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The BBBWARAOAAE congratulates Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw

Mike Trout MVP

The BBWAA finally got it right in the American League, unanimously crowning Mike Trout as the Most Valuable Player in 2014. In addition to his BBWAA hardware, the slugging outfielder takes home his second virtual trophy from the blogging community in 2014; he was named Rookie of the Year in 2012. He may have won an award in 2013 as well, had the chairman of the BBBWARAOAAE remembered to send out the ballots. Trout is only the tenth player ever to be listed first on all BBWAA ballots for the MVP; Albert Pujols was the last unanimous winner in 2009 for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was one vote away from unanimity from the BBBWARAOAAE as well; one voter listed Chicago rookie Jose Abreu above Trout.

Clayton Kershaw MVP

In the National League, the debate whether a pitcher should win MVP raged on, but in the end both the BBWAA and the BBBWARAOAAE selected Clayton Kershaw as the Most Valuable Player. Hotly contested until the very end of the season, Giancarlo Stanton‘s injuries may have cost him the award. Of course, the early season front-runner was Troy Tulowitzki; no BBBWARAOAAE listed the shortstop on their ballot, but one kind BBWAA member recognized Tulo and listed him in last place.

AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Mike Trout 18 94 420 (1)
2. Victor Martinez 36 229 (2)
3. Jose Abreu 1 24 145 (4)
4. Robinson Cano 16 124 (6)
5. Michael Brantley 13 185 (3)
6. Nelson Cruz 12 102 (7)
7. Josh Donaldson 11 96 (8)
8. Felix Hernandez 10 48 (10)
9. Miguel Cabrera 7 82 (9)
10. Jose Altuve 6 41 (13)
11t. Corey Kluber 4 45 (11)
11t. Jose Bautista 4 128 (5)
13t. Alex Gordon 2 44 (12)
13t. Adam Jones 2 34 (14)
15t. Steve Pearce 1 n/a
15t. Kyle Seager 1 1 (20)
15t. Adrian Beltre 1 22 (15)
x. Greg Holland n/a 13 (16)
x. Albert Pujols n/a 5 (17)
x. Howie Kendrick n/a 3 (18t)
x. James Shields n/a 3 (18t)

NATIONAL LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Clayton Kershaw 12 77 355 (1)
2. Giancarlo Stanton 5 56 298 (2)
3. Andrew McCutchen 1 53 271 (3)
4. Jonathan Lucroy 13 167 (4)
5. Anthony Rendon 7 155 (5)
6t. Johnny Cueto 3 22 (12)
6t. Anthony Rizzo 3 37 (10)
6t. Buster Posey 3 152 (6)
9t. Yasiel Puig 2 8 (19t)
9t. Justin Morneau 2 2 (23t)
9t. Carlos Gomez 2 13 (16)
12t. Devin Mesoraco 1 5 (21)
12t. Ben Revere 1 n/a
x. Adrian Gonzalez n/a 57 (7)
x. Adam Wainwright n/a 53 (8)
x. Josh Harrison n/a 52 (9)
x. Hunter Pence n/a 34 (11)
x. Russell Martin n/a 21 (13)
x. Matt Holliday n/a 17 (14t)
x. Jhonny Peralta n/a 17 (14t)
x. Justin Upton n/a 10 (17)
x. Jayson Werth n/a 9 (18)
x. Denard Span n/a 8 (19t)
x. Lucas Duda n/a 3 (22)
x. Freddie Freeman n/a 2 (23t)
x. Dee Gordon n/a 1 (25t)
x. Troy Tulowitzki n/a 1 (25t)

The BBBWARAOAAE congratulates Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, and Felix Hernandez

Kershaw Cy Young winner

The unanimous winner of the National League Cy Young Award presented by the BBWAA was also the unanimous selection of the BBBWARAOAAE. Clayton Kershaw‘s lights-out performance on the mound made him the clear winner in the Senior Circuit. The BBWAA and BBBWARAOAAE results matched up the top six pitchers in the League: Kershaw, Johnny Cueto, Adam Wainwright, Madison Bumgarner, Jordan Zimmerman and Cole Hamels.

Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber Cy Young winners

The American League was a much closer call, and too close to call for the BBBWARAOAAE, so BBWAA winner Corey Kluber shares the award with Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Clayton Kershaw 20 100 210 (1)
2. Johnny Cueto 61 112 (2)
3. Adam Wainwright 46 97 (3)
4. Madison Bumgarner 14 28 (4)
5. Jordan Zimmerman 10 25 (5)
6. Cole Hamels 7 17 (6)
7. Jake Arrieta 3 3 (9t)
8t. Tanner Roark 2 n/a
8t. Stephen Strasburg 2 3 (9t)
10t. Aroldis Chapman 1 n/a
10t. Doug Fister 1 5 (8)
10t. Zack Greinke 1 6 (7)
10t. Craig Kimbrel 1 3 (9t)
x. Henderson Alvarez n/a 1 (12)

AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1t. Felix Hernandez 10 74 159 (2)
1t. Corey Kluber 8 74 169 (1)
3. Chris Sale 40 78 (3)
4. Max Scherzer 18 32 (5)
5. Jon Lester 13 46 (4)
6. David Price 4 16 (6)
7t. Greg Holland 2 1 (9)
7t. Hisashi Iwakuma 2 n/a
9t. Dallas Keuchel 1 n/a
9t. Rick Porcello 1 n/a
x. Phil Hughes n/a 6 (7)
x. Wade Davis n/a 3 (8)

Who is the greatest shortstop of all-time?

Cal Ripken

With the retirement of Derek Jeter, I thought it would be appropriate to ask the BBBWARAOAAE, “Who is the greatest shortstop of all-time?” In an extremely close race, Cal Ripken edged out Honus Wagner 48-47, with Jeter finishing third. As of this writing, all eligible shortstops named in the poll have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

NAME 1ST PL POINTS
1. Cal Ripken 6 48
2. Honus Wagner 4 47
3. Derek Jeter 18
4t. Ernie Banks 14
4t. Ozzie Smith 14
4t. Barry Larkin 14
7t. Alex Rodriguez 1 5
7t. Luis Aparicio 5
9. Luke Appling 4

The BBBWARAOAAE has spoken, and the player who most deserves Hall of Fame enshrinement is…

Pete Rose

One of my personal favorite topics of discussion is the worthiness of players for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Nearly everyone has an opinion about who does and does not belong, and who has been overlooked by the BBWAA voters. The most overlooked player, according to the BBBWARAOAAE, is the all-time hit king Pete Rose, who is not eligible for enshrinement under the current rules of the Hall of Fame. Others who received votes are PED poster boys Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, stars of the 1980s Tim Raines and Alan Trammell, and old timers Bill Dahlen and Tony Mullane.

NAME 1ST PL POINTS
1. Pete Rose 7 42
2. Tim Raines 1 27
3. Barry Bonds 1 22
4. Shoeless Joe Jackson 18
5. Craig Biggio 12
6. Bill Dahlen 1 10
7. Roger Clemens 8
8. Dale Murphy 7
9. Tony Mullane 1 6
10. Alan Trammell 4
11. Lee Smith 3
12t. Kenny Lofton 2
12t.Dave Parker 2
14. Dave Concepcion 1

The BBBWARAOAAE congratulates Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom

Jose Abreu Rookie of the Year

After taking home the BBWAA top rookie awards yesterday, Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom can continue their celebrations today as both are winners of the Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere Rookie of the Year Award!

Jacob  deGrom Rookie of the Year

Abreu was the clear winner in the American League, taking all but one first-place vote; deGrom faced stiff competition from the Reds’ speedy Billy Hamilton, but edged him out 11-7 in first place votes, and winning by the slim margin of seven points. Only one other National Leaguer, David Peralta, received a first-place vote.

BBBWARAOAAE voters recognized one AL and four NL rookies that were overlooked by the BBWAA; the BBWAA listed two AL and one NL first-year players that were ignored by BBBWARAOAAE voters.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

NAME FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Jose Abreu 18 94 150 (1)
2. Matt Shoemaker 1 42 40 (2)
3. Masahiro Tanaka 24 16 (5)
4. Dellin Betances 20 27 (3)
5. Yordano Ventura 18 9 (6)
6. Collin McHugh 17 21 (4)
7. George Springer 4 1 (8t)
8. Danny Santana 3 3 (7)
9t. Xander Bogaerts 2 n/a
9t. Nick Castellanos 2 1 (8t)
x. Brock Holt n/a 1 (8t)
x. Jake Odorizzi n/a 1 (8t)

