Kimbrel wins Sporting News NL rookie award

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel won the Sporting News’ National League Rookie of the Year award, the second in a row for an Atlanta player. Right fielder Jason Heyward won the Sporting News award in 2010.

The Baseball Writers Association of America will name its NL and AL rookies of the year on Nov. 14, widely recognized as the “official” rookies of the year. In 2010, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey edged out Heyward for the BBWAA award.

The BBWAA and Sporting News have differed on NL rookie award winners in three of the past five seasons. Balloting for the Sporting News award was by 112 NL players this year, and only the winner was named, not the runner-up or others receiving votes.

Kimbrel and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman are considered favorites for the BBWAA award. Voting by writers was completed before the postseason began.

Kimbrel, 23, tied for the NL lead with 46 saves in 54 opportunities, breaking the major league rookie saves record. He was 4-3 with a 2.10 ERA and led major league relievers in strikeouts by a wide margin with 127 K’s in 77 innings.

The Alabama native’s otherwise sensational season was marred by a rough September and a blown save in the final game, a 13-inning loss against Philadelphia that kept the Braves from playing St. Louis in a one-game tiebreaker for the wild card.

Kimbrel converted 25 consecutive save opportunities during 38 consecutive scoreless appearances from June 14 to Sept. 8, a stretch of 37-2/3 innings that was the majors’ longest scoreless streak in 2011.

After Sept. 8, he was 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in eight appearances and blew three of six save opportunities.

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fraedo

October 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

Go Craigy Boy!

bob jola

October 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

Bubba

October 26th, 2011
12:40 pm

Braves Choke again, but does anyone care about MLB.

nice

October 26th, 2011
12:40 pm

Craig, whatever you did last offseason, do it again, exactly as you did it then. No changes..
And ask JHey to go back to what he did during the offseason before his rookie year. No more adding 20 pounds of muscle, it killed his year and it did the same for Frenchy after his first few.

mlb player

October 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

you peek a spanny?

wjones

October 26th, 2011
12:52 pm

“Bubba

October 26th, 2011
12:40 pm

Braves Choke again, but does anyone care about MLB.”

And YOU are on this blog because why, Mr. Personality?

Brave Hokie

October 26th, 2011
12:53 pm

gotigers72

October 26th, 2011
12:55 pm

DOB – Not related to this column, but just my opinion about something. During the last week Fredi decided to go with Derek Lowe in a crucial game. He basically said, “Derek hasn’t pitched well this month, but he’s our guy and we trust him to go out there and pitch lights out and get us a win in a big game.” Instead of pitching lights out, he got lit up as he had most games down the stretch. Bad decision Fredi.

In the NLCS, Ron Roenicke had a decision to make in Game 6 against the Cardinals. Shawn Marcum had been smoked earlier in the series and was scheduled to start Game 6 for the Brewers. Roenicke was asked if he intended to keep Marcum as the starter and he said, “Shawn had a bad game earlier, but he’s our guy and we trust him to go out and get us a win in that game.” He had another very bad game resulting in the Cardinals dispatching the Brewers and putting themselves in the World Series. Bad decision Ron.

Now I read in the paper this A.M. where Ron Washington was asked if the WS goes 7 games if he will go with Matt Harrisdon or come back with Holland on 3 days rest. Of course Harrison had REALLY been lit up by the Cardinals in Game 3 and then Holland pitched 8 1/3 innings of shutout 2 hit ball to win Game 4. Washington said that he thinks Colby Lewis will win Game 6 and there will not be a Game 7, but IF there is a Game 7, he knows that Harrison didn’t pitch well earlier, “but he’s our guy and I trust him to win Game 7 if it goes that far.” What is up with this stinkin’ misguided loyalty crap? He should figure that Holland has the Cardinals number to some extent and even though it would be 1 day’s short rest, it would be smarter to go with Holland for as long as possible, then bring in Feldman in long relief, then Ogando and close with Feliz, instead of letting Harrison even have entrance in the stadium.

