IBWAA Votes Donaldson and Harper MVPs; Rizzo, Arrieta, Bryant all in Top 10

For the first time in the last three days, no Cubs were finalists for a major award. To that end, I’m not going to spend a great deal of time breaking this down other than to provide the voting results from the IBWAA’s membership. I will add, however, that the IBWAA results have correctly predicted those of BBWAA through the ROY, MOY, and Cy Young awards.

1st Place:                  Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays – 2222 points
2nd Place:                 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 1820
3rd Place:                  Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals– 967

4th Place:                  Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles – 792

5th Place:                  Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers – 663

6th Place:                  Jose Batista, Toronto Blue Jays – 467

7th Place:                  Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers – 348

8th Place:                  Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros – 333

9th Place:                 Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles – 320

10th Place:                David Price, Toronto Blue Jays – 309

Donaldson received 124 first-place votes (69.27%) and 2222 points while being named on 179 of 180 ballots (97.22%). Others receiving first-place votes include Mike Trout (53), David Price (1) and Chris Davis (1).


1st Place:                  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals – 2461 points
2nd Place:                 Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks – 1314
3rd Place:                  Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds – 998

4th Place:                  Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates – 814

5th Place:                  Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs – 772

6th Place:                  Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants – 595

7th Place:                  Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies – 533

8th Place:                  Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs – 508

9th Place:                  Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers – 465

10th Place:                Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – 351

Harper received 170 first-place votes (94.44%) and 2461 points while being named on all 180 ballots. Others receiving first-place votes include Paul Goldschmidt (4), Yoenis Cespedes (2), Zack Greinke (2), Nolan Arenado (1) and Anthony Rizzo (1).

While none were named as official finalists, it was still pretty cool to see three Cubs there in the top 10. I can’t argue with the voting here, other than to question the sanity of the person who left Josh Donaldson’s name off a 10-man list. Oh well, there’s a wild card or two in every deck. Since you already know the results, there’s really no reason to turn on MLB Network at 6pm EST to find out who won.

If, however, you do choose to watch the presentation, you may want to save yourself some hassle and just flip over at about 25 and 55 minutes past the hour. As much as I enjoy listening to Carlos Pena, the rest of the drivel they pump out in the lead-up to the actual announcements is nigh unbearable.

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    Shawon Dunston Jr, OF
    Kevin Encarnacion, OF
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    Michael Heesch, LHP
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    Trey Martin, OF
    Jonathan Martinez, RHP
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    Yoanner Negrin, RHP
    Ariel Ovando, LHP (ex-OF)
    Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP
    Jose Paulino, LHP
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    Steve Perakslis, RHP
    Starling Peralta, RHP (post-2015 MLB Rule 55 6YFA – signed 2016 minor league successor contract)
    Chris Pieters, OF (ex-LHP)
    James Pugliese, RHP
    Bijan Rademacher, OF
    Jasvir Rakkar, RHP
    Austin Reed, RHP
    Jacob Rogers, 1B
    Jose Rosario, RHP (post-2015 MLB Rule 55 6YFA – signed 2016 minor league successor contract)
    Alexander Santana, RHP
    Tayler Scott, RHP
    Daury Torrez, RHP
    Roberto Vahlis, C (MLB Rule 55 second-contract player – under club control in 2016)
    Dan Vogelbach, 1B
    Logan Watkins, INF (post-2015 MLB Rule 55 6YFA – signed 2016 minor league successor contract

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