Yesterday Ronald Acuna Jr won the Rookie of the Year award in the National League. And in a PR move, Shohei Ohtani was named the American League Roookie of the Year.
Nobody has won the Rookie of the Year Award twice.
Next up is Manager of the Year.
In the American League, the candidates are Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay, who somehow won 90 games in the same division Boston won 108 and New York won 100; Alex Cora, who won the World Series in his first year as a manager; and Bob Melvin of Oakland, who won 97 games in a division where he was able to beat up on patsies like Texas and Los Anaheim.
The candidates in the National League are Bud Black of the Rockies, who made a great run at the end of the season to propel themselves past Arizona and tie for the division lead with Los Angeles; Craig Counsell of Milwaukee, another team that turned it on at the end of the year, catching the Cubs and eventually winning the Central with 96 wins; and Brian Snitker of Atlanta, who won the East when absolutely nobody had them even finished above .500.
My predictions: Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker.