Here are the finalists for MVP, Cy Young, ROY, and MOY in 2022.
This week, the finalists for MLB’s four major end-of-season awards — Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young Award, and Most Valuable Player — will find out who wins.
The 2022 award winners for each league will be announced this week on MLB Network at 6 p.m. ET:
Managers of the Year will be honored on Tuesday, November 15th.
The Cy Young Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 16th.
The MVP Awards will be held on Thursday, November 17th.
The three nominees for each award in the American League and National League are listed below.
MVP of the American League
Astros’ Yordan Alvarez, DH/LF
This season, Alvarez was one of the best hitters in the American League. The Astros’ left-handed slugger batted. He batted 306 times with 37 home runs and 97 RBIs, and he and Aaron Judge were the only hitters with an OPS above 1.000. Alvarez’s 1.019 OPS and 187 OPS+ (league average is 100) ranked second in the Majors, trailing only Judge. He also hit some memorable home runs for the World Series champions in the postseason.
Yankees OF Aaron Judge
Because of his historic season, Judge is the MVP favorite. He hit 62 home runs, breaking Roger Maris’ previous record of 61 and setting a new American League home run record. Judge also came close to winning the Triple Crown, leading the American League with 131 RBIs and finishing second with a.311 batting average.
Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH
The reigning AL MVP followed up his historic two-way season in 2021 with another stellar season in 22. Ohtani is the first player in World Series history to be eligible for both the batting and pitching league leaderboards. As a hitter, he had 34 home runs, 11 stolen bases, and 95 RBIs, and as a pitcher, he went 15-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 219 strikeouts.
MVP of the National League
Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt
Goldschmidt spent a long time chasing the Triple Crown in the National League, eventually finishing with a.317 batting average, 35 home runs, and 115 RBIs while leading the league in slugging (.578) and OPS. Goldschmidt, a two-time MVP runner-up and three-time finalist before 2022, is vying for his first MVP Award in his 12-year career.
Cardinals 3B Nolan Arenado
Arenado and fellow MVP finalist Goldschmidt were arguably baseball’s best teammate duo in 2022. Arenado batted.293 with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs while playing superstar defense at third base for the tenth time in a row, earning his tenth consecutive Gold Glove Award. Can he add his first MVP Award to the list? He’s finished in the top five three times and in the top ten five times, but he’s never won.
Padres 3B Manny Machado
Machado batted.298 with 32 home runs and 102 RBIs for the Padres in his second straight All-Star season. He led the NL in WAR, with 7.4 per FanGraphs, just ahead of Arenado’s 7.3 and Paul Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman’s 7.1. Machado led the Padres to the postseason despite the absence of fellow superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. He is a three-time top-five MVP finisher who is vying for the award for the first time.
The American League Cy Young Award
White Sox RHP Dylan Cease
Cease, 26, followed up his breakout 2021 season with an even better 2022 for the White Sox, going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA (second in the AL only to Justin Verlander) and 227 strikeouts, one more than last year. From May 29 to August 11, Cease set a record with 14 consecutive starts allowing no more than one earned run.
Blue Jays’ RHP Alek Manoah
Manoah improved even more as a sophomore after having a fantastic rookie season in 2021. The 24-year-old right-hander went 16-7 with a 2.24 ERA, good for third in the American League, and 180 strikeouts. In September, Manoah went 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA to lead the Blue Jays to an AL East title.
Astros’ RHP Justin Verlander
As a 39-year-old, Verlander had another dominant season for the Astros in 2022 – his first season back from Tommy John surgery, no less. Verlander won the MLB ERA title with a 1.75, and he led the AL with 18 victories. He added 185 strikeouts to his career total of 3,198, which ranks first among active pitchers. Verlander is vying for his third Cy Young Award of his career, making him only the 11th pitcher to do so.
National League Cy Young Award
Sandy Alcantara, Marlins RHP
Alcantara was the type of workhorse that is becoming increasingly rare in baseball. The Marlins’ ace pitched six complete games, the most by any pitcher since Chris Sale in 2016 and the most by any team in 2022. In a Major League-high 228 2/3 innings, Alcantara went 14-9 with a 2.28 ERA. From May 11 to July 15, he pitched seven or more innings in 13 consecutive starts, the longest such streak by any pitcher since the 2014 season.
