In a season of multiple firsts for Greater Western Sydney, another prestigious one looms tantalisingly within reach.With two more victories the Giants would secure an AFL flag faster than any non-Victorian club.Locked in to a home preliminary final showdown with Western Bulldogs on Saturday, GWS are hurtling towards the end of their fifth season.No club starting from scratch outside Victoria has won a flag that quickly.A Giants premiership this year would also create another record as none of the non-Victorian clubs won a flag in their first finals campaign.West Coast won their first flag in their sixth year in 1992 and added a second two years later.The two SA clubs got there almost as quickly, with the Crows taking seven years and Port Adelaide eight.The Giants were far from the fastest of the non-Victorian clubs to make a finals debut.West Coast made it in just their second season and the two South Australian clubs got there in their third.Some clubs had longer growing pains.Fremantle and the Brisbane Bears each had to wait till their ninth season before they got a taste of finals action.Brisbanes extraordinary hat-trick of titles from 2001-2003 didnt materialise until they became the Lions, having merged with Fitzroy in 1996.The two South Australian and West Australian clubs were built along different lines from the leagues two youngest clubs, Gold Coast and GWS, who were loaded with high draft picks but were relatively light on players with AFL experience.It (the list building method) was different, but whether the quality of player was any greater or less, thats subjective, said Giants general manager of football operations Wayne Campbell.But they didnt just go through the draft, they were given players essentially.Brisbane got the Fitzroy players that went up there that they could then either have or trade.It was done differently but all the sides had success relatively quickly.You look at Port Adelaide and Adelaide and West Coast when they came into the competition and when Fitzroy merged with Brisbane.They (all) had success in a relatively similar period of time (to the Giants), so its not unprecedented.THE WAIT FOR FINALS SUCCESS FROM NON-VICTORIAN CLUBS STARTING FROM SCRATCH:ADELAIDE*Year entered comp: 1991*Flags won: 2 (1997, 98)*How many seasons to make first final :3*How far in first finals campaign: Lost prelim finalBRISBANE (factors in Lions and Bears)*Year entered comp: 1987*Flags won: 3 (2001-2-3)*How many seasons to make first final: 9*How far in first finals campaign: Lost quarter-finalFREMANTLE*Year entered comp: 1995*Flags won: 0*How many seasons to make first final: 9*How far in fIrst finals campaign: Lost elimination finalGOLD COAST*Year entered comp : 2011*Flags won: 0*How many seasons to make first final: Yet to make finalsGREATER WESTERN SYDNEY*Year entered comp: 2012*Flags won: 0*How many seasons to make first final: 5*How far in first finals campaign: Through to prelim finalPORT ADELAIDE*Year entered comp: 1997*Flags won: 1 (2004)*How many seasons to make first finals: 3*How far in first finals campaign: Lost qualifying finalWEST COAST*Year entered comp: 1987*Flags won: 3 (1992, 1994, 2006)*How many seasons to make first final: 2*How far in first finals campaign: Lost elimination final Cheap Custom Yankees Jersey . 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So obviously, in a related development, there also has never been an MVP who started at four positions and led the league in wins above replacement. But Bryant started at third, first, left and right, even played center and short in an emergency. And he nearly led the league in homers. And he led the NL in runs scored. So as good as Murphy and Seager were, this one was easy. Kris Bryant is about to become the Cubs first MVP since Slammin Sammy Sosa in 1998.Who will?win: BryantThe only active players who have won a Rookie of the Year award and MVP trophy in back-to-back seasons are Ryan Howard and Dustin Pedroia. By Thursday night, theres an excellent chance well have a third name on that list.American League MVP (Thursday)Finalists: Jose Altuve, Astros; Mookie Betts, Red Sox; Mike Trout, AngelsWho should win: TroutNews bulletin: Mike Trout is as tremendous as ever. The best player in baseball just had, very possibly, the best offensive season of his career. And he still might not win this award. Which wouldnt reflect really well on the thinking powers of the electorate, right? This season, Trout led the whole sport in runs (123), walks (116), times on base (300), on-base percentage (.441), OPS+ (174) and wins above replacement (10.6). He also scored an incredible 17 percent of his teams runs -- the highest percentage by any AL player since Rickey Henderson in 1985. But Trout made a bigggg mistake. He did all that for an Angels team that wasted his multifaceted brilliance by losing 88 games. If he finishes second, thatll teach him. At any rate, he now has led the AL in WAR five years in a row. The only other position player to do that: Babe Ruth.Who will win: BettsJust two MVPs in history -- Cal Ripken Jr. in 1991 and Alex Rodriguez in 2003 -- have come from teams that lost as many games as the 2016 Angels. Are voters ready to make Trout the third? If not, I can see voters turning to the Mookie of the Year, a guy who led everyone in baseball not named Mike Trout in wins above replacement. Betts finished in the top four in the AL in runs, hits, total bases, batting average, extra-base hits and runs created -- all while playing Gold Glove right field. If Betts does win, Im predicting that someday well look back on these past five years and ask: How the heck did the best player alive take home only one MVP trophy while doing his best Babe Ruth impression?NL Cy Young (Wednesday)Finalists: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs; Jon Lester, Cubs; Max Scherzer, NationalsWho should win: ScherzerHow do you measure dominance? If youre an ERA fan, you wouldnt pick the guy who finished eighth in the league. But if you can look past ERA, who was more dominating than Scherzer? He dialed up a 20-strikeout game. He struck out more hitters (284) than any active right-hander has in any season in this millennium. He led all NL pitchers in WHIP, innings, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio, double-figure strikeout games and wins above replacement. And he became just the third pitcher in history to average at least 11 whiffs per nine innings, strike out five times as many hitters as he walked and hold opposing hitters to a batting average below .200. The others to do it: Pedro Martinez and Clayton Kershaw. So how would I measure dominance? Like that!Who will win: HendricksBut Ive noticed something: Not everyone measures dominance the way I do. So Kyle Hendricks is in a great spot. For one thing, hes a Cub, so it was hard not to notice what a great year he had. For another, he had the best ERA in baseball (2.13) by a third of a run -- and held a sizable lead in park-adjusted ERA+, too. He also won the sabermetric mano a mano with Scherzer in virtually every popular new-age category. So heres what I think this comes down to: Do Cy Young voters think strikeout rate (31.5 percent for Scherzer to just 22.8 for Hendricks) means more than a clear talent for inducing soft contact (league-best 25.1 percent soft-contact rate for Hendricks to 22.2 for Scherzer)? Id take the whiffs. But Im betting the electorate goes the other way. Just a hunch.AL Cy Young (Wednesday)Finalists:?Corey Kluber, Indians; Rick Porcello, Red Sox; Justin Verlander, TigersWho should win: VerlanderIf youre on board with my case for Scherzer as the NL Cy Young, youll love this pick, because these two guys have almost the same case. Verlander led all AL pitchers in WHIP, strikeouts, quality starts, double-figure strikeout games and wins above replacement. He finished second (by minuscule margins) in ERA, opponent average and opponent OPS. And what a finish he had, leading the league in second-half ERA (1.98), strikeouts (134 in 110 1/3 IP) and opponent average (.180). He also was the only pitcher to finish in the top three in the AL in ERA, WHIP and strikeout ratio. So if you thought youd seen the last of Justin Verlander in the Cy Young conversation ... um, never mind!Who will win: PorcelloJust when you thought Cy Young voters had ascended to a higher place, a place where they no loonger were hypnotized by win totals, along came Porcello to go 22-4 in a breakout year for one of the best teams in baseball.dddddddddddd Of course, there were other reasons to vote for him: best strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball; second-best WHIP in the AL (just .008 behind Verlander); he beat Verlander in both Fielding Independent Pitching and ERA+; and Porcello was the most consistent starter in the league, a fellow who pitched into the sixth inning 25 starts in a row. That wouldnt be enough every year. But in a season in which seven different starters (plus Orioles closer Zach Britton) had reputable Cy Young cases, it just might be.NL Rookie of the Year (Monday)Finalists: Kenta Maeda, Dodgers; Corey Seager, Dodgers; Trea Turner, NationalsWho should win: SeagerWhen a rookie is the best player on a first-place team, not to mention the team with the highest payroll in baseball, he doesnt leave