Don’t look at me, I didn’t come up with the name of these awards, I’m just blogging about them. MLB.com calls its annual end-of-the-season honors the GIBBY Awards — Greatness In BaseBall Yearly — and the Yankees are nominated 17 times.
Click here to vote online. You can vote up to 25 times in each category, and voting ends on December 4. Here are the Yankees nominations.
Player of the Year
There are five nominees from each league — all position players — and it’s pretty much the usual suspects. Granderson is in there with guys like Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols and Matt Kemp. Hard to consider Granderson a favorite here, but he belongs in the running.
Starting Pitcher of the Year
Ten nominees, six of them from the American League. Former Yankees starter Ian Kennedy is in the mix as well. Like with Granderson in the previous category, Sabathia’s probalby not a favorite here, but he belongs in the competition.
Rookie of the Year
Twelve nominees in this one, eight of them from the American League. Whether Nova is a favorite depends on how heavily you factor wins and second-half performances.
Closer of the Year
Seven nominees, and Rivera is one of only two from the American League (Jose Valverde is the other). Rivera has the lowest WHIP and the second-lowest ERA of the bunch.
Setup Man of the Year
Six candidates, two of them out Atlanta. Having watched Robertson all season, I find it difficult to imagine any setup reliever was better than he was. I’m not sure all of his escape acts really show up in the stats. By the way, the only nominee with more strikeouts than Robertson is former Yankees prospect Tyler Clippard.
Defensive Player of the Year
Hard to compare defensive performances from different positions, but the Yankees did land two players in the running for the award. If I had to choose one of the two, I’d probably go with Gardner. Of the 10 nominees, seven are outfielders. Of those seven, Gardner is the only left fielder.
Comeback Player of the Year
Martin’s not a bad candidate, but he’s not even the most deserving Yankee. This seemed like a no brainer for Bartolo Colon, but he missed the cut. Even with Colon in the mix, former Yankees DH Lance Berkman would still be my choice.
This award goes to the most exciting player in the big leagues. There are a lot of speed guys on the list — I covered Shane Victorino for a year, and he really is a thrilling player to watch day after day — but Cano obviously makes the list for his big bat and range at second. Most deserving really depends on your cup of tea, I guess.
Manager of the Year
Those who hate Girardi won’t believe that he made the list, but the Yankees finished with the best record in the American League in a season when they were overwhelmingly expected to finish second in their own division. They lost two setup relievers, two starting pitchers, their shortstop and their cleanup man to injuries. Girardi belongs on this list.
Executive of the Year
Cashman proved he have a big impact with small contracts, and the impact of guys like Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia certainly help his case here. Of course, Kevin Towers getting the Diamondbacks in the postseason and John Mozeliak building a champion are hard to overlook.
Moment of the Year
No. 3,000 for Jeter
No. 602 for Rivera
Cano’s home run derby
Three grand slams in one game
Eight nominees, and the Yankees have half of them (they were involved in a fifth: The Rays rally on the last day of the regular season). For me, there was nothing more memorably that Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit. I’ve said before, I think I might remember more about that day than I remember about the World Series two years ago.
Performance of the Year
In the previous category, Jeter is nominated specifically for the home run on hit No. 3,000. In this category, he’s nominated for the day as a whole. I’ll say one more time: There’s nothing I’ll remember more about this season than the day Jeter hit his 3,000th.
Fan Moment of the Year
You probably remember this one: The June game when a one-armed military veteran made a nice grab on a foul ball.
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