GIBBY Awards 2013: Full List of Winners Announced

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GIBBY Awards 2013: Full List of Winners Announced
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On Tuesday, Major League Baseball's GIBBY Awards were announced, as voted on by "media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research," according to MLB.com.

While traditional awards like Most Valuable Player, Top Pitcher and Top Hitter are handed out, the GIBBY's also include some more unique awards, like Storyline of the Year, Oddity of the Year and Moment of the Year, adding a bit of flair to the event. 

While some GIBBY Awards echoed the awards already handed out to players, there were a few surprises to be found along the way. Below, you'll find a full listing of the GIBBYs awarded and a closer look at some of the more surprising decisions.

 

2013 GIBBY Award Winners (Individual)
Award Player Team Position
Most Valuable Player Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Third Base
Hitter of the Year Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers Third Base
Pitcher of the Year Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers Pitcher
Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins Pitcher
Closer of the Year Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves Pitcher
Setup Man of the Year Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
Defensive Player of the Year Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals Catcher
Breakout Hitter of the Year Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles First Base
Breakout Pitcher of the Year Matt Harvey New York Mets Pitcher
Comeback Player of the Year Francisco Liriano Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
Manager of the Year John Farrell Boston Red Sox n/a
Executive of the Year Ben Cherington Boston Red Sox n/a
Postseason Most Valuable Player David Ortiz Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter
Lifetime Achievement Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Pitcher

 

2013 GIBBY Award Winners (Plays and Moments)
Award Winner Description
Play of the Year Manny Machado's Epic Throw Machado's off-balance throw from far to the right of the third-base bag on July 7 against the Yankees was an instant "web gem."
Moment of the Year Red Sox Return to Fenway Five days after the tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox honored the victims and heroes who responded to the devastating event in a pre-game ceremony.
Storyline of the Year Pirates End Postseason Drought It took them 20 years, but the Pirates finally returned to the postseason.
Hitting Performance of the Year Mike Trout's Cycle Trout exploded against the Mariners on May 21, hitting for the cycle, scoring two runs and mashing five RBI.
Pitching Performance of the Year Tim Lincecum's No-Hitter Lincecum went nine innings on July 13 against the Padres, allowing no hits, four walks, striking out 13 batters and forcing 29 swings-and-misses.
Oddity of the Year Hidden Ball Tricks Evan Longoria nabbed Juan Uribe on a hidden ball trick in August, and Todd Helton matched the feat in September, tricking Matt Carpenter.
Walk-Off of the Year Giancarlo Stanton Stanton scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch, securing a no-hitter win for pitcher Henderson Alvarez on September 29 versus the Tigers.
Cut4 Top-Trending Topic of the Year Blue Jays SS Munenori Kawasaki's postgame interview It's hard to describe this much better than *MLB.com did. "A pie to the face, a prepared statement and a declaration of, 'I am Japaneeeeeese,' were all involved. One would be hard pressed to best Munenori Kawasaki's postgame interview following his walk-off double in a wild Blue Jays win."
Postseason Moment of the Year Allen Craig Wins Game on Obstruction Call Even though the Red Sox won the World Series, the iconic moment may have come from Allen Craig in Game 3, who scored the game-winning run at the plate after obstruction was called.

*http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/awards/y2013/gibbys/

 

Analysis

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It's not much of a surprise that Miguel Cabrera would win the MVP and best hitter awards. His .348 average, 44 homers, 137 RBI, 103 runs and 1.078 OPS all speak for themselves.

Likewise, Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83 ERA, 232 strikeouts, 0.92 WHIP) was the logical choice for top pitcher, though with 30.6 percent of the vote, he narrowly beat out Yu Darvish (28.6) and Max Scherzer (27.3 percent) for the award.

Jose Fernandez was a fitting pick for top rookie, while Chris Davis winning breakout player, Matt Harvey winning breakout pitcher and the Boston Red Sox claiming the top manager (John Farrell) and executive (Ben Cherington) seemed apt.

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The Pirates were worthy winners for top storyline, one of the few things that was worthy enough to best Mariano Rivera's final game in a storied career. Of course, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award, so he was recognized. 

The hidden ball tricks seen in the MLB was a fun oddity, though nothing funnier happened this year than both the New York Yankees and Red Sox being spooked in the dugout by thunder, which was runner-up for the award.

Finally, while Giancarlo Stanton's walk-off was more unique, Cleveland Indians fans might argue that Jason Giambi's walk-off home run against the Chicago White Sox on September 24 was more important, as it helped the team eventually clinch a Wild Card berth.

 

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