Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Season 33 Award Winners

Here's your recap of the Season 33 Award Winners!

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
American League - Francis King, Salem - .348 AVG 34 HR 137 RBI
The winner of the Season 33 AL MVP by a single vote, it would still be tough to argue that he's not a deserving winner.  King was the AL batting champ and also led the league in RBI and OPS.  This is the 31-year old's first MVP win, although he has had a number of impressive seasons where he warranted consideration.  He also won a Silver Slugger Award this season.   Congrats to King on breaking through and winning the MVP in a very tight race!

National League - Julian Barber, Colorado - .340 AVG 43 HR 112 RBI
Yes, OK, Barber plays in Colorado, which helps the offensive stats a bit, but when a player wins the batting title and leads the league in Hits, Runs, Slugging, OBP, and OPS, it's hard to ignore regardless of where he plays, and NL MVP voters felt the same way, resulting in the 26 year-old Barber taking home his first MVP crown.  On top of the aforementioned accomplishments, he also was an All-Star starter and won a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove.  What a season indeed!

CY YOUNG AWARD
American League - Carlos Colome, Salem - 26-3 2.25 ERA 175 K
And yet another award decided by one vote, this season has emphasized that your vote matters! Colome takes home the AL Cy Young with a tremendous season setting new Cobbfather records in Quality Starts and Innings Pitched and tying the all-time mark for Wins.  He also won the AL ERA title and was a 2-time Pitcher of the Week, on top of making his 3rd All-Star team.  Not a bad season for the 25 year-old lefty who is showing that pitch ratings aren't everything!

National League - Red Collins, Florida - 18-7 2.33 ERA 194 K
The only repeat winner in the major awards this season, Collins takes home his 2nd Cy Young trophy, also having won in Season 30.  He was the NL leader in ERA, Strikeouts and WHIP and tied for the lead in Quality Starts and Shutouts, making him quite the strong candidate.  The voters agreed, awarding him a landslide win.  He also made his 4th All-Star appearance this season.  The 34 year-old righty is still going strong, and another Cy Young push next season wouldn't be surprising.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
American League - Sean Gosling, Charlotte - .268 AVG 40 HR 108 RBI 20 SB
The 23 year-old Charlotte 3rd Baseman lived up to the hype of being the #1 overall draft pick in Season 30, putting forth an excellent campaign that earned him AL Rookie of the Year honors. Gosling is the total package, with elite fielding ability for a 3B, plus-plus power and very nice hitting splits, with some upside, as this is only his 3rd pro year.  Indeed, it would not be a surprise to see Gosling further up the awards chart in the future.

National League - Benny Romano, Monterrey - .303 AVG 37 HR 123 RBI
Romano, also in his 3rd pro year, came from the International circuit out of the Dominican.  He was able to post equally impressive numbers this season on his way to earning the NL Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old played in all 162 games, posting an excellent batting average and elite power numbers.  There's little doubt that he has the ability to be one of the major power bats in Cobbfather for seasons to come.

FIREMAN OF THE YEAR
American League - Troy Hudek, Charlotte - 2.31 ERA, 37 SV, 1st win
National League - Andre Harper, Richmond - 4.63 ERA, 52 SV, 1st win

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
American League
DH
Robert Hamilton
Houston
1st
C
Sean Dahl
Colorado Springs
3rd
1B
Albert Cruz
Milwaukee
10th
2B
Wandy Guillen
Cheyenne
2nd
3B
Tony Cassevah
Salem
2nd
SS
Jaret Miller
Atlanta
4th
LF
Ubaldo Alvarez
Little Rock
1st
CF
Raul Galvez
Salem
4th
RF
Francis King
Salem
3rd

National League
P Renyel Beato New York 1st
C Seth Robinson Nashville 1st
1B Julian Barber Colorado 1st
2B Gerry Camilli Florida 1st
3B Yasmany Cubillan Florida 1st
SS Willie Tejeda New York 2nd
LF Wiki Unamuno Montgomery 5th
CF George Dubler Nashville 1st
RF Ahmed Ratliff Cleveland 2nd

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
American League
P Thomas Lyon Milwaukee 4th
C Rick Rigby Salem 1st
1B Alex Mercedes Atlanta 3rd
2B George Flores Charlotte 1st
3B Javy Melian Fargo 1st
SS Oswaldo Cubillan Little Rock 1st
LF Bruce Lambert Detroit 1st
CF Jon Curtis Detroit 1st
RF Patrick Browne Little Rock 2nd

National League 
P Hugh Sexton Nashville 1st
C Felix Yosida Florida 2nd
1B Julian Barber Colorado 1st
2B Orel Sveum Kansas City 1st
3B Benj Clemens New York 1st
SS Jumbo Camacho Buffalo 1st
LF Trever Serafini Cleveland 1st
CF J.T. Constanza Minnesota 3rd
RF Louie Bennett Buffalo 1st

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