The approaching end of the baseball season means a lot of things: colorful foliage, start of the new school year, football season and those few weeks when it’s too cold for air conditioning and too warm for heat (ie, bliss). It also means that it’s time for baseball awards, and we here at YCPB love to get in on the fun–and would love to invite you all in on it as well.
Here’s the thing, though: YCPB awards aren’t awarded to the best players, teams, moments and plays, but to the most unpredictable ones.
For example, your YCPB AL MVP won’t be Miguel Cabrera or Robinson Canó; it’s going to be Jose Bautista, probably.
So, here are the categories we’d like to award; we’ll give you one week to post your nominations (and any reason why) in the comments, and then next week we will come back with a poll so that you can vote for the winners. We’ll supplement any short category with our own picks–but if you’ve been reading this blog, you’ll probably have it covered.
The Categories are:
AL and NL MVP: The most unpredictable player in each league. Note: Unpredictable can be good OR bad, so feel free to nominate someone who’s been beyond horribly bad, if that suits your fancy, as long as it’s unpredictable! Oh, and please, if you would, make it clear if the player you’re nominating is in the NL or AL (you can nominate a player from each league).
AL and NL Cy Young: Same as above, except with pitchers.
Game of the year: Most unpredictable, craziest, weirdest game of the year.
Play of the year: Craziest, wildest single play of the year (think, Bengie Molina’s triple or Jose Molina’s stolen base, for example).
Team of the year: Team that totally surprised us this year, good or bad.
YCPB-ness of the Year: This can be anything, but the single most, craziest, wildest, you-really-can’t-predict-baseball moment of the year. It could be a player, like Bautista, an accomplishment, like Dallas Braden’s perfect game, a part of a team, like Arizona’s bullpen or Seattle’s offense…and feel free to nominate more than one, if you wish!
The winners of the poll will have posts written about themselves during the off-season, so choose wisely
We now open the floor for your nominations….