Milwaukee BBWAA Announces 2010 Award Winners
The Milwaukee Chapter of the Basball Writers Association of America today announced their Brewers 2010 Award Winners this morning. Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.
The team Most Valuable Player was Casey McGehee who received a total of 19 points including three first-place votes. McGehee finished his second full season in the Big Leagues with a .285 batting average along with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. He was among the National League leaders in RBI (6th), hits (9th, 174) and doubles (10th, 38).
McGehee edged out Rickie Weeks, who had 16 points, and Corey Hart, who finished with 14 points.
Yovani Gallardo was named the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher. Gallardo, named to the 2010 National League All-Star team, recorded his second straight 200+ strikeout season and finished with a team-high 14 wins. Gallardo had 26 points in the voting, topping John Axford who recorded 22 points.
Axford swept the voting in the Top Newcomer Award garnering all six first-place votes. Axford turned in an 8-2 record with 2.48 ERA and 24 saves. His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie and his fantastic season as the Brewers closer brought him in National League Rookie of the Year conversations.
The Unsung Hero Award went to pitcher Kameron Loe who finished with 14 points in the voting. Loe began the season at Triple-A Nashville and joined the Brewers on June 1. He went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 relief appearances after being called up. He struck out 46 and walked only 15 in 58.1 innings of work. Loe edged rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy by one point for this award.
One of our favorite awards in the Brewers Media Relations Department, the Good Guy Award, went to Trevor Hoffman who finished with 19 points. Hoffman made history on the field this season, but also was an asset to the Brewers clubhouse. Hoffman served as a leader and mentor to many of the younger Brewers players and always made himself available to the media, win or lose. The future Hall of Famer beat out Craig Counsell, who was the two-time reigning Good Guy Award-winner, by four points for the award.
I pose this question to the readers of John and Cait…Plus Nine, what would your ballot have looked like for the 2010 Brewers Award Winners? Do you agree with Milwaukee’s BBWAA writers? If you need help with stats or information, check out my blog from last week with the season wrap-up notes. E-mail us with your top three choices for each of the five awards listed above and we will see what the fans have to say. Also, if you have any ideas for new award categories, let us know and maybe we can create the first-ever John and Cait…Plus Nine Brewers Team Awards. Get the red carpet ready.