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FanPost Friday: Awards Season

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Which award do you put the most stock in? Plus bonus Mariners Hall of Fame polls!

MLB: Houston Astros at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 BBWAA Award Season wrapped up last week. Around here, of course, we were very much aflutter for Kyle Lewis and his unanimous Rookie of the Year victory, so much so that I hardly paid attention to the rest of the awards knowing that no other Mariners players had a realistic shot at any of them. Oh, I guess I’d be remiss not to mention the Gold Glove wins by Evan White and J.P. Crawford, which are separate from the BBWAA awards, but still meaningful. But yes, guilty of one count of homer-ism, this guy (points to self). I regret nothing.

But! It got me thinking about how much stock others put into the BBWAA awards and which ones are the most meaningful. I know that when Félix Hernandez won the Cy Young in 2010, that meant the world to me for several reasons. A) It was Félix B) He was incredible that season while the rest of the team was utter dogshit C) Félix winning the award with a record of 13-12 was a huge moment for the awards in terms of not only focusing on traditional stats. So, I would argue that one was very significant not just for Mariners, but for baseball at large.

Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners
ah, memories
Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Without further ado, let’s get to the polls!

Poll

Which award do you consider to be the most prestigious?

This poll is closed

  • 71%
    MVP
    (89 votes)
  • 27%
    Cy Young
    (34 votes)
  • 0%
    Rookie of the Year
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Manager of the Year
    (1 vote)
124 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which award winner would you rather have on your team the following season?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    MVP
    (65 votes)
  • 29%
    Cy Young
    (34 votes)
  • 8%
    Rookie of the Year
    (10 votes)
  • 5%
    Manager of the Year
    (6 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which award do you consider the most difficult to win?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    MVP
    (60 votes)
  • 27%
    Cy Young
    (31 votes)
  • 11%
    Rookie of the Year
    (13 votes)
  • 7%
    Manager of the Year
    (9 votes)
113 votes total Vote Now

Poll

For MVP award winners and Cy Young winners, is the first win or the second win (or more!) more impressive?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    First time
    (12 votes)
  • 23%
    Second time
    (25 votes)
  • 65%
    Winning three times or more(?!)
    (70 votes)
107 votes total Vote Now
Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics
<3

Poll

Once upon a time, the Rawlings Gold Glove award seemed to take offense into account when choosing winners. That has become much less important in recent years for the award. Should the Gold Glove awards take offense into account?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Yes
    (2 votes)
  • 73%
    No
    (84 votes)
  • 25%
    Brendan Ryan deserves a lifetime achievement Gold Glove award
    (29 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

BONUS POLLS!

These are inspired by Matthew Roberson’s recent Mariners Hall of Fame articles. Let’s hear it!

Poll

Should Hisashi Iwakuma be in the Mariners Hall of Fame?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Yes
    (43 votes)
  • 57%
    No
    (58 votes)
101 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Should James Paxton be in the Mariners Hall of Fame?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Yes
    (11 votes)
  • 89%
    No
    (93 votes)
104 votes total Vote Now
Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros
the perfect photo doesn’t exi-
Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Poll

Ignoring the rules/criteria of the Mariners Hall of Fame, which one of these players would you like to see included the most?

This poll is closed

  • 29%
    Nelson Cruz
    (34 votes)
  • 23%
    Mike Cameron
    (27 votes)
  • 0%
    Robinson Canó
    (0 votes)
  • 21%
    John Olerud
    (25 votes)
  • 3%
    Omar Vizquel
    (4 votes)
  • 11%
    Freddy Garcia
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Bret Boone
    (2 votes)
  • 9%
    Dae-Ho Lee
    (11 votes)
116 votes total Vote Now