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.
Justin Masterson took home the fist-bumps last month with his good July. There were votes everywhere, but Masty prevailed and put the pitcher's on the board in their three-nominee month. We're back to three hitters and two pitchers, even though the offense has been kind of stinky. You can vote over on the side via the site poll or through Twitter by sending me a Tweet @TheTribeDaily using the hashtag, #BroOfTheMonth.
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August: .281/.361/.422, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
- I know, you are saying, really, a guy with three RBI this month? Look at who that guy is. It may say a little about where the Indians offense has been when I'm snubbing a four homer, 13 RBI month from Nick Swisher, but Yan Gomes deserves this for more than his offense. He's back there day after day, getting so much more playing time behind the dish because he is good at what he does. He keeps the running game in check, manages the pitching staff well, and shoot, even though he's played in 19 games in August compared to the 26 Asdrubal Cabrera has, he only has three less hits, five less than Santana. Give Gomes his credit, he's been a total Bro.
August .250/.345/.337, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 11 R, 3/3 SB
-Steady Kipnis is not quite the hot hitting juggernaut he was a few months ago. But it is clear he needs guys around him to start hitting. He's on base and getting the job done, but in the three hole now, he isn't seeing much action.
August: .240/.354/.448, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 12 R
-Santana is back once again, and I don't know what it is that gets him to keep appearing on this list. I think it is his ability to just get on base and produce runs. His average never looks good. Who looks at .240 and say "Yeah, awesome dude!" No one. But look at the other things he does and you'll see why he's made for that four hole. He knocks in runs with some good pop and when he doesn't, he finds a way on. He strikes out significantly less than his teammates and is much more willing to work the walk. This was even a down month for him in that regard.
August: 5 GS, 1-4, 3.10 ERA, 1.38 WHIP 29 IP, 37/13 K/BB
-Don't let the record fool you, Ubaldo Jimenez has been outstanding lately. He's giving his team a chance to win games and going much deeper into his outings, rather than the five-and-fly pitcher he was earlier in the year. He's also upping his strikeout totals and starting to look a little more overpowering. He's made a few mistakes here and there that have ended up costing him, but think of it this way, sometimes pitchers get away with a mistake or two and get really lucky. Ubaldo hasn't had that lucky break, then again the entire team hasn't lately.
August: 13 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 11.2 IP, 10/4 K/BB
-If you told me I'd be putting this guy's name here a month ago, I would have said... How do you spell it? No, really, what a weapon Letters has been for the Indians since he arrived in that trade from the Cardinals. It was a move that people shook their heads at, but he has come in and been lights out. He didn't give up an earned run in August and has been a reliable guy on more than one occasion to give you multiple innings. That or match-up lefty. He's a versatile guy to have back there.
April Nominees: M. Reynolds, C. Santana, N. Swisher, J. Masterson, Z. McAllister
May Nominees: M. Brantley, J. Kipnis, C Allen, J. Masterson, Z. McAllister
June Nominees: M. Bourn, J. Kipnis, C. Kluber, V. Pestano, U. Jimenez
July Nominees: M. Brantley, C. Santana, S. Kazmir, J. Masterson, C. Perez
August Nominees: Y. Gomes, J. Kipnis, C. Santana, U. Jimenez, M. Rzepczynski
Nomination Leader board: J. Masterson (3), C. Santana (3), J. Kipnis (3), Z. McAllister (2), M. Brantley (2), U. Jimenez (2), M. Reynolds (1), N. Swisher (1), C. Allen (1), M. Bourn (1), C. Kluber (1), V. Pestano (1), C. Perez (1), Y. Gomes (1), M. Rzepczynski (1)
April: Carlos Santana
May: Michael Brantley
June: Jason Kipnis
July: Justin Masterson
Vote now on the side in the poll or via Tweet with the hashtag #BroOfTheMonth.