us much to argue about, no matter how much we all love to fight about these awards. Holy cow, did Corey Seager fill up the old stat sheet or what? Know how many other rookies in history have ever hit 26 homers or more, fired off at least 193 hits, whacked 40 doubles and matched or equaled Seagers slash line (.308/.365/.512)? Exactly two: Albert Pujols in 2001 and Hal Trosky in 1934. Sounds like weve got a winner to me.Who will win: SeagerMaybe if Turner had spent more than half a season in the big leagues, somebody could have mustered up some sort of case for him. But that aint happening. Which means Seager is about to join Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi as the only unanimous Rookie of the Year winners in the history of the Dodgers.AL Rookie of the Year (Monday)Finalists: Michael Fulmer, Tigers; Tyler Naquin, Indians; Gary Sanchez, YankeesWho should win: FulmerYou think someday well be asking, Who was that guy the Tigers traded at the 2015 trade deadline to get Michael Fulmer? -- and then remember it was Yoenis Cespedes? Could be, because Fulmer was that good this year. He had a 33 1/3-inning scoreless streak, the longest by any rookie since Fernando Valenzuela 35 years ago. And he ripped off eight straight starts in which he allowed one run or none. No rookie pitcher had ever done that. And if hed pitched three more innings, hed have qualified to finish third in the whole American League in ERA. Did you know the only two Tigers pitchers in history to win a Rookie of the Year award are Verlander and Mark Fidrych? Better make that three.Who will win: SanchezOK, I dont really think Sanchez is going to win. And I dont think he should win. But you never know. He did get a little pub. And he is a Yankee. And it is seriously cool that this guy hit zero big league home runs before Aug. 10 and then hit 20 -- a feat nobody else in history has ever pulled off. So if someone invents a Rookie of the Year Starting Aug. 10 award, hes your winner. But since the season started in April, Id feel more comfortable giving the actual award to a guy who was at least in the big leagues in April (by which I mean Fulmer).NL Manager of the Year (Tuesday)Finalists: Dusty Baker, Nationals; Joe Maddon, Cubs; Dave Roberts, DodgersWho should win: RobertsIm still blown away by the managerial magic of Dave Roberts. Whats about the worst thing that could happen to a man who had never, ever managed before? Lets say you hand him a team that has to use 55 players and 15 starting pitchers just to make it through the season -- so he has no such thing as a regular lineup or even whats known elsewhere as a starting rotation. Lets say he loses his best pitcher (or actually any teams best pitcher), Clayton Kershaw, in midseason. Lets say his front office is constantly flipping his roster and filling his head with all sorts of newfangled ideas. And now he has to keep his clubhouse pointed in the right direction and try to make up an eight-game hole in the standings? It should have been a nightmare. But the manager of the Dodgers sold it in his clubhouse and nailed it on the field. Amazing.Who will win: RobertsDid you know that no Dodger has won a Manager of the Year award in almost 30 years, since Tommy Lasorda in 1988? With all due respect to Maddon and Dusty, thats about to change.AL Manager of the Year (Tuesday)Finalists: Jeff Banister, Rangers; Terry Francona, Indians; Buck Showalter, OriolesWho should win: FranconaWe didnt need to watch baseball in October to be reminded that Terry Francona is the best manager in this sport right now. But we do need to remind you that all Manager of the Year ballots had to be cast before October. And you know what? It doesnt change anything. Because who outmanaged this guy from April through September? His best hitter (Michael Brantley) played in 11 games all year. His No. 2 and No. 3 starters (Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar) missed 16 starts combined. He lost two players (Marlon Byrd and Abraham Almonte) to PED suspensions. He never started the same eight position players in the same eight positions for more than two games in a row all season. And he still found a way to beat out a team with a $195 million payroll (the Tigers) and the defending World Series champs (the Royals) in the AL Central. Terry Francona. Hes. The. Best.Who will win: FranconaBanister won this award last year. Showalter won it the year before. Francona won it the year before that. Thats what you call a stupendous field. But it still wouldnt shock me if Francona won this award unanimously. No Indians manager has ever won this award twice, by the way. Until this week. ' ' '