Explaining WAR's role in MVP results

Mike Trout and Kris Bryant were named the American and National League MVPs, begging a question: Does this mean that the Baseball Writers' Association of America will judge MVP candidates by different standards in the coming years? Both vote totals are a victory for the new-age sabermetrics statistic called WAR - wins above replacement. Although debatable about what it means, WAR tries to summarize a ... read more

How Porcello beat out Verlander for AL Cy Young Award

The American League Cy Young Award talk should be about Orioles closer Zach Britton and his perfect 47-for-47 save season winning the hardware. Instead, it was about starting pitchers making comebacks in one of the closest races in Cy Young history. Boston's Rick Porcello, who had nine wins and a 4.92 ERA for the Red Sox in 2015, won the award by five points over ... read more

It's hard to argue with Roberts, Francona as Manager of the Year winners

The managers who win Manager of the Year awards are usually the guys that won - or at least contended - despite a list of problems. That's why the Dodgers' Dave Roberts won the Baseball Writers' Association of America award over the Cubs' Joe Maddon and the Nationals' Dusty Baker. Roberts had 16 first-place votes and 108 points. Maddon had eight first-place votes and 70 ... read more

Nats, Cubs didn't meet in playoffs, but will battle for BBWAA awards this week

The Nationals and Chicago Cubs didn't play in October as expected, but this week, representatives from the two teams will be at the center of the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards debate. The Cubs have finalists for three of the four BBWAA awards, including MVP, Cy Young and Manager of the Year. The Nats have finalists in all four BBWAA awards categories. Nationals starter ... read more

After Britton snub, should BBWAA institute an award for relievers?

The Orioles' Zach Britton, who set a big-league record with 43 consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, isn't going to win the American League Cy Young Award this season. And it might be the biggest snub in the history of the voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Maybe the snub will kick-start the BBWAA into adding a postseason award for relief pitchers, ... read more

What each NL East team needs this offseason

The Chicago Cubs' agony is over. They are celebrating their first World Series championship since 1908 after beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings at Progressive Field in Cleveland. And this might not be a one-time thing for the franchise of Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg and Ferguson Jenkins. The Cubs are built for the long haul. The Cubs have two free agents - Aroldis ... read more

Offseason to-do lists for AL East teams

The Cleveland Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948 and it's going to stay that way for at least another year. The Cubs beat the Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in Game 7 of the World Series. Interesting that the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA championship last June, but the Indians blew a 3-1 lead in the ... read more

Cubs can break "Curse of the Billy Goat" with World Series win

The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. For perspective, consider that Jackie Robinson didn't break baseball's color barrier until 1947. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since consecutive titles in 1907 and 1908. For perspective, consider that the World Series was created in 1903. In 2004, baseball's most famous curse - the Curse of the Bambino - ... read more