The regular season is officially over, meaning it’s time to hand out some hardware.

Ten of theScore’s editors submitted their top-five picks in both the American League and National League for the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards. The voting system rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third, seven for fourth, and six for fifth in order to determine a winner. Major League Baseball will officially announce the award winners beginning the week of Nov. 12.

American League MVP

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Winner: Mookie Betts

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Mookie Betts BOS 8 2 130
2 Mike Trout LAA 1 8 1 93
3 Jose Ramirez CLE 6 2 2 74
4 J.D. Martinez BOS 1 2 4 1 64
5 Alex Bregman HOU 1 1 5 45
6 Francisco Lindor CLE 2 2 26
7 Khris Davis OAK 1 8

After finishing runner-up to Mike Trout in 2016, Mookie Betts should claim his first AL MVP award on the heels of a historic season. Betts established himself as arguably MLB’s best all-around player, leading everyone in WAR. The 25-year-old also completed the second 30-30 season in Red Sox history and won his first batting title by leading the majors with a .346 average.

National League MVP

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Winner: Christian Yelich

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Christian Yelich MIL 6 4 120
2 Jacob deGrom NYM 4 5 1 109
3 Javier Baez CHC 1 5 1 1 62
4 Freddie Freeman ATL 1 2 4 46
5 Matt Carpenter STL 1 3 2 41
6 Anthony Rendon WSH 4 28
7 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1 2 20
8 Max Scherzer WSH 1 8

While he finished just shy of the Senior Circuit’s first Triple Crown since 1937, Christian Yelich put together an incredible campaign, helping carry the Brewers to a first-place finish. In his first season with Milwaukee, Yelich won the NL batting title and posted an incredible .367/.449/.770 slash line since the All-Star break.

American League Cy Young

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Winner: Blake Snell

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Blake Snell TB 4 1 4 1 103
2 Chris Sale BOS 3 5 1 1 102
3 Justin Verlander HOU 3 3 3 1 100
4 Gerrit Cole HOU 1 1 1 4 48
5 Trevor Bauer CLE 1 4 1 42
6 Corey Kluber CLE 3 2 33
7 Edwin Diaz SEA 2 12

In the award season’s tightest race, Blake Snell barely edges out Chris Sale and Justin Verlander for theScore’s Cy Young pick. The 25-year-old left-hander led the AL in wins, ERA, ERA+, and H/9, while allowing two or fewer runs in 27 of 31 starts. Sale appeared well on his way to winning his first Cy Young before injuries limited him to just 17 innings over the final two months of the season, disqualifying him from ranking among MLB’s ERA leaders.

National League Cy Young

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Winner: Jacob deGrom

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Jacob deGrom NYM 10 140
2 Max Scherzer WSH 9 1 89
3 Aaron Nola PHI 1 9 81
4 Patrick Corbin ARI 6 2 54
5 Kyle Freeland COL 4 1 34
6 Miles Mikolas STL 5 30
7 Clayton Kershaw LAD 1 1 13

Jacob deGrom’s historic season earned him all 10 first-place votes from theScore’s writers. The 30-year-old right-hander threw a career-high 217 innings and led the NL with a 1.70 ERA. His campaign included 24 straight games giving up no more than three runs while pitching at least six innings. However, the Mets’ lack of run support for deGrom resulted in just 10 wins for the ace, which would be the fewest ever for a Cy Young-winning starter.

American League Rookie of the Year

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Winner: Shohei Ohtani

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Shohei Ohtani LAA 9 1 135
2 Miguel Andujar NYY 1 7 2 93
3 Gleyber Torres NYY 1 5 4 77
4 Joey Wendle TB 1 3 6 75
5 Brad Keller KC 3 18
6 Shane Bieber CLE 2 12
6 Ryan Yarbrough TB 2 12

Shohei Ohtani’s .564 slugging percentage paced all rookie batters with at least 200 plate appearances. He can also pitch, authoring the best strikeout rate among rookie hurlers in the AL with at least 50 innings on the mound. While his 22 homers may pale in comparison to the 27 Miguel Andujar hit, or even the two dozen that Gleyber Torres collected, his .925 OPS bests both of the Yankees’ youngsters. For those who want to penalize Ohtani for playing fewer games, consider the fact that he faced 211 batters and made 367 trips to the plate. Totaled, those 578 plate appearances (for and against) eclipse Torres’ 484 and barely trail Andujar’s 606 trips to the dish.

National League Rookie of the Year

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Winner: Ronald Acuna Jr.

Rank Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL 8 2 130
2 Juan Soto WSH 2 7 1 99
3 Walker Buehler LAD 1 6 2 71
4 Harrison Bader STL 1 4 4 60
5 Jack Flaherty STL 2 3 1 43
6 Brian Anderson MIA 3 18
7 Jeff McNeil NYM 1 1 13

Baseball’s preseason consensus No. 1 prospect and the favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year led Senior Circuit rookies in slugging (.552) and stolen bases (16) despite starting the year in the minors. While Juan Soto came out of nowhere to make the race closer than expected, Ronald Acuna Jr. led the Braves to their first division win since the days of Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons, and Jason Heyward.

American League Manager of the Year

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Winner: Bob Melvin

Rank Manager Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Bob Melvin OAK 6 2 2 118
2 Kevin Cash TB 3 4 2 1 101
3 Alex Cora BOS 1 4 3 2 88
4 A.J. Hinch HOU 1 4 3 54
5 Aaron Boone NYY 3 4 45
6 Terry Francona CLE 1 1 2 27

A’s skipper Bob Melvin was entrusted with a team that had finished in the AL West basement for three straight years, competed in the same division as the defending World Series champions, and operated on a shoestring budget. Yet, he led Oakland to 97 wins, transforming the team from an absolute zero into a potential juggernaut. Melvin’s management of a starting rotation that includes Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, and Edwin Jackson played an integral role.

National League Manager of the Year

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Winner: Brian Snitker

Rank Manager Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Brian Snitker ATL 10 140
2 Craig Counsell MIL 9 1 87
3 Bud Black COL 2 5 1 57
4 Mike Shildt STL 3 2 3 56
5 Dave Roberts LAD 3 1 3 49
6 Joe Maddon CHC 1 2 2 34
7 Gabe Kapler PHI 1 1 15

It seems like a distant memory, but the Braves entered the 2018 season in shambles. General manager John Coppolella was banned for life from Major League Baseball after violating international signing rules, and the club forfeited multiple prospects. Brian Snitker, entering his second full campaign at the helm for Atlanta, didn’t let any of that negativity trickle into the clubhouse, helping a remarkably young team – led by Acuna, Ozzie Albies, and Dansby Swanson – to a first-place finish.

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