Originally posted on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 10/9/12
As a card-carrying member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, one of my favorite duties is to vote in the alliance's post season award ballot. Voting is fun and it certainly is much more favorable to not having a voice. That is true in our country as it is for these award selections. It is a privilege.What follows is this Fan's official BBA ballot and feel free to disagree or agree as you will.The Connie Mack Award (best manager)National LeagueDavey JohnsonBruce BochyDusty BakerAmerican LeagueBob MelvinBuck ShowalterJoe GirardiRationale: How do you measure managers? It is impossible. So all such choices are subjective. The AL was a tossup and could have gone to either Melvin or Showalter. The A's sweep of the Rangers to end the season pushed the vote over the edge.Willie Mays Award (top rookie)National LeagueWade MileyBryce HarperMike FiersAmerican LeagueMike TroutYu DarvishYoenis CespedesRationale: The AL was a runaway and not worth discussing. In the NL, Miley and Harper both finished with the exact same fWAR. Miley simply impressed this voter more pitching that well in a tough environment in Arizona.Goose Gossage Award (top relievers)National LeagueCraig KimbrelAroldis ChapmanDavid HernandezAmerican LeagueFernando RodneyGreg HollandJake McGeeRationale: The top two were no brain picks and so there is comfort there. The second and third picks were hard to judge as it is always difficult to rate relief pitchers. It was hard to leave Rafael Soriano out for the AL, for example.Walter Johnson Award (best pitcher)National LeagueGio GonzalezClayton KershawR.A. DickeyJohnny CuetoWade MileyAmerican LeagueJustin VerlanderDavid PriceFelix HernandezChris SaleYu DarvishRationale: Verlander just has too studly numbers for David Price to overcome. Price had a fantastic, superlative season. Gonzalez pitched in a tougher division and thus the nod his way but it was close.Stan Musial Award (top player)National LeagueBuster PoseyRyan BraunYadier MolinaDavid WrightChase HeadleyAndrew McCutchenAramis RamirezAaron HillJason HeywardMichael BournAmerican LeagueMike TroutMiguel CabreraRobinson CanoJustin VerlanderAdrian BeltreJoe MauerDavid PriceJosh HamiltonAdam JonesPrince FielderRationale: Posey was simply the best player in the NL this season. Braun had another great season and just fell short in this voter's mind. Molina had a fantastic season. And the Trout / Cabrera debate will rage for years.That's the vote and feel free to bash away if you'd like. :) We all have opinions.
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