Today’s post springs from curiosity on this writer’s part after noting that the Astros had multiple players and their manager receiving votes for the four major league awards in 2021, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP. I was wondering about whether the team had done this before in the recent past (they have multiple times) and then it became a bit of a fun research project, that I decided to take all the way back to the year after their first World Series appearance, 2006.
Here is the listing of what place they were voted to in each season and category.
|YEAR||ROOKIE OF THE YEAR||MANAGER OF THE YEAR||CY YOUNG||MVP|
|2021||LUIS GARCIA – 2||DUSTY BAKER – 3||LANCE MCCULLERS – 7||CARLOS CORREA – 5|
|JOSE ALTUVE – 18|
|KYLE TUCKER – 20|
|2020||CRISTIAN JAVIER – 3||DUSTY BAKER – 6||FRAMBER VALDEZ – 11||GEORGE SPRINGER – 13|
|2019||YORDAN ALVAREZ – 1||A.J. HINCH – 5||JUSTIN VERLANDER – 1||ALEX BREGMAN – 2|
|GERRIT COLE – 2||GEORGE SPRINGER – 7|
|GERRIT COLE – 10|
|JUSTIN VERLANDER – 11|
|2018||A.J. HINCH – 4||JUSTIN VERLANDER – 2||ALEX BREGMAN – 5|
|GERRIT COLE – 5||JUSTIN VERLANDER – 10|
|JOSE ALTUVE – 13|
|2017||YULI GURRIEL – 4||A.J. HINCH – 3||JUSTIN VERLANDER – 5 (NOTE TOTAL BOTH LEAGUES)||JOSE ALTUVE – 1|
|GEORGE SPRINGER – 13|
|CARLOS CORREA – 17|
|MARWIN GONZALEZ – 19|
|2016||CHRIS DEVENSKI – 4||JOSE ALTUVE – 3|
|2015||CARLOS CORREA – 1||A.J. HINCH – 2||DALLAS KEUCHEL – 1||JOSE ALTUVE – 10|
|2014||COLLIN MCHUGH – 4||JOSE ALTUVE – 13|
|GEORGE SPRINGER – 8|
|2010||BRAD MILLS – 6||BRETT MYERS – 10|
|2009||MIGUEL TEJADA – 23|
|2008||CECIL COOPER – 7||LANCE BERKMAN – 5|
|JOSE VALVERDE – 24|
|2007||HUNTER PENCE – 3||CARLOS LEE – 19|
|2006||PHIL GARNER – 7||ROY OSWALT – 4||LANCE BERKMAN – 3|
Just some observations…..
- In 2021 did Jose Altuve really get more votes for MVP than Kyle Tucker? It shows that lots of times reputation may over-ride performance
- It was interesting that A.J. Hinch kept falling in the Manager of the Year award standings year to year because apparently, it takes little talent to win with really good players.
- Kind of ironic that Gerrit Cole finished ahead of Justin Verlander in the MVP voting, but got nudged in the Cy Young voting in 2019.
- Did you remember that Collin McHugh was voted ahead of George Springer in the 2014 Rookie of the Year voting?
- Did you remember Chris Devenski getting ROY votes in 2015? Thinking back, it makes sense, but I’d forgotten.
- Except for that odd-wad 2020 season, the Astros had three or four players receive MVP votes in every season between 2017 and 2021.
- You can see a lot of what powered this team’s renaissance with so many players receiving Rookie of the Year recognition
- No surprise that the 2011 through 2013 seasons were huge bagels of non-recognition
- Brad Mills was sixth in MOY voting in 2010? Cecil Cooper was seventh in 2008?
- Man- you could have given me a thousand guesses and I don’t think I would have picked Jose Valverde to get MVP votes for us in 2008. Well, if you allowed me to look at a roster I would have gotten there.
- Cool to see Phil Garner, Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence and Roy Oswalt pop up on this list.
When a team does what the Astros have done since 2017 and make it to the ALCS at least every season, the voters for these awards put your team and their stars on the radar.
What strikes you when you look at those getting votes?
Obviously, Dusty Baker is the one who would get MOY votes in 2022, but who do you think is the most likely to get votes for Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP for the Astros in 2022?
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