Yan­kees’ Aaron Judge, Luis Sev­erino se­lected as fi­nal­ists for AL awards

Cecil Whig - - NATIONAL SPORTS -

(TNS) — The Yan­kees fell one vic­tory short of a World Se­ries berth this sea­son, but two mem­bers of their tal­ented young core, Aaron Judge and Luis Sev­erino, were an­nounced as fi­nal­ists Mon­day for the year-end awards, as voted on by the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

Judge is among the top three for the Amer­i­can League MVP, a tight race that also in­cludes the Astros’ Jose Al­tuve and the In­di­ans’ Jose Ramirez. As for the AL Rookie of the Year, Judge should win that eas­ily over the Red Sox’s An­drew Ben­in­tendi and the Ori­oles’ Trey Mancini. Alex Ro­driguez was the last Yan­kee to win the MVP, in 2007, and the team hasn’t had a ROY since Derek Jeter claimed the award in 1996.

Sev­erino placed in the top three for the AL Cy Young but is likely to fin­ish third be­hind the In­di­ans’ Corey Klu­ber and the Red Sox’s Chris Sale. Sev­erino, the youngest at 23, went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 10.9 strike­outs/nine in­nings. The Yan­kees haven’t had a pitcher fin­ish in the top three since CC Sa­bathia was third in 2010. Rogers Cle­mens was their last Cy win­ner in 2001.

Per­haps most sur­pris­ing, how­ever, was Joe Gi­rardi’s ab­sence from the top three in the AL Man­ager of the Year vot­ing. The Astros’ A.J. Hinch, the In­di­ans’ Terry Fran­cona and the Twins’ Paul Moli­tor are the fi­nal­ists.

In the Na­tional League, the MVP fi­nal­ists are the Di­a­mond­backs’ Paul Gold­schmidt, the Mar­lins’ Gian­carlo Stan­ton and the Reds’ Joey Votto; for the Cy Young, the Dodgers’ Clay­ton Ker­shaw along with the Na­tion­als’ Max Scherzer and Stephen Stras­burg; for Rookie of the Year, the Pi­rates’ Josh Bell, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Car­di­nals’ Paul DeJong; for Man­ager of the Year, the Rock­ies’ Bud Black, the Dbacks’ Torey Lovullo and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts.

The win­ners will be an­nounced next week.


Yan­kees sec­ond base­man Star­lin Cas­tro (14) and right fielder Aaron Judge cel­e­brate a 5-0 win Wed­nes­day against the Astros dur­ing Game 5 of the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

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