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Kimbrel Takes Home Fourth Consecutive Goose Gossage Award

Perhaps the Baseball Bloggers’ Award for best reliever needs to be renamed.

For the fourth year in a row, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel took home the hardware.  Given that the award has only been in existence for five, there’s no contest on who the most decorated relief pitcher in BBA history is.  This was actually the first year that Kimbrel was actually challenged, finishing just 11 points ahead of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

For the third consecutive year, Kimbrel posted an ERA under 1.75, though his 95 strikeouts was the lowest in a full year in his career.  He led the league again in saves and put up an 227 ERA+, which was incredibly significantly lower than he had the last two years (399 and 311, respectively).

In the American League, New York reliever Dellin Betances, who also received votes for the BBA’s Willie Mays Award, edged out Kansas City reliever Wade Davis for the Gossage honors.  Betances, who appeared in 70 games for the Yankees, put up a 1.40 ERA and a 277 ERA+ while striking out 135 in 90 innings.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League

Dellin Betances, New York (6) 50
Wade Davis, Kansas City (5) 47
Greg Holland, Kansas City (4) 27
Zach Britton, Baltimore 7
Sean Doolittle, Oakland 4

National League

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta (7) 51
Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati (5) 39
Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles (1) 15
Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh 7
Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia 3
Ken Giles, Philadelphia 1
Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis 1

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 215 blogs spanning most of the 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.

Notably, though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in most cases in their history.  This, of course, does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, were tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first through third place. In the interest of transparency, links to the ballots are listed below.

Prior Winners:

2013: Koji Uehara, Boston; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
2012: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
2011: Jose Valverde, Detroit; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
2010: Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay; Brian Wilson, San Francisco

Official Ballots

American League
Boston Red Thoughts
The Tribe Daily
The Flagrant Fan
Misc. Baseball
North Dakota Twins Fan
TribeCards
Subway Squawkers
Patrick Mullin Training
Seattle Mariners Musings
The Blue Jay Hunter
500 Level Fan

National League
Inside the ‘Zona
Cincinnati Reds Blog
The Flagrant Fan
Misc. Baseball
Dodger Blue Heaven
Lasorda’s Lair
TribeCards
Subway Squawkers
Patrick Mullin Training
Fightin’ Phillies
Ghost of Ray Kroc
The Lunatic Fringe

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BBA Announces Final 2013 Award – Stan Musial Award Given To Best Players

The final award given annually by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, the Stan Musial Award, is given every year to the premier player in each league.

The American League award was once again highly debated between the league’s two premier players.

Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Angels’ outfielder would garner his second-consecutive Musial Award by holding off the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera once again in 2013.  His .323 batting average, 27 home runs, 97 runs batted in, and league leading 109 runs and 110 walks were enough to convince the Alliance that he deserved the award once again.

Trout earned 65% of the Alliance vote while Cabrera would take the other 35%, marking the second straight year that the two players would receive the only votes.

Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates phenomenal season comes to fruition for one of the team’s most consistent stars.  McCutchen was the team’s leader on and off the field and the Alliance recognized his importance to the great run the Pirates produced.  He would hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 runs batted in, 97 runs, 38 doubles and 27 stolen bases for the Bucs.

Cutch received 69% of the BBA vote to earn his first Musial award.

Previous Stan Musial Award Winners
2012: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
2011: Jose Bautista, Toronto; Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
2010: Josh Hamilton, Texas; Joey Votto, Cincinnati
2009: Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Albert Pujols, St. Louis

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally.

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Walter Johnson Award Given For 2013 Season

The BBA has two awards left to give for the 2013 season which brings the attention to the best pitcher and best overall player in each league.

The Walter Johnson Award honors the pitcher in each league that excelled far beyond anyone else.  This year’s award was a dominant choice in both leagues for the Alliance.

Max Scherzer – Detroit Tigers

Scherzer’s sixth year in the league would easily be his most dominant.  He led the American League with 21 wins as well as with a .875 winning percentage and 0.970 WHIP (Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched).  He kept base runners off the base paths and away from scoring.  A 2.90 earned run average would be backed up by 240 strikeouts over 214.1 innings.  The Tigers’ pitcher was dominant throughout most of the season and the Alliance recognized that with 95% of their vote.

Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

Not to be outdone, Kershaw garnered 98% of the vote on the National League side of the BBA.

While Kershaw would not win many games this season, he would not yield many runs, either.  He would lead the league with a 1.83 earned run average.  He would also lead the league in strikeouts with 232 and 0.915 WHIP.  Kershaw proved once again to be dominant and the BBA recognized that by making him the first two-time winner of the Johnson award.

Previous Walter Johnson Award Winners
2012: Justin Verlander, Detroit; R.A. Dickey, New York Mets
2011: Justin Verlander, Detroit; Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2010: Felix Hernadez, Seattle; Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
2009: Zack Greinke, Kansas City; Tim Lincecum, San Francisco

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. 

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BBA Announces 2013 Goose Gossage Award

Having announced the Connie Mack and Willie Mays awards, given to the top manager and top rookie in each league, the BBA now reveals the 2013 winners of the Goose Gossage Award.

The Goose Gossage Award honors the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball.  The award is the only award given by the BBA to have been awarded to the same player in consecutive years.  This year, that player adds a third consecutive award to his virtual trophy case.

Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves

In 2011, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was awarded both the Goose Gossage and Willie Mays awards.  Last season, Kimbrel received 87% of the vote to claim his second consecutive award as the National League’s premier relief pitcher.  Kimbrel received an astonishing 90% of the vote from the Alliance to claim his third straight Goose Gossage Award.  He would lead the National League in saves again this year, reaching the magical mark of 50 saves.

Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox

Uehara joined the Red Sox this season and became one of the most polarizing figures on the team.  His 21 saves were a key part of the Red Sox success this year and his continued success throughout the postseason made him a star.  His 52% of the BBA vote was good enough to hold off Greg Holland of the Kansas City Royals, who garnered 36% of the BBA support for his fine season.

Previous Goose Gossage Award Winners
2012: Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay; Criag Kmbrel, Atlanta
2011: Jose Valverde, Detroit; Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
2010: Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay; Brian Wilson, San Francisco

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. 

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BBA Names 2013 Top Rookies As Recipients of Willie Mays Award

The awards season continues with the Baseball Bloggers Alliance announcement of the Willie Mays Award recipients.

The Willie Mays Award is given by the Alliance to the top rookie in each league every year.

Wil Myers – Tampa Bay Rays

The center piece of the trade that sent James Shields to the Kansas City Royals, Myers was one of baseball’s top overall prospects going into the 2013 season.  He would arrive on the scene in June and immediately show that the hype was worthy of his presence.  Myers would finish the season hitting .293 with 13 home runs and 53 runs batted in while playing highlight reel defense.  The Rays will feature Myers in the outfield for some time to come and his production will help fans accept the departure of Shields.

Myers earned 95% of the BBA vote this year.

Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins

The National League winner had to withstand a late-season surge from Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig.  Fernandez produced a season that could withstand Puig-mania and earned the BBA’s respect along the way with 71% of the vote.

Fernandez worked hard for an underwhelming group in Miami and often took things into his own hands to produce victory.  His 12 wins and 2.19 earned run average over 28 starts was enough to garner a lot of attention for the youngster this year.  Add his 187 strikeouts and a late-season no-hitter to the list and it became evident who the top rookie was in the National League in 2013.

Previous Willie Mays Award Winners
2012: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
2011: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City/Jeremy Hellickson Tampa Bay (tie); Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta
2010: Neftali Feliz, Texas; Buster Posey, San Francisco
2009: Andrew Bailey, Oakland; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally.

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2013 Connie Mack Award Leads BBA Announcements

The Boston Red Sox continue to celebrate their World Championship after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.  As the offseason begins to heat up, attention will now turn to awards and reflections on 2013 as well as rumors and projections toward the 2014 season.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance holds annual award voting in various categories.  The first of those awards, The Connie Mack Award, is given to the best manager in each league.

American League – John Farrell – Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox skipper won the closest of all the votes held by the BBA this year.  Garnering 38% of the vote, Farrell held off the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona by less than 3%.

Farrell took over a Red Sox team that was in shambles and had just traded away a good portion of the roster to free up payroll.  Expectations entering 2013 were low but the team wouldn’t be held down.  Farrell, fresh from his work in Toronto, stepped in and helped right the ship.  His leadership led the team to the American League’s best record at 97-65.  He would continue that success into the postseason and help the team capture the eighth championship in team history.

National League – Clint Hurdle – Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have steadily improved over the last few seasons but were left just short of a winning record each time.  Still, the writing was on the wall and many felt this was the year Pittsburgh would compete late into the season.  Those that believed in the Pirates were rewarded by a team that not only produced a winning record but nearly won their division and found themselves in the postseason.  They defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Wild Card Game in Pittsburgh to the delight of the home town crowd.

Hurdle was the recipient of 79% of the vote from the BBA membership.

Previous Connie Mack Award Winners
2012: Bob Melvin, Oakland; Davey Johnson, Washington
2011: Joe Maddon, Tampa; Kirk Gibson, Arizona
2010: Ron Washington, Texas; Bud Black, San Diego
2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 232 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

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Baseball Bloggers Alliance Selects One As Hall Worthy

Every season, the BBA polls it’s membership to cast a ballot for the players eligible for Hall Of Fame induction.  Following the same rules as the official vote cast by the Baseball Writers Association, a player must receive votes on at least 75% of the ballots in order to be recommended for inclusion in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.

Typically, the blogger’s alliance has been very similar to the official votes cast for awards and hall induction.  In one of the few moments of disagreement, the BBA voted last year to induct Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell.  Barry Larkin would be voted in by the official body, leaving Jeff Bagwell to return to the ballot again this year after a 56% showing last year.

The Bloggers Alliance opinion has not changed and the lone person to be selected on the BBA ballot this season is Jeff Bagwell.

The 1991 Rookie Of The Year, Bagwell spent his 15 year Major League career in Houston, primarily playing first base for the Astros during a time period that the team enjoyed some substantial success.  A part of the “Killer B’s”, Bagwell would hit 449 home runs and collect 2,314 hits while driving in 1,529 runs during his career.  He would put a Most Valuable Player Award on his shelf in 1994, be selected for four All Star rosters and pick up three Silver Slugger and one Gold Glove award.

Per the requirements of the official vote, a player would need to appear on at least 75% of the ballots cast in order to be elected to the Hall Of Fame.  While a few players were able to come close this season, Bagwell was the only player to reach the required amount.  The full list of players that received votes follows:

Jeff Bagwell 76%

Craig Biggo 69%
Mike Piazza 69%
Barry Bonds 62%
Tim Raines 62%
Roger Clemens 56%
Edgar Martinez 41%
Alan Trammell 40%
Mark McGwire 35%
Curt Schilling 34%
Dale Murphy 32%
Larry Walker 32%
Jack Morris 32%
Lee Smith 25%
Kenny Lofton 21%
Sammy Sosa 21%
Don Mattingly 18%
Fred McGriff 15%
Rafael Palmerio 15%
Bernie Williams 4%
David Wells 4%
Sandy Alomar 3%
Julio Franco 1%

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s vote has no impact on the official vote taken by the Baseball Writers of America.  However, the BBA has often been a predictor of major awards granted by the writers.

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