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2006 SPIBL Awards Nominees

Nominees for each award will be decided by the office of the commissioner and made public for all owners to vote upon.  Check here for detailed statistics and highlights of all award nominees.

  AL Most Valuable Player:    David Ortiz, Milwaukee Maulers

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
David Ortiz, MIL 6 4 4 46
Pedro Martinez, CHA 5 3 3 37
Brian Giles, SDB 3 5 0 30
Albert Pujols, CLE 3 3 5 29
Randy Winn, CHA 2 1 3 16
Vladimir Guerrero, HOU 1 2 2 13
Alex Rodriguez, CLE 1 2 1 12
Travis Hafner, NYA 0 1 1 4
Manny Ramirez, MIL 0 0 2 2

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Brian Giles (San Diego Black Sox) -- Playing in a ridiculous pitchers' park, Brian Giles was a force that at times carried the Black Sox offense in close games.  Originally paired with Todd Helton as a potential 1-2 offensive punch, Giles was forced to make up for Helton's horrible performance to spark an offense that was often anemic at best in stretches.  Giles hit .335, good for 2nd in the American League, and also a Black Sox franchise record.  He added 15 homeruns, despite the handicap that PETCO provides, and knocked in 93.  While other players may have more impressive offensive stats, Giles propelled a franchise that has historically had issues all the way to the World Series in 2006.

Vladimir Guerrero (Houston Black Dogs) - "Vlad The Impaler" was the permanent #3 hitter in Houston's lineup.  He changed the face of the Black Dogs by driving in 111 RBIs and 45 HRs.  Guerrero hit 27 homeruns on the road to lead the Dogs to a better record on the road than at home and only two wins away from the world champions, Toronto.

Travis Hafner (New York Flatirons) - The nomination of Travis Hafner for MVP comes as no surprise to his New York Flatirons teammates, opposing players, and fans throughout the league.  First, the stats:  Playing in only 140 games due to minor injuries, "Pronk" easily led his team in every significant offensive category, while placing in the league's top ten in OBA (6th, .421), slugging (6th, .601), RBI (9th, 116) , walks (4th, 105) and IBB (5th, 15).  Hafner led the league in total average with 1.139 while placing 4th in the runs created category.  He torqued a home run in every 13.95 ABs.  Hafner 's totals: .298 average, 94 runs, 45 doubles, 37 home runs, and 116 RBI.  Travis Hafner's greatest value was that he became the face of the 2006 Flatirons (much as Curt "Bloodsock" Schilling was in 2005).  Hafner was a consistent, respected and highly-productive presence in the middle of the Flatirons batting order.  You knew that, when he stepped to plate, big things were likely to happen: rallies, walk-off homers and clutch hits.  He WAS the Flatirons offense, with all due respect to teammates Carlos Beltran, Aramis Ramirez and table-setter/defensive pro Luis Castillo.  In what was a lean year statistically for many Flatirons players, New York was able to remain in contention all year, finishing with an 84-78 record, 7 games behind Cleveland in the AL East.  This was primarily due to the hitting excellence and leadership of Travis Hafner.  To put things in perspective, without the indispensable Hafner, the team's W-L record would easily have been reversed, or worse.  He is certainly the Flatirons' MVP and, deservedly, a contender for the SPIBL AL MVP trophy as well.

Paul Konerko (San Francisco Sea Lions) - As the Sea Lions made a run that led them to first place in the AL West, Paul Konerko was the lone power threat that made the rest of the San Francisco lineup go.  Konerko's 36 homeruns and 109 RBIs easily lead the Sea Lion team.  Without the middle of the order production that Konerko's bat provided, San Francisco would almost certainly have lost their battle for the division and maybe the playoffs as well.  Konerko was as individually valuable to his team as any other player in SPIBL.

