL LEAGUE RELIEF PITCHER

  1. Josh Hader, Milwaukee
  2. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles
  3. Brandon Kintzler, Miami

AMERICAN LEAGUE RELIEF PITCHER

  1. Liam Hendriks, Oakland
  2. Brad Hand, Cleveland
  3. Zack Britton, New York

NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

  1. Don Mattingly, Miami
  2. David Bell, Cincinnati
  3. Gabe Kapler, San Francisco

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

  1. Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay
  2. Bob Melvin, Oakland
  3. Rick Renteria, Chicago

One thought on “MLB 2020 awards: My official IBWAA ballot

  1. Solid across the board. Without looking at the numbers I would of had Anderson and Voit higher in AL MVP race. You are a good follow for serious mlb observations.

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