The annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards will be announced this week, and former greats will be virtually presenting the awards for the second consecutive year.
The awards begin Monday with the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year winners followed by the managers on Tuesday, the Cy Young winners on Wednesday and the MVPs on Thursday night. The award announcements can be seen on MLB Network starting at 6 p.m. ET each day.
The three finalists have already been selected, and here are the favorites for each award:
NL Manager: Gabe Kapler, San Francisco Giants over the Brewers’ Craig Counsell and Cardinals’ Mike Shildt.
AL Manager: Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays over the Astros’ Dusty Baker and Mariners’ Scott Servais.
AL Cy Young: Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and White Sox’s Lance Lynn.
NL MVP: Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies over the Nationals’ Juan Soto and Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr.
AL MVP: Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels over the Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and Jays’ Marcus Semien.
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The rookie of the year awards will be virtually presented by Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench and former American League rookie of the year Fred Lynn.
Three-time World Series champion Bruce Bochy and one-time World Series champion manager Mike Scioscia will present the NL and AL manager of the year awards.
Former Cy Young winners Orel Hershiser and Jack McDowell will present the Cy Young awards.
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will present the NL MVP award.
“Having the greats of the game contributing,’’ said Marc Caiafa, MLB Network’s senior vice president of production, “adds a special touch to our coverage.’’
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB greats to announce 2021 season awards
Source: Yahoo Sports