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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
End of season MLB awards

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

I am a huge baseball fan and a Tampa Bay Rays season-ticket holder.

I went to the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index), and it spit out my award winners for this season. I know that people will disagree with some choices, but that is the beauty of sports. There are great debates over the crème de la crème.

Here we go:

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit. It probably goes down to a battle among Cabrera, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Cabrera has been so consistent despite injuries. He deserves to win again.

AL CY YOUNG: Max Scherzer, Detroit. He was the only pitcher in the majors to win 20 games this season (finished with 21). He also was second in the majors in strikeouts with 240.

AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Terry Francona, Cleveland. I know there will be people screaming for John Farrell of the Red Sox, but I like what Francona did. How many people had the Indians making the playoffs?

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay. I have seen what he has meant day in and day out to the Rays' lineup. I know there will be a debate about this one, too.

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh. The Pirates are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. The outfielder has been the key reason.

NL CY YOUNG: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished at 16-9 with an incredible ERA of 1.83. He had 180 more strikeouts than walks.

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers. Look where the Dodgers were back in early June. He did a great job turning that team around.

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Jose Fernandez, Miami. I know Yasiel Puig had a super season, but look at what Fernandez did on a bad team. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings. He also was limited to 28 starts.

There you have it; those are my picks for the 2013 MLB awards.