For the second of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance’s Awards, we are now at the Willie Mays Award. The Mays is presented to the rookie that performed the best for the past season.
It should come as no surprise that our choice for the National League’s Mays came down to a pair of teammates from the Atlanta Braves. Here’s the vote.
With only three ballots to decide this race, it came down to gaining those first place votes. It would be far more important than the others “races”. In looking at the table of the vote, you see that BRM’s first place vote goes to Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.
You could say it came down to one thing: offense or pitching. Well, apparently two out of three prefer pitching to the bat. Kimbrel led the NL in saves (46) and games finished (64). One thing I thought (but can’t exactly prove) that would be a factor was that down the stretch, Kimbrel appeared human. He entered a zone all his own throughout the summer. At times, if you could make contact on a Kimbrel pitch, you were successful.
1. Craig Kimbrel, ATL
2. Freddie Freeman, ATL
3. Darwin Barney, CHI