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 fifth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Reliever.
Previous awards for this season include:
As seen in the voting for Most Valuable Pitcher — where four of the top-five spots belonged to starting pitchers — relievers often fall behind starters when the two are compared. It is hard to accumulate more value in 70.0 innings than 200.0 innings, so to compensate for that, we have this award to focus on those pitchers who hang out in the bullpen.
Given he finished in third place among all pitchers, it should not come as a surprise who topped the Most Valuable Reliever voting.
Also unsurprisingly given those vote totals, the five relievers I voted for matched the five at the top of the list. In fact, my votes came in the same order as the overall voting. But while my votes came up chalk, that clearly was not the case for everyone.
Here is what the rest of IBI had to say: Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, October 10, 2014