Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was a unanimous selection for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s (BBA) Willie Mays Award for top rookie in the American League. All fifteen ballots cast believed Abreu, a free agent signee from Cuba, was the top new player on the junior circuit.
Abreu clubbed 36 home runs and drove in 107 while putting up a .317/.383/.964 line and an OPS+ of 169. Those stellar offensive numbers helped him outpace his runner-up, New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, by 53.5 points.
The National League voting was not quite as clear-cut, though it still was a landside for the winner. New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom snagged ten of the thirteen first-place votes available to beat out Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton by 28 points. deGrom tallied nine wins, a 2.69 ERA and an ERA+ of 130 before being shut down at the end of the season.
The Walter Johnson Award is given by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the Best Pitcher in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Cleveland Indians hurler Corey Kluber. The 28-year old right hander received all but one of the first place votes, with Seattle’s “King Felix” got the remaining first place vote from the chapter. Logging 235.2 inning, an average of nearly 7 innings per game, Kluber lead the AL with an impressive 34 starts (including 3 complete games), also leading the AL with 18 wins with a 2.44 ERA (#3 in the AL), and 269 strikeouts (#2 in the AL).
Hernandez, and Oakland’s Jon Lester placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with Detroit’s David Price, Minnesota’s Phil Hughes, Detroit’s Max Scherzer, and White Sox’ Chris Sales round out the voting for the chapter.
My personal selections for the Walter Johnson Award Corey Kluber, Jon Lester (no surprise there) David Price, Max Scherzer, and Felix Hernandez… Read more…
The Goose Gossage Award is awarded by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the Best Reliever in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Yankee reliever Dellin Betances. Born and raised in New York City, the 26 years old right-hander, fared very well in his first full season in the bigs, going 5-0, with a 1.40 ERA, 147 strikeouts, and a WHIP of .778 in 70 appearances.
Looking like an ALCS matchup, Kansas City’s Wade Davis and Orioles Zach Britton placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with KC’ Greg Holland, Orioles’ Andrew Miller, and Tampa Bay’s Jake McGee rounding out the mix
My personal selections for the Goose Gossage Award were Dellin Betances (shocking, I know), Wade Davis, and Andrew Miller… Read more…
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle were named the 2014 Connie Mack Award winners today by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA). The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.
This is the second straight year for Hurdle to take home the hardware from the BBA after breaking the Pirates’ long playoff drought last season. Hurdle again led Pittsburgh into the promised land of October, securing a wild-card berth after a strong September surge left them just short of the divisional title.
Hurdle received seven first place votes among the 16 ballots cast and was left off entirely of only one voter’s entry. Hurdle received 51 points, eleven more than his closest competition, Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants.
Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East divisional title since 1997, winning the division by 12 games over the New York Yankees. Baltimore won 96 games this season, eleven more than they were able to win in 2013.
The Willie Mays Award is awarded by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) to the Best Rookie in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Jose Abreu, the Cuban phenom who played first base for the Chicago White Sox during the 2014 Campaign.
A career .295 hitter in Cuba, Abreu holds the home run record there, which he set in 2010, the same year he was selected as the league MVP. In year one of his six year, $68 million contract with the Pale Hose, he played 145 games, made his first All-Star team, and set the White Sox rookie record for homers at 36. He also had 107 RBI’s, a .317 BA and a .964 OPS.
Boston’s very own Mookie Betts and Brock Holt placed 2nd and 3rd in the voting, with Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman rounding out the mix Read more…
Every year, the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) comes together to vote on their selections for the BBA Post Season Awards. Each chapter gets 2 votes in their league for each award, and it is up to them how they are gathered. The Boston Chapter, voting on the best and brightest of the American League, polls its membership, and pass on our top vote getter as our selection.
The Connie Mack Award is awarded to the Best Manager in each League; this year, the Boston Chapter has selected Baltimore Orioles Skipper, Buck Showalter, who has guided his ballclub to the postseason for the first time since 1997. With a 96-66 regular season record, the birds won the AL East division by a comfortable margin–a full 12 games ahead of the 2nd place Yankees. Read more…