Pedro Martinez (Chicago Blue Knights) - Pedro Martinez was more than just the ace of the Chicago Blue Knights (110-52, 1st AL Central).  He was as dominant as they come, winning 27 of 34 starts in 2006.  Martinez led the AL in numerous categories, including wins (27), winning percentage (.818), earned run average (2.48), and shutouts (4).  He finished second in the AL in strikeouts (246) and quality starts (26).  Martinez kept his team from prolonged losing streaks by going 7-2 when pitching after a loss.  He also went 4-1 following losing streaks of two or more games.  Pedro was unbelievable over the second half of the season.  Starting on June 27, he went 16-1 to finish the season, including a 10-game personal winning streak from June 27 to August 15.  On May 29, Martinez pitched a 2-hit shutout over San Diego allowing just one walk while striking out five.  Batters hit just .193 off of him, which was best in the league.  He was an iron horse in 2006, averaging 7.2 innings per start.  His shortest outing was five innings and he recorded 12 complete games.  His season totals were 34 games started, 261.2 innings pitched, 184 hits allowed, 25 homeruns allowed, 56 walks, 246 strikeouts.

David Ortiz (Milwaukee Maulers) - David Ortiz was a main reason for Milwaukee's first ever playoff appearance.  Hitting a league-leading 54 home runs as well as knocking in 123 RBIs, "Big Papi" was the offensive star for the Maulers.  He also led the league with a .625 slugging percentage and logged a league-best 372 total bases.

Albert Pujols (Cleveland Clubbers) - The Clubbers are blessed with the talented Albert Pujols, who turned in a very impressive season.  He finished with a .306 BA, 41 homeruns, and a whopping 145 RBIs to lead the league.  He also scored 111 runs, which generated 215 runs for the Clubber franchise in 2006.

Manny Ramirez (Milwaukee Maulers) - While Manny Ramirez had great numbers for the Maulers, his biggest contribution was providing protection for David Ortiz as he batted behind him, thus requiring managers to have to pitch to Ortiz.  Manny tied Ortiz with 54 homeruns to lead the league.  He also pitched in with 104 RBIs.  Ramirez finished 2nd in the league in slugging percentage at .616.

Alex Rodriguez (Cleveland Clubbers) - Alex Rodriquez ended up batting .315, which placed him a respectable 12th in the batting race.  But where he really excelled was leading the league in runs scored with 141.  He finished 7th in homeruns and 8th in RBIs.  His bat generated a whopping 217 total runs for the Clubber franchise.  He did this while playing third base and shortstop and only committed six errors all season.  His 65 double plays turned truly helped the Cleveland pitching staff, who battled injuries through most of the season.  He was an All-Star, won the Silver Slugger, and added a gold glove.

Randy Winn (Chicago Blue Knights) - Randy Winn was the key catalyst all year for the top offense in the AL.  The Chicago Blue Knights (110-52, 1st AL Central) relied on his bat (218 hits, 1st in AL), his speed (43 steals, 6th in AL) and his glove (1 error, 16 assists, 3rd in AL).  Winn finished in the top five in numerous categories in the AL, including hits (218, 1st), runs scored (133, 2nd), doubles (54, 2nd), and at bats (655, 4th).  He was also a terrific clutch hitter, batting .308 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position.  Winn was one of the best run producers in 2006, posting an on base percentage of .391 (8th in AL) and a .554 slugging percentage (7th in AL), which translates into a blistering .945 OPS.  His 87 extra base hits were good for 2nd in the league.  He stole 43 of 58 attempts (74%), including five of seven attempts stealing third base.  Winn patrolled the outfield in 158 games this season and committed just one error, while logging 16 assists.  On September 3, Winn went 5-6 with two homeruns against Pittsburgh.  His season totals were 158 games played, 655 at bats, 218 hits, 54 doubles, 8 triples, 25 homeruns, 133 runs scored, 95 RBIs, 57 walks, 65 strikeouts, 43 stolen bases, 15 caught stealing, 12 sacrifice bunts.

