GIBBY Awards 2013: Full List of Winners Announced

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18:  Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts while on the mound in the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 18, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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)
AwardPlayerTeamPosition
Most Valuable PlayerMiguel CabreraDetroit TigersThird Base
Hitter of the YearMiguel CabreraDetroit TigersThird Base
Pitcher of the YearClayton KershawLos Angeles DodgersPitcher
Rookie of the YearJose FernandezMiami MarlinsPitcher
Closer of the YearCraig KimbrelAtlanta BravesPitcher
Setup Man of the YearMark MelanconPittsburgh PiratesPitcher
Defensive Player of the YearYadier MolinaSt. Louis CardinalsCatcher
Breakout Hitter of the YearChris DavisBaltimore OriolesFirst Base
Breakout Pitcher of the YearMatt HarveyNew York MetsPitcher
Comeback Player of the YearFrancisco LirianoPittsburgh PiratesPitcher
Manager of the YearJohn FarrellBoston Red Soxn/a
Executive of the YearBen CheringtonBoston Red Soxn/a
Postseason Most Valuable PlayerDavid OrtizBoston Red SoxDesignated Hitter
Lifetime AchievementMariano RiveraNew York YankeesPitcher

 

2013 GIBBY Award Winners (Plays and Moments)
AwardWinnerDescription
Play of the YearManny Machado's Epic ThrowMachado'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 YearRed Sox Return to FenwayFive 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 YearPirates End Postseason DroughtIt took them 20 years, but the Pirates finally returned to the postseason.
Hitting Performance of the YearMike Trout's CycleTrout exploded against the Mariners on May 21, hitting for the cycle, scoring two runs and mashing five RBI.
Pitching Performance of the YearTim Lincecum's No-HitterLincecum 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 YearHidden Ball TricksEvan 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 YearGiancarlo StantonStanton 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 YearBlue Jays SS Munenori Kawasaki's postgame interviewIt'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 YearAllen Craig Wins Game on Obstruction CallEven 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

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after getting struck out by Clay Buchholz #11 of the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during Game Six of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 19, 2013
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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.

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins jokes with fans prior to his team playing against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on September 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2-1 to give Mi
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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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