Saturday, December 17, 2011
Justin Verlander & Jose Valverde, Gibby Awards Winners for 2011
Justin Verlander and Jose Valverde both won Gibby Awards for their performance in 2011, on Friday evening. Justin Verlander won a Gibby for Starter of the Year while Jose Valverde won a Gibby for Closer of the Year.
Justin Verlander had 58% of the vote for the award while Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers finished 2nd with almost 22% of the vote. Jose Valverde had over 50% of the vote while John Axford of the Brewers finished 2nd with 13% of the vote.
This is another award to the many Verlander has won this year. He went 24-5 in 2011 with an ERA of 2.40. Valverde also has won awards this offseason after finishing 2011 with 49 saves in as many chances and an ERA of 2.24.
The Gibby awards are awarded to the best player ateach position based on votes by the fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.
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