Mookie Betts (center) is an MVP finalist, but the man he's high-fiving, David Ortiz, is not. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Mookie Betts (MVP), Rick Porcello (Cy Young) named AL awards finalists; David Ortiz, John Farrell are not

John Tomase
November 07, 2016 - 2:27 pm
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Mookie Betts could win his first MVP award in just his second full season. David Ortiz now knows he will never take home that hardware. Major League Baseball announced its award finalists on Monday night, and a pair of Red Sox were represented. Betts was named a finalist for MVP, while right-hander Rick Porcello is in the running for the Cy Young Award. Betts, 24, will be joined by former winner Mike Trout, who has finished no worse than second in four previous seasons, as well as Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, who won the batting title. Those three squeezed out Ortiz, who finished his career with the greatest offensive walk-off season in history. Ortiz mashed 38 homers and drove in a league-leading 127 runs to claim the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best hitter in each league. On the pitching side, Porcello is a finalist for the first time. He'll be matched up with a pair of former winners -- Cleveland's Corey Kluber and Detroit's Justin Verlander. Porcello led the league with 22 wins and a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio. On the manager side, Red Sox skipper John Farrell was not a finalist, beaten out by Cleveland's Terry Francona, Baltimore's Buck Showalter, and Texas's Jeff Banister.