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  • October 28th, 2010

    October 28, 2010: Hamilton, Votto Take Home Stan Musial Award

    Posted by Christine E. at 8:29 pm in Baseball,BBA Comment (1)

    The Baseball Bloggers Alliance concluded their award season today by naming the best player in each league for 2010.  When all the votes were tallied, two men were  comfortably ahead.

    Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton, who hit 32 home runs and fashioned an OPS of  1.044 while leading the Rangers into the playoffs, won the award in the
    American League.  Hamilton received sixteen first place votes and 261
    points overall, which put him ahead of his nearest competitor, Detroit
    first baseman Miguel Cabrera, by roughly 70 points.

    In the National League, helping Cincinnati to an unexpected divisional
    title paid off for first baseman Joey Votto.  After a season where he
    cracked 37 home runs and posted a 1.024 OPS, Votto also received sixteen
    first-place votes toward his total of 252 points.  He also denied St.
    Louis first baseman Albert Pujols the chance to win back-to-back BBA
    awards.  Pujols was selected as MVP by the BBA in 2009, but placed
    second with 197 points in this year’s voting.

    Winners of other Alliance awards also received votes in the Musial balloting.  In the American League, Walter Johnson winner Felix Hernandez received 21 points, while Goose Gossage selection Rafael Soriano had a single mention.  On the senior circuit, Walter Johnson winner Roy Halladay placed fourth in the voting with 101 points.

    The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

    American League
    :
    Josh Hamilton, Texas (16) 261
    Miguel Cabrera, Detroit (4) 188
    Robinson Cano, New York 158
    Jose Bautista, Toronto (1) 146
    Adrian Beltre, Boston 107
    Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (1) 102
    Paul Konerko, Chicago 65
    Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay 56
    Joe Mauer, Minnesota 50
    Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland 44
    Felix Hernandez, Seattle 21
    Vladimir Guerrero, Texas 13
    Justin Morneau, Minnesota 12
    Delmon Young, Minnesota 10
    Cliff Lee, Seattle/Texas 8
    CC Sabathia, New York 8
    Alex Rodriguez, New York 7
    Clay Buchholz, Boston 4
    Mark Teixeria, New York 3
    Jon Lester, Boston 2
    Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle 2
    Nick Swisher, New York 2
    Jim Thome, Minnesota 2
    Kevin Youkilis, Boston 2
    Brett Gardner, New York 1
    David Ortiz, Boston 1
    Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay 1

    National League:
    Joey Votto, Cincinnati (16) 252
    Albert Pujols, St. Louis (3) 197
    Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado (1) 118
    Roy Halladay, Philadelphia (1) 101
    Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego 98
    Troy Tulowitski, Colorado 98
    Ryan Zimmerman, Washington 93
    Matt Holliday, St. Louis 84
    Aubrey Huff, San Francisco 32
    Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 17
    Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado 16
    Josh Johnson, Florida 16
    Dan Uggla, Florida 16
    Jayson Werth, Philadelphia 16
    Ryan Braun, Milwaukee 13
    Prince Fielder, Milwaukee 10
    Ryan Howard, Philadelphia 9
    Martin Prado, Atlanta 7
    Jason Heyward, Atlanta 6
    Rickie Weeks, Milwaukee 5
    David Wright, New York 5
    Adam Dunn, Washington 4
    Kelly Johnson, Arizona 4
    Andres Torres, San Francisco 1

    The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage
    cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major
    league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of
    this writing, the organization consists of 233 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

    The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of
    America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into
    “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted.
    The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two
    votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split
    between the two leagues.

    Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.
    Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting
    or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

    Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated
    on a 13-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point scale for first through tenth place. In
    the interest of transparency, links are given below for the ballots.
    Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on
    the group method are noted with an asterisk.

    American League:
    Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
    The Bottom Line (Boston)*
    The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
    Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
    Switch Hitting Pitchers (Detroit)
    One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
    Twinkie Talk (Minnesota)
    Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
    Bronx Baseball Daily (New York)*
    Contract Year (Oakland)
    Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
    Infield Fly (Toronto)
    The Blue Jay Hunter (Toronto)
    Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
    Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
    Misc. Baseball (History)*
    Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

    National League:
    Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
    Marlin Maniac (Florida)
    Marlins Diehards (Florida)
    Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
    The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
    Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia)
    Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke? (Pittsburgh)*
    The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
    Pitchers Hit Eighth (St. Louis)
    Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
    22gigantes (San Francisco)*
    Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)*
    Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)*
    Misc. Baseball (History)*
    Ron Kaplan’s Baseball Bookshelf (Miscellaneous)*
    Blogging From The Bleachers (General)*

    Prior Winners:  2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis

    The official website of the BBA is here. The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at founder@baseballbloggersalliance.com.

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