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TYIB Awards Announced, Cano, A-Rod and Mariano Rivera Winners
Thursday, December 15, 2005
As if there weren’t already enough meaningless sports awards to dole out each year, MLB.com hopped on the bandwagon in 2002 with their fan-voted on This Year in Baseball Awards. Just as arbitrary as the Golden Glove, ROY or Cy Young (I’m sorry, but I can’t accept that someone is deserving based on the voting of others, which is likely based on skewed or useless stats [win-loss record?!]), the TYIB Awards allow fans to vote for players in different categories such as Best Closer and Rookie of the Year. One thing I do like about the TWIB Awards is that they include different categories like “Single-Game Performance of the Year” and “Blooper of the Year”.

Complete List:
CLOSER OF THE YEAR: Mariano Rivera. BEAT OUT: Brad Lidge, Derrick Turnbow

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Robinson Cano. BEAT OUT: Jeff Francoeur , Willy Taveras

SINGLE-GAME PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: A-Rod, for his April 6th performance. He went 4-5, hit three homers and drove in 10 runs that day!

SET-UP MAN OF THE YEAR: Neal Cotts (White Sox)

BLOOPER OF THE YEAR: Pedro’s mid-inning run-in with the Shea Stadium sprinkler system

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners)

MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Ozzie Guillen (White Sox)


PLAY OF THE YEAR: David Wright’s spectacular bare-handed grab of Brian Giles’ pop-up at Petco Park. (I was there!)


Final Thoughts from the Yankees Chick: I actually agree with quite a few of these. Rivera was clearly the best closer, and Ozzie is very deserving of the Manager title. But how on earth did Roger Clemens, the only starting pitcher with a sub-2.0 ERA, come in third in the voting?! Those kind of votes highlight exactly why I hate these awards.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Thursday, December 15, 2005  
  • At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Huston Street is a more deserving candidate for Rookie of the Year than Robinson Cano. Granted, it's hard to compare a closer and a 2B, but you can't look at Street's performance this year and say he doesn't deserve that title. He blew away the competition in the official AL Rookie of the Year voting, and that award was well deserved.

  • At 5:20 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    I can see where you're coming from.....but I still think that closers are so overrated that I can't put them in the same category as an everyday infielder.

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