You may have heard the term "Golden Sombrero" used in baseball talk. It is in reference to a hitter striking out three times in a game. Well on this blog, we have the Golden Fedora, which is far better and more coveted.
The Manny Acta Golden Fedora of Greatness is handed out every month to the Cleveland Indian who was the team's MVP in that particular month of play. I nominate five players, you vote on them for one week and we name a winner.
At the end of the year, we take all six winners, vote on a Team MVP and then have a party.
Hiya... For the final Golden Fedora, we're witnessing the first nomination of The HAWKMAN. He's joined by some pretty legit competition. After we Fedoraize someone, we'll be picking an overall winner. Get it!
For September .234 AVG, .280 OBP, .709 OPS, 9 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 4/16 BB/K, 1/2 SB
2011 Season: .279 AVG, .339 OBP, .804 OPS, 78 R, 21 HR, 78 RBI, 40/103 BB/K, 16/20 SB
Nominations: 6 | Wins: 1
Here he is again! It wasn't his most stellar month, but even a down month for Cabrera is good enough to receive his sixth nomination. The man has been here every month, so he's remain consistent to say the least. He did it battling an elbow injury as well.
For September: .279 AVG, .295 OBP, .761 OPS, 13 R, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 2/17 BB/K, 0/0 SB
2011 Season: .255 AVG, .284 OBP, .699 OPS, 27 R, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 8/49 BB/K, 1/0 SB
The Rook has some spunk. With Jack Hannahan missing some time, Lonnie Chisenhall got the keys to the wild hot corner and he started to find his groove offensively. Chisenhall belted four home runs, but still need to work on that whole plate discipline thing.
For September: .265 AVG, .340 OBP, .943 OPS, 14 R, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 9/21 BB/K, 0/0 SB
2011 Season: .260 AVG, .324 OBP, .808 OPS, 29 R, 11 HR, 47 RBI, 19/46 BB/K, 0/1 SB
Cawww! The Hawkman came alive! After hitting just four home runs all season, Shelley Duncan channeled his inner-Hawk to come up big for the Tribe in the final month. After spending some time in the minors, Duncan made up for some lost time with the increased playing time.
For September: .231 AVG, .372 OBP, .888 OPS, 21 R, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 20/23 BB/K, 1/1 SB
2011 Season: .239 AVG, .351 OBP, .808 OPS, 84 R, 27 HR, 79 RBI, 97/133 BB/K, 5/8 SB
Ayeeee Vamanos! Carlos Santana continued his strong season-ending run with a huge September. The catcher belted six more home runs to finish with the team lead and did things that we haven't seen since Victor Martinez's prime years with the club.
For September: 10 G, 0-0, 4 HLD, 1.93 ERA, 9.1 IP, 5/14 BB/K, 4 H, 0.96 WHIP
2011 Season: 67 G, 1-2, 2 SV, 23 HLD, 2.32 ERA, 62.0 IP, 24/84 BB/K, 41 H, 1.05 WHIP
The young shining face of the Bullpen Mafia finished how he started. Pestano had one of his better months of the season and finished off his impressive rookie year in grand fashion.
You can vote for the Manny Acta Golden Fedora for the Month of September over on the side of the site. You have one week to vote and the winner will be announced formally next Wednesday.