October 7th, 2012
It’s that time of year again, where all of the member blogs of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) get together to vote for our Postseason Awards…
Things are being run a bit differently than in years past. This year, each individual blog gets their own vote in the process. The same league rules still apply (As the President and a member of the Boston Chapter, I can only vote American League), and whoever gets the most votes, gets the BBA nod for that award.
To complete our ballot we must have a selection in all 5 categories. In addition, the results of the voting must appear in the voting blogs for the votes to count, ensuring transparency in our voting process.
The five awards of 2012 are as follows:
Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
Goose Gossage Award (Top Reliever)
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
Stan Musial Award (MVP)
My selections for each of the above:
Connie Mack Award: Bob Melvin, Oakland A’s
For me, this was a toss up between the Orioles Buck Showalter, and the A’s Bob Melvin. Both did the impossible, getting both their teams to the dance (I mean, the Oreos, really? What better case for the world ending than the Cookies in the Postseason for the 1st time in 15 years??) But when all is said and done, my vote goes to Bob Melvin. Why? Because I think Buck Showalter is a jerk, especially after his snarky comments with regard to the Red Sox last year.
Willie Mays Award: Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim.
.326 Batting Average. 30 Homers. 49 Stolen Bases. 83 RBI’s–in 139 Games. These are Nomar in 1998 numbers, but with more speed. A No-Brainer here. And the question that begs to be asked: Can. He. Repeat?
Goose Gossage Award: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays
With a .60 (yes, like 60 cents) ERA in 76 appearances and 74.2 innings pitched during the 2012 campaign, Rodney converted 96% of his save chances, blowing only 2 out of 50 attempts. He also has a WHIP of .78, a K/9 of 9.2, and held opposing batters to a .167 BA.
Walter Johnson Award: David Price, Tampa Bay Rays.
Oh, how I wish I got the NL Vote for this one. Because my choice would be OH SO easy; R.A. Dickey, with his 20-6 Record, with a 2.73 ERA–for a knuckleballer.
But, alas, I get the American League vote. And here is where it gets murky. Justin Verlander is still one of the best in the game, but he was a little more human this year, posting a 17-8 record, with a 2.64 ERA. We had 2 20-game winners this year: Tampa Bay’s David Price, and Anaheim’s Jered Weaver. So, between those 2, choice is David Price, who not only had the lowest ERA of the 3 (.256), but at 185.3 innings, he pitched 15 more than Weaver (169.7)…
Stan Musial Award: Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim.
I know I know, it should be Miguel Cabrera. After all he won the Triple Crown, breaking Yaz’s record of 45 years, and that is an amazing achievement. AND and the Tigers got to the Postseason, winning their division.
BUT, the Stan Musial Award isn’t just about the most valuable HITTER, its the most valuable PLAYER. And to me, Mike Trout is it. And there is precedent for a non-contending team to have the MVP…
So there you have it, my selections for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance Postseason Awards. How will I do as compared to the rest of the BBA? Stay tuned.
Coming up: All next week, from the 15th to the 19th, the BBA as a whole will announce the award winners for the 2012 Campaign…