Help Texas Rangers Players Win a GIBBY Award

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The World Series is over, Hot Stove season has officially begun, which means winter is almost here and no more Texas Rangers baseball. But, that doesn’t mean our job as a Rangers fan is done.

We still have one thing left to do. Vote for the Texas Rangers player(s) who have been nominated for the 2014 Greatness In Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs).

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That’s right. Despite the abysmal season, there were a few bright stars that are getting recognition, and it is our duty as Texas Rangers fans to ensure that they get our votes to earn the win.

The winners are selected by combining the votes of Major League Baseball alumni, each club’s front office, members of the media, the Society for American Baseball Research, and the FANS. Fans can cast their vote on MLB.com.

The Greatness In Baseball Yearly Awards was created in 2002 to give recognition to the years “most extraordinary baseball performances, players, managers and executives.” There are two different sections, STARS and MUST C, each having various categories.

There are no Texas Rangers players nominated for the STARS categories which include:

  • MLB MVP
  • Starting Pitcher of the Year
  • Hitter of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Closer of the Year
  • Setup Man of the Year
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Breakout Hitter of the Year
  • Breakout Pitcher of the Year
  • Bounceback Player of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Executive of the Year

In contrast, the Texas Rangers have 6 nominations out of the 9 MUST C categories. The only three categories that are missing a Texas Rangers player are Storyline of the Year, Hitting Performance of the Year, and Pitching Performance of the Year.

Here are YOUR Texas Rangers 2014 Greatness In Baseball Yearly Awards nominees:

PLAY OF THE YEAR: Leonys Martin, July 2 at Baltimore Orioles
Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin makes an incredible leap to rob the former Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz of a home run.

OUTFIELD THROW OF THE YEAR: Leonys Martin, May 17 versus Toronto Blue Jays
Martin catches a fly ball, throws to home plate to complete a double play that ended the inning.

MOMENT OF THE YEAR: Guilder Rodriguez, September 22 versus Houston Astros
After spending 13 years in the minors, the Texas Rangers called up Guilder Rodriguez on September 7. On 9/22, at the age of 31, Rodriguez got his first Major League hit with his family in attendance.

ODDITY OF THE YEAR: There are two players nominated for this curious award.

Jerome Williams, September 20 at Oakland Athletics
Williams beat an opponent three times in the same season with three different teams, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Carlos Pena, June 25 versus Detroit Tigers
Pena hit a home run and the ball lands inside a BBQ Brisket stand.

CUT4 TOPIC: May 17, versus Toronto Blue Jays
This isn’t so much a player as it is a “playah” nominee. A kid in the stands snags an out of play ball and quickly gives it to the girl sitting behind him. However, what the girl doesn’t know it that this young playah is so skillful that he switched it out with a ball he already had. This made headlines everywhere, MLB Network, Intentional Talk, I even remember them replaying during other games not related to the Texas Rangers.

WALK-OFF OF THE YEAR: Adrian Beltre, September 25 versus Oakland Athletics
Beltre’s walk-off home run gave the Texas Rangers their 12th win in 13 games, it was also the only walk-off homer for the Texas Rangers this season.

Past Texas Rangers Winners:
Defensive Player of the Year 2010: Elvis Andrus
Hitter of the Year (previously referred to as Player of the Year): Josh Hamilton (2010); Alex Rodriguez (2002)

Round 1 voting to determine the Top 10 ends on November 7. The winners will be announced LIVE December 6 at 7:00 p.m. CST during the GIBBY Awards Special on MLB Network and MLB.com.

I have already voted on MLB.com for round 1, and encourage you to vote as well. The Rangers have some stiff competition in each category, but I know that with the help of the devoted Texas Rangers fans we can get them to the top!

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