Here’s my regular season awards ballot for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. As a member of the Cubs chapter I have a vote for the National League awards.
Below I’ve listed my selections and the date at which the awards will be announced by the BBA. Agree or disagree? Let me know!
October 15: Connie Mack Award (manager of the year)
-Davey Johnson, Washington Nationals: Many thought the Nationals would play above .500. Some even felt the Nats had an outside shot at contending. But no one figured Washington would win the most games in the majors (98). Not to mention, if Davey Johnson wasn’t already a HOF manager, having led his fourth different organization to the postseason makes him a lock for Cooperstown. Honorable mentions: Bruce Bochy, Giants – Dusty Baker, Reds – Ozzie Guillen, Marlins (JK!)
October 16: Willie Mays Award (rookie of the year)
-Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds: .270/.331/.498, .817 OPS. Frazier doesn’t lead any offensive categories among rookies. He didn’t play in the most games or receive the most national attention. But none of that keeps him from being the best rookie ballplayer in the National League. He played a huge role for Dusty Baker by filling in for long stretches for an injured Scott Rolen and later an injured Joey Votto. He played solid defense at multiple positions. He hit well enough to bat from the middle of the lineup. And while Frazier may not lead any one particular category offensively, he is near the top in just about all of them for rookies. He’s definitely not the flashy pick of a Bryce Harper, but he is the best rookie for my money. Honorable mentions: Wade Miley, Diamondbacks – Bryce Harper, Nationals – Wilson Rosario, Rockies.
October 17: Goose Gossage Award (top reliever)
-Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves: (3-1, 1.01 ERA) 42/45 saves. Seven earned runs allowed in 62.2 innings, including 116 strikeouts. Three home runs allowed and a .126 average against. A 0.65 WHIP. These are just ridiculous numbers. Cuban Missile Aroldis Chapman is a close second despite pitching 10 more innings than Kimbrel. But Atlanta’s fireballer allowed half the number of runs and walks than Chapman did closing for the Reds. Honorable mentions: Chapman, Reds – Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies – Tyler Clippard, Nationals.
October 18: Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
-RA Dickey, New York Mets: (20-6, 2.67 ERA). Dickey pitched the most innings (232.2) with the most strikeouts (230) and tied for the most starts (33) of any NL starter. He won 20-games on a (74-88) Mets team. Good enough for me. Honorable mentions: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers – Johnny Cueto, Reds – Matt Cain, Giants.
October 19: Stan Musial Award (MVP)
-Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants: .336/.408/.549, .957 OPS. Posey carried the Giants to the postseason in the wake of Melky Carbrera’s PEDs suspension by winning the batting title and sporting a sparkling .957 OPS, second only to cheater Ryan Braun’s .987 OPS, while playing in 114-games at the most demanding position. Honorable mentions: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates – Yadier Molina, Cardinals – David Wright, Mets – Aramis Ramirez, Brewers.