The Washington Nationals are World Series Champions.
However, the awards don’t seem to be following. Finalists for some have been announced, and winners of others have already been announced.
The Gold Glove award winners were announced on Nov. 3, and three Nats – Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, and Victor Robles were finalists – but none received the award. Rendon was nominated for what feels like the 100th time, but Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies) won for the 7th straight time. At this rate, Arenado has defeated Rendon for just about every athletic honor. Soto and Robles were each nominated for the first time but didn’t receive any hardware.
The National League Manager of the Year finalists were announced on Nov. 4, but Davey Martinez wasn’t on the list. It just so happens that managers of two of the teams the Nats knocked out of the playoffs were nominated: Craig Counsell (Milwaukee Brewers) and Mike Shildt (St. Louis Cardinals). It was a rough start to the season for Martinez, but he is now a World Champion manager and will receive his deserved recognition in due time.
Max Scherzer is once again a Cy Young finalist. This would be his fourth career award, and third with the Nats. He is a finalist along with Jacob deGrom (NY Mets) and Hyun-Jin Ryu (Los Angeles Dodgers). The winner will be announced Nov. 13. Now a World Champion, Scherzer pitched with a broken nose and some arm troubles to anchor the Nats rotation all season. He doesn’t lead every statistical category, but his endurance and consistent performances should not go unawarded this offseason.
Rendon is finally receiving some recognition for his stellar season. He joins Cody Bellinger (Dodgers) and Christian Yelich (Brewers) as finalists for the NL MVP. Yelich missed the last month of the season with an injury, so it’s surprising that he’s on this list. In his young career, Bellinger has collected a fair amount of hardware. He was the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2018 NLCS MVP. He and Rendon will likely finish in first and second place in either order for MVP, which will be announced Nov. 14.
Silver Slugger winners won’t be announced until Nov. 7, and several Nationals — most notably Rendon — are candidates. But, based on past precedent, Arenado will probably swoop in and defeat him.
This is just the beginning of what looks to be a crazy offseason. Stay tuned for more!