Manny Acta Golden Fedora: July 2012You 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.
Here we are again in July with a dwindling Tribe. It shows in this month's nominees, but make no mistake, there are some deserving characters here. We a three time nominee this month, yet he has yet to actually win a month. Will July be his time?
For July: .326 AVG, .406 OBP, .934 OPS, 10 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 12/9 BB/K, 2/3 SB
2012 Season: .291 AVG, .344 OBP, .763 OPS, 43 R, 4 HR, 46 RBI, 32/40 BB/K, 11/17 SB
We'll see. Brantley has been the most consistent hitter this season, plain as that. Brantley had another good month in July and is creeping around that .300 mark. He's started to add a power stroke as he blasted three big home runs to triple his season total.
For July: .280 AVG, .357 OBP, .857 OPS, 15 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 12/23 BB/K, 2/6 SB
2012 Season: .288 AVG, .376 OBP, .855 OPS, 66 R, 12 HR, 39 RBI, 46/94 BB/K, 11/16 SB
Choo continues to chug along in the leadoff spot with a high OBP and solid approach. If not for Brantley he'd be the most consistent hitter for the Indians and that should be no surprise as he has his big turnaround season.
For July: 5 GS, 2-1, 2.56 ERA, 31.2 IP, 9/31 BB/K, 29 H, 1.20 WHIP
2012 Season: 10 GS, 4-2, 3.18 ERA, 62.1 IP, 16/59 BB/K, 61 H, 1.24 WHIP
Right now, Zach McAllister is the lone wolf in the rotation. The Indians know they can rely on him every five times out there because he goes out and gives them a quality outing. It shows in his July numbers as he made five starts and really pitched extremely well in each of them.
For July: 12 G, 0-0, 11 HLD, 0.00 ERA, 12 IP, 3/17 BB/K, 7 H, 0.83 WHIP
2012 Season: 45 GS, 3-0, 1.47 ERA, 43 IP, 16/53 BB/K, 26 H, 0.98 WHIP
What a stellar month for the Indians setup man. This Bullpen Mafia original didn't give up a run and even more impressive, allowed 10 baserunners in 12 appearances in July.
For July: 9 G, 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 3 HLD, 10 IP, 1/3 BB/K, 6 H, 0.70 WHIP
2012 Season: 45 G, 7-2, 3.07 ERA, 44 IP, 15/32 BB/K, 35 H, 1.14 WHIP
Joe Smith has solidified himself as the number three guy in the Indians bullpen and he had a good month to earn himself his second nomination this season.