The Major League Baseball-awards season race can directly parallel what Hollywood does every year with the Academy Awards.
Momentum and timing are everything. Think back to last year's Oscar race, when the nominations were first announced. Everyone had Lincoln as the leader in the clubhouse for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actor and Adapted Screenplay, since it had the most nominations of any movie.
As the process continued, and the 3,214 other award shows that precede the Oscars happened, Argo clearly became the movie to beat in the Best Picture category. Lincoln wound up "settling" for a Best Actor and another low-level category that no one cares about.
Moving back to Major League Baseball, a player can win or lose an MVP award multiple times throughout the course of a season. To a lot of the voting populace, yes, overall stats do matter, but they like to factor in how you played down the stretch and what the best narrative is.
Two years ago, despite Matt Kemp being the best player in the National League, Ryan Braun won the National League MVP award. Last year was the great Mike Trout-Miguel Cabrera debate in the American League.
Point being that as we look back on the first three weeks of the 2013 season, while still ridiculously early, people are already trying to find narratives they can use when making a case for postseason awards.
So to those people, we present you with a look at the very, very, very early award winners in MLB for 2013.
Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.