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2013 BBA Awards Voting Post

As a member of the BBA (Baseball Blogger’s Alliance), we are required to vote on all awards for the 2013 MLB Season. Here are the categories we are voting on this year:

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the Year)
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
Stan Musial Award (MVP)

 

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year):


National League:

First Place Vote – Clint Hurdle (Pittsburgh)
Second Place Vote- Don Mattingly (Los Angeles)
Third Place Vote – Mike Matheny (St. Louis)


American League

First Place Vote – Terry Francona (Cleveland)
Second Place Vote – John Farrell (Boston)
Third Place Vote – Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay)

Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year):


National League:

First Place Vote – Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles)
Second Place Vote – Jose Fernandez (Miami)
Third Place Vote – Matt Adams (St. Louis)

American League:
First Place Vote – Wil Myers (Tampa Bay)
Second Place Vote – Chris Archer (Tampa Bay)
Third Place Vote – Oswaldo Arcia (Minnesota)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the year)

National League:
First Place Vote – Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta)
Second Place Vote – Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles)
Third Place Vote – Jason Grilli (Pittsburgh)

American League:
First Place Vote – Koji Uehara (Boston)
Second Place Vote – Mariano Rivera (New York)
Third Place Vote – Greg Holland (Kansas City)


Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young):

National League:
First Place Vote – Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles)
Second Place Vote – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Third Place Vote – Jose Fernandez (Miami)
Fourth Place Vote – Cliff Lee (Philadelphia)
Fifth Place Vote – Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta)

American League:
First Place Vote – Max Scherzer (Detroit)
Second Place Vote – Yu Darvish (Texas)
Third Place Vote – Hisashi Iwakuma (Seattle)
Fourth Place Vote – Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox)
Fifth Place Vote – Anibal Sanchez (Detroit)
Stan Musial Award (Most Valuable Player):

National League:
First Place Vote – Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh)
Second Place Vote – Yasiel Puig (Los Angeles)
Third Place Vote – Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona)
Fourth Place Vote – Yadier Molina (St. Louis)
Fifth Place Vote – Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee)
Sixth Place Vote – Matt Carpenter (St. Louis)
Seventh Place Vote – Jay Bruce (Cincinnati)
Eighth Place Vote – Freddie Freeman (Atlanta)
Ninth Place Vote – Jayson Werth (Washington)
Tenth Place Vote – Joey Votto (Cincinnati)

American League:
First Place Vote – Miguel Cabrera (Detroit
Second Place Vote – Mike Trout (Anaheim)
Third Place Vote – Chris Davis (Baltimore)
Fourth Place Vote – Josh Donaldson (Oakland)
Fifth Place Vote – Manny Machado (Baltimore)
Sixth Place Vote – Robinson Cano (New York)
Seventh Place Vote – David Ortiz (Boston)
Eighth Place Vote – Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto)
Ninth Place Vote – Max Scherzer (Detroit)
Tenth Place Vote – Eric Hosmer (Kansas City)

2012 BBA Award Voting

It’s always a sad part of the baseball season when it gets down to award voting.

I am a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, and the end of the season awards voting is the blogger’s voice in Major League Baseball awards. Here are the awards we’ll be voting on today:

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the Year)
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
Stan Musial Award (MVP)
Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
National League:
First Place Vote – Davey Johnson (Washington)
Second Place Vote- Dusty Baker (Cincinnati)
Third Place Vote – Mike Matheny (St. Louis)

American League

First Place Vote – Buck Showalter (Baltimore)
Second Place Vote – Bob Melvin (Oaklakd)
Third Place Vote – Joe Girardi (New York)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
National League:
First Place Vote – Bryce Harper (Washington)
Second Place Vote – Todd Frazier (Cincinnati)
Third Place Vote – Wade Miley (Arizona)
American League:
First Place Vote – Mike Trout (Anaheim)
Second Place Vote – Yu Darvish (Texas)
Third Place Vote – Jarrod Parker (Oakland)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the year)

National League:
First Place Vote – Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati)
Second Place Vote – Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta)
Third Place Vote – Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh)

American League:
First Place Vote – Jim Johnson (Baltimore)
Second Place Vote – Fernando Rodney (Tampa Bay)
Third Place Vote – Ernesto Frieri (Anaheim)

Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young):

National League:
First Place Vote – R.A. Dickey (New York Mets)
Second Place Vote – Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati)
Third Place Vote – Gio Gonzalez (Washington)
Fourth Place Vote – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia)
Fifth Place Vote – Matt Cain (San Francisco)
American League:
First Place Vote – David Price (Tampa Bay)
Second Place Vote – Jered Weaver (Anaheim)
Third Place Vote – Justin Verlander (Detroit)
Fourth Place Vote – Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox)
Fifth Place Vote – Jim Johnson (Baltimore)
Stan Musial Award (Most Valuable Player):