Braves’ LHP Max Fried
The ace of the 2021 World Series champions was just as good, if not better, in 2022. Fried went 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts in his first All-Star season, and he helped the Braves win their fifth straight NL East title with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts in August and September.
Dodgers’ Julio Uras, LHP
With Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw out for large stretches of the season, Uras was rock solid as the ace of the best team in baseball during the regular season. For the 111-win Dodgers, the 26-year-old lefty won the NL ERA title with a 2.16 ERA. Uras went 17-7 with 166 strikeouts in 2022, a year after leading the Majors with 20 wins and receiving Cy Young votes for the first time.
Rookie of the Year in the American League
Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez (winner)
J-Rod, the AL Rookie of the Year frontrunner, became one of baseball’s most electrifying players right away, propelling the Mariners to their first postseason appearance since 2001. Rodrguez batted.284 with 28 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and a 147 OPS+ while playing center field. The 21-year-old became one of only three rookies in history to hit 25 home runs and steal 25 bases, and the first since Mike Trout in 2012.
Guardians’ Steven Kwan, LF
Kwan’s contact hitting made him a fan favorite early in the season, and he maintained it throughout the season. The 25-year-old outfielder batted.298 with six home runs and 19 stolen bases this season and was one of only six qualified hitters to have more walks than strikeouts (62 to 60). In April and September, he received AL Rookie of the Month honors.
Orioles’ Adley Rutschman, C
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft made his big league debut on May 21 and quickly established himself as one of the game’s best all-around catchers. Rutschman eventually batted. The 24-year-old batted 254 with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a 128 OPS+, and he displayed a strong arm behind the plate as well as excellent pitch framing.
Rookie of the Year in the National League
Braves CF Michael Harris II (winner)
The Braves have two candidates for NL Rookie of the Year in 2022: one hitter and one pitcher. Harris is ranked first. After being called up at the end of May, the 21-year-old stole the show in center field for the NL East champions, batting.297 with 19 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and a 135 OPS+ while playing excellent outfield defense. Harris led all NL rookies with 5.3 WAR.
Brendan Donovan, Cardinals UTIL
Donovan filled in at every infield position and both corner outfield spots for the NL Central champions in his rookie season, earning a Gold Glove Award for his versatile defensive efforts. Donovan also hit.281 with a.394 on-base percentage for St. Louis.
Braves RHP Spencer Strider
Strider was dominating batters on the mound while Harris was patrolling the outfield for Atlanta. The 24-year-old fireballer went 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA and 202 strikeouts, the most for a rookie pitcher since Yu Darvish in 2012. Strider began the season in the bullpen but was promoted to the Braves’ starting rotation at the end of May, where he was equally dominant. His 16 strikeouts against the Rockies on Sept. 1 were the most by any pitcher in a game this season.
Manager of the Year in AL
Terry Francona of the Guardians
In his 10th season as manager, Tito guided the Guardians to a 92-70 record and the AL Central title. Cleveland has reached the playoffs in six of Francona’s ten seasons, and 2022 will be his fourth division title.
Orioles’ Brandon Hyde
After a 110-loss season in 2021, the Orioles were one of the biggest surprises of 2022, finishing 83-79 in Hyde’s fourth season as manager. Baltimore had its first winning season since 2016. Before their turnaround in 2022, the Orioles had lost over 100 games in each of their previous three full seasons.
Mariners’ Scott Servais
Servais led the Mariners to the playoffs for the first time since 2001, ending a 20-year playoff drought that was the longest in any of the four major North American sports leagues. Under Servais, Seattle had its second straight 90-win season.
Manager of the Year in the Netherlands
Dodgers’ Dave Roberts
Roberts led the Dodgers to 111 wins in 2022, tying them for the fourth most in a season all-time and the most by any team since the 116-win Mariners in 2001. It was Roberts’ fourth 100-win season and sixth NL West title in seven years as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Mets manager Buck Showalter
Showalter took over as manager of the Mets and immediately guided them back to the postseason for the first time since 2016. The Mets won 101 games in Showalter’s first season, the second most in franchise history, trailing only the legendary 1986 World Series champions.
Braves manager Brian Snitker
The Mets led the NL East for almost the entire season, but under Snitker’s direction, the 2021 World Series champions stormed back to win the division for the fifth time in a row in ’22, including a crucial sweep of the Mets at the end of the regular season. The Braves’ 101 victories were the most in a season since they also won 101 in 2003.