MLB MVP, Cy Young and Rookie finalists: Rankings, snubs and surprises

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As we start to close the books on the 2020 baseball season, the next order of business was handled Monday, when the nominees for this year's Baseball Writers' Association of America postseason awards were announced during a broadcast on MLB Network.

There were a couple of mild surprises from the announcement, but nothing earth-shattering. That gentle observation should hold true as the winners are announced over the weeks to come, simply because the nominees are all consideration-worthy and none of the potential winners would shame the awards for which they were nominated.

To critique the voting efforts of my BBWAA brethren, I will break out my trusty Awards Index system. The method is laid out here, but the short version is that I calculate a consensus rating for each player's season based on the leading bottom-line value metrics (bWAR, fWAR and win shares) and contextual metrics (win probability added and championship probability added).