 

  NL Most Valuable Player:    Derrek Lee, Toronto Sharpshooters

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Derrek Lee, TOR 7 8 3 62
Andruw Jones, ANA 4 5 2 37
Miguel Cabrera, PHI 4 4 2 34
Roger Clemens, TOR 3 2 4 25
Brian Roberts, FLA 2 0 3 13
Ken Griffey Jr., STL 0 1 3 6
B.J. Ryan, ATL 0 0 2 2
Michael Young, COL 0 0 1 1

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Miguel Cabrera (Philadelphia Phanatics) - Miguel Cabrera of Philadelphia (73-89, 3rd place NL East) led the league in batting with a .362 batting average.  His line of .362 batting average (1st in NL)/.623 slugging percentage (1st in NL)/.425 on base percentage (2nd in NL) & 26 intentional walks dominated the National League.  Cabrera also had the longest hitting streak in NL in 2006, hitting in 23 consecutive games.  All of this & switching from playing left field in 2005 to third base in 2006.  The change of position did not take any toll on his offensive production.  Cabrera's season totals were 162 games played, 652 at bats, 120 runs scored, 236 hits, 50 doubles, 3 triples, 38 home runs (4th in NL), 126 RBIs (3rd in NL), 78 walks, 119 strikeouts & 2 stolen bases in 3 attempts.  The Phanatics did not make the playoffs in 2006, but Cabrera almost single-handedly kept them in the race until the final week of the season.  His numbers speak volumes.. Vote for Miguel Cabrera for NL MVP.

Roger Clemens (Toronto Sharpshooters) - In most seasons, a pitcher would have to do something extraordinary to be considered for league MVP since this award is more often reserved for position players that contribute daily.  "Something extraordinary" describes exactly the kind of season had by Sharpshooter ace Roger Clemens.  Doing something that few pitchers have ever done, Clemens won the rare pitching "triple crown" by finishing first in the NL in wins (23), earned run average (2.45) and strikeouts (245).  As if that was not enough, he also finished first in opponent batting average (.201) and quality starts (25).  Rocket also helped lead the youngsters on his staff with three other Sharpshooter starting pitchers - Lackey (2nd), Zambrano (3rd) and Peavy (6th) --  finishing in the top 6 in the NL in strikeouts and helping the overall Sharpshooter team to 109 wins and a postseason (and eventual World Series) appearance.  This may be one of the best all around pitching performances in a long time and being clearly the most dominating pitcher in the NL should give the Rocket consideration for NL MVP.

Ken Griffey Jr. (St. Louis Red Birds) - "Ken Griffey Jr... Where can I start with Kenny? Kenny busted his <bleep> for me starting in January.  We were out chasing <bleeping> chickens in the snow for crying out loud.  Kenny showed he meant business this year and without a doubt won 20 games for our team by himself.  He amassed .312, 42 doubles, 34 homers, 107 ribbies in a pitchers park.  Ted Williams would be hard pressed to put up those <bleeping> numbers in our park. I love Kenny and feel Jim Sorochen did a great job in getting Kenny our team.  I hope the other voters give Kenny the consideration he deserves.  He did a tremendous job for us and I love him like a son." - Whitey Herzog, Manager, St Louis Red Birds

Andruw Jones (Anaheim Ants) - The number one reason the Ants had the season they did was the all-around performance of Andruw Jones.  Putting the stats aside for a moment, Jones anchored the Ants with his ability to go out there every inning of every game.  Manager Mike Scioscia has been quoted as saying, "I've never seen a more clutch season by a player with both the bat and the glove.  Your casual fan will look at the homerun total and the dramatic walk-off homeruns and that's all they'll remember.  He made our pitching staff the number one rated staff in SPIBL thanks to his glove."  Glancing at the stats, he finished 1st in RBIs and 8th in runs, and dominated the homerun race in the NL, beating runner-up Derrek Lee by 13.  Anaheim is not the most hitter-friendly park, but Jones was not affected by it at all.

