American Legion Baseball alum Joey Gallo won his second straight Gold Glove Award when the honors were announced Nov. 7.
Gallo (Bishop Gorman H.S./Nevada), traded during the season from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees, was the American League Gold Glove Award winner in right field. He tied for second among AL right fielders with 11 defensive runs saved and tied for third with six outs above average.
Fellow ALB alum Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) won his second Silver Slugger Award on Nov. 11, his first with Philadelphia. Harper led the majors with a 1.044 OPS and hit 35 home runs. He also won the National League's Hank Aaron Award for most outstanding regular-season performer.
Harper is also a finalist for the National League Most Valuable Player, which will be announced Nov. 18. Harper won the award in 2015 and is one of three finalists this season after leading the majors in slugging (.615) and OPS (1.044).
Max Scherzer (Creve Coeur, Mo., Post 397) is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award. He went 15-4 for the Nationals and Dodgers and could become the fifth pitcher to win four or more Cy Youngs. The Cy Young Award winners will be announced Nov. 17.
And the odds are good that an American Legion Baseball alumnus will be Manager of the Year, as four of the six finalists played ALB. In the American League, Houston’s Dusty Baker (Fair Oaks, Calif., Post 412) and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash (Tampa, Fla., Post 111) are finalists, while St. Louis’ Mike Shildt (Charlotte, N.C., Post 262) and San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler (Woodland Hills, Calif.) are finalists in the National League. The Manager of the Year Awards will be announced Nov. 16.