I am pulling for Texas basically because I can’t stand LaRussa and his whiney azz Cardinals, smart mouth Carpenter, etc., etc. But even if I didn’t have a dog in the hunt, I would think that going with Holland would be the better move. Just consider the history I mentioned with Fredi/Lowe and Roenicke/Marcum.

What say ye?

phil

October 26th, 2011
1:07 pm

I’m proud of Craig. Well done.

That said, please get the job done, when it matters, going forward. These silly awards don’t make up for crashing and burning year after year as a team.

Tim D

October 26th, 2011
1:15 pm

Well done Craig!! My pick would go to Freeman but Kimbrel was just as impressive.

The Real Brave

October 26th, 2011
1:19 pm

Good jom Kimmie!
Don’t do exactly what you did last summer because we don’t want another burnout, though.
A lot of us care about MLB and if you don’t what are you on this blog?
Not a time and place for slamming Howard but we know that’s what pseudo-fans do.
And all real Braves fans care!
Anyone else can pound sand.

Fall of George

October 26th, 2011
1:22 pm

Yeehaw, but I bet Freeman wins the “real” one…..should’ve kept with the heat in that last game Kimbrell…it was working for you with strikes on batters before you decided to get fancy and wound up walking them.
When things are on the line, stick with what brought you there.

Brave New World

October 26th, 2011
1:24 pm

Congratulations Craig!

Yeah, I'm still bummed

October 26th, 2011
1:25 pm

wonder if he’ll be watching tape of that last outing all winter…..only as good as that last one, so turn it around.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

October 26th, 2011
1:31 pm

Congrats to Craig & the Braves organization. Now, get us some sticks……

lets hope

October 26th, 2011
1:32 pm

Kimbrell has less chances next year, because the Braves are winning many more games by scores with “no save situations”!
I can wish, can’t I?!!!!

chris

October 26th, 2011
1:37 pm

well deserved, just love the comments bashing the few blown saves the kid had at the end…if it had not been for Kimbrell we’d been in the cellar fighting the Marlins for last place. Blame the braves woeful offense who put him, venters and the entire bullpen under so much pressure protecting 1-0, 3-2, 2-1 leads..any bullpen would crack under that over time…kid did a hell of a job and I was and still am impressed with his humility and willingness to listen to veteran feedback and instruction on how to become better as a young and rising star..I just pray we don’t over use him and damage his arm going forward. WELL DESERVED CRAIG and good luck on a bright future hopefully all in an Atlanta Braves uniform.

Mark's for the Braves

October 26th, 2011
1:44 pm

As a north Alabama native, I am proud of Huntsville’s Craig Kimbrel. I know he blew the save against the Phillies, but the experience he gained was priceless in that pressure situation.

FBGuy

October 26th, 2011
1:55 pm

Braves fortunate to have two strong rookies in Kimbrel and Freeman. We’ll ned them both next season along with better, more consistent offense and managing the pitching staff to be strong in September. Are you listening, Fredi and Frank?

anonymous

October 26th, 2011
2:00 pm

Sporting News?
Yeah I agree. Who cares!

Oh btw: Keep spending your long, hot summers wretching over what the Brvaves do. Meanwhile, all of luscious life is passing you by!

anonymous

October 26th, 2011
2:01 pm

Have you hugged a neglected member of your household lately?

BlueMoon

October 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

@gotigers72 You have to think about the mindset of a ballclub. If you’re not loyal to your players, who over the course of a year played very well and then had one bad game, why in the world would they be loyal to you or the team itself?

The guys that are being rolled out there in the WS are on teams that it made it that far because they performed as part of that team. One bad start (which is inevitably going to happen) shouldn’t result in the dismissal of a player, which is essentially what you’re doing when you sit them after a bad start. It can crush a players confidence and it gives the player the idea that management doesn’t believe they can bounce back from a bad outing, which is almost never true.

On to Derek Lowe…should have been sit. He hadn’t peformed over a prolonged period of time and had shown he couldn’t be counted on. A very different scenario than the one for the pitchers in the WS.

