If not for that ill-fated rain delay, the Cleveland Indians are likely the World Series champs. Alas the showers did come that chilly night in October, washing away the momentum that nearly led to the greatest comeback in Fall Classic history.
No natural disaster will stop the Tribe this year as they will best the Washington Nationals in seven scintillating games to capture their first championship since 1948.
Wunderkind shortstop Francisco Lindor collects 11 hits in the series to claim the MVP.
Want to know how your favorite squad will fare? Check out my team-by-team predictions and get the first glimpse of an exhilarating 2017 postseason, including a Game 163 between the Cardinals and Dodgers and five of the seven series going the distance.
As for my Bold Prediction of the Year: The Milwaukee Brewers will exceed all expectations, expediting their rebuilding process, finishing with an 81-81 record, earning their skipper, Craig Counsell, manager of the year honors.
And the award(s) goes to . . .
NL MVP: Bryce Harper, RF, Washington Nationals
AL MVP: Mike Trout, CF, California Angels
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
NL Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves
AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Benintendi, LF, Boston Red Sox
NL Comeback Player of the Year: Matt Harvey, SP, New York Mets
AL Comeback Player of the Year: Michael Brantley, LF, Cleveland Indians
NL Manager of the Year: Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers
AL Manager of the Year: Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles