It’s kind of an awkward name, but MLB.com has its own annual awards called the GIBBYs. It stands for Greatness In Baseball Yearly, and three Yankees were named when the awards were announced last night.
A breakout season recognized, Robertson was named the season’s best setup reliever with 27.2 percent of the vote. Mike Adams was second with 22.7 percent after splitting his season between San Diego and Texas.
This is intended for the game’s most exciting player, and Cano won it with 33.5 percent of the vote, edging out Jose Reyes who had 30.2 percent. As I said when I posted about my MVP ballot, I believe Curtis Granderson had the best year of any Yankees player, but I absolutely believe Cano is the team’s best player.
Performance of the Year
In this sort of thing, 46.3 percent of the vote counts as a landslide, and that was Jeter’s total for his 5-for-5 performance on the day he got his 3,000th hit. I’ve said before, it was perhaps the most unforgetable athletic achievement I’ve ever seen in person. Just an amazing performance that cemented exactly who Jeter is and what he’s meant to this franchise.
Former Yankees starter Ian Kennedy was named Breakout Player of the Year after pitching his way into the Cy Young conversation in the National League, short-term Yankees designated hitter Lance Berkman won Comeback Player of the Year, and Dan Johnson‘s home run on the final day of the season — the one that beat the Yankees — was named the Moment of the Year.
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