The Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has voted outfielder Shin-Soo Choo its player of the year for the second season in a row. The writers also voted to rename the award in honor of Bob Feller, the ailing 92-year-old Hall of Famer. Voted winner of the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award was manager Manny Acta, in recognition for his cooperation with the media.
Feller, the biggest name in franchise history, was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The Indians retired his uniform No. 19 in 1957.
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 Choo
CLEVELAND 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