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Terry Francona, Joe Maddon Awarded BBBA’s Cornelius “Connie Mack” McGillicuddy Award for Best Regular Season MLB Managing Performances of 2016

The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Cleveland Indians’ Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon as the best MLB managers of the 2016 regular season.

In balloting, Terry Francona earned 150 points on 27 first place votes, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Other American League managers who received first place votes included the Texas Rangers’ Jeff Bannister (with five first place votes), the Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter and the Toronto Blue Jays’ John Gibbons. The top three NL managers finished as follows:

  1. Terry Francona, 150 points (27 first place votes)
  2. Jeff Banister, 51 (5)
  3. John Farrell, 29

In the National League, Joe Maddon led all candidates with 116 points on 19 first place ballots. Also receiving first place votes were the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts (seven), the Washington Nationals’ Dusty Baker (two), the New York Mets’ Terry Collins (two), the San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy (two), the Miami Marlins’ Don Mattingly and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Pete Mackanin. The top three AL managers finished as follows:

  1. Joe Maddon, 116 points (19 first place votes)
  2. Dave Roberts, 70 (7)
  3. Dusty Baker, 37 (2)

In total, 21 MLB managers received a vote for the 2016 Connie Mack Award. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:

  • American League: Buck Showalter (26), John Gibbons (23), Joe Girardi (9), Brad Ausmus (5), Scott Servais (4), A.J. Hinch (1)
  • National League: Terry Collins (27), Bruce Bochy (21), Don Mattingly (11), Pete Mackanin (9), Brian Snitker (3), Craig Counsell (3), Bryan Price (1), Mike Matheny (1), Walt Weiss (1)

Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager Awarded BBBA’s Willie Howard Mays, Jr., Award for Best Regular Season MLB Rookie Performances of 2016

The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager as the best rookies of the 2016 MLB regular season.

In balloting, Mr. Seager earned 130 points with 26 first place votes, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Other National League rookies who earned first place votes included the Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner (with two), the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, the Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Almedys Diaz. The top three NL rookies finished as follows:

  1. Corey Seager, 130 points (26 first place votes)
  2. Trea Turner, 36 (2)
  3. Trevor Story, 34

In the American League, Mr. Sanchez earned 99 points on 14 first place votes, narrowly edging out the Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer with 95 points and 12 first place votes. Other first place vote getters included the Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin (two), the Boston Red Sox’ Andrew Benintendi (three), the Chicago White Sox’ Tyler Anderson and the Houston Astros’ Yulieski Gurriel. The top three AL rookies finished as follows:

  1. G Sanchez, 99 points (14 first place votes)
  2. M Fulmer, 95 (12)
  3. T Naquin, 33 (2)

In total, 32 rookies received a vote for the 2016 Willie Mays Award. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:

  • American League: Andrew Benintendi (15), Nomar Mazara (7), Tyler Anderson (6), Yulieski Gurriel (5), Max Kepler (4), Matt Bush (4), Edwin Diaz (4), Cheslor Cuthbert (3), Byron Buxton (3), Aaron Judge (3), Hyun Soo Kim (1), Dylan Bundy (1), Chris Devenski (1)
  • National League: Kenta Maeda (27), Willson Contreras (10), Almedys Diaz (8), Steven Matz (7), Dansby Swanson (4), Jose Peraza (3), Seung Hwan Oh (3), Ryan Schimpf (2), David Dahl (1), Jon Gray (1), Jameson Taillon (1), Tony Wolters (1), Zach Davies (1)

Zach Britton, Kenley Jansen Awarded BBBA’s Richard “Goose” Gossage Award for Best Regular Season MLB Relief Pitching Performances of 2016

The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Baltimore Orioles’ Zach Britton and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen as the best relief pitchers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

In balloting, Mr. Britton received 24 first place votes and 200 points overall, highest among all candidates in both leagues. The only other American League reliever to earn a first place vote was the Cleveland Indians’ (and previously New York Yankees’) Andrew Miller, with nine selections atop the ballot. The top five AL relievers finished as follows:

