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Yankees “Team Awards” Voted on by Fans

As award season has come to a close, I thought it was appropriate to create my own kind of awards based on the Yankees. I created 9 different polls ranging from best player at a certain position, to a favorite moment, and more. The winners were voted on by fans on Twitter, so I’ll just be adding a description to why they may have been voted for that specific poll. Note all polls had 4 possible choices, all except the best defensive player.

Best Offensive Player: Aaron Judge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Surprise, surprise! With 68% of the vote, Judge wins in a landslide and as well he should have. He slashed .284/.422/.627 and had 52 home runs and 114 RBIs. He was also ranked 3rd in the AL in Offensive WAR according to Baseball Reference. He was well on his way to a Sliver Slugger award for RF, a Rookie of the Year award, and a finalist for AL MVP.                                                                                                                                                                      Runner-up: Didi Gregorius (22%)

Best Defensive Player: Brett Gardner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This one doesn’t really surprise me either. Gardy had another phenomenal year on defense have a perfect fielding percentage (1.000) that led the AL, had 17 Defensive Runs Saved, and 12 Assists that was 2nd in the AL for Left Fielders. His arm might not be the greatest but he makes up for it with great technique and intelligence. He wins this with 45% of the vote.                                                                                                                                                Runner-up: Didi Gregorius (43%)

Best Reliever: Chad Green                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Green started the year in Double-A as the Yanks were trying to get him and SP Jordan Montgomery some innings before they were called up to try-out for the final spot in their rotation. Green got his chances to start, but it didn’t seem to fit him and the Yanks opted to keep Montgomery in that role instead. But boy did that work out. Green finished the year 5-0 with an ERA of 1.83, had a .739 WHIP, and a stupendous 13.4 strikeouts per 9 innings. Almost no one saw this coming, and he thrived under the role of putting out the “fire”. This earned him 48% of the vote.                                                                                Runner-up: David Robertson (33%)

Best Single-game Performance: Masahiro Tanaka‘s 15 K’s vs Blue Jays                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Might have gotten an upset here. This moment beat out Aaron Judge’s 4-hit game that included his 495 ft. bomb by 5% of the vote. But this moment is well deserving as he broke his own record for the most K’s he’s thrown in a single game and did it in just 7 innings of work. This was his warm-up before the playoffs and he proved to the team and the fans that he was ready to pitch big-time games in the postseason. This was the moment where fans thought after a rough 1st half that he was back to do some damage.                    Runner-up: Aaron Judge (32%)

Favorite Player to Hate: Tyler Clippard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 With almost every team, there’s that one guy that is a complete detriment to the team and has a say in the undoing of a game. He went 2-8 with the Yanks, pitched to a 4.77 ERA, and had 5 blown saves. The most frustrating part was that he was kept in the set-up mans role for quite a while and even if he had a sizable lead to work with, you couldn’t trust him to get 3 outs. Another reason for some of this “hate” is that he eventually landed with the Astros who went on to win the World Series and yet he had no part in getting that ring. I don’t think anyone actually hates anyone, but boy did Clippard make it hard not to.                                                                                                                                   Runner-up: Chris Carter (35%)

Favorite Personality(ties): Didi Gregorius                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Now we switch over to a lighter and more fun category, favorite personality. On the poll I put in parentheses “Tweets” next to Didi. He showed his fun side with delightful post-game tweets with emojis describing a certain player or even that occurred in that game. If something was especially unique about a game, fans would literally wait for his tweet to come out and see what hilarious thing he had to say about it. Another thing about his tweets was that he was humble, even if he was the player of the game he would mention just his teammates’ efforts in the win instead of boasting about what he did. Besides the tweets fan just loved his free-spirit and his ability to make others around him smile. This earned him 46% of the vote in this poll.                                                          Runner-up: Todd Frazier, the creator of the thumbs down movement (31%)

Best Move Made During the Season: Trade that got David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Todd Frazier from the White Sox.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This choice won with flying colors, getting 81% of the vote. This move seemed a but unexpected when it occurred, especially since it was known that they were more in the market for a starting pitcher and getting multiple veterans was one of the last things fans thought they’d be getting for multiple prospects (and Tyler Clippard). But this trade proved to work out nicely, as both Robertson and Kahnle provided great depth in the bullpen all the way through the playoffs and Frazier brought in a new energy to the team which was fun to watch. All had something to do with the team’s success after they were acquired.                                                                                                                                                       Runner-up: DFA’ing Tyler Clippard and Chris Carter (10%)

Favorite Regular-season Moment: Coming back down 9-1 vs. Orioles                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ahh yes, this in fact was the best moment out of the regular-season. Down 9-1 and 11-4 against the Orioles, the Yanks clawed back to tie the game with home runs from Aaron Judge, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Starlin Castro. A 3-run homer in the 9th by Matt Holliday completed the comeback and got the stadium rocking that night. This game showed how relentless this team was and was a precursor to things to come in the future. This received 51% of the vote.                                                                                                                         Runner-up: Judge breaks Rookie Home Run Record (24%)

And Finally, Favorite Postseason Moment: Didi Gregorius’ 3-run homer in the Wild Card Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             There were a bunch of awesome moments that occurred during the playoffs this year for the Yanks including Brett Gardner’s 12-pitch At-bat in Game 5 of the ALDS that ended with a single that brought along 2 insurance runs, knocking out Corey Kluber twice even after his dominance over them beforehand, and their ALCS Game 4 comeback in the late innings against the Astros. Not to mention Greg Bird‘s solo homer that was the only run in a elimination game against the Indians. But Didi’s 3-run homer in the Wild Card game was obviously the most important since if it didn’t happen neither do the others! Luis Severino gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning right off the bat and in an elimination game, everybody felt the game might’ve been over already. But the Yanks came through, starting off with a walk and a single before Didi came up to hit. Then bang! In one swing he tied the game, made all of the Yankee fan-base be as ecstatic as we’ve ever been, and brought back hope for the team to win the game. And they eventually did and went on to last through until Game 7 of the ALCS. This got 43% of the vote.                                                                                                                                                                                     Runner-up: ALCS Game 4 Comeback (34%)

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