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October 26, 2002

Internet Baseball Awards

NL Player of the Year

by Greg Spira

Barry Bonds continued his domination of Internet NL Player of the Year voting by winning the IBA NL Player of the Year for the third straight year and the sixth time overall. Bonds has finished at least third in Internet NL Player of the Year voting after every season except 1999, when he was limited to less than 450 plate appearances by an injury. Vlad Guerrero, who had finished in the top 20 each of the last four years, finished second despite playing for the seemingly doomed Expos. Randy Johnson, who finished in third place, was the highest ranking pitcher in Internet NL Player of the Year voting since Greg Maddux won the award in 1995. Albert Pujols, who finished fourth after his 2001 rookie campaign, moved up a notch to third in 2002 and was the only everyday player from a division winner to finish in the top ten.

Jeff Kent finished fifth and was the only infielder to finish in the top eighteen. Brian Giles' seventh-place finish makes him the only player in the top ten to have not appeared there in any previous year as well as the highest ranked player from a losing team in this year's voting. Sammy Sosa's eighth-place finish marks the fifth year in a row he's finish in the top ten. John Smoltz's twelfth-place finish was the highest of any relief pitcher. Mike Piazza finished out of the top fifteen for the first time since before he was a rookie. Fifteen of the top twenty finishers were on winning teams; nine of those fifteen made it to the playoffs.