BullDawg Rick

October 26th, 2011
2:10 pm

Congrats to ya CK…

Wish you coulda’ve pulled out that last one in game 162, but it would’ve mattered not. The Cards are the hottest thing in the NL… Your fizzle started when the Braves fizzle went full bore.. It’s a long season & it all played out as expected.. If you’d have told many fans that the Braves would’ve won 89 games at the start of the season, we’d all be ecstatic… But it’s the “way’ the season went that soured many…

Good luck to you in the future!!

Supes

October 26th, 2011
2:17 pm

Congratulations to C. Kimbrel for winning the 2011 Sporting News Rookie of the year. Well earned honor, one of many accolades to come I’m sure if he stays healthy and continues to improve.

I fully expect him to win the “other” Rookie of the year as well.

swhite

October 26th, 2011
2:18 pm

@anonymous: No, I haven’t hugged a neglected member of my family today. None of them are neglected. Feeling a little unloved today? Looking for some affirmation on a sports blog? Or just killing time until the boss gets back?

tree huggin',peace lovin',pot smokin',porn watchin' lazyass hippie

October 26th, 2011
2:27 pm

Congrats Kimbo. Heck of a year. Always room for improvement but I for one will settle for that year again

j

October 26th, 2011
2:30 pm

He was also named the Cardinals MVP!

just win

October 26th, 2011
3:22 pm

save the last game you’re in every year and nobody can complain about your last performance.
Should have kept throwing hard strikes….batters were swinging late on it….but no, you had to throw crap and walk those batters. They knew you were toast when you got away from your meat and potatoes pitch.
Hope you did learn. Otherwise it can be a 1 year sensation like many before….hello rocker

DawgDad

October 26th, 2011
3:24 pm

Congratulation, Craig. Now, I would like to see Freeman get the BBWAA award.

Kind of highlights a big Braves problem, they are well-endowed on both ends of the career timeline but have not much in the middle.

just win

October 26th, 2011
3:25 pm

get involved with space center over there in Huntsville, because you might be launching rockets out of the stadium next year!

John Pappagapoulas

October 26th, 2011
3:26 pm

Bubba and anonymous. If you don’t like baseball that is okay, but don’t assume others don’t. MLB will have an approximate attendance of 40 million this year. That doesn’t even include TV viewers, minor league, etc. Please go bother the nice people on the ping pong blog!

bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2011
3:51 pm

I was very impressed with Craig this year and don’t forget he was a rookie and hopefully he will even be better next year. If Freddie Freeman wins the other award I will be very happy for him because I think they both deserved a rookie award this year.
I also think Freeman should win the gold glove award but they will probably not give it to him because he is a rookie. Chipper,Alex and Dan should award him with something after all the errors he saved them with dug out throws and great streches at first base. His defense is as good or better than any Braves first baseman I’ve seen in all the years I have watched the Braves play.

alanfalcon

October 26th, 2011
3:55 pm

Well deserved, keep the faith and approach 2012 as you did in 2011′.

Les Wilson

October 26th, 2011
4:05 pm

Great award-too bad he was overused and pooped out when needed the most but one can hardly place the blame for the crash solely on him – there were lots of contributors to that fall

Fall, but soon to be Winter, of George

October 26th, 2011
4:07 pm

Georgie and Bourne to run will be back too!

Fall, but soon to be Winter, of George

October 26th, 2011
4:10 pm

Les, he was throwing the heat pretty good last day….problem was he didn’t stick with that when it mattered most.

urban redneck

October 26th, 2011
4:14 pm

my dad wants to trade j-hey for frenchy.

Mid Town Joe

October 26th, 2011
4:14 pm

He was great for most of the season. Very impressive.

@Fredo

October 26th, 2011
4:23 pm

What say ye, DOB? You will find out when he writes another something late next week. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you respond on the comemnts section and Twitter and thats tough and takes effort or at least as much effort as is put in by a million cats in their moms basement everyday for free. We get it. BBQ, sarcasm and everything is personal. Snippy, biting remark here.

