Bro of the Month: May 2013

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.

Last month, Carlos Santana had the distinguished honor of being the first ever Bro of the Month. May had ups and downs, but there is no shortage of candidates to pick from. This should be as close of a vote as we've ever had. It is also the first time that I can remember us having three pitchers nominated for Bro of the Month/Golden Fedora. Here are your five candidates for May'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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Michael Brantley
May: .311/.342/.369, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R, 4/4 SB
-Brantley has been red-hot at the dish in the month of May and the impressive part of it all is that he hasn't done it at any specific spot in the lineup. Brantley has literally hit all over the lineup, in every spot in the order. The only place he doesn't have a hit, is ninth, and that's because he was walked in his only at-bat in that spot. There's not one thing that Brantley doesn't do and this month, his versatility has been huge with others out of the lineup.

Jason Kipnis
May: .261/.331/.550, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 21 R, 5/7 SB
-For as bad of a month of April as Jason Kipnis had, his May was the exact opposite. Kipnis and Michael Bourn set the table for the Indians a lot this month in the offensive resurgence, but it is Kipnis who is doing it all. His month is highlighted by the three-run walk-off homer he hit against Seattle.

Cody Allen
May: 14 G, 1.98 ERA, 0.51 WHIP, 13.2 IP, 18/2 K/BB
-Cody Allen is the first reliever worthy of receiving a Bro of the Month nomination on the heels of his stellar month of May. He was used more than any other reliever other than Rich Hill, but most of Allen's uses were in big situations. The most impressive part of his month? Two walks. He also gave up five hits, so the traffic when Allen was pitching was always minimal.

Justin Masterson
May: 6 GS, 4-1, 3.02 ERA, 1.03 WHIP 41.2 IP, 44/14 K/BB
-Masterson's month of May was nearly identical to his month of April, which shows some consistency overall that is really something we've been looking for in him. He has the hiccups, but he also has the brilliance to match. And everything in between is good. Masterson had one less loss, a slightly lower ERA, more strikeouts, less walks, and a few more outs recorded in the same amount of starts as last month.

Zach McAllister
May: 5 GS, 2-1, 2.87 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 31.1 IP, 21/9 K/BB
-The only thing different for McAllister this month is that he's taken less losses. He's been even better in May than April, which is a breath of fresh air for this rotation. McAllister is actually coming off two shorter outings, but the important thing is he kept his team in it in both instances and his starts before that have been brilliant.


Previous Nominees
April Nominees: M. Reynolds, C. Santana, N. Swisher, J. Masterson, Z. McAllister
May Nominees: M. Brantley, J. Kipnis, C Allen, J. Masterson, Z. McAllister
Nomination Leader board: J. Masterson (2), Z. McAllister (2), M. Reynolds (1), C. Santana (1), N. Swisher (1), J. Kipnis (1), M. Brantley (1), C. Allen (1)

Previous Winners
April: Carlos Santana


Vote now on the side in the poll, on Facebook, or via Tweet with the hashtag #BroOfTheMonth.

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