Bro of the Year: 2013
Are you ready? Got your Aviators? First pumps around?
This is the biggest Bro voting of the year. We've spent the year picking Bro's of the Month, and now, we're picking a Bro of the Year... For all the marbles!
It's time to start focusing on next year, but before we do, there is one more thing we need to do.
We've got some great contenders for this year's title. All previous winners are up for contention. Six men enter, one bro emerges.
You can vote with whatever criteria you'd like. Best month of the six? Best for the overall year? Coolest facial hair? Whatever you'd like to use to cast your vote, do it. Just make sure you vote, because we can't have a Bro named without it.
You can vote over on the side via the site poll or through Twitter by sending me a Tweet @TheTribeDaily using the hashtag, #BroOfTheMonth.
Winning Month: April - .389/.476/.722, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 16 R, 1/2 SB
2013: .268/.377/.455, 20 HR, 74 RBI, 75 R, 3/4 SB
- The month that won Santana his Bro was as hot as you can be, a big reason for the Indians did well in April. Santana and the gone but not forgotten Mark Reynolds pushed a lineup that struggled to get it going early on. Overall, Santana finished up in the cleanup spot, where someone like him should be, giving the Indians a much needed four hitter. Santana knocked in at least 70 runs for the third straight season and carried his highest OBP yet.
Winning Month: May - .311/.342/.369, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 13 R, 4/4 SB
2013: .284/.332/.396, 10 HR, 73 RBI, 66 R, 17/22 SB
- Michael Brantley's May was the beginnings of the clutch hits we began to see from him all year. He started the trend of hitting with two outs and runners in scoring position by knocking 17 runs in May. Brantley finished with a .305 average with two outs and late and close, he hit .349.
Winning Month: June - .419/.517/.699, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 17 R, 9/10 SB
2013: .284/.366/.452, 17 HR, 84 RBI, 86 R, 30/37 SB
- What would have been a hotly contested month turned out to be a dominating and overwhelming win for Jason Kipnis when he won his Bro in June. Hitting over .400, knocking in a quarter of a 100 runs, almost perfect stealing bags. He was unconscious. His total numbers ended up being just about as consistent as anyone as one of the best second basemen in the game. Kipnis' June pretty much played him into the All-Star game.
Winning Month: July - 6 GS, 3-1, 3.09 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, 32.0 IP, 32/18 K/BB
2013: 29 GS, 14-10, 3.45 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 193 IP, 195/76 K/BB
- If not for a late exit in September from the rotation, Justin Masterson would probably have a few more wins, and hit 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career. But it is the most he's ever struck out and years of relief excluded, the lowest average against he's had in his career. He topped career highs in wins as well as complete games and shutouts. Masterson had the year you look for in a number one starter and his July was just that, pure number one-like stuff.
Winning Month: August - .281/.361/.422, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
2013: .294/.345/.481, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 45 R, 2/2 SB
- Yan Gomes didn't have the year that these other guys had, but he was arguably one of the most important players in the second half for the Indians. He also was also one of the few players who was able to keep things afloat in August when the lineup largely fell into a bit of a rut. Gomes overall almost hit .300 in 88 games and knocked in 38 runs. While the production looks lacking, Gomes hit in a lineup that wasn't hitting but most importantly, guiding a pitching staff and played outstanding run-saving defense behind the dish. Ultimately, it was what put him behind the plate full-time to finish out the year.
Winning Month: September - 6 GS, 4-0, 1.09 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 51/7 K/BB
2013: 32 GS, 13-9, 3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 182.2 IP, 194/80 K/BB
- If you want to talk about stuff of a number one pitch, Ubaldo Jimenez's September was just that. Masterson had a great June, but the best month of any starter, perhaps of anyone in the majors this year, belonged to Ubaldo Jimenez. He found his groove to close out the year and virtually pitched the Indians into the Wild Card game. His post All-Star numbers were just as good as he went 6-5 with a 1.82 ERA and 51 strikeouts to 7 walks. SEVEN walks! Ubaldo pitched himself into quite the contract that he's sure to get.
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
September: Ubaldo Jimenez
Vote now on the side in the poll or via Tweet with the hashtag #BroOfTheMonth.