Derrek Lee (Toronto Sharpshooters) - The Toronto Sharpshooters league-leading run-scoring offense was led by an amazing season from first baseman Derrek Lee.  Only one player in the NL finished in the top five in batting average (.323, 4th in NL), OBP (.398, 5th in NL), Slugging (.611, 2nd in NL), OPS (1.009, 2nd in NL), runs scored (124, 1st in NL), RBIs (131, 2nd in NL), hits (209, 4th in NL), doubles (53, 4th in NL) and homeruns (42, 2nd in NL), while also leading his team to the playoffs.  Cabrera put up similar strong numbers across the board and Jones had lofty homerun and RBI totals, but only one NL player in SPIBL was able to excel in every offensive category while also taking his team to the postseason (and eventually the SPIBL world series title).  Without Derrek Lee, the Toronto offense would have been just mediocre and that would not have been good enough to make them the 109-win team they were on the regular season.  If being an MVP is having amazing stats across the board AND leading your team on to postseason glory, then Derrek Lee is the best choice for NL MVP.

Brian Roberts (Florida Slow-Players) - Spending almost the entire season batting leadoff for the Slow-Players, Brian Roberts was one of the main cogs that led Florida to almost make the postseason, finishing a mere two games out of the lead in their division.  Roberts' numbers are very impressive, especially for a second baseman.  This diminutive middle infielder was a powerhouse with top finishes in batting average (2nd), OBP (3rd), Slugging (4th), OPS (3rd), runs scored (7th), hits (6th) and 1st in the NL in doubles.  Roberts is also one of the few MVP candidates that contributed with his legs as well, finishing 7th in stolen bases.  Roberts was far and away the best table setter in the league and probably would have posted some great RBI numbers had he batted in the middle of the order.  His top 10 finish in almost every major offensive category makes him a great choice for NL MVP.

Francisco Rodriguez (Kansas City Monarchs) - Francisco Rodriguez saved at least 47 games for the second consecutive year including saving his first 25 consecutively in 2006 without a blown save.  He pitched in 23 games before giving up his first earned run in 2006, helping the Monarchs to their quick start, which eventually resulted in their first ever playoff appearance.  Rodriguez was the anchor of the bullpen, making it easy to define the roles of all other relief pitchers on the team.  Everyone knows to head for the exit when K-Rod starts warming up.  He has saved an amazing 95 of 172 games won by the Monarchs in his two years since joining the team.

B.J. Ryan (Atlanta Mets) - Ryan was one of the top closers in the league in 2006.  His microscopic ERA of 1.84 and batting average against of .206 was very impressive.  But even more impressive was his 40 saves with only three blown saves for an outstanding save percentage of 93%.  This lefty was a major reason the Atlanta Mets made the postseason as his late-inning success accounted for an amazing 51% of Atlanta's 78 wins.  Atlanta lost over half their games in 2006, but when they got the game to Ryan with a lead this season, they knew that they could put one more in the win column.

David Wright (St. Louis Red Birds) - "I can't say enough about David in just his 2nd year in the league.  He is going to be a future MVP candidate.  I think he had a great year for us and rumors are he is getting some MVP consideration. That's <bleeping> nice and all, but quite frankly, not this year.  I've talked to David and he knows he needs some improvement defensively and cutting down on his strikeouts.  We are happy with his power and batting average and feel David is a budding superstar and cornerstone of our organization.  He'll be here a lot longer than I will be!" - Whitey Herzog, manager, St. Louis Red Birds

Michael Young (Colorado Gold Kings) - Michael Young was one of the few bright spots for the Colorado Gold Kings this year.  Young played in all 162 games for the Gold Kings, batting first and third in the lineup.  Young finished 4th in batting average (.323), 2nd in at bats (675), 4th in runs scored (119), and 4th in total bases (348).  Young also had 23 homeruns and 88 RBIs.  Those are very good numbers considering the Gold Kings finished 21st out of 24 in team batting average.  The few positives things that did happen with the 2006 Colorado Gold Kings happened due to the excellent play of Michael Young.

