2010 MLB Postseason Awards: Reds 1B Joey Votto Wins NL MVP; Rockies' Gonzalez Places Third, Tulowitzki Places Fifth

Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have both won their first career Gold Glove awards for Outstanding Defense.

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Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto Wins NL MVP; Carlos Gonzalez Finishes Third, Tulowitzki Finishes Fifth

As expected, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto won his first ever NL Most Valuable Player award for leading his team to their first NL Central Division crown since 1995. Votto was a near unanimous selection, garnering 31 of 32 first place votes on his way to a landslide victory. St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols received the other first place vote.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez placed third in the voting, a perfect capstone to his breakout season. He has already earned the Luis Aparacio award, Silver Slugger award, and his first career Gold Glove this offseason.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki placed fifth in the ballot. His record setting September helped him overcome missing six weeks in the middle of the season with a broken wrist. Tulowitzki has also earned his first career Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards.

Rockies ace starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez received one fourth place vote. The NL All-Star starting pitcher also placed third in the Cy Young voting this offseason.

Congratulations to Joey Votto on his accomplishment!


Roy Halladay Unanimous Cy Young Winner, Ubaldo Jimenez Places Third

Philadelphia right handed pitcher and Colorado native Roy Halladay has been unanimously voted the 2010 NL Cy Young winner. Halladay capped off yet another stellar season in his first season pitching within the National League.

Acquired via blockbuster trade during the offseason from Toronto, Halladay proved to be exactly what Philadelphia was looking for. Unfortunately, they were upset by the eventual World Series San Francisco Giants, but that doesn’t change Halladay’s remarkable season. He became only the second pitcher to throw a post-season no-hitter, after Don Larsen. Even more impressive, Halladay became only the 20th pitcher in baseball history to pitch a perfect game.

For the season, Halladay threw 250.2 innings with an ERA of 2.44 and a record of 21-10. He deserved to be the unanimous NL Cy Young winner.

Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez created some franchise history, becoming only the third Rockies pitcher to receive Cy Young voting, after Marvin Freeman in 1994 and Jeff Francis in 2007. Jimenez also became the first Rockies pitcher to receive second place votes, and the first Rockies pitcher to place in the Top 3 of the Cy Young voting. Jimenez failed to reach the landmark 20 wins, but was selected as the NL starter in the All-Star game, also a franchise first. He also pitched the first ever no-hitter for Colorado on April 17, 2010 against the Atlanta Braves.

Read the community response at Purple Row.


Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez Win 2010 Silver Slugger Awards

After securing Gold Gloves at shortstop and in the outfield, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez added Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday. Tulowitzki hit .315/.381/.568 with 27 home runs and 95 RBI. In the month of September he had a .322 batting average, an .800 slugging average and 40 RBI.

Carlos Gonzalez spent the month of September in a Triple Crown race with St. Louis' Albert Pujols and Cincinnati's Joey Votto. Ultimately, Gonzalez won the NL Batting Title with a .336 average, but his 34 homers were good for fourth and his 117 RBI came in second. Overall, Gonzalez hit .336/.376/.598 with 351 total bases. His 197 hits led the National League and were the third highest in all of major league baseball.

These are the first Silver Slugger Awards for the two Rockies.

The complete list of winners are:

C: Joe Mauer (Twins), Brian McCann (Braves)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (Tigers), Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
2B: Robinson Cano (Yankees), Dan Uggla (Marlins)
3B: Adrian Beltre (Red Sox), Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)
SS: Alexei Ramirez (White Sox), Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies)
OF (AL): Jose Bautista (Blue Jays), Carl Crawford (Rays), Josh Hamilton (Rangers)
OF (NL): Ryan Braun (Brewers), Matt Holliday (Cardinals), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
P: Yovani Gallardo (Brewers)
DH: Vladimir Guerrero (Rangers)

Under voting rules, managers are unable to vote for their own players to eliminate blatant homerism.


Troy Tulowitzki And Carlos Gonzalez Win NL Gold Gloves

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez were both named NL Gold Glove Award winners for the 2010 season. It is the first award for both players.

Tulowitzki has already been awarded the Bill James’ Fielding Bible Award and was a heavy favorite to win his first career Gold Glove. Carlos Gonzalez was one of many candidates in a wide open outfielder’s race.

Here are the official winners for the NL 2010 Gold Gloves by position:

Catcher – Yadier Molina (St. Louis)
First Base – Albert Pujols (St. Louis)
Second Base – Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati)
Shortstop – Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)
Third Base – Scott Rolen (Cincinnati)
Outfielders – Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Shane Victorino (Philadelphia), Michael Bourn (Houston)
Pitcher – Bronson Arroyo (Cincinnati)

Read the community reaction at Purple Row.

Congratulations to both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez!


Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki Wins Fielding Bible Award

Today, Bill James, John Dewan and others announced the winners for the 2010 Fielding Bible Award, and the Colorado RockiesTroy Tulowitzki won the shortstop one:

Tulowitzki’s bat garnered more of the limelight this season as he led the Rockies in another near-miraculous end-of-season comeback, but it’s his glove that saved the Rockies 16 runs and earned his second-career Fielding Bible Award.

Troy Renck reports that Tulowitzki won the award with 97 points out of 100. The Gold Glove awards will be announced in November, when we’ll hopefully hear Troy Tulowitzki’s name announced as one of the winners.


Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez Wins MLB Player Of The Year Award

The Colorado RockiesCarlos Gonzalez won the MLB Player of the Year Award, an honor voted on by major league players. Gonzalez has now won three awards this past week, having earned the National League’s Most Outstanding Player Award and the Luis Aparicio Award.

Carlos Gonzalez was in a Triple Crown race with the St. Louis CardinalsAlbert Pujols and the Cincinnati RedsJoey Votto, but Gonzalez ultimately fell short. He led the National League with a .336 average and had a final line of .336/.376/.598. His 197 hits led the National League, 34 home runs placed him seventh in the majors and his 117 RBI were good for fifth in all of baseball.

In November, we’ll learn how much support he had in National League MVP voting. It will be a close vote between Gonzalez, Votto and Pujols. Given the perception of Coors Field among the media, Gonzalez appears to be penalized for that. Joey Votto is likely to take first place in that voting.


Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez Wins Luis Aparicio Award

Carlos Gonzalez can add another piece of hardware to his shelf: the Luis Aparicio Award. Since its inception in 2004, the award is given annually to a Venezuelan baseball player for best performance in a season. Via Troy Renck:

"I am very proud of having this award and will be proud receiving in front on my people of Zulia", González told Venezuelan reporters.

According to the Rockies, Gonzalez received 47 of 100 first-place votes. His main competition was Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.

Cabrera and Hernandez had previously won the award in 2005 and 2009, respectively. Neither could repeat as the winner with Carlos Gonzalez competing for a Triple Crown. While he was unsuccessful in that, Gonzalez led the National League with a .336 batting average.

Gonzalez will receive the award on Nov. 18 during a Venezuelan Winter League game, reports Thomas Harding.

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