Baseball Bloggers Alliance Announces New Award Names
Changes reflect appreciation for history of the game
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) recently announced the renaming of their annual postseason awards to comply with the wishes of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), thereby avoiding confusion between the two organizations. This allowed the BBA an opportunity to recognize some of the legendary greats of the game, naming their highest honors after them.
"Earlier in the year, the BBA reached an agreement with former Yankee reliever Goose Gossage to name our newest award, recognizing the best relief pitcher in each league, after him," said Daniel Shoptaw, founder and president of the Alliance. "It only seemed fitting, then, that we rename the rest of our awards after other legends of the game."
The five awards are given to a player in each league: The Connie Mack Award, given to the top manager; the Willie Mays Award, for the top rookie; the Goose Gossage award, mentioned above; the Walter Johnson Award, which would be analogous to the BBWAA's Cy Young Award; and the Stan Musial Award, awarded to the most valuable player in each league.
According to Shoptaw, "These names are synonymous with quality, achievement, and dedication. These names have not only stood the test of time, but have been strengthened by it."
The schedule for the announcement of these awards is as follows:
Connie Mack Award: October 14
Willie Mays Award: October 18
Goose Gossage Award: October 21
Walter Johnson Award: October 25
Stan Musial Award: October 28