Thanks, DOB for the news today on this award from Tuesday. Seriously, thanks. Seriously serious.

Lemke's Knuckler

October 26th, 2011
4:23 pm

If Kimbrel has more than 40 appearances by the end of June next year, Gonzalez should be slapped.

Lemke's Knuckler

October 26th, 2011
4:34 pm

“Kind of highlights a big Braves problem, they are well-endowed on both ends of the career timeline but have not much in the middle.”

Uggla is 31, Bourn is 28, McCann and Prado are 27. That’s 4 lineup regulars in the “middle” years.

bvillebaron

October 26th, 2011
4:41 pm

Anonymous:

Well I for one care that Kimbrel was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year. For those of us old enough to remember, The Sporting News was widely regarded for decades as being the “bible” among baseball publications and, in fact, did not cover any other sport under fairly recently. Perhaps its contributors are not as baseball savvy as they may have been in the past, but I am certain they are more knowledgeable about baseball that at least half of those who cast ballots for the BBWAA.

Congratulations Craig and hopefully you will win the BBWAA Rookie of the Year Award as well so that Anonymous and Brave Hokie will finally be impressed with your worthy accomplishments.

Ghostrider

October 26th, 2011
4:52 pm

@anonymous

Personally … I really don’t give a rats azz if you care.

beachcomber

October 26th, 2011
5:03 pm

bvillebaron: Like you old enough to remember when Sporting News was strictly baseball. The publication has gone to hell in the past many years culminating with the announcement it’s becoming a monthly publication starting next month. Mr. Spink must be rolling over in his grave.

Bob the Blogger

October 26th, 2011
5:09 pm

Kimbrel’s September swoon was a product of being overused. It’s not like Fredi had other good options, though. Other than Venters and Kimbrel, Braves relievers were 1 for 14 in saves situations.

My concern is that Kimbrel’s workload will have more serious effects, necessitating surgery. Look how Moylan was overused and what happened to him. Starting pitchers pitch once every five days and get held to strict pitch counts, while relievers get worked like rented mules.

Arkie

October 26th, 2011
5:10 pm

Congratulations CK, you deserve it. As you mature, I think that you will be even better. McDowell and Fredi, do not over use this young pitcher.

Eric Clapton

October 26th, 2011
5:11 pm

I wish Kimbrel would chuck a couple of fastballs at those dirty S@Bs, the Detroit Lions. That whole team should be imprisoned.

Bob

October 26th, 2011
5:25 pm

I agree and congratulations Mr. Kimbrell. Please get rid of this Cox/Wren/Gonzalez culture so we don’t wear out our great bullpen by September 1st. Why can’t our starting pitchers go more than six innings…we seem to have more arm trouble anyway.

reckingball

October 26th, 2011
6:32 pm

OldTimer

October 26th, 2011
7:00 pm

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Good Job

October 26th, 2011
7:22 pm

Way to go Craig! God knows you are paying for it now. fredi tried to kill you out there and you came out on top. Now if the Braves will get rid of “drink one for me” Lowe and that miserable excuse for a manager, it can only get better.

Ben

October 26th, 2011
7:38 pm

Kimbrel will strike your ass out! There’s no other guy I want with the ball in the 9th. Congrats, Craig! You earned it.

Patrick

October 26th, 2011
7:57 pm

Great job this year. Just hope the braves can go the distance next year, Atlanta is due for another world series.

Felix

October 26th, 2011
8:40 pm

Way to go Kimbrel!

Is there a worst player of the year award? We got a few who might win that one too.

Octoman

October 26th, 2011
8:43 pm

I hereby propose that the Atlanta Braves name be changed to one that is more appropriate — the Atlanta Chokers.

