Kimbrel wins NL Rookie of Year, Freeman runner-up

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel shattered the major league rookie record for saves in 2011, and on Monday he and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman accomplished something no rookie teammates had done in more than two decades.

Kimbrel was a unanimous winner of the National League Rookie of the Year award from the Baseball Writers Association of America, and Freeman was the runner-up. Philadelphia pitcher Vance Worley finished third.

The Braves became the first team with the top two finishers in National or American League rookie of the year balloting since 1989, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith finished first and second in the NL.

“It’s an award you only get one chance to win and I’m honored to have that privilege,” said Kimbrel, 23, who got all 32 first-place votes and 160 total points to become the 10th unanimous selection and first since Albert Pujols in 2001.

He’s the fifth Atlanta rookie to win the BBWAA award and first since Rafael Furcal in 2000.

“It definitely surprised me, that unanimous decision,” said Kimbrel, who got a phone call with the news early Monday while he and his fiancee were having coffee on the balcony of their hotel room on Maui, where they will attend Braves reliever Peter Moylan’s wedding Wednesday.

“I expected my teammate Freddie … for it to be close. I’m surprised by that [unanimous vote]. I looked at it and it was definitely a ‘wow.’”

The Alabama native tied for the league lead with 46 saves — six more than the previous  rookie record — and led major league relievers in strikeouts with 127 in 77 innings.

Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the AL rookie award over Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo.

Five points were awarded for first-place votes, three for second-place votes and one for third-place votes. Freeman got 21 second-place votes and seven third-place votes for 70 points; Worley totaled 40 points on eight second-place votes and 16 third-place votes.

No other NL rookie was named on more than four ballots. Washington catcher Wilson Ramos was fourth with six points, followed by Arizona pitcher Josh Collmenter with five points and Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa with three points. The Cubs’ Darwin Barney and the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen received two third-place votes apiece to tie for seventh.

Freeman led NL qualifying rookies in average (.282), on-base percentage (.346) and slugging percentage (.448) while leading the league’s rookies in doubles (32) and RBIs (76) and tying Espinosa for the home run lead (21). He also played exceptional defense.

The Braves had a top-three-rookie finisher each year from 2008 through 2010. But until Monday the only time they had two top-five finishers was 1954, when the Milwaukee Braves’ Gene Conley placed third and Hank Aaron was fourth.

David Justice (1990), Bob Horner (1978) and Earl Williams (1971) won NL rookie honors as Atlanta Braves, and Sam Jethroe (1950) and Alvin Dark (1948) won as Boston Braves.

Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was the 2010 runner-up to San Francisco catcher Buster Posey. Heyward had nine first-place votes and 107 points to Posey’s 20 first-place votes and 129 points.

Cincinnati had three of the top five finishers in the 2009 rookie balloting and Florida had three of the top four in ‘06, but neither team had the winner and runner-up.

In 2009, Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was third behind Florida winner Chris Coghlan and Philadelphia runner-up J.A. Happ. Only 11 points separated Coghlan and Happ.

Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens was third in 2008, behind Chicago Cubs winner Geovany Soto and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto.

Kimbrel went 4-3 with a 2.10 ERA in 79 appearances. He converted 25 consecutive saves during a streak of 38 scoreless appearances from June 14 to Sept. 8, a stretch of 37-2/3 innings that was the majors’ longest scoreless streak in 2011.

He led all major league closers in both innings and appearances – no other closer had more than 75 appearances – and showed signs of fatigue in the final weeks of the season.

Kimbrel blew three of six save opportunities after Sept. 8 including one in the season-ending 13-inning loss against the Phillies, which kept the Braves from playing St. Louis in a one-game tiebreaker for the wild card.

“Having a short memory definitely is an aspect you have to have as a closer,” Kimbrel said. “I’m going to get over it but I’m not going to forget it. I’m going to remember what I did wrong and try to fix it. That’s how I look at it.”

The Braves lost 18 of their final 26 games and blew what had been an 8-1/2-game wild-card lead over St. Louis on Sept. 5.

