LOS ANGELES — I’m not sure if Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has a fireplace at his house, but if so the mantel is starting to fill up with all the awards and honors earned in his first season. Seager on Wednesday was named the National League Outstanding Rookie in the 2016 MLB Players Choice Awards, recognized by his peers as the best first-year player in the game.
Seager beat out Trea Turner of the Nationals and Aledmys Diaz of the Cardinals for the award. He is the third Dodger to win NL Outstanding Rookie, which has been awarded every year since 1994, joining Raul Mondesi (1994) and Todd Hollandsworth (1996).
The Dodgers shortstop is the overwhelming favorite to be named NL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA next Monday, and is also a top-three finisher in NL MVP voting. Seager was also named the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year and was a member of the 2016 Sporting News NL All-Star team.
Seager was one of four Dodgers finalist for Players Choice Awards in 2016, all voted on by players in September.
Clayton Kershaw finished in the top three in NL Outstanding Pitcher, an award he won in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs, who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA (Kershaw and his 1.69 ERA fell 13 innings short of qualifying).
Hendricks’ win snapped a three-year streak of Dodgers NL Outstanding Pitchers, as Zack Greinke won in 2015.
Rich Hill was a finalist for NL Comeback Player, putting up a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts (though 14 were in the American League with the A’s) after being out of affiliated baseball in 2015 until making a comeback the final month of the season with Boston.
That award went to Jose Fernandez in his comeback season from Tommy John surgery before his death in September. The players’ vote took place the week before Fernandez died in a boating accident in Miami.
Justin Turner was one of three finalists for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which recognizes performance both on and off the field, named for the longtime head of the players union.
The award went to Curtis Granderson of the Mets, who also won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award last month.
In addition to hitting .275/.339/.493 with 34 doubles, 27 home runs and 90 RBI, tying for the team lead in the latter two categories, Turner was heavily involved in and around Los Angeles in charitable deeds. Among his many contributions included a charity golf tournament in April and countless hours with the LA Dream Center, including a back-to-school program that donated 2,000 backpacks filled with supplies to LA families.
The only Dodger to win the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award was Kershaw in 2014.