 

  AL Cy Young:    Pedro Martinez, Chicago Blue Knights

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Pedro Martinez, CHA 17 1 0 88
Johan Santana, CHA 1 15 2 52
John Patterson, SDB 0 1 14 17
Aaron Heilman, HOU 0 1 1 4
Mark Mulder, MIL 0 0 1 1

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Aaron Heilman (Houston Black Dogs) - Aaron Heilman was the under-rated MVP.  He pitched over 100 innings in relief for the Houston Black Dogs while posting a miniscule 1.44 earned run average, eight saves, and almost a strikeout per inning to set the table for closer Kyle Farnsworth.  Heilman appeared in 55 games.

Rodrigo Lopez (Chicago Blue Knights) - Rodrigo Lopez took advantage of his first year as a full-time starter in a Chicago (110-52, 1st AL Central) uniform.  Starting in 32 games, he posted an impressive 17-8 record along with a 4.34 earned run average.  Lopez was a model of consistency throughout the season, losing two decisions in a row just once.  From July 16 through August 18, he won six consecutive decisions.  On September 15, Lopez shut out Texas on four hits and a walk.  He was in the top ten in the AL for wins (5th) and winning percentage (8th).  He recorded three complete games with one shutout.  His season totals were 32 games started, 203 innings pitched, 233 hits allowed, 21 homeruns allowed, 52 walks, 99 strikeouts.

Pedro Martinez (Chicago Blue Knights) - Pedro Martinez was more than just the ace of the Chicago Blue Knights (110-52, 1st AL Central).  He was as dominant as they come, winning 27 of 34 starts in 2006.  Martinez led the AL in numerous categories, including wins (27), winning percentage (.818), earned run average (2.48), and shutouts (4).  He finished second in the AL in strikeouts (246) and quality starts (26).  Martinez kept his team from prolonged losing streaks by going 7-2 when pitching after a loss.  He also went 4-1 following losing streaks of two or more games.  Pedro was unbelievable over the second half of the season.  Starting on June 27, he went 16-1 to finish the season, including a 10-game personal winning streak from June 27 to August 15.  On May 29, Martinez pitched a 2-hit shutout over San Diego allowing just one walk while striking out five.  Batters hit just .193 off of him, which was best in the league.  He was an iron horse in 2006, averaging 7.2 innings per start.  His shortest outing was five innings and he recorded 12 complete games.  His season totals were 34 games started, 261.2 innings pitched, 184 hits allowed, 25 homeruns allowed, 56 walks, 246 strikeouts.

Mark Mulder (Milwaukee Maulers) - Mark Mulder was the ace of the staff, pacing the Milwaukee Maulers to its best record in team history.  He posted a team-record 18 wins and added nine complete games and three shutouts.  While the Maulers offense got most of the credit for the team's overall success, it was Mulder who provided stability every fifth day when he took the mound.

John Patterson (San Diego Black Sox) - John Patterson was the first Black Sox player to ever win 20 games in a season. He did so while striking out 223 batters and walking only 54 over 236 innings.  He posted a terrific earned run average of 3.17.  Patterson was an awesome stopper for his team through a slumping second half of the season, when the Sox dropped out of first place.  At times, Patterson was the only San Diego pitcher to post quality starts down the stretch as the team limped into the playoffs.

Andy Pettitte (Houston Black Dogs) - Andy Pettitte was the consummate ace of the rotation while posting three shutouts.  He was a 16-game winner versus just nine losses over 36 starts.  A dependable cog in the Houston rotation, Pettitte amassed 250 innings pitched in 2006.  He signed a controversial large free agent deal last winter,  but validated it by leading Houston to its first ever playoff appearance.