  1. Zach Britton, 200 points (24 first place votes)
  2. Andrew Miller, 131 (9)
  3. Cody Allen, 36
  4. Dellin Betances, 34
  5. Francisco Rodriguez, 22

In the National League, Kenley Jansen earned 181 points on 20 first place votes. Other first place vote getters included the New York Mets’ Jeurys Familia (8), the Washington Nationals’ (and previously Pittsburgh Pirates’) Mark Melancon (3), the Mets’ Addison Reed (1) and the Chicago Cubs’ Justin Grimm (1). The top five NL relievers finished as follows:

  1. Kenley Jansen, 181 points (20 first place votes)
  2. Jeurys Familia, 102 (8)
  3. Mark Melancon, 83 (3)
  4. Seung Hwan Oh, 29
  5. Addison Reed, 26 (1)

In total, 49 MLB relievers received a vote in the 2016 Goose Gossage Award balloting. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:

  • American League: Roberto Osuna (19), Alex Colome (16), Christopher Devenski (16), Sam Dyson (15), Brad Brach (7), Kelvin Herrera (6), Craig Kimbrel (4), Bryan Shaw (2), David Robertson (2), Joseph Biagini (2), Ken Giles (2), Mike Montgomery (2), Nate Jones (2), Nick Vincent (2), Wade Davis (2), Will Harris (2), Edwin Diaz (1), Matt Bush (1), Mychal Givens (1), Ryan Dull (1)
  • National League: A.J. Ramos (15), Justin Grimm (10), Travis Wood (10), Hector Rondon (8), Joe Blanton (5), Raisel Iglesias (5), Tyler Thornburg (5), Jeanmar Gomez (4), Shawn Kelley (4), Carlos Torres (3), Santiago Casilla (3), Tony Cingrani (3), Tony Watson (3), Fernando Rodney (2), Kyle Barraclough (2), Brad Hand (1), Hector Neris (1), Jim Johnson (1), Josh Smith (1)

Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer Awarded BBBA’s Walter Perry Johnson Award for Best Regular Season MLB Pitching Performances of 2016

The bloggers of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance have chosen the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander and the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer as the best pitchers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

In balloting, Mr. Verlander received 11 first place votes and 130 points overall, highest among all candidates in both leagues. Finishing a close second with 125 points and nine first place votes was the Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber. The Boston Red Sox’ Rick Porcello finished third with 110 points and nine first place ballots. Also earning the top spot on BBA ballots were the Chicago White Sox’ Chris Sale and the Toronto Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez. The top five American League pitchers finished as follows:

  1. Justin Verlander, 130 points (11 1st place votes)
  2. Corey Kluber, 125 (9)
  3. Rick Porcello, 110 (9)
  4. Chris Sale, 46 (1)
  5. Aaron Sanchez, 44 (4)

In the National League, Mr. Scherzer received 115 points and 10 first place votes. The Nats’ ace narrowly beat the Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks who finished second with 105 points and one more first place vote than Scherzer. Also receiving first place votes were the New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, the Cubs’ Jon Lester, the San Francisco Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, and late Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. The top five NL pitchers finished as follows:

  1. Max Scherzer, 115 (10)
  2. Kyle Hendricks, 105 (11)
  3. Noah Syndergaard, 63 (1)
  4. Jon Lester, 58 (2)
  5. Jose Fernandez, 44 (3)

In total, 28 MLB pitchers received a vote in the 2016 Walter Johnson Award vote. Honorable mention (with point totals) goes to:

  • American League: Andrew Miller (25), Masahiro Tanaka (19), J.A. Happ (11), Jose Quintana (11), David Price (6), Zach Britton (6), Francisco Rodriguez (3), R.A. Dickey (2), Cole Hamels (1)
  • National League: Madison Bumgarner (41), Clayton Kershaw (34), Jake Arrieta (24), Johnny Cueto (21), Tanner Roark (4), Kenley Jansen (3), Jeurys Familia (2), Julio Teheran (2), Bartolo Colon (1)

Stay tuned the rest of the week for the winners of the Goose Gossage (best relievers), Willie Mays (best rookies) and Connie Mack (best managers) awards.

