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2021 MLB National League Awards Predictions

When it comes to making awards predictions in MLB, no one truly knows how the season will play out. And therefore, it’s as much a guess based on past performances as it is projecting forward. The 2021 MLB season finally begins this week. And every season, there are a number of awards that are handed out at the seasons’ end. So with that in mind, we present our picks for the 2021 National League Award winners. Also, check out our picks for the 2021 American League Award Winners.

The awards that will be predicted will be the standard year-end awards of MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year. As well as each position’s Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winners. And as fans of Major League Baseball, make up your own predictions and see how many predictions you get correct at the end of the season. We will list the players for each section. And as this is merely a speculative list, no stats or overall analysis will be given.

Side Note: In 2021, it will only be in the American League that the Designated Hitter rule being implemented. Which is something that I have long would become permanent in both leagues. You can check out our Baseball Case Study on YouTube about the DH Rule. Or you can also check out any one of three articles we have previously penned on the topic. (Debating the DH, To DH or Not to DH; That is the Question,3 Reasons Universal DH Stays after 2020)

Silver Sluggers

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies
First Base: Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
Second Base: Jeff McNeil – New York Mets
Third Base: Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
Shortstop: Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
Left Field: Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
Center Field: Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
Right Field: Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner – Arizona Diamondbacks

Gold Glove Winners

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies
First Base: Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
Second Base: Kolten Wong – Milwaukee Brewers

Third Base: Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
Shortstop: Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
Left Field: Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves
Center Field: Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
Right Field: Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
Pitcher: Madison Bumgarner – Arizona Diamondbacks

Rookie of the Year: Ke’Bryan Hayes

The talented young second-generation Pirate is a star waiting to explode on the scene. During the shortened 2020 campaign, Ke’Bryan slashed .376/.442/.682. And while he’s not likely to smash that same line over the course of a full 162 game season, there’s no denying the talent is there. And Ke’Bryan Hayes is a must-watch star on an otherwise most unwatchable 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates team.

Manager of the Year: Joe Girardi 

When it comes to selecting awards, it’s a very subjective decision. In my opinion, no award selection is more subjective than that of Manager of the Year. Some baseball pundits choose to select the winner based on team performance relative to expectations. Some decide on whatever team had the best record. And some decisions make no sense at all. All that being said, the Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi is one of the more unsung managers in baseball. Girardi has good bullpen management and pushes his players just enough while not smothering them. The 2021 season is likely going to see a Uber competitive National League East, and Girardi will have his Phillies neck-deep in the race.

Cy Young: Jacob deGrom

In what’s probably the easiest selection to make, Jacob deGrom will likely win another NL Cy Young award. deGrom is undoubtedly the best pitcher in the game. And his ability to win despite an abysmal track record by his team of scoring runs for him is astounding. Jacob is a joy to watch on the mound and will likely walk away with another National League Cy Young award.

Most Valuable Player: Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado is one of the best players in all of Major League Baseball. And after finally being traded away from the dumpster fire that is the Colorado Rockies, Nolan’s going to play with something to prove. Arenado’s offensive numbers were always discredited, at least in part, because of playing his home games in Colorado. So in a new town with a renewed desire and a chip on his shoulders to prove his value, Nolan will have a monster season. Nolan Arenado playing for perennial contenders in the St. Louis Cardinals will motivate him to push his skill set to even greater heights, this winning the NL MVP.

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