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Baseball Bloggers Alliance- Goose Gossage Award

Baseball reliever and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage

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Here is the official press release from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) regarding the final voting results for the Goose Gossage Award, given to the best relief pitcher in each league, as determined by the membership of the BBA.


For an inaugural vote, it wasn’t much of a contest.
Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano and San Francisco closer Brian Wilson handily won the Baseball Blogger Alliance’s
first-ever Goose Gossage Award, handed out to the best reliever in each
league.  Soriano and Wilson, besides leading their teams to the
postseason, posted numbers that well-distanced themselves from their
competition in the minds of the voters.
Soriano, who captured fourteen first place votes in route to an overall
total of 94 points, posted a 1.73 ERA and converted 45 saves in 48
chances.  Soriano also had a 0.80 WHIP and struck out 57 in 62.1 innings
pitched.  He easily outdistanced Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria, who
received 48 points.
In the National League, Wilson accumulated seventeen first place votes
and 104 points overall after his season in which he piled up 48 saves
(in 53 chances) with a 1.81 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Wilson also struck out
93 in just 74.2 innings.  He outpaced San Diego closer Heath Bell, who
lagged behind with 52 points.
While the BBA has named all of their post-season awards after greats of
the game, Gossage gave his blessing to do so earlier in the year,
inspiring the rest of the awards to be renamed as well.
The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League

Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay (14) 94
Joakim Soria, Kansas City (4) 48
Mariano Rivera, New York (1) 23
Joaquin Benoit, Tampa Bay (3) 19
Neftali Feliz, Texas 12
Matt Thornton, Chicago (1) 9
Daniel Bard, Boston 1
Jonathan Papelbon, Boston 1

National League

Brian Wilson, San Francisco (17) 104
Heath Bell, San Diego (2) 52
Carlos Marmol, Chicago (5) 41
Billy Wagner, Atlanta 19
Arthur Rhodes, Cincinnati (1) 5
Hong-Chih Kuo, Los Angeles 2
Matt Belisle, Colorado 1
Jonny Venters, Atlanta 1
The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage
cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major
league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of
this writing, the organization consists of 234 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.
The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers
of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into
“chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted.
The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two
votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split
between the two leagues.
Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their
ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots
for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their
Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1
point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of
transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter affiliation
is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the group method are
noted with an asterisk.
American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
One Royal Way (Kansas City)*
Twinkie Talk (Minnesota)
Over The Baggy (Minnesota)
Contract Year (Oakland)
Misc. Baseball (History)*

National League

Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Reds Fan Central (Cincinnati)
Marlin Maniac (Florida)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
The Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia)
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)*
RetroSimba (St. Louis)
Fungoes (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
22gigantes (San Francisco)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*

The official website of the BBA is located at
The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by
the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio
every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at


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