Every year, the membership of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance votes for the BBA’s versions of the post season awards. This is an Internet version of the awards given by the BBWAA with similar categories containing different names for the awards. I have already given you my manager choices here and here. What follows is the rest of my ballot.
The Willie Mays Award is the award for the top rookie of the season. My votes:
- National League – Yasiel Puig (Dodgers). This one was really difficult. Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs.com both rated Puig as being more valuable than Jose Fernandez of the Marlins. But Baseball-reference.com rated Fernandez much higher. It is a bit of a fallacy that the Dodgers took off as soon as Puig showed up. In fact, the team was 7-10 in his first seventeen games. If I could pick a tie, I would pick them both. But since I must choose one, I will go with Puig.
- American League – In the junior circuit, the pick came down between Wil Myers and David Lough. Both were rated similarly, but Lough’s value came mostly from his defense and base running. The defensive stats are still troublesome for me, so my pick is Myers.
The Goose Gossage Award goes to the top relief pitcher of the season. My votes:
- National League – I do not base my picks on saves, but on overall value, WPA and other factors. In the end, Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen and Trevor Rosenthal were all right there. Jansen had the better WPA and clutch scores while Kimbrel had the higher RE24. Rosenthal had the best FIP. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the three, but I am choosing Craig Kimbrel as my winner.
- American League – This comes down to a two-horse race between Greg Holland and Koji Uehara. Both had amazing seasons. Uehara had the better ERA, but Holland the better FIP. Uehara beat Holland by 30 points in WHIP. Holland comes out on top in WPA and Clutch, but Uehara came out on top in RE24. I have to go with Koji Uehara as my winner, though I could support Holland too.
The Walter Johnson Award goes to the top pitcher of the season. My votes:
- National League – There is no discussion. There is the one and only Clayton Kershaw.
- American League – Those in the discussion include Max Scherzer, his teammate, Anibal Sanchez, Yu Darvish and Felix Hernandez. The clear winner for me is Max Scherzer and his win-loss record is the least important of the reasons why.
The Stan Musial Award goes to the top player in each league. My votes.
- National League – My order of finish was: 1. Andrew McCutchen, 2. Matt Carpenter, 3. Carlos Gomez. 4. Paul Goldschmidt. McCutchen is my vote.
- American League – This award says, “top player,” and not, “MVP,” That being the case, Mike Trout was the top player in all of baseball, never mind just the American League. There is nobody close to him.
So those are my votes. The results will be released just after the World Series concludes.