Phillies secure four GIBBY nominations
Hamels, Ruiz, Thome, Frandsen up for popular year-end awards
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have four nominations for Major League Baseball's GIBBY Awards.
Cole Hamels is nominated for Starting Pitcher of the Year. He finished 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA in 31 starts in 2012. Hamels ranked tied for fourth in baseball in shutouts (two), fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.15), eighth in wins and strikeouts (216), 11th in ERA and WHIP (1.12) and 12th in innings (215 1/3) and opponents OPS (.661). Hamels set a career high in wins, elevating himself as the best pitcher in the Phils' rotation in 2012. Could he be Philadelphia's starter on Opening Day in 2013? In the past, he has slotted behind Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, but next season could be different.
Carlos Ruiz is nominated for the Breakout Hitter of the Year Award. He certainly had a great season, until a foot injury sidelined him in August. But until that point, Ruiz would have drawn some votes for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. Ruiz hit .325 with 32 doubles, 16 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .935 OPS. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, he would have finished fifth in baseball in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.394) and 10th in slugging percentage (.540).
Jim Thome is nominated for Walk-Off of the Year. The Phillies traded Thome to the Baltimore Orioles in June, but not before he provided some of their best highlights of the season. That included his record-setting 13th walk-off home run of his career on June 23 in a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Thome had been tied with Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial and Frank Robinson.
Phils third baseman Kevin Frandsen is nominated for Play of the Year for his great defense to save Cliff Lee a run at the plate on Aug. 21 in a game against the Reds.
Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2012 GIBBYs trophies based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.
In the past four years, the fans have cast more than 40 million votes across the various GIBBYs categories, none of which were restricted to individual League affiliation.
You can vote as many times as you want until fan balloting closes Sunday, Dec. 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.