The 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards

The Babe Ruth Award: For the best offensive player in each league.

N.L. Matt Kemp
A.L. Jose Bautista

The Mariano Rivera Award: For the best relief pitcher in each league.
N.L.: Craig Kimbrel-This one was really amusing. Kimbrel got all but one vote, and it just so happened to be the very last vote I counted.
A.L.: Mariano Rivera-Who but? David Robertson gave him a good run for his money though, coming in second in a very close count.

The Angel Berroa Award: For the most outstanding rookie in each league.

N.L.: Craig Kimbrel-Another award Kimbrel comes within one vote of winning unanimously.
A.L.: Michael Pineda-The most diverse of all of the awards, with seven different rookies getting votes. Pineda edges out Ivan Nova and Jeremy Hellickson.

The Branch Rickey Award: For the best general manager of 2011 in each league.

N.L. Doug Melvin-Melvin was very aggressive in cashing in his prospect chips this year, but it worked, as the Brewers captured their first ever N.L. Central crown.
A.L. Brian Cashman-Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Russell Martin, Andruw Jones…It’s hard to say Cashman didn’t have a very good year.

The Dusty Baker Award: For the manager that did the most to hurt his team in 2011.

N.L.: Tony LaRussa-LaRussa beats Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez by one point, a result that I think might come out a little bit differently if we recast the votes today.
A.L.: Ozzie Guillen and Mike Scoiscia

Thanks to everyone who voted! Now, who’s ready for the playoffs?

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

6 thoughts on “The 2011 IIATMS MLB Awards

  1. Naw, Mak. The manager of the year is Joe Girardi. Which team won more games? Which team won the division? Many projections didn't have the Yankees close to winning the division and they had the best record in the AL with THAT rotation.

    • If you're going off of projections, not one had the Rays sniffing the playoffs after losing their 8 highest paid players. Mounting that comeback and making the postseason in the AL East with a 40 million dollar payroll (compared to Boston's 160 million and the Yanks' 200 million) is pretty amazing. Also, how have Pena, Crawford, Garza and Soriano fared after leaving the Rays? As a Yankees fan, I would like to see him win it but the case for Maddon is better. Girardi did however do a good job considering the rotation and various injuries.

  2. Donnie baseball walked into an impossible situation and finished with a winning record…congrats.