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Showalter favorite to win Manager of the Year

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Showalter favorite to win Manager of the Year

No Baltimore Oriole has won a major award since 1997. That's likely to end on Tuesday night. That's when the Baseball Writers will announce their annual Manager of the Year Award.

Buck Showalter, who's already won two American League Manager of the Year Awards is looking to become the second three-time winner. Tony La Russa won three in the AL and a fourth in the National League.

Remember, the awards are voted at the conclusion of the regular season. The postseason doesn't count.

Let's look at the major awards.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

Announcement: Monday night 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Greg Olson-1989

Finalists: Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland, Yu Darvish, Texas, Mike Trout, Los Angeles

Oriole who could get votes: Wei-Yin Chen

Outlook: It will be an upset if Trout, who's also a legitimate Most Valuable Player contender, isn't a unanimous choice. Chen could pick up a handful of third-place votes in a strong field.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR:

Announcement: Tuesday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Davey Johnson-1997

Finalists: Bob Melvin, Oakland. Buck Showalter, Orioles, Robin Ventura, Chicago

Outlook: Showalter should win because he got lots more attention; than did Melvin. The Athletics' manager also did a wonderful job, sweeping a three-game series with Texas to win the AL West. But, Showalter has a reputatation for turning clubs around, and that will probably work in his favor.

CY YOUNG AWARD:

Announcement: Wednesday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Steve Stone-1980

Finalists: Detroit's Justin Verlander, Los Angeles' Jered Weaver and Tampa Bay's David Price

Oriole who could get some votes: Jim Johnson

Outlook: This is a tight one. I'm betting on Price. He was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA. He struck out more than three times as many as he walked. He allowed 7.4 hits and .7 home runs per nine innings.

Weaver was nearly as good. He also had a 20-5 record. His ERA was slightly higher; he allowed seven hits and a home run per nine innings and also struck out three times as many as he walked.

Johnson had a wonderful season in relief, and he could pick up a few votes.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:

Announcement: Thursday at 6 p.m. MLB Network

Last Orioles winner: Cal Ripken-1991

Finalists: Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Los Angeles' Mike Trout, New York's Robinson Cano, Texas' Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton.

Oriole who could get some votes: Adam Jones

Outlook: Trout is a wonderful young player. At 21, he'll get lots of votes and is a likely future winner, but Cabrera was the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years. Cabrera is the choice.

Jones should easily finish in the top 10.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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2018 MLB All-Star Game Voting Results: Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.