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2012 Awards Schedule

Felix Hernandez has a good chance at being a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award after posting a 13-9 record with a 3.06 ERA and leading the Majors with 5 shutouts. (Getty Images)

The off-season is off to a quick start for the Mariners with the club signing right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season (with an option for 2015) and re-signing left-handed reliever Oliver Perez to a one-year deal.

And to keep you excited about baseball, awards season is about to begin. You already know that Brendan Ryan won the Fielding Bible Award as the top defensive shortstop in baseball and was a finalist (along with 2B Dustin Ackley) for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, but more awards are about to be handed out.

Here’s the rundown of the MLB Awards schedule:

  • Tonight (Monday): Players Choice Awards at 5pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 8: Silver Slugger Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Monday, November 12: Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Tuesday, November 13: Manager of the Year Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Wednesday, November 14: Cy Young Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network
  • Thursday, November 15: Most Valuable Player Awards at 3pm PT on MLB Network

This year marks the first time that the BBWAA Awards (ROY, MGR, Cy Young, MVP) will be presented live on television (MLB Network). Prior to BBWAA Awards Week, for the first time ever, the five finalists in each league for the MVP Award and the three AL and NL finalists for the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year awards will be announced live during MLB Network’s BBWAA Awards Finalists Show this Wednesday, November 7 at 3pm PT. Tune in to see how King Felix fares in the American League Cy Young race.

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Ryan and Ackley Named AL Gold Glove Award Finalists

The Mariners double play combination of Brendan Ryan (shortstop) and Dustin Ackley (second base) have been named finalists for the 2012 American League Rawlings Gold Award® at their respective positions.

Ryan and Ackley anchored the Mariners defense that tied for the American League lead with a .988 fielding percentage (72 E, 6012 TC), second-best in club history. The duo combined for a Major League-high 38 defensive runs saved, the most by any middle-infield combination in the Majors.

Ryan led all Major League shortstops with 27 defensive runs saved (2nd-highest by any position player). He posted a .985 fielding percentage (9 E, 601 TC) in 138 games at shortstop (134 starts).

Ackley tied for third byAL second baseman with 11 defensive runs saved. In 142 starts at second base he made only 7 errors for a .989 fielding percentage (7 E, 639 TC).

The Gold Glove award winners will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 30) at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their League, and were not able to vote for players on their own team. The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists are as follows:

American League:
P Jeremy Hellickson Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
C Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
Russell Martin New York Yankees
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
2B Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano New York Yankees
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
Brandon Inge Oakland Athletics
Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
SS Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
Brendan Ryan Seattle Mariners
LF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Desmond Jennings Tampa Bay Rays
David Murphy Texas Rangers
CF Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
RF Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland Indians
Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
National League:
P Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds
Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
1B Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
2B Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers
David Wright New York Mets
SS Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Jose Reyes Miami Marlins
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
LF Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves
CF Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Drew Stubbs Cincinnati Reds
RF Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves


Brendan Ryan Earns Fielding Bible Award

Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was named the Fielding Bible Award winner for 2012 as the top defensive shortstop in baseball.

Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan has been named the recipient of the 2012 Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive shortstop in baseball.

A panel of 10 analysts, including Peter Gammons, Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville and scouts from Baseball Info Solutions—examined the 2012 seasons of every defensive player in Major League Baseball and then used the same voting technique as the Major League Baseball MVP voting. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 100. Here is what John Dewan and the Fielding Bible have to say about Ryan’s defensive play:

Brendan Ryan is the best defender in baseball. Period. Make that double period. His has saved 67 runs for his teams defensively over the last three years, the highest total among all players. The next highest runs saved total is not even close (Michael Bourn, 51). Ryan led all shortstops in 2012 with 27 runs saved, led in 2011 with 18, and finished second in both 2010 and 2009 with 22 runs saved each year. Seattle recognizes the value of Ryan’s defense, and that’s why they keep putting him out there day after day despite his .194 batting average during the 2012 season. It will be interesting to see if the American League coaches and managers, who vote for the Gold

Glove Awards, can look past Ryan’s offense and base their ballot on his defense alone. This has been one of the problems with the Gold Glove voting—a certain amount of offense has always been required for what should be a defense-only award. Gold Glove voting has never allowed for a position player hitting below the Mendoza line to win a Gold Glove. Hopefully Ryan will be the first.

Ryan fell one point shy of the maximum score after leading all shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved by a significant margin with 27. His closest competitor was Atlanta rookie Andrelton Simmons with 19.

Here is a look at some of Ryan’s stellar plays at shortstop:

Brendan Ryan Finishes 2nd for Defensive Player of the Year

Mariners SS Brendan Ryan ranks 3rd among MLB shortstops with a .985 fielding percentage. (Getty Images)

In voting conducted by a ESPN.com writers, statisticians and former players, Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan finished second for the 2012 MLB Defensive Player of the Year.

Angels rookie center fielder Mike Trout edged out Ryan, who received six of our 10 first-place votes. Ryan received the other four firsts and finished second in the voting.

Heading into the last game of the season Ryan leads all Major League shortstops with 27 runs saved and a 15.5 UZR.

Last week Ryan was also chosen as the front-runner for the Fielding Bible Award.

