Over the last few weeks, we've asked you, the Federal Baseball readers to vote on the nominees and winners for the Washington Nationals edition of the 2014 SB Nation MLB Awards. Now that the voting here at FBB is over, we will be sending the winners we chose on to the national (not Nationals) voting.
Staring tomorrow, the writers at sbnation.com/MLB will form an SB Nation/MLB committee that will be selecting 4-5 nominees for each category based on team site results and then holding a nationwide vote for each on sbnation.com/MLB to determine the league-wide winners in each category.
Here are the winners that we (as a group) chose to represent the 2014 Nats in the league-wide voting.
• Here are the Nationals' winners for the 2014 SB Nation MLB Awards:
WINNER: Dan Kolko + Frandsen: "There is no wrong pipe." - The Washington Nationals decided to make MASN's Dan Kolko part of the celebration when they clinched the NL East in Atlanta.
What followed was close to an hour of hilarity as one member of the Nats after another doused the on-field announcer with alcohol.
Kevin Frandsen and Dan Kolko's moment together ended up the funniest moment of the season in NatsTown, receiving 57 of the 233 votes cast (24%).
Most regrettable moment
WINNER: Matt Williams pulling Jordan Zimmermann with two outs in the 9th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS: Matt Williams' decision to go to the bullpen in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS was the runaway winner for the most regrettable moment of the Nats' 2014 campaign. Williams lifted Zimmermann with two out and the Giants rallied to tie it before winning the game in 18 innings. Should Williams have left Zimmermann in to try for the final out? FBB's readers seem to think so. 117 of the 229 votes cast (51%) chose this as the most regrettable moment of the Nationals' season.
Defensive play of the year
WINNER: Steven Souza's game-ending catch in Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter - I mean, did you really think any other play stood a chance? Watch it again below:
Zimmermann's reaction to the play really said all that needs to be said about how good a play this was. Zimmermann said he thought it was a double off the bat... and then...
Most important hit of the year
WINNER: Adam LaRoche HR off Kenley Jansen in L.A. - Adam LaRoche ties it up before the Nats eventuallly win it. LaRoche's ninth inning blast tied things up at 2-2 in Dodger Stadium and the Nats eventually went on to win it in 14 innings. The Nationals were 20 games over .500 after the win. Suddenly it seemed like the Nats couldn't lose. 20 of 81 votes (23%):
Best pitching appearance of the year
WINNER: Jordan Zimmermann's no-hitter - Once again, I mean, really, no one else had a chance.
The first no-hitter in the modern era of baseball in the nation's capital and the first one by a Washington, D.C.-based starter since 1931. Just amazing. And it was Jordan Zimmermann, D.C.'s favorite adopted son who did it. 52 of 63 votes (83%):