Johan Santana (Chicago Blue Knights) - Johan Santana proved once again that he is one of the best starters in the game today.  While posting a sparkling 24-9 record for Chicago (110-52, 1st AL Central), Santana was in the top three in the AL in wins (24, 2nd), earned run average (2.56, 2nd), winning percentage (.727, 3rd), innings (277.1, 2nd), complete games (13, 2nd), shutouts (4, 1st-tied), and games started (36, 1st-tied).  For the second straight season, Santana led the AL in strikeouts with 297.  He led the entire league in quality starts, logging an amazing 27 in 2006.  When Santana took the mound, his team went 27-9 (.750) throughout the season.  From July 23 to September 20, he went 11-0 in twelve starts.    Batters hit a paltry .218 off of him while walking a mere 49 batters all season.  On September 1, Santana allowed just four base runners to reach in a four-hit shutout over Pittsburgh while striking out nine.  Johan never wanted to leave a game early, averaging 7.2 innings per start while posting 13 complete games.  His four shutouts were tied for the best in the AL.  His season totals were 36 games started, 277.1 innings pitched, 224 hits allowed, 23 homeruns allowed, 49 walks, 297 strikeouts.

Billy Wagner (Cleveland Clubbers) - In the bullpen, the Clubbers were anchored by the steady left arm of Billy Wagner.  He finished the season with 37 saves, which led the American League, and seven wins while appearing in a total of 60 games.  Wagner was a very reliable and important piece to the Cleveland Clubbers, who clinched their first ever AL East Division title.

Jeff Weaver (San Francisco Sea Lions) - Jeff Weaver was instrumental in leading the San Francisco Sea Lions to their AL West Division crown in 2006.  While not putting up numbers as gaudy as some of the other candidates, Weaver was a solid performer whose 20 quality starts and 3.64 ERA in 264 IP was essential in keeping San Francisco competitive.  He won 14 games over 36 starts.

Brandon Webb (Houston Black Dogs) - Brandon Webb was a true workhorse in 2006.  He logged 15 complete games and 280 innings pitched while winning 17.  Webb created a nice one-two punch for the Houston Black Dogs, with Andy Pettitte.  He helped lead the Black Dogs to the postseason for the first time in team history.

 

  NL Cy Young:    Roger Clemens, Toronto Sharpshooters [unanimous]

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Roger Clemens, TOR 16 0 0 80
Roy Oswalt, SEA 0 6 6 24
C.C. Sabathia, STL 0 3 4 13
Dontrelle Willis, SEA 0 2 2 8
B.J. Ryan, ATL 0 2 1 7
Carlos Zambrano, TOR 0 2 1 7
Francisco Rodriguez, KCN 0 1 2 5

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Roger Clemens (Toronto Sharpshooters) - "A season for the ages" is how Sharpshooter manager Bret Hart described the season had by Sharpshooter ace Roger Clemens. Doing something that few pitchers have ever done, Clemens won the rare pitching "triple crown" by finishing first in the NL in wins (23), earned run average (2.45), and strikeouts (245).  As if that was not enough, he also finished first in opponent batting average (.201) and quality starts (25).  Rocket also helped lead the youngsters on his staff with three other Sharpshooter starting pitchers - Lackey (2nd), Zambrano (3rd), and Peavy (6th) -- finishing in the top ten in the NL in strikeouts and helping his team to 109 wins and a postseason (and eventual World Series) appearance. This may be one of the best all around pitching performances of all time, not just this season.  Those sorts of numbers should make Clemens the man everyone else is chasing in the NL Cy Young voting.

Dan Haren (Anaheim Ants) - In his first full season, Dan Haren emerged as the staff ace.  Haren usually went against the other team's best pitcher and he emerged with a sparkling 18-7 record.  Most importantly was his record down the stretch.  Haren went 4-1 in the last month of the season as the Ants overtook eventual champion Toronto for the best record in the NL and finished tied for the best record in all of SPIBL.

Derek Lowe (Atlanta Mets) - The Atlanta Mets needed all the help they could get this season in their quest to win the NL East.  Their main man at the top of the rotation gave them all they could have asked for.  An 18-13 record for a team that finished under .500 is very impressive.  Lowe was the main stopper for a team that really needed one in order to find their way into the postseason.  It is for this value to his team that makes Derek Lowe a Cy Young candidate in 2006.

