MLB Most Valuable Player Award

While awards might not be in cards, Orioles' Schoop and Mancini have teammates' admiration

While awards might not be in cards, Orioles' Schoop and Mancini have teammates' admiration

Awards season in baseball can bring out the more provincial predispositions in those around the game, with the merits of candidates often colored by how close those discussing it are to those players.

Yet it can be true that a team owes its spot in the playoff race to a small number of players who rate among the game's best, and still have those players struggle to break through in the national conversation.

For Orioles Jonathan Schoop and Trey Mancini, candidacy might be as far as they get to honors like American League MVP and Rookie of the Year when they are settled. That their teammates readily acknowledge the main reason the Orioles’ games...

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