National League:
First Place Vote – Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Second Place Vote – Andrew McCutchen
Third Place Vote – Ryan Braun (Milwaukee)
Fourth Place Vote – Jay Bruce (Cincinnati)
Fifth Place Vote – Yadier Molina (St. Louis)
Sixth Place Vote – Mike Stanton (Florida)
Seventh Place Vote – Chase Headley (San Diego)
Eighth Place Vote – Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Ninth Place Vote – Bryce Harper (Washington)
Tenth Place Vote – David Wright (New York Mets)

American League:
First Place Vote – Mike Trout (Anaheim)
Second Place Vote – Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
Third Place Vote – Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)
Fourth Place Vote – Adrian Beltre (Texas)
Fifth Place Vote – Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto)
Sixth Place Vote – Josh Hamilton (Texas)
Seventh Place Vote – Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
Eighth Place Vote – Adam Jones (Baltimore)
Ninth Place Vote – Torii Hunter (Anaheim)
Tenth Place Vote – Billy Butler (Kansas City)

Diamond Hoggers 2011 BBA Award Vote

Before the season I gave you all my predictions.

Of those I am most proud of, it’s the Brewers (unfortunate) NL Central title. I also said Ryan Braun and Clayton Kershaw would win the NL’s most prestigious awards of NL MVP and NL Cy Young. And don’t forget we elected Ben Zobrist as AL Comeback Player of the Year. How are we looking now? Let’s find out how our final votes work out.

I am a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, and one of the best parts of being in the BBA is that you get a vote for several different seasonal awards around Major League Baseball.

Here are the awards we’ll be voting on today:

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the Year)
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
Stan Musial Award (MVP)

Jay Bruce named National League Player of the Month for May

Jay Bruce (pictured above hitting a 460-foot blast off Jair Jurrjens) has been named National League Player of the Month for the month of May in the National League.

In the month he hit .342 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. Think about that for a second. We all may go our entire lives and never see 33 RBI’s in a month by a Cincinnati Red again. He slugged .739 and OPS’d 1.140 through May.

The month was filled with hits off some of the best pitchers in the game in some of the biggest spots possible. For anyone who has followed Bruce throughout his career, this was the finest stretch of his career, including the beginning of his career, and the streaks at the end of 2009 and 2010. He’s never been hotter, and I don’t know that we’ve ever seen a guy more locked in, including Adam Dunn in July of 2005.

This was what Bruce has always been capable of. And the scary part is he’s capable of even more than this.

He’s a full fledged monster who cannot be stopped right now. Breaking balls, fastballs, change-ups, inside, outside, low, it simply doesn’t matter right now. He’s straight smoking balls and letting the game come to him.

Diamond Hoggers salutes Jay Bruce for being named NL Player of the Month for May. Keep it going Jay. It’s been a lot of fun this past month.

Diamond Hoggers BBA Award Vote

Recently, I became a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. It’s a really great group of baseball blogs on the internet. One of the best parts of being in the BBA is that you get a vote for several different seasonal awards around Major League Baseball.

I take great pride in having a vote for something like this. I will not allow any bit of homer-ism to factor into my votes. One thing to take into consideration, is that I’ve watched more National League baseball than American League this season; but I obviously follow the sport as closely as humanly possible so I don’t think it will be a factor. Do I think I got more of a glimpse of Cincinnati and Atlanta players than a Yankees or Red Sox fan? Absolutely. It will even out, I’m sure.

The Awards I will be voting on go as follows:

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)
Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)
Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the Year)
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
Stan Musial Award (MVP)

Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)

National League:
First Place Vote – Dusty Baker (Cincinnati)
Second Place Vote- Bobby Cox (Atlanta)
Third Place Vote – Bud Black (San Diego)

American League:
First Place Vote – Ron Washington (Texas)
Second Place Vote – Joe Maddon (Tampa Bay)
Third Place Vote – Ron Gardenhire (Minnesota)

Willie Mays Award (Rookie of the Year)

National League:
First Place Vote – Jason Heyward (Atlanta)
Second Place Vote – Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Third Place Vote – Mike Stanton (Florida)

American League:
First Place Vote – Austin Jackson (Detroit)
Second Place Vote – Neftali Feliz (Texas)
Third Place Vote – Danny Valencia (Minnesota)

Goose Gossage Award (Reliever of the year)

National League:
First Place Vote – Brian Wilson (San Francisco)
Second Place Vote – Billy Wagner (Atlanta)
Third Place Vote – Arthur Rhodes (Cincinnati)

American League:

First Place Vote – Rafael Soriano (Tampa Bay)
Second Place Vote – Joakim Soria (Kansas City)
Third Place Vote – Neftali Feliz (Texas)


Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)

National League:

First Place Vote – Roy Halladay (Philadelphia)
Second Place Vote –
Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado)
Third Place Vote – Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Fourth Place Vote – Josh Johnson (Florida)
Fifth Place Vote – Tim Hudson (Atlanta)

