The third award in the five award series, the Goose Gossage Award honors the best relief pitchers in Major League Baseball.
This year’s vote was an easy decision for the members of the group and they honored a player for a second consecutive year in the same category for the first time.
In 2011, Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was awarded both the Goose Gossage and Willie Mays awards. This season, Kimbrel received 87% of the vote to claim his second consecutive award as the National League’s premier relief pitcher. He would make his second consecutive All Star appearance this season while leading the Senior Circuit in saves with 42.
The American League vote was equally lopsided as Fernando Rodney of the Tampa Bay Rays received an identical 87% of the vote in his league. Rodney would not lead his league in saves, finishing with 48 to Jim Johnson’s 51, but he would do so with a minuscule 0.60 earned run average and prove to be dominant throughout the season.
Previous Goose Gossage Award Winners
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. As of this writing, the organization consists of 232 blogs spanning all 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.