A big part of the 2023-24 offseason consists of recognizing the best players of the past campaign.
Award season is always exciting and highly anticipated by fans who want to see their favorite players recognized for the blood, sweat, and tears they put in to staying ready every day and putting up the best numbers.
The All-MLB Team is a cool way of recognizing talent and contributions to the players’ respective teams in 2023, and fans are able to vote for their favorites.
The process is now open, and fans can vote once every day for the best player(s) at each position.
The voting process ends at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, and the winners will be announced on Saturday, December 16.
Cleveland Guardians supporters have work to do for Josh Naylor to be recognized as the best first baseman of this past season.
He will have top competition, though.
A plethora of worthy candidates.
— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2023
MLB announced the candidates, and the names are top-notch: Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Matt Olson, Christian Walker, Pete Alonso, and Yandy Diaz join Naylor.
Goldschmidt is the reigning NL MVP, Freeman is one of the 2023 finalists and hit 59 doubles, Olson surpassed 50 home runs, Walker made the World Series, and Diaz broke out big time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Still, Naylor is rightfully among the candidates with his .308 batting average, 17 home runs, and 97 RBI in a subpar offense.
He also had a career-best .842 OPS and hit 31 doubles.
Naylor was of the single most valuable performers on the Guardians roster, and without him, an already mediocre offense would have looked historically bad.