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.
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:
|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|
|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|
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:
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.
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.
|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)|
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.