Mains: The annual Vogelsong Awards

From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on November 9, 2016:

With the World Series over, baseball falls into a familiar early offseason pattern. First come the annual awards, and several results with which you will disagree. In early December, journalists, executives, young people armed with resumes, and the no-longer-suspended A.J. Preller will descend on National Harbor, Maryland, just a few steps away from a brand-new casino, for the Winter Meetings.

For the remainder of the year through early January, the sport will settle into its annual screaming contest over the Hall of Fame credentials of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, the oh-so-close Jeff Bagwell, and the last-year-on-the-ballot Tim Raines. After a wave of postseason football threatens to engulf us all, it’ll be just a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report.

Since we like to be on the leading edge here at BP, let’s cut to the front of the line and award the first major awards* of the 2016 season: The Annual Vogelsong Awards.

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Originally published: November 9, 2016. Last Updated: November 9, 2016.