Monkey With a Halo MLB Awards Ballot

It’s that time of year again, time to fill out some end of season ballots.  As this blog is a card-carrying member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (actually, there are no cards, this is the internet, after all), I must fulfill my association mandated duties by casting a ballot for all of their standard season-ending awards.  Yeah, it isn’t Angels related, but I think you can all handle it, especially since the Angels news cycle is completely dead right now (which is why there were on Halo Headlines today, literally nothing to link to, probably the first time that has ever happened).

Baseball Bloggers Alliance

Connie Mack Award (top manager):

  1. Kirk Gibson
  2. Joe Maddon
  3. Ron Roenicke

How can you not vote for Gibson?  This Diamondbacks team wasn’t even expected to be a .500 team.  Maddon is impressive too, but his success story wouldn’t be nearly as great if the Red Sox didn’t flameout so spectacularly.

Willie Mays Award (top rookie):

  1. Craig Kimbrel
  2. Michael Pineda
  3. Dustin Ackley

OK, Angels fans, relax.  Trumbo doesn’t make it because he just is too incomplete.  Kimbrel is amazing though and Pineda is also very impressive.  Ackley might be a little bit of a reach, but the kid actually kind of scares me when he comes up and I can’t remember the last time I said that about a Mariner not named Ichiro.

Goose Gossage Award (top reliever):

    1. Craig Kimbrel
    2. Mariano Rivera
    3. Jonathan Papelbon

    Kimbrel, again, amazing.  It isn’t his fault his manager ran him into the ground by the end of the season.  As for Papelbon making the list given his own large contribution to the Red Sox collapse, his numbers the rest of the season are highly impressive, and I am going to keep telling that to myself when the Angels sign him to a three-year, $40 million contract this off-season.

      Walter Johnson Award (top pitcher):

      1. Justin Verlander
      2. Roy Halladay
      3. Clayton Kershaw
      4. CC Sabathia
      5. Jered Weaver

      Verlander was the easy choice.  As for Weaver being fifth, his less than dominant second half is going to cost him votes.  In fact, I almost put Cliff Lee in over him, but that probably would’ve cost me my Angel blogger credentials.

      Stan Musial Award (top player):

      1. Jose Bautista
      2. Jacoby Ellsbury
      3. Matt Kemp
      4. Miguel Cabrera
      5. Ryan Braun
      6. Dustin Pedroia
      7. Justin Upton
      8. Joey Votto
      9. Adrian Gonzalez
      10. Curtis Granderson

      Ellsbury is probably going to win the AL MVP, but I couldn’t overlook Bautista’s ridiculous .306 ISO and .447 OPS, even though Ellsbury provides a ton of defensive value in addition to the great offense.

      ADDENDUM – Apparently I don’t know how to read directions and I was only supposed to vote for the AL, so I will just add the AL only ballot on to the end of this post

      Connie Mack Award (top manager):

      1. Joe Maddon
      2. Mike Scioscia
      3. Jim Leyland

      Willie Mays Award (top rookie):

      1. Michael Pineda
      2. Dustin Ackley
      3. Mark Trumbo

      Goose Gossage Award (top reliever):

      1. Mariano Rivera
      2. Jonathan Papelbon
      3. David Robertson

      Walter Johnson Award (top pitcher):

      1. Justin Verlander
      2. CC Sabathia
      3. Jered Weaver
      4. David Price
      5. Dan Haren

      Stan Musial Award (top player):

      1. Jose Bautista
      2. Jacoby Ellsbury
      3. Miguel Cabrera
      4. Dustin Pedroia
      5. Adrian Gonzalez
      6. Curtis Granderson
      7. Robinson Cano
      8. Alex Gordon
      9. Ian Kinsler
      10. Ben Zobrist
      Garrett Wilson

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