The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Hitter (10.8.14)

11 Oct

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards!

At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.

Today is the third installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Hitter.

Previous awards for this season include:

Unlike in the voting for Most Valuable Hitter and Most Valuable Pitcher, the vote was not unanimous. But while multiple players got votes for the top (bottom?) spot, one name rose above the rest.

Rank Name Points
1 Nick Swisher 56
2 Ryan Raburn 43
3 Jason Kipnis 28
4 Michael Bourn 9
5 Asdrubal Cabrera 8
6 David Murphy 7
T-7 Mike Aviles 6
T-7 Jason Giambi 6
9 J.B. Shuck 3
10 Chris Gimenez 2
T-11 Lonnie Chisenhall 1
T-11 Everyone else not on the Most Valuable Hitter List 1

While I put Raburn in my top spot, I have no problem with Swisher winning. I personally did not take money into account, but given Swisher and Raburn put up similarly bad numbers in 2014, it hurts a little worse coming from Swisher while he is making $15 million than from Raburn while he is making $2.25 million.

So while Swisher’s contract hurts, I went with Raburn, who put up equally bad numbers as Swisher in half of the playing time. But I was in the minority.

Here is what the rest of IBI had to say: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 8, 2014

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