Brett Myers (Kansas City Monarchs) - Brett Myers was not touted as the ace with Randy Johnson as a teammate, but he eventually became the stopper while leading the team in wins, shutouts, and complete games.  He was also a vocal and emotional leader in the clubhouse and helped bring along younger pitchers on the staff, including Erik Bedard and Jeff Francis, in spring training.  Myers went 3-1 in four postseason starts, including pitching a complete game shutout in the deciding fifth game against Seattle in round one.  He is spending the offseason taking anger management courses to prepare for his role with the 2007 Monarchs.

Roy Oswalt (Seattle Iron Birds) - Oswalt, coming off a disappointing 14-12 season in 2005, had a lot to prove this year, and impress he did.  He finished the year at 19-7 with a 2.81 ERA in 240 innings.  Oswalt finished the season third in wins, third in earned run average, and fifth in walks per 9 innings.  The 2006 season started out with Oswalt posting a 6-0 record over his first nine starts and a 10-2 mark at the All Star break, however much like Seattle's season in 2006, things got worse and the run support for Oswalt diminished.  Five of Oswalt's seven losses came in games where he only allowed two earned runs or less and he had six no-decisions in which he allowed two earned runs or less as well.

Francisco Rodriguez (Kansas City Monarchs) - K-Rod saved at least 47 games for the second consecutive year including saving his first 25 consecutively in 2006 without a blown save.  He pitched in 23 games before giving up his first earned run in 2006, helping the Monarchs to their quick start, which eventually resulted in their first ever playoff appearance.  Rodriguez Is the anchor of the bullpen, making it easy to define the roles of all other relief pitchers on the team.  Everyone knows to head for the exit when K-Rod starts warming up, as he has saved an amazing 95 of 172 games won by the Monarchs in his two years since joining the team.

B.J. Ryan (Atlanta Mets) - Ryan was one of the top closers in SPIBL in 2006.  His microscopic ERA of 1.84 and batting average against of .206 was very impressive.  But even more impressive was his 40 saves with only three blown saves for an outstanding save percentage of 93%.  This lefty was a major reason the Atlanta Mets made the postseason as his 40 saves accounted for an amazing 51% of Atlanta's 78 wins.  Atlanta lost over half their games in 2006, but when they got the game to Ryan with a lead this season, they knew that they could put one more in the win column.

C.C. Sabathia (St. Louis Red Birds) - "C.C. Sabathia... My vote for Cy Young.  Everyone knows how much I love this kid.  He bailed me out of a few tight predicaments this year on the road.  C.C. can flat out beat the <bleep> out of people and, oh yeah, he can pitch!!  C.C. won 18 games for us and had a 2.60 ERA.  He was the guy I relied on most.  C.C. would pitch with injuries, unlike that <bleep> Harden.  C.C. will always have a backer in Whitey.  That is for <bleep> sure.  <BLEEP> Clemens.  C.C. should be Cy Young." - Whitey Herzog, Manager, St Louis Red Birds

Dontrelle Willis (Seattle Iron Birds) - Dontrelle finished the 2006 season with a 19-6 record and an earned run average of 3.06.  Willis led the league in starts with 36, was third in the league in wins, third in winning percentage, and second in homeruns allowed per 9 innings.  Willis was instrumental to Seattle's stretch drive for the playoffs.  Although his team fell a few games short of the division crown, the "D-Train" was 6-1 in August and September while winning his last six decisions.

Carlos Zambrano (Toronto Sharpshooters) - Carlos Zambrano turned in a fantastic season in his first year as a member of the Sharpshooters.  He was instrumental in helping Toronto on to their second straight NL Central crown, and eventual World Series title.  Zambrano's 21 wins made him one of only two 20 game winners in the entire NL.  He also had a very nice opponent batting average of .223 (4th in the NL) and 226 strikeouts (good for 3rd in the NL).  While Carlos was overshadowed by his veteran mentor, Roger Clemens, he still put up very solid numbers for a playoff team that makes him worthy of Cy Young consideration in any year.