Breaking news

October 26th, 2011
8:44 pm

Reuters news service is reporting that Texas Rangers officials have confirmed that a wiring glitch occured during Monday night’s Game 5 of the 2011 World Series. As a result of the glitch the St Louis Cardinals bullpen was not linked to their dugout as it should have been but was instead linked straight to former Braves manager Bobby Cox’ cell phone. This report would go a long ways to explaining the incredibly stupid bullpen moves made by the Cardinals that led to them losing the game

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

October 26th, 2011
8:58 pm

we own the braves

WASHINGTON NATIONALS

October 26th, 2011
8:59 pm

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Brave New World

October 26th, 2011
9:12 pm

Octopunk: I here by propose that you finish your mini pizzas, turn off the basement light, and get ready for middle school tomorrow.

Brave New World

October 26th, 2011
9:13 pm

Washington Nationals own sub .500 records.

bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2011
9:15 pm

Octoman @8;43pm Nobody feels worse than me but it happens in sports, look at the Red Sox who were in first place for about half the season, so get off your horse and become a Braves fan ,right now with your attitutde you are no Braves fan.

bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2011
9:17 pm

Ben @7:57 pm Right on man

bobbymahlon

October 26th, 2011
9:19 pm

I meant Ben at 7:38 pm

Laughing Jack (OUT LOUD)

October 26th, 2011
9:23 pm

No, he wasn’t killing time on the computer waiting for the boss,. He was sitting with Occupy Atlanta waiting to be arrested. Go Braves!

0-me

October 26th, 2011
9:54 pm

Great job Kimbrel! Congrad on a great year even if we didn’t win. Good luck to Freddy also.
Thanks for info DOB……..

gotigers72

October 26th, 2011
10:13 pm

Blue Moon – Good points all regarding loyalty. ONE bad game should not lead to a team losing loyalty to any player. Glad to see that you agreed with me about Fredi’s misuse of Lowe though, because at that point it was obvious that Lowe was done for.

However, that being said, with tonight’s rain out would you go with a Lewis/Holland for Games 6 and 7 if it goes 7, OR would you stay in rotation and go with Lewis/Harrison? If you don’t go with Lewis/Holland and you end up losing the World Series, you deserve to lose AND deserve to be fired despite trying to keep your loyalty to Harrison., It’s just obvious that Holland has the Cardinals number from giving up only 2 hits and BOTH of those hits were to the same hitter, Berkman.

Now Holland may pitch a terrible game and lose, and Harrison may have pitched a great game and would have won, but you need to go with the hot hand, the guy that pitched great in a crucial Game 4. Just my opinion.

stew

October 26th, 2011
10:31 pm

The problem at the end of the year was the sixth inning of every game. Fredi wouldn’t allow the starters to pitch the sixth inning. Delgado had a no hitter.

ray

October 26th, 2011
10:54 pm

the few problems Kimbrel had were team-related. we had 1 useless starter getting $15 mill and a manager that wouldn’t let young starters throw 100 pitches. eventually, it caught up to Kimbrel and Venters in Sept.
Braves need to avoid putting him in the same situation next year.
at least a Braves player won an award; the team won’t win any for a while.

Nevada Roy

October 27th, 2011
2:05 am

Boston’s John Lester will have Tommy John surgery and be out in 2012. Derrick Lowe had some good years with the Red Sox … maybe they might consider taking all or some of his contract off our hands and free up money for a position player.

DeepDiver

October 27th, 2011
4:53 am

I hope he got his wallet back from that lady that was trying to help him get over his ‘blowing it’.

wjones

October 27th, 2011
6:41 am

“anonymous

October 26th, 2011
2:00 pm
Sporting News?
Yeah I agree. Who cares!

Oh btw: Keep spending your long, hot summers wretching over what the Brvaves do. Meanwhile, all of luscious life is passing you by!”

Oh, to live such an exciting life, so much so that you can’t even reveal your name! If you don’t like us, please go away.

