For the past few years, we've done this little thing around the blog were we've voted for the player of the month, every month.
It had a fancy title, because Manny Acta, the former manager, wore fedoras. It was a play off the idea of the "golden sombrero" only this was something you were okay with being saddled with.
Manny Acta is now gone though, so to continue the tradition of having a Manny Acta Golden Fedora of the Month would be really, weird. And awkward.
So the search began for months after Acta's dismissal as to what would happen. Would we abandoned the concept completely? Would we choose a new person and unique trait about them to represent the award? Would we just call it Indians Player of the Month?
Anyone who knows me and this blog knows we can't just have a standard name or way of doing things, so that wasn't going to work.
Then Nick Swisher showed us how much of a bro he is, and thus, the idea was born.
April is over, so without further ado, here are your five candidates for April's Bro of the Month. Voting will commence at this juncture. You can vote over on the side via the site poll, on Facebook through The Tribe Daily page, or through Twitter by sending me a Tweet @TheTribeDaily using the hashtag, #BroOfTheMonth.
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April: .301/.368/.651, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 17 R, 1/1 SB
-Reynolds' month of April was the best of his career and he did something no other Indian has done offensively since the early 00's when Juan Gonzalez was a member of the team.
April: .389/.476/.722, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 16 R, 1/2 SB
-Santana currently leads baseball in average, on-base, and OPS. He's solidified the Indians middle of the lineup and if he doesn't get a big hit, he's usually trotting down to first.
April: .265/.386/.410, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 13 R, 0/0 SB
-Nick Swisher has been flipping between first and right field and while he hasn't had the numbers the other two offensive players here have, he is smack dab in the middle of the lineup. His presence has been huge.
April: 6 GS, 4-2, 3.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP 40.1 IP, 39/17 K/BB
-Masty's had a few rough starts, but when he's on, he's been fantastic. The Indians number one has pitched like a number one at times and even has a complete game under his belt.
April: 5 GS, 2-3, 3.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 30 IP, 24/9 K/BB
-Steady but not spectacular, the Indians rotation would be in trouble if not for the consistency of Zach McAllister. While he doesn't have the record to support, he has been the most consistent starter the Indians have, and he hasn't been issuing many free passes either.
April Nominees: M. Reynolds, C. Santana, N. Swisher, J. Masterson, Z. McAllister
Nomination Leader board: M. Reynolds (1), C. Santana (1), N. Swisher (1), J. Masterson (1), Z. McAllister (1)
Vote now on the side in the poll, on Facebook, or via Tweet with the hashtag #BroOfTheMonth.