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Name FIRST PLACE

VOTES

BBBWARAOAAE

POINTS

BBWAA (place)
1. Jacob deGrom 11 82 142 (1)
2. Billy Hamilton 7 75 92 (2)
3. Kolten Wong 21 14 (3)
4t. Ken Giles 13 8 (4)
4t. Ender Inciarte 13 4 (5)
6. Kyle Hendricks 6 2 (7t)
7t. Jeurys Familia 5 2 (7t)
7t. David Peralta 1 5 n/a
9t. Joe Panik 3 3 (6)
9t. Travis d’Arnaud 3 n/a
9t. Javier Baez 3 n/a
12. Yangervis Solarte 1 n/a
x. Chase Anderson n/a 1 (10)

The deadline has passed, the votes are in…

BBBWARAOAAE

The winners of the 2014 Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere are…
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Don’t forget to vote…baseball style!

I’m not talking about the November elections…that’s way too far away to think about. I’m talking about baseball awards. Forget the BBWAA, you can be a member of the BBBWARAOAAE and vote for the MVP, Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year, and a couple of other awards! And it’s free!

BBBWARAOAAE

Click here for all the details and remember your ballots are due by Tuesday, September 30, at noon eastern!

Base Ball Blog Writers and Readers Association of America and Elsewhere

2014 BBBWARAOAAE

Or BBBWARAOAAE for kinda not really shorter and honestly harder to remember.

A couple of years ago, I decided to collect votes on who you thought should win the various baseball awards. Last year I forgot. Sorry.

This year, I’m back at it.

Every year, the BBWAA honors the top players, pitchers, and rookies, by voting for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award, and Rookie of the Year Award winners. Why should they all have the fun?

Announcing the second-ever (but not annual) BBBWARAOAAE awards! All you have to do is e-mail me your top five picks in any or all of the below categories, and we’ll see whether the BBWAA agrees with the common fan! Rank your picks; there will be no ties on individual ballots. Votes must be received by Tuesday, September 30, at noon eastern time.

The categories are:

  • National League Most Valuable Player
  • American League Most Valuable Player
  • National League Cy Young Award
  • American League Cy Young Award
  • National League Rookie of the Year
  • American League Rookie of the Year

And two “just for fun” categories:

  • Most deserving player not in the Hall of Fame
  • Greatest shortstop ever

Vote for any category or all, up to five players in each. Remember, rank your picks in each category from 1-5, with 1 being the best. Sound like fun? Send your lists to jasontcarter at gmail dot com by next Tuesday, noon eastern time.

(Feel free to share this link or repost this information to your own blog…the more participation we get, the better!)

In 2012, the BBBWARAOAAE picked the following players (BBWAA winner in parenthesis if different):

Announcing the BBBWARAOAAE National League Most Valuable Player…

Before putting it to a vote, I thought National League MVP would be up in the air, one of the closest battles in the BBBWARAOAAE. But the majority agreed about who was the most valuable in the National League, with only two dissenting first-place votes…

Posey

American League Most Valuable Player

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
Buster Posey 6 1 1 49
Andrew McCutchen 6 1 27
Ryan Braun 2 2 20
Yadier Molina 1 2 1 8
Chase Headley 2 2 6
Joey Votto 1 1 5
Jay Bruce 1 3
Carlos Beltran 1 2
Gio Gonzalez 1 2
David Wright 1 1
Allen Craig 1 1
Matt Kemp 1 1

Ballots are revealed at each voter’s discretion. Justin’s World, Lifetime Topps Project and Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff each posted their picks on their respective sites.

Announcing the BBBWARAOAAE American League Most Valuable Player…

It was a surprise to me that this was not a unanimous selection, but I will admit that I held out my vote until the last day of the season to see whether or not history would be made. Had Cabrera not captured the Triple Crown, I would have cast my vote differently. Perhaps others were thinking the same, but in the end one name topped the majority of the ballots…

Cabrera

American League Most Valuable Player

NAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th TOTAL
Miguel Cabrera 5 1 39
Mike Trout 1 5 27
Adrian Beltre 3 1 10
Josh Hamilton 2 1 8
Robinson Cano 3 6
Derek Jeter 1 1 1 6
Edwin Encarnacion 1 1 3
Joe Mauer 1 1
Prince Fielder 1 1

Ballots are revealed at each voter’s discretion. Justin’s World and Lifetime Topps Project each posted their picks on their respective sites.

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