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Let's Go

October 27th, 2011
7:12 am

Nevada Roy @2:05 am

Red Sox pitcher John Lackey is having TJ surgery, not Jon Lester. Big Difference since the Red Sox were hoping to unload Lackey on anyone that would take him and half his salary.

wjones

October 27th, 2011
7:46 am

Anyone see the article about the Patriot’s TE (heh) who was snapping pictures with a porn star? He had apologized for bringing “shame to the team”. The article went on to say that the porn actress had been linked to baseball players as well. Seems like a particular agent would “introduce” his prospective clients to her, and then she would hook up with them later. Apparently she is a big baseball fan and this was a great thrill for her. She said she had hook-ups with at least 10 players, and named a couple specifically, one of which was our own Dan Uggla. Wonder if this story will sprout legs?

Gym Nash

October 27th, 2011
8:24 am

Isn’t Kimbrell the guy that was lit up the last month of the season, and who contributed mightily to the Braves’ epic collapse? Congratulations on the award, you had a season to remember.

0-me

October 27th, 2011
9:19 am

Gym Nash..yes he had 4 or 5 bad games all year and a great season…give me a break! The kid deserves the award. Hope he does as well this coming year. Go Braves.

0-me

October 27th, 2011
9:26 am

wjones, it may spread legs~~~lol~~

Have a good day I’m out to work!

Chalkline

October 27th, 2011
9:53 am

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Chalkline

October 27th, 2011
9:54 am

Gym Nash = punk

Hello, its me

October 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

They should break that award over his empty head.

Hello, its me

October 27th, 2011
12:22 pm

Kimbrel is married to a wombat.

bravefan1

October 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

Congrats to the Braves for having 2 of the top rookies in the NL. Now we have to build on that. Move Chipper down in the order. He is no longer a 3 hole hitter. Second go out and get at least one bat with power. Third, we need a SS. I don’t know who is available and who will be leaving the Braves.

Hello, its me

October 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

The braves stink like gopher turds.

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October 28th, 2011
12:28 am

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vermont 39

October 28th, 2011
6:47 am

Nice work this year Craig…your relief pitching usually held the other team at zero runs scored…hitting puts runs on the scoreboard…we need runs to make your work meaningful…

wjones

October 28th, 2011
1:16 pm

“Hello, its me

October 27th, 2011
1:08 pm

The braves stink like gopher turds.”

Whoever you are (obviously someone who knows at least one Todd Rungren song), would you do us all a favor and find an idling bus, wrap your lips around its exhaust pipe, and inhale deeply? Thank you.

Ready Freddie

October 31st, 2011
10:27 am

Craig is deserving but Freddie Freeman is the Real Deal………….he’s Atlanta’s next “Chipper”…….a guy that will be around for the next 10-15 years!………………..still not sure how long Kimbrel will last throwing that hard……..lets hope we don’t have to call him “Choker”in the next few years like we did with Mark Wohlers in the 90’s!

sri

November 1st, 2011
4:18 pm

Third basemen
Geoff Blum (39)

Random

November 3rd, 2011
10:23 am

DOB: I would think that in the interest of full journalistic disclosure that you would mention the fact that you are a past President of the Baseball Writers Association of America and (presumably) still a voting member.

(Except the AJC doesn’t allow you to vote, does it? Still — past President is worth mentioning.)

David O'Brien

November 3rd, 2011
12:15 pm

DOB: I would think that in the interest of full journalistic disclosure that you would mention the fact that you are a past President of the Baseball Writers Association of America and (presumably) still a voting member. — Random

Mention where? At the start of every article? Set off by commas after the use of “I,” or what? Not sure what you mean.

Random

November 3rd, 2011
2:06 pm

DOB: “Mention where? At the start of every article?”

Only articles that actually mention the BBWAA, I would think.

“Set off by commas after the use of “I,” or what?”

Who am I now, your editor or your harshest critic (JK)? I’ve seen some reporters do it parenthetically at an appropriate place within the body of the article.

“Not sure what you mean,”, says the President of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

:roll:

David O'Brien

November 3rd, 2011
5:52 pm

Hey Random: yeah, whatever.

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