Name                    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10       B       P
Barry Bonds          2352   64   37   11   12    2    1    2    1    4    2486   33975
Vlad Guerrero          26  516  390  350  265  145  108   83   63   33    1979   13733
Randy Johnson          15  421  337  288  208  108   77   50   40   11    1555   11048
Albert Pujols          53  382  277  218  161  114   90   87   68   44    1494   10259
Jeff Kent              12  248  266  234  205  128   94   60   43   34    1324    8712
Lance Berkman           8  151  190  219  263  170  126  114   75   63    1379    8011
Brian Giles             4  280  234  196  164   95   88   60   57   44    1222    7969
Sammy Sosa              9   93  148  198  269  195  135  141  107   99    1394    7398
Shawn Green             7  132  173  188  178  135  119  110   98   67    1207    6798
Curt Schilling          5   49  170  177  194  132  127   85   61   67    1067    5886
Chipper Jones           6   28   52   59   77   75   98   99   82   50     626    2905
John Smoltz            13   50   59   73   77   43   43   29   46   30     463    2673
Jim Edmonds             1   31   30   51   57   59   63   50   49   44     435    2071
Eric Gagne              7   24   30   45   50   48   43   43   36   34     360    1816
Gary Sheffield          1   14   27   41   34   25   24   22   27   16     231    1204
Andruw Jones            1    9   14   36   42   26   24   29   29   27     237    1109
Larry Walker            2    3   11   15   31   22   38   35   36   42     235     915
Pat Burrell             0    1    7   10   25   15   18   32   28   23     159     607
Todd Helton             0    2    4   13   20   15   16   21   23   27     141     536
Scott Rolen             2    7   11    9   14   19   10   10    7    5      94     510
Mike Piazza             3    0    7    5   17    7   11   18   23   25     116     439
Bobby Abreu             1    1    1    6   16    7   16   22   28   33     131     423
Luis Gonzalez           1    6    8   13   11    6   11    9    9   12      86     420
Greg Maddux             0    1    6    9   16   14   10   10   14    9      89     393
Junior Spivey           0    2    6    7   15   10   10    9   16   29     104     383
Roy Oswalt              0    0    4    6   10   13   10   14   20   16      93     337
Tom Glavine             1    2    4    6    8    9    9   10    5   11      65     286
Adam Dunn               1    2    4    3   11    4    8    8    8   12      61     255
Bartolo Colon           3    2    3    0    6    3    0    3    6    2      28     158
Edgar Renteria          0    3    3    4    6    2    2    4    1    7      32     154
Jose Vidro              1    0    1    4    5    4    6    4    2    6      33     146
Matt Morris             0    2    0    3   11    2    2    4    1    4      29     141
Jeff Bagwell            0    2    2    2    8    2    0    1    1    6      24     117
Benito Santiago         0    1    4    0    6    3    3    1    1    1      20     110
Mark Bellhorn           2    0    1    1    1    4    0    3    4    7      23      93
Chris Hammond           0    1    2    2    3    2    1    4    0    3      18      86
Edgardo Alfonzo         1    2    0    1    2    1    3    2    3    4      19      84
J.D. Drew               0    0    0    8    1    2    2    0    1    1      15      83
Ryan Klesko             0    0    0    0    4    1    3    5   10    7      30      83
Paul Lo Duca            0    1    0    3    0    2    3    4    3    1      17      71
Jose Hernandez          0    0    0    1    0    4    2    2    8    9      26      66
Hideo Nomo              1    1    0    2    1    2    0    1    4    1      13      65
Brian Jordan            0    1    0    2    3    1    2    1    1    0      11      59
Cliff Floyd             1    1    0    1    1    2    0    2    1    1      10      55
Mike Remlinger          0    0    1    3    1    1    2    0    1    2      11      52
Jeremy Giambi           0    1    3    0    0    0    2    1    0    3      10      47
Robb Nen                0    0    1    4    0    1    0    1    1    1       9      47
Odalis Perez            0    0    3    1    0    0    0    3    1    4      12      46
Steve Finley            0    1    0    1    1    2    3    0    0    0       8      44
Richie Sexson           0    0    2    1    2    0    1    0    1    0       7      41
Woody Williams          0    0    1    0    2    4    0    0    0    0       7      40
Luis Castillo           1    0    0    0    2    0    1    0    2    2       8      36
Kevin Millwood          0    0    0    2    1    2    1    0    1    0       7      36
Byung-Hyun Kim          0    1    2    0    1    0    0    0    0    3       7      34
Octavio Dotel           0    0    0    1    1    1    1    1    1    5      11      32
David Bell              0    0    0    2    2    1    0    0    0    0       5      31
Jason Jennings          0    1    0    0    1    2    1    0    1    0       6      31
Wade Miller             0    0    1    1    2    0    0    0    1    0       5      29
Luis Vizcaino           0    2    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       3      26
Todd Walker             0    0    1    0    1    1    0    1    1    0       5      24
Aaron Boone             0    0    1    0    1    1    0    1    0    0       4      22
Mike Williams           0    0    0    1    1    1    0    0    2    0       5      22
Andy Ashby              1    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0       2      21
Austin Kearns           0    0    0    0    2    1    1    0    0    0       4      21
Tony Womack             1    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    1       3      21
Roberto Alomar          0    0    1    0    1    1    0    0    0    0       3      19
Reggie Sanders          0    0    0    1    2    0    0    0    0    0       3      19
Preston Wilson          0    0    0    0    3    0    0    0    0    0       3      18
Erubiel Durazo          0    0    0    1    1    0    1    0    0    0       3      17
Craig Biggio            0    1    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       2      15
Trevor Hoffman          0    0    1    0    0    1    0    0    1    0       3      15
Fred McGriff            0    0    1    0    0    1    0    0    1    0       3      15
Placido Polanco         0    0    1    1    0    0    0    0    0    0       2      15
Paul Quantrill          0    0    0    2    0    0    0    0    0    1       3      15
Darryl Kile             1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       2      15
Mike Koplove            1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1      14
Mike Lowell             0    0    0    0    1    1    0    0    1    0       3      13
Kevin Millar            0    1    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    1       3      13
Jay Payton              0    1    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0       2      12
Damian Moss             0    0    0    1    0    0    0    1    0    0       2      10
A.J. Burnett            0    0    0    0    1    0    0    1    0    0       2       9
Billy Wagner            0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       8
Kaz Ishii               0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    1    1       3       7
Brad Wilkerson          0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0    0       1       7
Matt Franco             0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Rafael Furcal           0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Derrek Lee              0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Mike Lieberthal         0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Russ Ortiz              0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0    0    0       1       6
Randy Wolf              0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    2       3       6
Jose Jimenez            0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0    0    0       1       4
Craig Counsell          0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1    0       1       2
Michael Barrett         0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1
Jeromy Burnitz          0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1
Andy Benes              0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    0    1       1       1
TOTAL                2545 2545 2545 2545 2545 1700 1473 1315 1164 1001   19378  133646

Thanks to everybody who participated in the eleventh annual Internet Baseball Awards. As usual, we set a new record for participation with over 2500 cyberspace baseball fans taking part in the vote. Thanks are due once again to Dave Pease, who works very hard each year to ensure that the computer balloting goes smoothly.

Next Week: How the BP Authors Voted.

Greg Spira is an author of Baseball Prospectus. You can contact him by clicking here.

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