The Commissioner's Trophy has been handed to the Braves for

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The Commissioner's Trophy has been handed to the Braves for

The Commi sioner's Trophy has been handed to the Braves for winning the World Series in 2021. The only part of the season left is the individual awards.There are plenty of interesting cases for the awards to be handed out from the past year of baseball. In the AL, there's the MVP debate between a breakout season from Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Angels' two-way star Shohei Ohtani. In the NL, a wide-open MVP race could come down to a number of players of non-playoff teams.This also could be a unique year in Cy Young history. Robbie Ray and Max Scherzer, both finalists for the awards, are free agents and could potentially win and leave for another team. There have only been 13 Cy Young winners walk in free agency the following year, and never before have both winners left in the same offseason.Unlike 2020, there is a much larger sample size to look at in 2021. The previous year, teams were limited to just 60 games. This year, the league was able to get in the full 162-game stretch.MORE: Here's what you need to know about the Baseball Writers' A sociation of America major award finalists Ja'Marr Chase Jersey and winners. Winners will be announced the week of Nov. 15. The schedule is as follows:AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards: 6 p.m. ET, Monday, Nov. 15 on MLB NetworkAL and NL Manager of the Year awards: 6 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Nov. 16on MLB NetworkAL and NL Cy Young awards: 6 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Nov. 17on MLB NetworkAL and NL MVP awards: 6 p.m. ET, Thursday, Nov. 18on MLB NetworkNL MVPWinnerBryce Harper, Phillies ()FinalistsBryce Harper, Phillies: This was the season Phillies' fans have been waiting for. In the third year of his 13-year, $330 million contract, Harper recorded the second-highest Fangraphs WAR (fWAR) of his career at 6.6, behind only the 9.3 mark he posted in his 2015 NL MVP winning season. He led the majors in OPS (1.044) andwRC+ (170), and his 16.7 percent walk rate was the third-best. His 35 home runs were the sixth-best in the NL. Harper also added 13 stolen bases.Juan Soto, Nationals: The more Soto plays, the more he begins to look more like Ted Williams. Cincinnati Bengals Women Jersey , which was the second straight year he paced the big leagues in walk rate, making him the youngest to accomplish the feat in back-to-back years, overtaking Williams, who was 23 and 24 in 1941 and 1942. He also walked only 14.2 percent and was third in the majors with a .999 OPS. His 6.6 fWAR is tied with Harper and trailed only Trea Turner (6.9) among NL batters.Soto also hit 29 home runs and stole nine bases.Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: Health again limited Tatis in how much time he was able to spend on the field as his 130 games were the fewest of the three NL MVP finalists, but when he played, he did it all. Tatis led the NL with 42 home runs and he was third with 25 stolen bases. His .611 slugging percentage trailed only Harper's .615 mark Wyatt Ray Jersey and his .328 ISO (isolated power) led the NL.AL MVPWinnerShohei Ohtani, Angels ()FinalistsVladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: If it weren't for the next guy on this list, Guerrero would have been the runaway favorite for AL MVP. He posted an impre sive .311/.401/.601 slash line, netting him the majors' second-highest OPS at 1.002,and he was tied for the MLB lead with 48 home runs. He walked an impre sive 12.3 percent of the time and struck out only at a 15.8 percent clip. On top of all that, he was also on the field all the time, as only two players tallied more plate appearances than Guerrero and his 698 this past season. Few batters hit the ball harder as he ranked third with a 95.1 average exit velocity and was second with 23.1 percent hard hits per swing, .Shohei Ohtani, Angels: It was the season that captured the attention of the baseball world. Ohtani pulled off incomparable feats of greatne s in 2021 with his ability to both produce as one of the most feared bats in the game and dominate on the mound as a true ace. He was third in the majors with 46 home runs and his 26 stolen bases were fifth-most in the AL, and he finished with 5.1 fWAR as a batter. In 130.1 innings pitched, he recorded a 3.18 ERA, which ranked eighth in the AL among pitchers with 130 IP,and a 3.51 FIP. His 29.3 percent strikeout rate was the 11th-best in the majors and was fifth-best in the AL. That added another 3.0 fWAR. All told, that 8.1 fWAR was the most of any player in the big leagues.Marcus Semien, Blue Jays: Guerrero wasn't the only Blue Jay with an MVP-caliber season. Signed to a one-year deal before the season, Semien made a case for the best free agency signing in the offseason as he turned in a .265/.334/.538 slash line that helped him post tie Soto and Harper with 6.6 fWAR. In the AL, only Guerrero, Salvador Perez and Ohtani had more homers than his 45 total, and Semien added in 15 stolen bases to boot. Semien was not just an impact performer at the plate, but a standout defensive player. , Semien's seven outs above average made him the sixth-best defensive second baseman in the game.NL Cy YoungWinnerCorbin Burnes, Brewers ()FinalistsCorbin Burnes, Brewers:It Cincinnati Bengals Sleepwear Underwear was a major breakout campaign for Burnes in Milwaukee. He wrapped up the 2021 season with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.63 FIP that were both the lowest in the game. He combined overpowering strikeout stuff (MLB-best 35.6 percent strikeout rate) with pinpoint accuracy (t-third-best 5.2 percent walk rate) and held opposing hitters to a meak .199 batting average. listed his barrels per plate appearance at 1.8 percent, the lowest in the majors. The only knock on Burnes is that he was the only Cy Young starter to make fewer than 30 starts (28) and he had the fewest innings (167). But when he was on the mound, few could match Burnes' dominance.Max Scherzer, Dodgers: Nationals' red? Dodger blue? The uniform didn't matter for Scherzer, he was going to dominate no matter what jersey he wore. Scherzer finished the year with a 2.46 ERA and 2.97 FIP in 179.1 innings of work and an impre sive 6.56 C.J. Uzomah Jersey K/BB ratio, behind only Burnes for the best in the majors. Scherzer turned everything up another notch when on the Dodgers as he owned a 1.98 ERA in 68.1 innings since moving out west and posted a 2.9 fWAR since that Aug. 4 start, the best of any pitcher in the majors.Zack Wheeler, Phillies:Wheeler showed he had ace potential during his years with the Mets. They were finally realized in his second year with the Phillies. Wheeler pitched 213.1 innings, the most in the majors, and was fifth in the majors with a 2.78 ERA. His 7.3 fWAR trailed only Burnes among pitchers and his 247 strikeouts were the most among NL pitchers. He also tallied three complete games and two shutouts, both tied for the most in the majors.AL Cy YoungWinnerRobbie Ray, Blue Jays ()FinalistsGerrit Cole, Yankees: Cole has continued to look every part the ace the Yankees wanted when they signed hi
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