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November 9, 2012

Internet Baseball Awards

American League

by Dave Pease

For full results of this year's AL IBA voting, look here.

Awards

American League Player of the Year

The most compelling media storyline of this year's awards seasons is the race between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout for the BBWAA MVP award.

If Cabrera wins, it won't be the first time that the BBWAA will have chosen the veteran slugger over a rookie campaign for the ages. In 1996, Juan Gonzalez edged Alex Rodriguez for the BBWAA American League Most Valuable Player award. Baseball Prospectus' all-in-one value stat WARP had Gonzalez tied for 39th in the AL with a 3.7 WARP in 1996, well behind Alex Rodriguez' league-leading 8.6. One narrative at the time concerned Rodriguez' youth. Rodriguez had displayed a potent combination of average and power while playing a premium defensive position, all in his age-20 season. He could have been reasonably expected to go on to win MVP awards in the future, and indeed he did, three times.

Rodriguez was 21 years, three months, and 19 days old when he won the 1996 Internet Baseball Awards AL Player of the Year going away. (Gonzalez, who took home the BBWAA hardware twice, never won an IBA POY award.) But Rodriguez is now the second-youngest IBA AL POY in history, as Internet Baseball Awards voters have voted Mike Trout 2012 American League Player of the Year. Trout wins the award at 21 years, three months, and one day of age.

Trout made a huge difference for the Angels in 2012. He spent most of the season at a premium defensive position, and by all accounts he played the position well. He was also a dangerous baserunner, racking up 8.7 runs on the bases and 49 stolen bases at a high rate of success.

Trout received nearly three times the first-place votes that Miguel Cabrera, 2012's Triple Crown winner and the second-place finisher, did. But he wins by less than Rodriguez won in 1996.

Rnk

Name

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

B

P

1

Mike Trout

472

140

22

3

4

0

1

0

1

0

643

8095

2

Miguel Cabrera

166

357

94

21

3

1

0

0

0

0

642

6459

3

Robinson Cano

1

87

207

118

53

21

8

3

1

0

499

3745

4

Justin Verlander

4

32

99

120

111

38

21

14

8

3

450

2977

5

Adrian Beltre

3

19

88

140

105

42

19

4

6

1

427

2838

6

Josh Hamilton

1

3

46

49

68

38

27

33

20

16

301

1613

7

Adam Jones

1

1

12

30

39

39

23

20

11

12

188

944

8

Edwin Encarnacion

0

2

12

16

29

20

27

21

18

26

171

733

9

Yoenis Cespedes

0

2

17

22

22

18

12

22

9

8

132

670

10

David Price

0

2

8

10

16

34

27

24

21

10

152

650

78

TOTAL

654

654

654

654

654

432

361

321

272

240

4896

34127

All Internet Baseball Awards American League Player of the Year results

American League Pitcher of the Year

Number of search results:

"Justin Verlander" + "best pitcher in the world" 253,000
"Felix Hernandez" + "best pitcher in the world" 169,000
"Jered Weaver" + "best pitcher in the world" 121,000
"David Price" + "best pitcher in the world" 118,000
"Chris Sale" + "best pitcher in the world" 28,200

Justin Verlander was at the helm of a pennant-winning rotation and had another strong season en route to a commanding victory among the Internet Baseball Awards voters. Verlander repeats as Internet Baseball Award Pitcher of the Year winner, the first time that has happened since Johan Santana's three-year run from 2004 through 2006. Verlander's 4.8 WARP led all American League pitchers in 2012. David Price had a better ERA than Verlander, but he finished a distant second in IBA Pitcher of the Year balloting. Felix Hernandez, 2010's IBA Pitcher of the Year winner, rounds out the top three.

Rnk

Name

1

2

3

4

5

B

P

1

Justin Verlander

490

87

30

2

1

610

5666

2

David Price

87

248

133

30

12

510

3373

3

Felix Hernandez

15

144

137

103

44

443

2196

4

Jered Weaver

13

55

83

68

66

285

1200

5

Chris Sale

3

28

101

132

72

336

1199

6

CC Sabathia

0

11

38

38

63

150

444

7

Fernando Rodney

2

12

20

46

46

126

388

8

Max Scherzer

1

19

22

26

33

101

364

9

Yu Darvish

1

5

20

33

46

105

290

10

Jim Johnson

2

4

5

7

10

28

104

36

TOTAL

619

619

619

535

463

2855

15686

All Internet Baseball Awards American League Pitcher of the Year results

American League Rookie of the Year

Leading an outstanding crop of rookie-status American League players, Mike Trout added the Internet Baseball Awards Rookie of the Year award to his Player of the Year award. Trout hit 1.5 times his age in home runs, if you round with a generous nature, and he finished well ahead of second-place finisher and fellow AL West outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes has had a remarkable journey, starting with his signing with Oakland as a free agent in February and ending by leading the surprising Athletics to a playoff berth. Cespedes also crashed the IBA AL POY top 10 along with Trout, finishing ninth in the voting.

Third-place finisher Yu Darvish finished ninth in IBA Pitcher of the Year voting. Most rookie leaders don't get that kind of respect across the Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year balloting.


Rnk

Name

1

2

3

4

5

B

P

1

Mike Trout

579

5

1

0

0

585

5830

2

Yoenis Cespedes

8

294

176

31

6

515

3117

3

Yu Darvish

4

229

205

41

4

483

2795

4

Jarrod Parker

1

24

74

136

49

284

1005

5

Matt Moore

0

6

30

74

49

159

463

6

Will Middlebrooks

0

5

15

19

34

73

201

7

Wei-Yin Chen

0

2

15

22

23

62

178

8

Tommy Milone

0

4

10

17

43

74

172

9

Manny Machado

0

7

14

10

16

47

165

10

A.J. Griffin

0

1

8

9

10

28

84

55

TOTAL

594

594

594

413

321

2516

14628

All Internet Baseball Awards American League Rookie of the Year results

American League Manager of the Year

Against long odds, Buck Showalter managed the Baltimore Orioles to an ALDS Game Five in his second full season with the team. In light of a payroll lagging behind the league average, intense competition in the megabucks American League East, and a new (old) general manager in Dan Duquette, the Orioles weren't expected to contend for anything. Showalter, traditionally a popular manager among the more statistically-inclined voting base of the Internet Baseball Awards, was rewarded for his steady hand with the Internet Baseball Awards Manager of the Year award in 2012. This is Showalter's second Manager of the Year award—he also won in 2004 with the Texas Rangers.

Rnk

Name

1

2

3

B

P

1

Buck Showalter

345

170

16

531

2251

2

Bob Melvin

179

215

21

415

1561

3

Joe Maddon

24

60

122

206

422

4

Robin Ventura

8

51

143

202

336

5

Jim Leyland

15

50

89

154

314

14

TOTAL

578

578

451

1607

5075

All Internet Baseball Awards American League Manager of the Year results

Dave Pease is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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