My ballot for the 2004 Internet Baseball Writers Association Awards is listed below the following descriptions and rules.
* PLAYER OF THE YEAR should go to the player you believe was the best in his league in 2004. Pitchers are eligible for this award.
* PITCHER OF THE YEAR should go to the pitcher you believe was the best in his league during in 2004.
* DEBUT OF THE YEAR should go to the player you believe had the best first major league season in his league in 2004. A player is eligible for this award if he is eligible for the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award.
* MANAGER OF THE YEAR should go to the person you believe was the best manager in his league in 2004.
* EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR should go to the person you believe was the best executive in his league in 2004.
For PLAYER OF THE YEAR you may vote for up to ten players, with points being awarded for 1st place, 2nd place, etc., on a 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
For all other awards, you may vote for up to three players, with points being awarded for 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place on a 5-3-1 basis.
Your votes should take into account the players' performances during the 2004 regular season, and should NOT take into account players' performances during the post-season.
Ties are NOT ALLOWED in your voting. You must rank the players 1-10 or 1-3.
2004 IBWA END-OF-YEAR AWARDS
NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Barry Bonds
2. Albert Pujols
3. Adrian Beltre
4. Jim Edmonds
5. Scott Rolen
6. Mark Loretta
7. J.D. Drew
8. Lance Berkman
9. Bobby Abreu
10. Todd Helton
We should beat major league baseball to the punch by renaming the N.L. Player of the Year Award the Barry Bonds Award. Or we could just put him in his own league--you know, the American League, the National League, and the Barry Bonds League.
AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1. Vladimir Guerrero
2. Johan Santana
3. Manny Ramirez
4. Gary Sheffield
5. David Ortiz
6. Mariano Rivera
7. Carlos Guillen
8. Melvin Mora
9. Miguel Tejada
10. Alex Rodriguez
Guerrero went to the whip in the final week of the campaign to differentiate himself over Ramirez, Sheffield, and Ortiz. Some ballots probably won't even have Santana listed. However, I don't see how you can ignore him. His second half (13-0, 1.21) was just sick.
NATIONAL LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
1. Randy Johnson
2. Roger Clemens
3. Ben Sheets
Clemens was phenomenal in his first year of retirement, but he was no match for Johnson. Whoever wins will join Bonds in the over-40 winners circle.
AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE YEAR
1. Johan Santana
2. Curt Schilling
3. Mariano Rivera
A no brainer.
NATIONAL LEAGUE DEBUT OF THE YEAR
1. Khalil Greene
2. Jason Bay
3. David Wright
Greene's position the deciding factor over Bay and his counting stats overwhelm Wright's slight advantage in rate stats.
AMERICAN LEAGUE DEBUT OF THE YEAR
1. Bobby Crosby
2. Zack Greinke
3. Shingo Takatsu
Greinke will have the most career value when it is all said and done.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
1. Tony LaRussa
2. Bobby Cox
3. Jim Tracy
Hats off to all as I didn't pick any of these three to win their division.
AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
1. Buck Showalter
2. Eric Wedge
3. Mike Scioscia
To be fair, Showalter should split his winnings with Teixeira-Soriano-Young-Blalock.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
1. Walt Jocketty
2. Gerry Hunsicker
3. John Schuerholz
All three GMs made some important moves. Jocketty's in-season acquisition of Walker was huge as was getting Pujols to sign a long-term contract before the year began.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
1. Dave Dombrowski
2. Brian Cashman
3. Theo Epstein
Dombrowski orchestrated one of the biggest year-over-year improvements in baseball history. How he convinced I-Rod to sign with the Tigers after losing 119 games the year before, I'll never know. And he totally ripped off Bavasi in the Guillen deal.
Agree? Disagree? Let's hear who you would have picked and why.
(Update: Check out TwinsFanDan's ballot at Will Carroll Presents... for another view on the subject.)