This Year in Baseball Awards

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This Year in Baseball Awards, initiated by Major League Baseball in 2002, are honors given annually to the most extraordinary baseball performances, players, managers, and executives.

In 2010, MLB began referring to the awards as the "GIBBY Awards" (Greatness in Baseball Yearly).[1]

System[edit]

Each winner is selected by a vote of fans, MLB alumni, each team's front-office personnel, and members of the media.[2] Fans cast their votes via the online-voting system on MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. Over thirteen million fans voted in 2010.[3]

In the first year, there were six categories of awards: Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year (including starters and closers, but not setup men), Setup Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Play of the Year, and Blooper of the Year.

In 2003, three new awards were added: Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Individual Performance of the Year. The Blooper of the Year was renamed Bizarre Play of the Year.

In 2004, one category was added: Closer of the Year. Three categories were renamed: Starting Pitcher of the Year (formerly Pitcher of the Year), Hitter of the Year (formerly Player of the Year), and Blooper of the Year (its original name, instead of Bizarre Play of the Year).

In 2007, two new categories were added (for a total of 12): Moment of the Year and Postseason Moment of the Year.

In 2008, a 13th category was added: Executive of the Year. The Blooper of the Year was renamed Oddity of the Year. The Performance of the Year was renamed Single-Game Performance of the Year.

In 2009, a 14th category was added: Unsung Star of the Year. The Single-Game Performance of the Year was changed back to Performance of the Year.

In 2010, five new categories were added (for a total of 19): Breakout Player of the Year, Dependable Player of the Year, Postseason MVP, Game of the Year, and Fan Moment of the Year. Two categories were renamed: Player of the Year (its original name, instead of Hitter of the Year) and X-Factor Player of the Year (formerly Unsung Star of the Year).

In 2011, one category was dropped: Dependable Player of the Year. It was replaced by a new category: Comeback Player of the Year. Two categories were renamed: Wow Factor of the Year (formerly X-Factor Player of the Year) and Walk-Off of the Year (formerly Game of the Year).[4]

In 2012, two new categories were added: MLB MVP and Storyline of the Year. Two categories were dropped: Wow Factor of the Year and Moment of the Year. Two categories were divided into four (for a total of 21): Breakout Hitter and Breakout Pitcher (from Breakout Player of the Year) and Hitting Performance and Pitching Performance (from Performance of the Year). Two categories were renamed: Hitter of the Year (its former name—from 2004 to 2009—instead of its original name, Player of the Year—in 2002, 2003, 2010, and 2011) and Cut4 (formerly Fan Moment of the Year).[5]

In 2013, two categories were added (for a total of 23): Moment of the Year (first added in 2007 but dropped in 2012) and Lifetime Achievement.[6]

Awards[edit]

See also the navigation boxes (below) for the following awards: Closer, Defensive Player, Hitter, Rookie, Setup Man, and Starting Pitcher.

The order of awards (as listed on MLB.com)[2][4] is:

  • MLB MVP
  • Hitter of the Year[7]
  • Starting Pitcher of the Year[7]
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Closer of the Year[7]
  • Setup Man of the Year[7]
  • Defensive Player of the Year[7][8]
  • Breakout Hitter of the Year
  • Breakout Pitcher of the Year
  • Comeback Player of the Year
  • Manager of the Year
  • Executive of the Year[9]
  • Postseason MVP
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Play of the Year
  • Moment of the Year
  • Storyline of the Year
  • Hitting Performance of the Year
  • Pitching Performance of the Year
  • Oddity of the Year
  • Walk-Off of the Year
  • Cut4 Topic of the Year
  • Postseason Moment of the Year

Former awards[edit]

  • Bizarre Play of the Year – see "Blooper of the Year" (below).
  • Blooper of the Year (2002 and 2004 to 2007; renamed Bizarre Play of the Year in 2003; renamed Oddity of the Year in 2008).
  • Breakout Player of the Year (divided into Breakout Hitter and Breakout Pitcher in 2012).
  • Dependable Player of the Year (2010; discontinued in 2011).
  • Game of the Year (2010; renamed Walk-Off of the Year in 2011).
  • Performance of the Year (divided into Hitting Performance and Pitching Performance in 2012).
  • Pitcher of the Year (from 2002 to 2003, it included starters and closers, but not setup men; renamed Starting Pitcher of the Year in 2004).
  • Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2010, and 2011); renamed Hitter of the Year (2004 to 2009 and since 2012).
  • Single-Game Performance of the Year (renamed Performance of the Year).
  • Unsung Star of the Year (2009; renamed X-Factor Player of the Year in 2010; renamed Wow Factor of the Year in 2011; discontinued in 2012).
  • X-Factor Player of the Year – see "Unsung Star of the Year" (above).
  • Wow Factor of the Year – see "Unsung Star of the Year" (above).

Award winners[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Defensive Player of the Year Award (text at bottom of page). Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2011-09-05.
  2. ^ a b 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards. MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  3. ^ This Year in Baseball Awards (text at bottom of page). Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2011-09-05. Note: In some years, all of the awards are listed; in other years, several (but not all of) the awards are listed.
  4. ^ a b "2011 GIBBYs Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (voting page)". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  5. ^ "2012 GIBBYs Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (voting page)". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  6. ^ "2013 GIBBYs Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (voting page)". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d e For winners' names, see the navigation box below.
  8. ^ Defensive Player of the Year Award (2002–present). Baseball-Almanac. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  9. ^ See also: The Sporting News Executive of the Year Award.
  10. ^ When you click on "Postseason Moment", it takes you to an unrelated page. The Postseason Moment awardee is mentioned at: Newman, Mark (December 17, 2010). "Giants star in This Year in Baseball Awards: Hamilton, Doc among those feted in awards season finale". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-09-07. "Halladay, who pitched the second postseason no-hitter ever against the Reds in Game 1 of the National League Division Series, saw his gem cited as the easy choice for Postseason Moment."