The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBBA) was founded in 2009 with the purpose of encouraging collaboration and communication among bloggers from across baseball.  The Alliance also votes on various awards at different times in the year, including end of season awards.

Award season.  That time-honored tradition of someone deciding who or what should get something for their performance.  Movies have the Academy Awards.  TV has the Emmy’s.  Baseball has the ESPY’s Baseball Writers Association of America‘s end of season awards.

None of the folks in the BBBA are likely members of the BBWAA.  At least I don’t think so.  I do know that no one in the San Diego chapter is.  So we get to make up our own awards.  Which is nice.

Last week, Padres Trail gave you the first category, Manager of the Year.  Today, I get the chance to show you who we selected for Reliever of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

There are no Padres pitchers on our collective ballots for the Reliever of the Year or Pitcher of the Year, despite Padres Trail’s blatant attempts at homerism by putting Tyson Ross on his ballot.  Sorry.  That’s life.

This is my first year in the BBBA, which means that these are the first awards I’ve ever voted on.  And no, I don’t count the McRib Awards from last year.  No one should count those.  Ever.

The San Diego chapter’s vote for the National League pitcher awards:

Goose Gossage Award (Best Reliever)

Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (Tie)

Without Jansen, we’re not sure the Dodgers would have made the playoffs.  Because, without Jansen, the rest of their bullpen isn’t that good.

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds (Tie)

36 saves in 38 opportunities.  Eight inherited runners, none of whom scored.  And a 106/24 (4.42) strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

If you just look at number of saves, Kimbrel wins easily with 47 saves in 51 opportunities.  But Kimbrel also allowed a grand total of two inherited runners to score.  Two.  2.  In 63 games.  That’s pretty good.  Not as good as Chapman, though.


Walter Johnson Award (Best Pitcher)

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

Kershaw led the league in almost all of the major pitching categories.  In the few he wasn’t on top he was in the top-five.  No-brainer.  Everyone else is just in the running for second place.

Speaking of second place…

Adam Wainwright, St Louis Cardinals

At the All-Star break, Wainwright & Kershaw were neck-in-neck in the Cy Young vote.  I’m not sure if since then Wainwright lost ground or Kershaw pulled away, but it’s not even close now.  However, Wainwright was the only other pitcher to be on mentioned on all of our ballots.

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

Second best xFIP among National League starters, after Kershaw.

Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels had a career year.  Too bad the Phillies were so bad this year.

Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

See previous comment and substitute “Reds” for “Phillies.”

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