As the season has officially come to an end, it’s now time for a different season, award season. The time has come for players, managers and teams to receive their awards for the 2013 season.
The Dodgers figure to have a few players in the running for some of the major awards, after being shutout in the NL Gold Glove Awards this season. Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is seen as the frontrunner for NL Cy Young, while rookies Hyun-Jin Ryu and Yasiel Puig will be under consideration for Rookie of the Year.
The nominations for the Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) awards were announced and the Dodgers’ official website had the announcement for their nominations:
The Dodgers have a National League-high 16 nominees for the 2013 Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards…
Last year, the team had only four finalists and zero winners in the GIBBY categories. Kershaw was a finalist for Starting Pitcher of the Year, Ronald Belisario was a finalist for Setup Man of the Year, Justin Sellers was a finalist for Play of the Year and Adrian Gonzalez, who split his time with the Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox, was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year.
This year, the Dodgers have 16 nominations beginning with Kershaw being nominated for MLB MVP, Starting Pitcher of the Year and Pitching Performance of the Year. Kenley Jansen was nominated for Closer of the Year, while left Paco Rodriguez was nominated for Setup Man of the Year. The Dodgers have Ryu and Puig in the running for Rookies of the Year.
The team also has nominees on the other side of the game with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti being nominated for Manager of the Year and Executive of the Year, respectively.
The GIBBY awards also have sections for moments, plays and storylines where the Dodgers continued to be recognized.
Puig was nominated for Play of the Year for his rocket throw to gun down Andrelton Simmons at third base and was also nominated for Walk-0ff of the Year for his 11th inning game-winning home run against the Cincinnatti Reds. The Dodger rookie would add one more nomination for Moment of the Year for his major league debut back in June.
The Dodgers climb from last place to NL West champions was nominated for Storyline of the Year.
In the Cut4 Topic of the Year, the Dodgers had three nominees with the Kiss Cam Controversy, the Dodgers Go Gangnam Style and the NLCS Standoff.
The awards will be given out at the winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, from December 9-12.
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