2013 Baseball Bloggers Alliance Awards Ballot – National 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.
Jose Fernandez is our choice for top National League rookie. (Getty Images)
Here is our National League Ballot….
Connie Mack Award (Top Manager):
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates - A unanimous choice, and how could he not be. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a laughing stock of baseball for a long time. This season, Hurdle led the club to the third best record in the National League at 94-68, finishing second in the NL Central and making the playoffs as a Wild Card.
Willie Mays Award (Top Rookie):
Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins - The National League had a handful of excellent players, but Fernandez gets our vote. The flame thrower went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts for the Marlins. He struck out 187 batters in 172.2 innings. He gave up just 10 home runs all season.
Others receiving votes: Yasiel Puig (Dodgers)
Goose Gossage Award (Top Reliever):
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves - The Braves closer was a unanimous choice as the top reliever in the NL. Kimbrel was tied with the Orioles Jim Johnson for most saves this season with 50. He finished the year with a 1.21 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. Kimbrel struck out 98 batters in 67 innings.
Walter Johnson Award (Top Pitcher):
Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers - Another unanimous choice, Kershaw was dominant all season. The Dodgers ace finished with a 16-9 record, leading the team to the NL West crown. An ERA under 3.00 is considered a stellar season, an ERA under 2.00 for a starting pitcher is almost unheard of these days. Kershaw did just that, finishing the regular season with a 1.83 ERA.
Stan Musial Award (Top Player):
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates - McCutchen does a bit of everything for the Pirates. He finished the year batting .317 with 38 doubles, 21 home runs, 84 RBI, and 27 stolen bases.
Others receiving votes: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)