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.
Well...this is awkward. Of course this will be the final ever Golden Fedora handed out ever. But just because of Manny Acta's departure doesn't mean we shouldn't finish what we started. We have a monthly award to hand out before we vote and then we'll decide where to go from there.
For September: .301 AVG, .318 OBP, .763 OPS, 9 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 2/17 BB/K
2012 Season: .269 AVG, .299 OBP, .697 OPS, 9 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4/22 BB/K
Crusty Rusty! The Rustied One is up for the monthly nod for coming up and just doing an admirable job. He knocked in some runs, he hit a few shots out of the park and overall had a favorable impact in that he can vie to be an option.
For September: .307 AVG, .418 OBP, .794 OPS, 13 R, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 17/21 BB/K, 6/7 SB
2012 Season: .283 AVG, .373 OBP, .815 OPS, 88 R, 16 HR, 67 RBI, 67/150 BB/K, 21/28 SB
Now that was a nice month from Shin-Soo Choo. Bouncing around had to be annoying, but a set spot can do him good and a return to the leadoff rule seemingly started to help open things up.
For September .296 AVG, .388 OBP, .919 OPS, 20 R, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 16/15 BB/K, 0/2 SB
2012 Season: .252 AVG, .365 OBP, .785 OPS, 72 R, 18 HR, 76 RBI, 91/101 BB/K, 3/6 SB
Behold the power of Carlos Santana. When this guy hits, he hits. Here's the thing that we won't get into right now, but, the guy just need to be hitting. Regardless of where you get that production, first or catcher, that production is huge and it was a big reason the Indians offense looked bearable in September. Santana runs this lineup. He scores, he gets on, he knocks them in. His numbers were outstanding.
For September: 5 GS, 2-1, 4.88 ERA, 27.2 IP, 7/22 BB/K, 31 H, 1.37 WHIP
2012 Season: 15 GS, 2-5, 5.14 ERA, 63 IP, 18/54 BB/K, 76 H, 1.49 WHIP
I have to applaud the effort from one Corey Kluber. He did his job and while the numbers are not all there, he grew with each start and started to show some improvements.