Death, Deflategate, and a Cubs World Series: 2016 in Sports

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Had the baseball powers-that-be convened in a subterranean basement on the outskirts of inequity and fully pledged their black allegiance to the Beelzebub himself, they could not have contrived a better season for the fortunes of the once and possibly future national pastime. Not only did the Cubs end their biblical drought by winning the World Series in the most dramatic possible fashion over the similarly cursed Indians, but most of the game's great players cooperated with great seasons. In the National league, Nationals’ Max Scherzer became the rare pitcher to win a Cy Young award in both the junior and senior circuit, heading off the breathtakingly brilliant Dodgers' star Clayton Kershaw. In the American league, the universally beloved Red Sox slugger and future Hall of Famer David Ortiz ended his 19-year run in style, hitting .315 with 38 home runs and begging the question as to why he is walking away at all. Meanwhile, young stars like Manny Machado, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Corey Seager, and others continued to vouchsafe the future of the sport. Mitigated only by the tragic passing of ascendant Marlins' ace Jose Fernandez in a freakish boat accident, this was a dream year for MLB and its devotees. 

MVP: Kris Bryant

Runner Up: Clayton Kershaw

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