No surprises here. Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan received some love from their peers when it was announced on Thursday they were finalists for Players Choice Awards, which are voted on by fellow big leaguers.
Ramirez is not only a finalist for NL Player of the Year, as determined by his brethren, but also Player of the Year for either league, joining the Twins' Joe Mauer and Cardinals' Albert Pujols. In the NL, Ramirez, Pujols and the Brewers' Prince Fielder are the three finalists.
Coghlan is one of three finalists for Outstanding NL Rookie, along with the Phillies' J.A. Happ and Braves' Tommy Hanson.
Also, first baseman Nick Johnson, who played for both the Marlins and Nationals, is a finalist for NL Comeback Player.
Winners will be announced from Oct. 26 through Oct. 30.