Despite losing four seasons at the prime of his career while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Feller is the franchise leader in wins (266), strikeouts (2,581), complete games (279), starts (484), innings pitched (3,827) and walks (1,764). He also ranks second with 44 shutouts (one behind Hall of Famer Addie Joss), 570 games pitched (12 behind Mel Harder), 162 losses (24 behind Harder) and is fourth with a .621 winning percentage, behind Bartolo Colon (.625), Joss (.623) and Wes Ferrell (.622).
Feller, battling leukemia with complications from pneumonia, was moved into a hospice last week.
Feller sat in the same seat in the press box nearly every game since Progressive Field opened in 1994. The writers and team plan to make that area a memorial to Feller.
The Man of the Year award has been presented since 1946 to the player judged by Cleveland writers as most valuable to the Indians for that particular season. Choo is only the fifth to win it in consecutive seasons, joining outfielder Manny Ramirez (1998-99), second baseman Carlos Baerga (1991-92), first baseman Mike Hargrove (1980-81) and left-hander Sam McDowell (1969-70). Ramirez shared the 1999 award with second baseman Roberto Alomar and McDowell tied catcher Ray Fosse in voting in 1970.
Choo led Cleveland in batting average (.300), doubles (31), homers (22), RBI (90), runs (81), hits (165), walks (83) and stolen bases (20) in addition to playing solid defense in right field.
Choo won in a unanimous vote over right-hander Chris Perez, the only other nominee. Perez claimed the closer's role when veteran Kerry Wood was injured early in the year. His emergence allowed the Indians to get out from under at least part of the remainder of Wood's rich contract in July by trading him to the New York Yankees.
Perez went 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA and 23 saves.
Perez also was nominated for the Good Guy Award, along with outfielder Shelley Duncan and Acta.
The award is named after late Cleveland Press sportswriter Frank Gibbons and Indians relief pitcher Steve Olin, who died in a boating accident during 1993 spring training. It symbolizes cooperation with the media, something that was positive trait displayed by Acta throughout his first season on the job in Cleveland.
The writers appreciated Acta's forthright comments during a disappointing season. Though injuries mounted and the Indians lost 93 games, Acta kept his sense of humor and willingly chatted baseball, providing insight on a variety of issues.
CLEVELAND BBWAA MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
RENAMED THE BOB FELLER AWARD IN 2010
YEAR WINNER YEAR WINNER 1946 Bill Veeck 1947 Lou Boudreau 1948 Gene Bearden 1949 Bob Lemon 1950 Larry Doby 1951 Bob Feller 1952 Mike Garcia 1953 Al Rosen Bob Lemon 1954 Bobby Avila Early Wynn 1955 Al Smith 1956 Vic Wertz 1957 Gene Woodling 1958 Rocky Colavito 1959 Tito Francona 1960 Jim Perry 1961 Mel Harder 1962 Dick Donovan 1963 Max Alvis 1964 Don McMahon 1965 Rocky Colavito 1966 Sonny Siebert 1967 Max Alvis 1968 Luis Tiant 1969 Sam McDowell 1970 Ray Fosse 1971 Graig Nettles Sam McDowell 1972 Gaylord Perry 1973 Buddy Bell 1974 Gaylord Perry 1975 Dave LaRoche Jim Perry 1976 Rico Carty 1977 Duane Kuiper 1978 Andre Thornton 1979 Dave Garcia 1980 Mike Hargrove 1981 Mike Hargrove 1982 Andre Thornton 1983 Rick Sutcliffe Toby Harrah 1984 Bert Blyleven 1985 Brett Butler 1986 Joe Carter 1987 Brook Jacoby 1988 Doug Jones 1989 Jerry Browne 1990 Doug Jones 1991 Carlos Baerga 1992 Carlos Baerga 1993 Albert Belle 1994 no award (baseball strike) 1995 Jose Mesa 1996 Albert Belle 1997 Sandy Alomar Jr. 1998 Manny Ramirez 1999 Roberto Alomar 2000 Travis Fryman Manny Ramirez 2001 Roberto Alomar 2002 Jim Thome 2003 Jody Gerut 2004 Victor Martinez 2005 Travis Hafner 2006 Grady Sizemore 2007 CC Sabathia 2008 Cliff Lee 2009 Shin-Soo Choo 2010 Shin-Soo ChooCLEVELAND BBWAA FRANK GIBBONS-STEVE OLIN GOOD GUY AWARD WINNERS
YEAR WINNER YEAR WINNER 1968 Alvin Dark 1969 Lou Klimchock 1970 Larry Brown 1971 Hank Peters 1972 Dino Lucarelli 1973 Bob Gill 1974 Harold Bossard 1975 Boog Powell Marshall Bossard 1976 Jim Warfield 1977 Cy Buynak 1978 Duane Kuiper 1979 Sid Monge 1980 Rick Manning 1981 Mike Seghi 1982 Dennis Sommers 1983 Don McMahon 1984 Andre Thornton 1985 Mike Hargrove 1986 Johnny Goryl 1987 Andre Thornton 1988 Doc Edwards 1989 Bud Black 1990 Brook Jacoby Tom Candiotti 1991 Mike Hargrove 1992 Felix Fermin 1993 Cy Buynak 1994 no award (strike) 1995 Jim Thome 1996 Omar Vizquel 1997 Orel Hershiser 1998 Luis Isaac 1999 Dave Burba 2000 Sandy Alomar Jr. 2001 Charles Nagy 2002 Joel Skinner 2003 Ellis Burks 2004 Casey Blake 2005 Aaron Boone 2006 Paul Byrd 2007 Mark Shapiro 2008 Luis Isaac 2009 Jamey Carroll 2009 Manny Acta