Oakland Athletics Roundup: MLB Award Season Begins; Letting Go of Craig Gentry


Oakland Athletics Roundup: Tuesday, November 17

Major League Baseball’s award season is in full swing, beginning with Rookie of the Year awards on Monday night. The Oakland Athletics’ Billy Burns was at one time considered a potential ROY candidate, but the finalists for the American League ended up being Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, and Miguel Sano.

Correa, the Houston Astros’ shortstop, took home the honors, with Cleveland Indians’ shortstop Lindor coming in second. On the National League side of things, the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant was the unanimous selection, which was expected.

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Tuesday night will feature the Most Valuable Player contest, with former Athletics’ third baseman Josh Donaldson considered the front-runner in the AL. Donaldson’s trade to the Blue Jays looks even more regrettable given the kind of season he’s put together. Imagine if the A’s had kept the leading candidate in the MVP race this season. Their record would probably look quite different than it does now.

On Wednesday, the A’s will finally have someone to root for in the awards race. Ace Sonny Gray is one of three finalists for the AL Cy Young award, along with the Blue Jays’ David Price and Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. While Gray is almost certainly the least likely to win, at least he’ll get some national recognition for his success on a very bad Athletics team this season.

In Case You Missed It:

It’s Time to Let Craig Gentry Go – Samantha Riley makes the case for why the Oakland Athletics no longer need outfielder Craig Gentry. Is he worth the roster spot now that they have Billy Burns?

Who Should Start at Third Base in 2016? – Don’t forget to check out last week’s featured question, where the Swingin’ A’s staff debated who the Athletics should use as their everyday third baseman next season. Also, be sure to come back on Wednesday for this week’s debate!

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