Mike Trout, Kris Bryant Awarded BBBA’s Stanley Frank Musial Award for Best Regular Season MLB Performances of 2016

Following balloting by the constituent blogs of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, voters chose the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout and the Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant as the best regular season performers of the 2016 MLB regular season.

Mr. Trout received 22 first place votes and 403 points, the highest point total among all players in both leagues. Finishing a close second was the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts, with 331 points (9 1st place), while Jose Altuve finished a respectable third with 263 (5 1st place). The American League Top 10 finished as follows:

  1. Mike Trout, 403 points (22 1st place votes)
  2. Mookie Betts, 331 (9)
  3. Jose Altuve, 263 (5)
  4. Josh Donaldson, 152
  5. David Ortiz, 107 (1)
  6. Manny Machado, 101
  7. Francisco Lindor, 67
  8. Robinson Cano, 61
  9. Miguel Cabrera, 39
  10. Corey Kluber, 37

Mr. Bryant earned his 364 points with 22 first place ballots. Daniel Murphy and Corey Seager finished a distant second and third. The National League Top 10 finished as follows:

  1. Kris Bryant, 364 points (22 1st place votes)
  2. Daniel Murphy, 171 (1)
  3. Corey Seager, 162 (2)
  4. Nolan Arenado, 153 (2)
  5. Anthony Rizzo, 107
  6. Freddie Freeman, 80
  7. Joey Votto, 69
  8. Max Scherzer, 67
  9. Noah Syndergaard, 57
  10. Bryce Harper 56

A total of 70 players received a spot on a ballot for the 2016 Stan Musial Award. Honorable mention (with point total) goes to:

  • American League: Justin Verlander (36), Andrew Miller (34), Edwin Encarnacion (33), Zach Britton (32), Brian Dozier (29), Xander Bogaerts (28), Dustin Pedroia (27), Adrian Beltre (26), Jackie Bradley Jr. (25), Kyle Seager (25), Rick Porcello (21), Carlos Correa (17), Aaron Sanchez (13), Ian Desmond (10), Ian Kinsler (9), Chris Sale (8), Jose Ramirez (8), Adam Jones (7), Jose Abreu (7), Mark Trumbo (6), Masahiro Tanaka (6), Jose Bautista (5), Cody Allen (4), J.A. Happ (4), Jason Kipnis (4), Mike Napoli (4), Rougned Odor (4), Ervin Santana (3), J.D. Martinez (3), Nelson Cruz (3), Chris Archer (2), Eric Hosmer (2), Jose Quintana (2), Todd Frazier (2), Yunel Escobar (2), Elvis Andrus (1), Marcus Stroman (1)
  • National League: Madison Bumgarner (56), Paul Goldschmidt (51), Kyle Hendricks (44), Jon Lester (40), Clayton Kershaw (37), DJ LeMahieu (31), Justin Turner (29), Jose Fernandez (27), Starling Marte (26), Brandon Crawford (25), Jean Segura (25), Jake Arrieta (22), Buster Posey (16), Charlie Blackmon (13), Johnny Cueto (13), Yoenis Cespedes (12), Jonathan Villar (10), Dexter Fowler (9), Wil Myers (8), Yadier Molina (8), Andrew McCutchen (7), Ben Zobrist (7), Bartolo Colon (6), Odubel Herrera (6), Ryan Braun (6), Carlos Gonzalez (5), Christian Yelich (4), Yasmany Tomas (4), Julio Teheran (2), Kenley Jansen (2), Wilson Ramos (2), Anthony Rendon (1), Matt Kemp (1)

Stay tuned the rest of the week for the winners of the Walter Johnson (best overall pitchers), Goose Gossage (best relievers), Willie Mays (best rookies) and Connie Mack (best managers) awards.

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