Brendan Ryan Tabbed Frontrunner for Fielding Bible Award

Brendan Ryan leads all Major League shortstops with 29 runs saved according to Baseball Info Solutions. (AP Photo)

The following is an excerpt from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week, which examines the leading contenders for the 2012 Fielding Bible Awards.

Shortstops: It is hard to believe that Brendan Ryan has never won either a Fielding Bible Award or a Gold Glove. Ryan has at least 18 Defensive Runs Saved in each of the last three seasons, and he has already flown by those previous totals with 29 this season. That’s 12 more than J.J. Hardy, the closest shortstop behind him. In addition to covering ground, Ryan has converted an impressive 77 percent of his opportunities for double plays, which is a career high. Ryan leads all players in Runs Saved and could break through for his first Fielding Bible Award. It is less clear how he will fare against some of the bigger names at short for the American League Gold Glove, like J.J. Hardy and recent winner Erick Aybar. Over in the National League, Andrelton Simmons will win his share of defensive awards during his career. He did not get enough playing time to be on the Fielding Bible Award ballot this year, but he may have done enough to snag his first NL Gold Glove.

 Shortstops Favorite Other Contenders
Fielding Bible Award Brendan Ryan (29) Alexei Ramirez (14)
Yunel Escobar (16)
AL Gold Glove Brendan Ryan (29) Erick Aybar (3)
J. J. Hardy (17)
NL Gold Glove Andrelton Simmons (17) Clint Barmes (14)
Jimmy Rollins (-7)

 

Mariners and kids P.L.A.Y. for Physical Fitness

Catcher Miguel Olivo and Trayvon Robinson lead kids through an agility exercise.

A group of kids from Seattle area Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers got to play at Safeco Field Tuesday with Mariners players and team trainers.

It was the annual P.L.A.Y. event, which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. Miguel Olivo, Brendan Ryan, Trayvon Robinson, Mike Carp and Cater Capps joined Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin and three members of his staff and put the 100 or so kids through the same paces a professional baseball player goes through before each game.

The kids did sprints, high knee lifts, scissor kicks and agility exercises on the outfield at Safeco Field. They also got some information about good nutrition and with the help of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the kids got a lesson about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.

Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan told the kids from the South Park Community Center, and Rainier Vista and Federal Way/Auburn Boys & Girls Clubs that there are consequences to every action and they should do their best to make the right choices. “Steroids may seem like an easy fix, but in the long run it’s going to affect your life and your family. Follow your heart and try to do the right thing,” said Ryan.

Shortstop Brendan Ryan shows kids the high knee lift exercise he does before games.

Trainer Rob Nodine told the kids that although they may never be Major Leaguers they can still be successful at whatever they do. “These guys have worked hard and made the right choices. In your life and your future careers, you can make the same right choices and work hard and succeed,” said Nodine.

P.L.A.Y. is a public awareness campaign developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004 to combat child obesity. Through a series of fitness programs at all 30 MLB ballparks, P.L.A.Y. encourages kids to be active, eat right and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Working with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and all 30 Major League Baseball teams, PBATS incorporates anti-steroid education within their P.L.A.Y. campaign to generate awareness about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.

Mariners Trainer Rob Nodine and pitcher Carter Capps talk to kids about the importance of physical fitness.

– RH

Here Are a Few of the Mariners Favorite Things

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Friday is the annual Mariners Wives Favorite Things basket auction. They load up baskets (really, any kind of container) with various items of their husbands’ choosing and then auction them off to benefit Mariners Care, the team’s non-profit foundation.

Among the categories of items are candy, movies, music, restaurants and hobbies. The baskets are usually loaded up with autographed and sometimes game-used items. New this year, a couple of small kitchen appliances.

Here are some highlights:

Brendan Ryan has a DVD of the movie Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, popcorn, Snickers, Twix, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and a Soda Stream home soda maker.

The other small appliance is a Keurig single-cup coffeemaker in Eric Wedge’s basket. He uses his every day and has gone through three of them, that’s how much he likes it. He’s also a fan of the HBO original series with the complete first season of The Sopranos and the second season of Entourage.

Shawn Kelley filled his basket with autographed Mizuno spikes (they look too clean to be game-used), size 13. His DVDs are Step Brothers, Braveheart, and the first season of Boardwalk Empire. He also included an electronic Scrabble Catch Phrase game.

Kyle Seager is a fan of the original Caddyshack (and really, who isn’t?), as well as Panera Bread and P.F. Chang’s restaurant. You’ll also get an autographed copy of the July 2012 Mariners Magazine featuring cover boy Kyle Seager.

Lucas Luetge likes Forrest Gump, Talladega Nights and Top Pot donuts. He also included a pair of autographed spikes and two Phiten necklaces.

Relief pitcher Josh Kinney is clearly a big hunter. His basket has a camo cap and pack, mule deer call, a selection of human scent eliminator sprays, a shotgun shell-shaped thermos. Oh, and a bottle of Tefft Cellars merlot.

Michael Saunders is a crossword puzzle guy, so he included a book of 200 puzzles. His basket also includes a Barnes & Noble and AMC Theatres gift cards. And true to his Canadian roots, a Vancouver Canucks scarf. Go Canucks!

The Favorite Things baskets will be on display near Section 128 on the Main Concourse at Safeco Field on Friday, August 17. Silent bids will be accepted through the end of the sixth inning.

– RH