The Cheap Seats 2012 Goose Gossage Relievers of the Year

Posted: October 12, 2012 by The Cheap Seat Fan in MLB
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I didn’t get as much time to dedicate to this Baseball Bloggers Alliance award ballot as others, but luckily it wasn’t a year full of choices as tough as the other categories have been. So, without the same ado as the others have been, here is my humble submission for the best curtain closers of the year.

 

2012 NL Goose Gossage Award—Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

Kimbrel put a stamp on what’s clear if you’ve been watching baseball over the last two years: he’s the best in the business at turning out the lights at the end of the night. He tied for the lead in saves this season with 42, but did it in a somehow understated, yet dominant fashion. In 62 innings, only seven runs squeezed their way out against him, and he struck out a ridiculous 116 batters against only 14 walks. That plays out in the form of 16.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a miniscule 0.65 WHIP. Pure dominance, that somehow went unnoticed…until every game versus the Braves turned into an eight inning affair somehow.

Runners up: Aroldis Chapman—Reds, Joel Hanahran—Pirates

 

2012 AL Goose Gossage Award—Fernando Rodney, Tampa Bay Rays

It wasn’t supposed to be Rodney’s job, but Kyle Farnsworth not being ready to pitch out of Spring Training became a blessing in disguise in Tampa. Rodney became the most surprising impact arm of the season, totaling 48 saves on the year, and failing to convert on only two chances. His total was good for second best in baseball, and he did so with amazing efficiency; his 0.60 ERA on the year was tops among all relievers.

Runners up: Jim Johnson—Orioles, Joe Nathan—Rangers

 

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