The lead-up to Opening Day is a time for excitement. It's a time for optimism and hope. And it's a time for predictions.
Yes indeed, there are predictions.
Everyone and his mother has an opinion about which teams will make the playoffs and which will collapse, which players will rise to stardom and which will fade into obscurity. With so many people putting in their two cents, how can we keep it all straight?
Luckily, Bleacher Report's Featured Columnists are here to help with the first installment in our season-long series of FC Polls.
Twenty-five of B/R's top MLB writers, representing 17 teams, offered their predictions for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie, Manager and Comeback Player of the Year awards for each league.
Today, we look at the American League awards (NL to come tomorrow). For each honor, I've included our vote totals, as well as explanations by the writers who named the winners on their ballots.
Thanks so much to everyone who voted and submitted commentary!