Two players and a manager with ties to current SEC schools were among those named finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards on Monday.
Cleveland Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin, who played at Texas A&M, was named a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer, who played at Missouri, was named a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award. And Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was an All-American at Mississippi State, was named a finalist for the AL Manager of the Year Award.
All three produced memorable years in their own way. Naquin hit .296 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs as part of team that represented the American League in the World Series. Scherzer was 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and a career-high 284 strikeouts, and Showalter guided to Orioles to an 89-73 record and an AL wild-card berth.
You can see the full list of finalists here.
Congrats to @TyNaquin, an AL Rookie of the Year finalist!
Ty mashed 14 homers, hit .296 and slugged .514 this season. pic.twitter.com/5y7yDd9DPX
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) November 7, 2016
Buck Showalter has been named a finalist for American League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA. LIKE that? pic.twitter.com/ED27jPLg3J
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 7, 2016
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) November 7, 2016