October 7th, 2011
As the Boston chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) voted for the Connie Mack Award earlier this week, it’s time for the Willie Mays Award, given to the Best Rookie for the 2011 Campaign.
Again, The Boston Chapter only votes for the AL portion, and we get 2 votes towards the BBA’s collective awards in each category. Each vote getter is assigned a number value, based on where they are in the voting, and whoever gets the most votes, gets our 2 votes for that award.
This years Top 3 Selections for the Willie Mays Award go to:
11 Points: Eric Hosmer, KC Royals, with (2) 1st Place, (2) 2nd Place and (1) 3rd Place Vote
8 Points: Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays, with (2) 1st Place and (1) 2nd Place Vote
6 Points: Desmond Jennings, Tampa Bay Rays, with (2) 1st Place Votes
Rounding out the rookie voting were Seattle’s Michael Pineda, who received (1) 1st and (1) 2nd Place Vote, Yankee Ivan Nova, who received (1) 2nd Place, and (2) 3rd Place Votes, Seattle’s Dustin Ackley, with (1) 2nd Place Vote, Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays, with (2) 3rd Place Votes, and (1) Mark Trumbo of the Angels with(1) 3rd Place Vote
This vote was much closer than our Connie Mack Award selection, as only 3 votes separating 1st and 2nd, and only 5 separating 1st and 3rd. The Chapter also had more players in the mix, with 8 rookies notable enough to garner a vote, as opposed to only 5 managers…
My personal voting was a little different than the chapter, as I felt that Tampa Bay’s Jeremy Hellickson rookie performance was a little bit better than Royals Eric Hosmer. A lot of that may be because the Sox face Tampa Bay 18-19 times a year, as opposed to KC, who only faced the Sox 8 times…
And, for the 1st time ever, I actually voted for a Yankee–But Ivan Nova put together an exceptional rookie season, which I thought warranted my vote.
As I have mentioned before, Best Rookie is always a difficult selection for me, as a rookie’s contribution to a team is not always apparent to someone who does not follow that specific team. And the Sox didn’t have a vote worthy rookie again this year….
Coming up: The Boston Chapter will continue their announcements of the selections for the Goose Gossage (Best Reliever), Walter Johnson (Best Pitcher), and Stan Musial (Best Player) awards, and we will also find out how we stacked up against the BBA as a whole…