American League:
First Place Vote – Felix Hernandez (Seattle)
Second Place Vote – David Price (Tampa Bay)
Third Place Vote – Trevor Cahill (Oakland)
Fourth Place Vote – CC Sabathia (New York)
Fifth Place Vote – Jered Weaver (Anaheim)



Stan Musial Award (MVP)

National League:
First Place Vote – Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Second Place Vote – Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado)
Third Place Vote – Albert Pujols (St. Louis)
Fourth Place Vote –
Adrian Gonzalez (San Diego)
Fifth Place Vote – Roy Halladay (Philadelphia)
Sixth Place Vote – Aubrey Huff (San Francisco)

Seventh Place Vote – Jason Heyward (Atlanta)
Eighth Place Vote – Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)
Ninth Place Vote –
Jay Bruce (Cincinnati)
Tenth Place Vote – Ryan Zimmerman (Washington)

American League:
First Place Vote – Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay)
Second Place Vote – Josh Hamilton (Texas)
Third Place Vote – Miguel Cabrera (Detroit)
Fourth Place Vote –
Paul Konerko (Chicago AL)
Fifth Place Vote – Carl Crawford (Tampa Bay)
Sixth Place Vote – Robinson Cano (New York AL)

Seventh Place Vote – Delmon Young (Minnesota)
Eighth Place Vote – Jose Batista (Toronto)
Ninth Place Vote –
Joe Mauer (Minnesota)
Tenth Place Vote – Adrian Beltre (Boston)

MVP: Most Valuable Pujols

To no surprise, Albert Pujols is your 2009 National League Most Valuable Player.

Pujols was listed first on all 32 ballots submitted by two writers in each league city to score a perfect total of 448 points, based on the tabulation system that rewards 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th.

Pujols, 29, led the league in home runs (47) for the first time in his career and was third in batting (.327) and runs batted in (135). He also topped the NL in runs (124), total bases (374), grand slams (5), extra base hits (93), on-base percentage (.443) and slugging percentage (.658). For the eighth straight year he totaled more walks (115) than strikeouts (64).

Gigantosaur adds to his Hall of Fame resume. He becomes the sixth player in NL history to win the award unanimously. And look at the numbers that he put up. Those are Pujols numbers every year. Absolutely sick.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: he’s the best ballplayer of our lifetime. A joy to watch even though he murders the Cincinnati Reds. He’s one of the few players in the game today that you can be certain your grandkids will know about.

And he’s now a 3-time MVP.

Cliffy Lee's dream season ends with a Cy

Cliff Lee has been named the American League Cy Young award winner for 2008. Lee was without doubt the strongest pitcher in the senior circuit this season and he did it on a team that was not particularly competitive when he wasn’t on the hill; similar to his NL Cy Young counterpart Tim Lincecum.

Lee received 24 of 28 first-place votes. (Roy) Halladay received four first-place votes and 71 points. Two BBWAA members in every AL city voted for the top three pitchers in the league.

Lee started the season fast and never slowed. He was 6-0 after seven starts with a 0.67 ERA. In the past 60 years only two pitchers have had a lower ERA after their first seven starts — Oakland’s Mike Norris at 0.45 in 1980 and the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela at 0.29 in 1981.

Lee won 11 straight decisions from July 11 through Sept. 12. It was the longest winning streak by an Indian since Perry won 15 straight in 1974. On Sept. 1, Lee became the first Indians pitcher since Perry to win 20 games, beating Chicago on a five-hit shutout at Progressive Field.


Cliff Lee proving that he is a lefty horse like this makes watching CC Sabathia get out of town sting just a little bit less. The Indians will depend heavily on Lee if this decade’s version of the feathered warriors are ever going to make good on the promise to win a pennant.

We have to admit, we doubted Lee. We didn’t think he’d hold up all season long. We thought eventually the old Cliff Lee would come back and get pounded–making him an afterthought by the All-Star break. Lee made like a character from Major League and told us to shove it. He was by far the best pitcher in his league this year to any fan without blind eye.

Cy Lincecum

This guy was our pick all along to win the NL Cy Young award. Impressive performances by CC Sabathia and Johann Santana aside, Lincecum was the only real choice. He did it all on a bad team as well.

Lincecum’s numbers: 18-5 with a 2.62 ERA and led the NL in winning percentage (.783) and strikeouts (265).

Lincecum became only the second Giant to capture the Cy Young, joining 1967 winner Mike McCormick, and the first second-year player to earn the distinction since right-handers Dwight Gooden of the Mets and Bret Saberhagen of Kansas City secured the 1985 awards in their respective leagues.

This guy, at 24 years of age; well he has a pretty limitless future ahead of himself. If the Giants can mount any kind of offensive lineup around him and some complementary pitchers on that staff, they’re going to have a shot at the playoffs. We look forward to seeing how this career progresses through the years. He will get a crack at some big postseason starts down the line.