2013 Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards Ballot – American League
Added by Gregg Snyder on October 22, 2013.
As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, DoubleGSports.com has the opportunity to place votes for the awards they hand out after each regular season. Our staff was asked to vote and we then compiled them into one ballot for DoubleGSports.com.
Max Scherzer is our choice for the American League Walter Johnson Award. (AP Photo)
Here is our American League Ballot….
Connie Mack Award (Top Manager):
Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians - Francona led the Indians to playoffs as a Wild Card. Cleveland finished second in the AL Central, one game behind Detroit, and finished the regular season with a 92-70 record.
Others Receiving Votes: Bob Melvin (A’s), Joe Girardi (Yankees).
Willie Mays Award (Top Rookie):
Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays - Myers was the unanimous selection for the AL Willie Mays Award after the outfielder batted .293 with 23 doubles and 13 home runs in 88 games for the Rays. Myers drove in 53 runs.
Goose Gossage Award (Top Reliever):
Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals - Holland was also a unanimous selection after dominating the game this season as the closer for Kansas City. Holland finished the season with a miniscule 1.21 ERA. He completed 47 saves in 50 opportunities. Holland was a strike out machine, sitting down 103 batters in 67 innings.
Walter Johnson Award (Top Pitcher):
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers - Scherzer was an easy choice as the AL’s top pitcher this season. He showed the world there is more to the Tigers staff than Justin Verlander. Scherzer led all of baseball with 21 wins while recording only three losses. He finished the regular season with a 2.90 ERA and struck out 240 batters in 214.1 innings. Opponents batted just .198 against Scherzer this season and he finished with a 0.97 WHIP.
Stan Musial Award (Top Player):
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers - The Tigers third baseman led all of baseball with a .348 average this season. He finished the regular season with 44 home runs and 137 RBI’s. The only person in baseball to have higher numbers in those two categories was Chris Davis of the Orioles. Cabrera also batted .311 with two home runs in this years playoffs before Detroit was eliminated.
Others receiving votes: Mike Trout (Angels), Chris Davis (Orioles)