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Rivera wins Comeback Player and Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera

The Year of Mariano continues.

Tonight, the Yankees closer was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year. He also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year as chosen by his fellow the Major League players. The Man of the Year award is given based on outstanding character and charitable work, and there are few people in the game with character as respected as Mariano Rivera.

The other Players Choice Award winners.

Outstanding Player: Miguel Cabrera
Outstanding Pitcher: Max Scherzer
Outstanding Rookie: Wil Myers
Comeback Player: Mariano Rivera

Outstanding Player: Andrew McCutchen
Outstanding Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw
Outstanding Rookie: Jose Fernandez
Comeback Player: Francisco Liriano

Player of Year: Miguel Cabrera
Man of the Year: Mariano Rivera

Associated Press photo





49 Responses to “Rivera wins Comeback Player and Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards”

  1. mick November 4th, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Why not let the players vote for MVP, HOF etc…?

  2. Duh Innings II November 4th, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Why not let the players vote for HOF?

    Cuz they’d let A-Rod into the HOF.

  3. Duh Innings II November 4th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Also they’d be manufacturing their own fame.

    It could breed cronyism.

    What if a guy is liked immensely by voting players during his career but puts up Al Oliver numbers (nice numbers but not Hall Of Fame numbers, sorry)? He should get in because x amount of voters really liked him?

  4. yankinvegas November 5th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I enjoy reading the daily leaks from MLB in the ARod case and then reading that Manfred says we will not comment based on our respect for the confidentiality of our negotiated agreement, or a like legal blather.
    And then the next day reading the new leaks from Manfred on the ARod case.
    My FA predictions for NYY :
    we sign Tanaka, Benoit, Arroyo, Pierzynski, Beltran and Peralta
    we resign Cano and Logan
    Kuroda goes back to Japan
    Grandy walks

  5. Hankflorida November 5th, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Ruth, Gehrig and Rivera are the greatest of all time without question at their positions. I listened to Lou Gehrig’s “luckiest man alive” speech, attended Babe Ruth Day at the Stadium in 1947 and watched Mo’s being honored on his day. I would hope that Cano will be given a day for his achievements as a Yankee for his whole career, and I will be around to see the greatest 2nd basemen of all time getting this tribute when he retires.

  6. Pat M. November 5th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Greatest 2nd baseman of all time. Hey what about 2 time MVP Joe Morgan and then there’s Ryne Sanberg. I mean come on Cano is a solid 2nd baseman with great skills but …….

  7. pat November 5th, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hall of Fame expansion era/historical commitee ballot this year:

    Managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, owner George Steinbrenner, MLBPA head Marvin Miller and players Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin (also a manager), Ted Simmons, Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry.

  8. LathamJoe November 5th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    “Why not let the players vote for HOF?

    Cuz they’d let A-Rod into the HOF.”

    The players are obviously the most qualified to determine who amongst their peers are deserving of HOF honors. I am not an ARod fan, but lets face it, he was a dominate & elite MLB player before steriods and shpould be in the HOF. So is Bonds, Clemens, and, yes, even Ortiz – all who have taken PEDs. I realize that integrity and character also determine HOF election, but what is the criteria for making such a determination? The Hall already has racists, admitted drug users, cheaters, and unruly characters amongst its ranks. Put an asterisk around the whole Era, but elect those that have achieved HOF status on the field.

  9. pkyankfan69 November 5th, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Greatest 2nd baseman of all time. Hey what about 2 time MVP Joe Morgan and then there’s Ryne Sanberg. I mean come on Cano is a solid 2nd baseman with great skills but ……
    Looks to me that Cano is pretty comparable to them offensively at least.

    Cano – .309/.355/.504/.859
    Sandberg – .285/.344/.452/.796
    Morgan – .271/.392/.427/.819

  10. blake November 5th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Pat M. says:
    November 5, 2013 at 1:19 am
    Greatest 2nd baseman of all time. Hey what about 2 time MVP Joe Morgan and then there’s Ryne Sanberg. I mean come on Cano is a solid 2nd baseman with great skills but …….

    Through age 30 seasons;

    Morgan: .273/.389/.422/.811.
    Ryno: .287/.342/.452/.795.
    Cano: .309/.355/.504 ..860

  11. blake November 5th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Morgan ages pretty we though and had some of his best seasons after age. 30…..actually his 2 best were age 31 and 32

  12. blake November 5th, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Alomar was better than Sandberg…..he might have been better than Morgan too…Robbie Alomar was amazing

    He had a career slash of .300/.371/.443/.814

    And was easily IMO the best defensive 2B ever

  13. Hassey November 5th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Youse guys are forgetting about Felix Millan
    Granted, I don’t have his slash line handy

  14. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Hornsby has to be the greatest ever though by the numbers……

    Cano might end up in the conversation for greatest modern era 2B……but like Jeter vs Honus Wagner the numbers just don’t compare.

    There is the cow partite bases era and the modern era and it’s hard to compare them

  15. AAA November 5th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Morgan: .273/.389/.422/.811.
    Ryno: .287/.342/.452/.795.
    Cano: .309/.355/.504 ..860


    Sandberg isn’t even in the conversation to me. I’d take Lou Whitaker on my team first.

