At the end of the regular season each year, Dave Nichols from the District Sports Page (who co-hosts Nats Nightly with FBB's Doghouse and me) organizes voting amongst the writers who follow Washington's Nationals on the internet to choose the Nats' MVP, Starter of the Year, Reliever, Hitter, Slugger, Defender, Comeback player, Humanitarian and Minor League Player of the year. Twenty-one writers from around NatsTown participated in the voting.
Casting ballots this year were members of the following sites:
District Sports Page, Federal Baseball, WeLoveDC.com, The Nats Blog, D.C. Baseball History, DC is for Baseball, Let Teddy Win!, Matt’s Bats, Nationals Arm Race, Nationals GM, Nationals Prospects, Nationals Review, Nats Nation, Nats Noodles, Natstadamus and the Red Porch Report.
The DC-IBWA (Internet Baseball Writers Association) honors D.C. baseball history with the awards, handing out the Goose Goslin MVP Award, Walter Johnson Starting Pitcher of the Year, the Frederick "Firpo" Marberry Relief Pitcher of the Year and more.
Some of this year's winners? The Goose Goslin MVP?:
- Anthony Rendon (62 points, 9 1st place votes)
- Denard Span (38 points, 4 1st place votes)
- Jayson Werth (25 points, 2 1st place votes)
The Walter Johnson Starting Pitcher of the Year?
- Jordan Zimmermann (64 points, 10 1st place votes)
- Doug Fister (46 points, 6 1st place votes)
- Tanner Roark (26 points, 2 1st place votes)
[ed. note - "Strasburg was in my top 3. Sorry, Roark."]
Those who submitted ballots also responded to a series of questions about the Nationals.
Which player currently on the 40-Man Roster won't be back next season? I said, LaRoche.
Will the Nationals sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term extensions before they hit free agency at the end of the 2015 campaign? I said, "Yes."
The biggest surprise? Biggest disappointment?
You can check out all the results through the link below. And thanks to Dave for once again organizing the voting.