The 2017 MLB season for the Miami Marlins is officially over. The Miami Marlins finished their season in second place in the National League East with a 77-85 record. Even though the Marlins finished second in the division, it wasn’t enough for them to make it to the postseason as they were ten game behind for the wild card. The Marlins might not have made it to the playoffs but it is still a pretty good season for the Fish. The Marlins were one of the top offenses in all of baseball as Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon all had great seasons. Here are the Miami Marlins postseason awards.
Rookie of the Year: SS J.T. Riddle
The Miami Marlins Rookie of the Year Award goes to J.T. Riddle. The rookie shortstop got the call up to the Majors once the Marlins traded Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor league prospects. With Hechavarria gone, the Marlins were missing their best glove as Adeiny is always one of the favorites to win the Gold Glove Award. Riddle came in and not only did he play great defense, he was also an upgrade at the plate. He’s not as good as Hechavarria with the glove but he showed that he could become a better hitter than him. Riddle batted .250 with 13 doubles, 3 home runs and 31 RBIs in 70 games. The 25 year old shortstop was benched for the rest of the season because of shoulder tendinitis. Riddle is expected to be the starting shortstop for next season.
Honorable Mention: RHP Drew Steckenrider and LHP Jarlin Garcia
Gold Glove Award: CF Christian Yelich
The Miami Marlins Gold Glove Award goes to Christian Yelich. The Gold Glove Award goes to the best defensive player on the Miami Marlins. Yelich was the top defensive player for the Fish as he had .997 fielding percentage which was the second highest out of the Miami Marlins starters. Justin Bour had a .999 fielding percentage but he was out for some part of the season and Yelich stayed healthy the whole season. Christian Yelich has already won the Gold Glove Award in 2014 when he was in left field. Yelich committed only one error all season long and had 370 putouts. Yelich also had a pretty solid season at the plate as he batted .282 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs.
Honorable Mention: C J.T. Realmuto and RF Giancarlo Stanton
Comeback Player of the Year: 2B Dee Gordon
After having a rough 2016 season with getting busted PEDs and the loss of Jose Fernandez, Dee Gordon rebounded and had one of the best season in his career. The 2016 season was certainly a forgettable one for Gordon. He was off to a slow starter after being an All-Star and then he gets popped with performance enhancing drugs which landed him an 80 game suspension. After the suspension, he started to play better but the Marlins were hit with a tragedy. Marlins ace Dee’s close friend, Jose Fernandez, died in a boating accident. Dee was one of the players most effected by the loss of Jose and homered his first AB since Jose’s death. In 2017, Dee Gordon looked like the Dee of old as he batted .308 with 201 hits and 9 triples. Gordon also led the MLB in stolen bases with 60 swiped bags.
Honorable Mention: 1B Justin Bour and RHP Jose Urena
Silver Slugger Award: LF Marcell Ozuna
The Silver Slugger Award goes to the player with the highest batting average. With that said, the Silver Slugger Award goes to Marcell Ozuna. The Dominican outfielder easily had the best season his career. Ozuna was selected to his second straight All-Star Game and also started for the second straight time. Ozuna finished the season with a .312 batting average with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs. Those numbers should get Ozuna in the MVP conversation. He won’t win but he should finish in the top five in voting with his stellar season. Ozuna has emerged as one of the best outfielders in all of baseball and this season could be the start of something really amazing.
Honorable Mention: 2B Dee Gordon and 1B Justin Bour
Cy Young Award: RHP Jose Urena
Even though the Marlins were really bad pitching this season, there were a few good pitchers that the Marlins could be proud of. The Miami Marlins Cy Young Award goes to Jose Urena. After struggling mightily in 2016, Jose Urena had a career year and was the Marlins best pitcher. The Cy Young Award goes to the best pitcher and Urena was the best pitcher in the Marlins pitching staff. He didn’t have amazing numbers but he was good enough to get the Marlins some wins and become their ace on a team that doesn’t have an ace. Jose Urena finished the 2017 season with a 14-7 record, 3.85 ERA and 113 strikeouts. The Marlins need to make some moves this offseason to improve their pitching staff. Urena is a good pitcher but he’s not an ace. He’ll probably Miami’s second or third pitcher in the rotation next season.
Honorable Mention: RHP Dan Straily and RHP Kyle Barraclough
MVP: RF Giancarlo Stanton
Was there doubt that Giancarlo Stanton was going to be the Miami Marlins MVP this season? The Miami Marlins right fielder had the best season he has had in his MLB career. Stanton had a .281 batting average but led the MLB in home runs (59) and RBIs (132). Not only is he the Marlins’ MVP but he is one of the favorites to win the National League MVP with Nolan Arenado and Anthony Rendon. This isn’t the first time Stanton has been in the MVP conversation. In 2014, Stanton seemed to be the clear cut winner for NL MVP until he was drilled in the faced against the Brewers ending his season and MVP chances. Even if Giancarlo doesn’t win NL MVP, it was an incredible season for him and Marlins fans are hoping that he will still be in a Marlins uniform for the 2018 season.