    Re: Morgan v. Cano, I would also add OPS+ thru age 30 seasons, In which Morgan holds a 132 to 125 edge. Morgan played a significant chunk of his career in a really depressed offensive time.

  16. austinmac November 5th, 2013 at 8:32 am


    Morgan’s early career was also in the then enormous Astrodome.

  17. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Fair point …..Morgan got on base a lot more than Cano earlier in there careers.

    I think the biggest thing for Cano’s all time place might be if he can sustain his OBP from the last 2 seasons.

    His OBP from 2012 and 2013 were well above his career averages and more on par with what Morgan did……if he can keep doing that then he might climb to the top……I’m still trying to decide if those numbers are real or inflated because he’s had no protection since 2011

  18. austinmac November 5th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Wagner played little 2B. He was mostly at SS.

  19. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Morgan had a better OPS from age 31-40 than from age 19-30. His power decreased with age but he never stopped getting on base like crazy

  20. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    austinmac says:
    November 5, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Wagner played little 2B. He was mostly at SS.

    Yea I brought up Wagner as a comp for comparing Jeter…..Hornby was the old timer 2b champ

  21. Ys Guy November 5th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    hey guys and gals! i havent been paying attention to all the nothingness going on the past week. have we found out yet who’s getting QO’s and who’s not?

  22. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Greatest modern 2B to me is between Morgan and Alomar …..cano could get I to the discussion and he’s on that track but it’ll depend on what he does in the 2nd half of his career

  23. AAA November 5th, 2013 at 8:51 am


    Morgan’s OPS/OPS+ was definitely more OBP driven. Obviously he and Cano are two different types of weapons, which makes comparing them a little difficult.

    Morgan is the closest thing I can think to an infield version of Rickey Henderson. Henderson was certainly more prolific stealing bases (though not necessarily more effective), but both guys were good but not great batting average types with exceptionally high OBP, and better than average power. Morgan was special.

  24. 86w183 November 5th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    No mention of Horace Clarke?

    It’s so hard to compare Hornsby to Alomar because I doubt there’s anyone alive who saw them both play.

    Hornsby was clearly the greatest 2B of his time.

    In my time I would rank Alomar, Morgan, Cano, Sanberg in that order.

  25. blake November 5th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Davidoff predicts the yanks will sign

    Cano : 8/200 (number I’ve been saying since last year as the floor he will get)
    Choo: 6/100
    Kuroda: 1/15
    Tanaka: 5/60 (60 million posting)

    That puts the Yanks well over 189 and IMO still doesn’t make them a title contender if they do nothing else…..they still wouldn’t have a catcher or left side of the infield

    He predicted Salty to Toronto at 3/27 and McCann to Texas at 5/85. That Salty deal would be very nice IMO

  26. 86w183 November 5th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    YsGuy —

    13 players received QOs—

    3 Yankees (Cano, Kuroda, Granderson), 3 Red Sawx (Ellsbury, Drew, Napoli)

    Plus — Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Brian McCann, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.

    I was surprised by Drew and Morales, but none of the others. A little surprised that the Dodgers did not place a QO on Ricky Nolasco

  27. 4TrainNorth November 5th, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Anyone read Verducci’s article in SI (“Gone Crazy”) on how baseball needs more modern enhancements? Just curious what folks think about this Bonus At-Bat idea. He’s really pushing it in the piece, which makes me think he came up with it (in which case: Ver-douchey).

    Still, the dominance of young pitching is a little concerning to me. I like the idea that a young pitcher has to “learn to pitch” before he can really have success at the major-league level. But as the Cards seem to have shown, all it takes is a young arm with a big fastball.

    And is this new wave of young guns solely responsible for the lack of offense, seen most strikingly in the postseason? Or is the suspected drop in PED use hard to ignore as a factor?

  28. 4TrainNorth November 5th, 2013 at 9:16 am

    And Cano has a very real chance to become the greatest second baseman of the modern era. Anyone who says otherwise is on the crack rock. That said, interesting that no one mentioned the little one from Boston. I’m sure Sox fans think his name belongs in the coversation, however premature those notions might be.

  29. blake November 5th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Davidoff thinks Arod will suspended long enough for them to be able to add more money than it seems

  30. mick November 5th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    In my time I would rank Alomar, Morgan, Cano, Sanberg in that order.
    Who was that mets 2b , he gets HOF mention?

  31. Ys Guy November 5th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    thanks 86. i dont think any of them will accept.

  32. Ys Guy November 5th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    felix millan?

  33. blake November 5th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    mick says:
    November 5, 2013 at 9:33 am
    In my time I would rank Alomar, Morgan, Cano, Sanberg in that order.

    Modern era yea I think that’s a good list…..I do think Cank could move to the top with another 4 or 5 years of his current production or close

  34. mick November 5th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    not millan, a righty power hitter played 2B for Mets anf another team, possible HOF mention…

  35. mick November 5th, 2013 at 10:01 am

    initial are JK, just remembered

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