 

  AL Rookie of the Year:    Ryan Howard, Pittsburgh Conspiracy

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Ryan Howard, PIT 8 3 4 53
Willy Taveras, HOU 4 4 2 34
Gustavo Chacin, BOS 2 2 2 18
Tadahito Iguchi, BOS 0 4 5 17
Garrett Atkins, SFS 1 2 2 13

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Garrett Atkins (San Francisco Sea Lions) - Third Baseman, 141 games played, 532 at bats, 59 runs scored, 142 hits, 25 doubles, 0 triples, 16 homeruns, 80 RBIs, 46 walks, 71 strikeouts, 5 hit by pitch, 1 sacrifice hits, 0 stolen base, 0 caught stealing, .267 batting average.

Gustavo Chacin (Boston Blizzards) - Starting Pitcher, 15-10, 4.80 earned run average, 36 games started, 227 innings pitched, 261 hits, 22 homeruns, 93 walks, 121 strikeouts, 6 complete games, 2 shutouts.

Ryan Howard (Pittsburgh Conspiracy) - First Baseman, 98 games played, 318 at bats, 50 runs scored, 85 hits, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 28 homeruns, 78 RBIs, 24 walks, 99 strikeouts, 2 hit by pitch, 0 sacrifice hits, 0 stolen bases, 0 caught stealing, .267 batting average.

Tadahito Iguchi (Boston Blizzards) - Second Baseman, 140 games played, 545 at bats, 82 runs, 149 hits, 33 doubles, 7 triples, 18 homeruns, 62 RBIs, 48 walks, 121 strikeouts, 2 hit by pitch, 16 sacrifice hits, 10 stolen bases, 3 caught stealing, .273 batting average.

Willy Taveras (Houston Black Dogs) - Center Fielder, 142 games played, 582 at bats, 77 runs scored, 175 hits, 18 doubles, 1 triple, 3 homeruns, 52 RBIs, 15 walks, 98 strikeouts, 9 hit by pitch, 16 sacrifice hits, 56 stolen bases, 16 caught stealing, .301 batting average.

 

  NL Rookie of the Year:    Huston Street, Toronto Sharpshooters

Voting Results 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Huston Street, TOR 9 4 2 59
Robinson Cano, STL 3 3 8 32
Zach Duke, SEA 2 3 1 20
Clint Barmes, FLA 1 2 2 13
Scott Kazmir, MIN 0 3 2 11

Nominees (in alphabetical order):

Clint Barmes (Florida Slow-Players) - Shortstop, 96 games played, 328 at bats, 49 runs scored, 106 hits, 15 doubles, 1 triple, 9 homeruns, 51 RBIs, 20 walks, 36 strikeouts, 2 hit by pitch, 0 sacrifice hits, 8 stolen bases, 5 caught stealing, .323 batting average.

Robinson Cano (St. Louis Red Birds) - Second Baseman, 131 games played, 458 at bats, 49 run scored, 132 hits, 38 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homeruns, 52 RBIs, 14 walks, 55 strikeouts, 2 hit by pitch, 5 sacrifice hits, 1 stolen base, 3 caught stealing, .288 batting average.

Zach Duke (Seattle Iron Birds) - Starting Pitcher, 5-3, 1.80 earned run average, 14 games started, 100 innings pitched, 71 hits, 1 homerun allowed, 22 walks, 86 strikeouts, 1 complete game, 1 shutout.

Scott Kazmir (Minnesota Moose) - Starting Pitcher, 11-12, 4.69 earned run average, 31 games started, 165 innings pitched, 175 hits, 13 homeruns, 100 walks, 151 strikeouts, 0 complete games, 0 shutouts.

Huston Street (Toronto Sharpshooters) - Closer/Reliever, 5-3, 1.88 earned run average, 64 games, 81.1 innings pitched, 60 hits, 2 homeruns, 28 walks, 83 strikeouts, 16 saves.

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