Aug 14, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher David Price (14) watches game action from the bench after being pulled in the eighth inning against New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
As the 2015 season winds down the inevitable question of individual awards comes up. Aside form his team making their march toward glory, Josh Donaldson is in the thick of a battle (that he is winning, by the way) for the American League MVP award. There are a number of players around MLB who may find themselves playing to take home some hardware since their team’s season will be ending.
This year, MLB will be handing out some awards in just about every imaginable category with the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards. According to the official voting page, the awards are explained thusly:
“The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards are officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and its voting will culminate with a first-of-its-kind multi-platform special, The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards Show, airing Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. ET exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Toronto Blue Jays
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards represents a comprehensive award-balloting process based on nearly two months of voting, encompassing the entire awards season. The five different groups of voters — fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members — each count for 20 percent of the winner selection. Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball).”
Tuesday was the first day of voting and the early categories for fans to consider include Best Big Leaguer, Best Everyday Player, Best Pitcher and Best Rookie. There are a whole boat load of other awards that run the gamut from Best Manager to Best Interview to Best Catch to Best Social Media Personality and so much more! You can vote HERE.
On the first day of voting, your Toronto Blue Jays are well represented with at least one candidate in each of the early categories. It may not come as a surprise that the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays are getting some award love. This has been an electric year that has created a lot of buzz. Folks are standing up and taking notice.
Let’s take a look at how the Blue Jays stack up against the other nominees in each category. Feel free to chime in on where you think the hardware will go. Do your Blue Jays have a chance against the best of the best? Let’s see.
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