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. You also don't suck to get it.
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. Last year, Asdrubal Cabrera was nominated five times, won once and then won the overall biggest Fedora. Not that it's bigger in size, it's just... yeah whatever, let's get going here.
Last year this was fun in April because a lot of people were hitting and pitching and fielding and doing all the stuff needed to do to be successful and win ball games. Sort of the same situation this year. It was tough to pick five.
For April .295 AVG, .450 OBP, .909 OPS, 17 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 17/9 BB/K, 0/0 SB
2012 Season: .295 AVG, .450 OBP, .909 OPS, 17 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 17/9 BB/K, 0/0 SB
Up to a point Travis Hafner was getting on base at the flip of a coin. Pronk started hitting last year, but this year, it seems his batting eye has returned and in addition to that, he's taking a lot of what is being given to him in terms of hitting away from the shift. He's not mega run-producing, but he's making the people around him better.
For April .290 AVG, .375 OBP, .778 OPS, 3 R, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 9/14 BB/K, 0/1 SB
2012 Season: .290 AVG, .375 OBP, .778 OPS, 3 R, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 9/14 BB/K, 0/1 SB
One of the guys perhaps benefiting from that is Jack Hannahan, who is leading the team in RBI thus far. Super Mannahan has come up with some really clutch hits, making the two-out runner in scoring position his forte thus far.
For April: .262 AVG, .417 OBP, .863 OPS, 10 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 18/18 BB/K, 0/0 SB
2012 Season: .262 AVG, .417 OBP, .863 OPS, 10 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 18/18 BB/K, 0/0 SB
Carlos can be productive without having really gotten it going. He did it last year and even though it seemed like he was just there all season, he still produces. He did that in April by walking a bunch and still finding ways to be dangerous.
For April: 5 GS, 4-1, 2.27 ERA, 31.2 IP, 10/9 BB/K, 35 H, 1.42 WHIP
2012 Season: 5 GS, 4-1, 2.27 ERA, 31.2 IP, 10/9 BB/K, 35 H, 1.42 WHIP
Without Derek Lowe, who knows where the Indians would be with their rotation. Lowe has been the consistent go to guy in the middle of the rotation, picking up four of the Indians 11 wins so far. He only had one bad outing and he's been working deep into games. Lowe has been the Indians best starter so far.
For April: 9 G, 0-0, 4 HLD, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 3/9 BB/K, 8 H, 1.06 WHIP
2012 Season: 9 G, 0-0, 4 HLD, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 3/9 BB/K, 8 H, 1.06 WHIP
I'm glad I picked him to have a disappointing year because I'm always wrong about that sort of stuff. Smitty is picking up where he left off in 2011. He's continued to get righties out and has also been called upon to do a little more as well. So far, so Smith.