Finalists for the four major annual awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America were revealed Wednesday by the BBWAA and the Major League Baseball Network, with the A's and Giants each having two finals candidates.
Giants catcher Buster Posey was one of five finalists for National League MVP, along with Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, Padres third baseman Chase Headley, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.
Posey could win the N.L. award in a landslide. He won the N.L. batting title with a .336 average, had numerous big hits down the stretch as the Giants captured the N.L. West, and did this while coming back from a severe ankle injury that cost him most of the 2011 season after a home plate collison with Miami Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins.
Posey's toughest competition could come from Molina and McCutchen, who had a big season and kept the Pirates in contention for the N.L. Central title until the final month.
Manager Bruce Bochy is the other Giants' finalist, for the N.L manager of the year award.
A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is one of three finalists for A.L. Rookie of the Year, and manager Bob Melvin is battling two others for top manager in the A.L.
Cespedes will be contending with Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rangers right-hander Yu Darvis for top rookie honors, with Trout the heavy favorite.
Manager of the year finalists in the A.L. include Baltimore skipper Buck Showalter and Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, in addition to Melvin. Either Melvin or Showalter is expected to win a very tight race in the voting by the baseball writers.
Bochy's competition for N.L. manager includes Dusty Baker of the Reds and Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals. Since voting is conducted before the postseason, Johnson will be the favorite.
The awards will be announced beginning Monday, with the rookies lead off followed by the managers of the year on Tuesday, the A.L. and N.L. Cy Young awards on Wednesday, and the MVPs from both leagues announced on Thursday, Nov. 15.