As the postseason races heat up around baseball here in the final month, so too do the award races, with candidates looking to put the finishing touches on their bids to take home some hardware at the end of the year.

Every major award has a handful of guys who look poised to finish at or near the top of the balloting. But there are also some dark-horse candidates who are making a strong push and flying under the radar while doing it.

What follows is a look at the dark-horse candidates for each major MLB award. While not every dark horse has a legitimate chance of winning the award, each one does have a chance to finish higher than expected in the voting when all is said and done.


*Note: All WAR numbers and advanced fielding metrics courtesy of FanGraphs.

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