Jeter, Cano, Rivera in running for two year-ending awards each
For the New York Yankees, a season without a World Series championship is labeled somewhere between “a disappointment” (as part owner Hal Steinbrenner described 2011) and “a failure” (team president Randy Levine’s adjective of choice). But though a loss to the formidable Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series cost the Yankees a chance to bring home their 28th world championship this year, we would be remiss not to acknowledge the brilliant individual performances and spine-tingling milestones that the American League East champions produced this past season.
This year’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards will highlight these achievements. Yankees players are nominated for all but one of Major League Baseball’s 11 year-end individual awards, with Bronx Bombers claiming four of the seven nominations for Best Moment, along with a nomination for Best Performance. Even the Yankees’ fans were recognized, with a military veteran’s snag of a foul ball earning a nod for Best Fan Moment.
Major League Baseball’s A-listers will take home GIBBYs trophies — the ultimate honors of baseball’s awards season — based on votes by fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.
The 2011 GIBBYs feature nominees in 19 categories.
Individual honors will go to the top everyday player, starting pitcher, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout player, comeback player, defensive player, wow factor, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year’s best play, moment, performance, oddity, walk-off, fan moment and postseason moment from MLB.com’s Must C highlight reels.
Fan voting ends Dec. 4, and you can vote up to 25 times per category. Winners will be announced Dec. 16 from 9-11 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Mariano Rivera lead the GIBBYs charge for the Yankees, with each of the three garnering two nominations. Jeter, of course, produced the season’s greatest thrill on July 9, when he became the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits with a blast to left field off Tampa Bay’s David Price. His milestone hit netted him a Best Moment nomination, and the Captain is also nominated for Best Performance for his 5-for-5 output on that day.
Cano is nominated for the Wow Factor award for his 46 doubles, tied for third-best in the American League, and the effortless way he fielded his position. With his father doing the pitching, Cano created one of the great lasting memories in the history of the Home Run Derby, when he smacked 12 home runs in the final round to top Adrian Gonzalez in Arizona — earning himself a nomination for Best Moment. Cano’s propensity to go yard also helped the Yankees earn another Best Moment nomination on Aug. 25, when he, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson teamed up to make the Yankees the first team in Major League history to hit three grand slams in a single game.
At age 41, Rivera added another chapter to his extraordinary career by posting an ERA below 2.00 for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. A nominee for 2011’s Best Closer award, Rivera cemented his case for best closer of all time on Sept. 19 when he notched career save No. 602 to become the all-time leader in that category. After the game, longtime teammate Jorge Posada cleared the rest of the team off the field at Yankee Stadium, allowing Rivera to soak in a well-deserved standing ovation that earned a nomination for Best Moment.
With Rivera’s excellence, it is easy to forget that he actually finished second in the Yankees’ bullpen in ERA. Best Setup Man nominee David Robertson turned in a breakout season and led AL relievers with a 1.08 ERA. The starting rotation also earned a GIBBY nomination via ace lefty CC Sabathia, who is being considered for Best Starting Pitcher after tallying 230 strikeouts, second best in the American League.
New York also put forth a nominee for Best Everyday Player in center fielder Curtis Granderson. Despite the Grandyman’s repeated claims that he is not a home-run hitter, the former Tiger was second in the Majors with 41 homers and eighth in slugging percentage with a .552 mark. As prodigious as Granderson was with his bat, first baseman Mark Teixeira was equally so with his glove, a skill that earned him a nomination for Best Fielder. Teixeira will compete for the award against teammate and left fielder Brett Gardner.
Despite the litany of superstars in pinstripes, not everyone on the Yankees is a household name. Up-and-coming starting pitcher Ivan Nova mixed a cocksure attitude with a gaudy 16-4 record to earn a nomination for Rookie of the Year. Nova’s batterymate, Martin, missed the second half of last season with a torn labrum while with the Dodgers. This year, he hit 18 home runs and is nominated for Comeback Player of the Year.
As a team, the Yankees exceeded expectations in 2011, capturing their 12th AL East title in 16 years despite a preseason consensus that the division would be won handily by the Boston Red Sox. As a result, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi were nominated for Executive of the Year and Manager of the Year, respectively.
But for all of their achievements this year, what would the Yankees be without their fans? On June 24, one-armed military veteran Michael Kacer showed just what the Bronx faithful are made of, when he used the hat he was wearing to lean over a railing to snare a foul popup.
In all, the Yankees accounted for an MLB-best 17 GIBBY nominations this year. Not bad for a season that some considered a “failure.”
雖然老闆Hal Steinbrenner和總裁Randy Levine說沒贏得世界大賽冠軍令人失望，也是失敗，但是精彩的個人表現和造就里程碑的秉神以待時刻是不容忽視的。
Jeter, Cano和Rivera各獲兩項提名，Jeter 7月9號從David Price手中打出第3000安被提名為最佳時刻，當天的五5隻5也被提名為最佳表現。
Cano被提名的有1). 最驚讚表現：排名美聯第三的46支二壘安打以及看似不費吹灰之力的守備。2). 最佳時刻: 全壘打大賽最後一輪擊出12支全壘打 3). 最佳時刻獎：8月25號他和Martin以及 Granderson擊出MLB史上單場三支滿貫砲。
Brian Cashman最佳球團經理，Joe Girardi最佳教練
最佳球迷：6/24 僅有一隻手臂的老兵Michael Kacer用 用他戴的帽子接到一記界外球。
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