This is it people. One more month, one more chance to be immortalized as a serious BRO. Our own little version of Player of the Month takes form for the final time and leads us in to the Bro of the Year voting. However, the Indians are still playing ball.
If they keep playing deep into October, well, Bro of the Month for October may just have to be added.
Last month, we had Yan Gomes' hot defensive and offensive month propel him to the top. He was able to walk out with the shades and tilted cap. This is a hotly contested month this go-around. It was tough to narrow it down, but I think I have a good idea as to who is going to win. It seems only right too that this award's namesake is up here to finish out the regular season.
You can vote over on the side via the site poll or through Twitter by sending me a Tweet @TheTribeDaily using the hashtag, #BroOfTheMonth.
September: .345/.364/.464, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 8 R, 3/4 SB
- A huge month for Dr. Smooth as he was hitting everything in sight down the stretch. Without Brantley's huge hits, there is no telling where this team would be. Brantley kept up the two-out hitting in September coming up with a few more big hits for the team when they needed it the most.
September: .271/.393/.438, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 16 R, 1/1 SB
- Say hello to the guy who is now the only guy this season to receive four Bro of the Month nominations. The team's most consistent producer plugged along again with a near-.400 on-base percentage and did a lot of run scoring in September. He still knocked in his fair share, but that move to the four-spot has certainly made the rest of the guys around him better and hasn't caused a dip in his production.
September: .263/.353/.515, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 15 R, 1/1 SB
- Hey Bro! After a bad first half of the season and a start to the second half that didn't do much to calm the fears that the Indians got nothing more than an overpaid cheerleader, Swisher has started to live up. A move to the two-spot facilitated his turnaround. While it was slow at first, Swish found it in September with a team-leading seven home runs, which marked the ninth straight season with at least 20 home runs. The Indians got exactly what they signed up for.
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September: 6 GS, 4-0, 1.09 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 51/7 K/BB
-Last month I told you not to let the record fool you. This month, I'll simply tell you to just look at the numbers. We talked about how awesome he looked, but uh, the numbers prove it. Unstoppable.
September: 5 GS, 3-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 28 IP, 43/4 K/BB
-Scotty K has been doing just that, K'ing everyone alive. We give Ubaldo his props, but in a month where Masterson went down, Kluber was back but still not quite himself, Salazar was contributing but not full-out the whole month, and McAllister was so-so, Kazmir was right there with Big U. This rotation this year has been so successful because of the rebirth of Kazmir and even though he seemed to be hitting some sort of "wall" a few weeks ago, Kazmir has re-discovered his earlier season magic.
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
September Nominees: M. Brantley, C. Santana, N. Swisher, U. Jimenez, S. Kazmir
Nomination Leader board: C. Santana (4), J. Masterson (3), J. Kipnis (3), M. Brantley (3), U. Jimenez (3), Z. McAllister (2), N. Swisher (2), M. Reynolds (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
August: Yan Gomes
Vote now on the side in the poll or via Tweet with the hashtag #BroOfTheMonth.