October 9th, 2011
The 3rd BBA Award of the postseason, the Goose Gossage Award, is given to the best relief pitcher in each league. And this ballot was the closest race for the Boston Chapter, with 3 votes separating the winner from the 3rd place selection, and a 1 vote difference between 1st and 2nd place…
The Boston Chapter’s Top 3 selections for the Goose Gossage Award:
11 Points: David Robertson, New York Yankees, with (3) 1st Place and (1)2nd Place Vote
10 Points: Jonathan Papelbon, Boston Red Sox, (2) 1st Place and 2) 2nd Place Votes
8 Points: Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, with (1) 1st Place, (1) 2nd Place, and (3) 3rd Place Votes
Rounding out the Boston Ballot are Jose Valverde, Tigers with (1) 1st Place, (1) 2nd Place, and (1) 3rd Place Vote, Brandon League, Mariners, with (1) 2nd Place Vote, and Greg Holland, Royals, and Neftali Feliz, Rangers, with (1) 3rd Place Vote apiece.
A bit of a shocking outcome, considering it’s a Boston Chapter–2 of the Top 3 are Yankees, and the sole Red Sox reliever of the bunch places 2nd. Never let it be said that the Boston Chapter only votes for our own.
And, again, I did something I has never done before, voted for 2 Yankee pitchers, and mine were in the same order. My only difference is I voted for Valverde in the 2nd slot. I know Jonathan Papelbon had a great year, but that final blown save with the season on the line just ruined it for me. He talks about he wants to set a standard (money and otherwise) for closers–but when you cannot come up when your team desperately needs you to–that is not setting the standard for me–at least not a good one…
Coming up: The Boston Chapter selections will continue with the Walter Johnson (Best Pitcher) Award, and well as the BBA results…