“He had an unreal year,” said Braves reliever Jonny Venters, the only major league pitcher with more appearances (85) than Kimbrel in 2011. “To have it finish like that — I felt bad for him. He’s such a great kid. He’s got an unbelievable future ahead of him.

“Doesn’t change anything he did all year. We started to struggle at the same time.”

Kimbrel said winning the award would take any of the sting from how the season ended.

“I’s really nice to have this honor, but it’s not going to take away what happened at the end of the year,” he said. “… I do understand that I did have a good year numbers-wise, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. There are ways to help my team do better. That’s what I’m expecting out of myself, to do better going into next year.”

After the season-ending loss, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson said of Kimbrel: “He’s unbelievable. Great teammate, great kid, works hard. He just had one night where it didn’t fall in place for him, and it just happened to be the last game of the season.”

After the season-ending loss Kimbrel heard right away from retired closer Billy Wagner, who served as a mentor for Kimbrel during the 2010 season when Wagner pitched for the Braves.

“He was one of the first persons to text me,” Kimbrel said, “just to let me know he was proud he was of me, of how I handled myself during the year, and not to let it get me down. He said to let a situation like this make you a better pitcher and a better person. Don’t dwell on what happened, just think of what you did wrong and how to fix it.

“Don’t let the situation make you a worse player, have it make you a better player. I was definitely appreciative of him being there.”

Voting for BBWAA awards is solely based on regular-season performance; votes must be cast before the postseason begins.

The AL Cy Young will be announced on Tuesday, followed by AL and NL manager awards on Wednesday, and the NL Cy Young on Thursday. The AL MVP will be named on Nov. 21 and the NL MVP on Nov. 22.

174 comments Add your comment

Jim

November 14th, 2011
2:13 pm

Way to go Kimbrel! Lee High School boy makes good. Looking forward to seeing him close next year. Go Braves!

gatorsc1

November 14th, 2011
2:14 pm

awesome well done Craig

Chuck

November 14th, 2011
2:16 pm

A tip of the hat to Craig for a great first year! The Braves are in good hands (I mean arms) moving forward. Every time I saw the ball “fall off the table” and big time stars look bad, I was so glad that it wasn’t me. Kudos the Freddie for a great rookie campaign as well. As we always like to say, “wait until next year!”

wjones

November 14th, 2011
2:17 pm

No votes for Beachy.

swhite

November 14th, 2011
2:19 pm

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

Since when did Freeman play exceptional defense? Did this guy even watch the games?

Loki

November 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

I hope Craig does not have to make as many appearances next year; he was completely gassed at the end of the season. Congrats, kid!

swhite

November 14th, 2011
2:24 pm

I was afraid Kimbrel and Freeman would split the vote. Glad one of them got it!

Josh

November 14th, 2011
2:27 pm

Jake, are you serious? Freeman is capable of some awesome glove work. Dude can pick it. I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that he’s a poor defensive player.

ATL Fan

November 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

Congrats Craig Kimbrel. Pretty good company with Pujols.

Chris

November 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

Freeman played absolutly great defense all year. No question he is in the top tier of defensive first baseman in the game today.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy jacks bbq

November 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

fine, congrats, now find us a bat and some cheaper beer

Jake?

November 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

Jake? You’re an idiot. “This guy” watches (and attends) every game. Freeman was outstanding with the glove all year long.

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

Chris evidently doesn’t believe defensive range matters at all. Go back and watch how many balls got through because Freeman struggles to go to his right. Amazing how such a dumb narrative exists.

Hank

November 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

I must be an old fuddy duddy but I believe the Rookie Award should be for an everyday player. Kimbrel is a beast and played nearly everyday but, I think Freeman should have got it.

GOMETS

November 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

awards are stupid.

Bobby's Chauffeur

November 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:23 pm
Since when did Freeman play exceptional defense? Did this guy even watch the games?

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I would asking that question to you… Freddie dug so many balls out of the ground on all sides of first base. He was teriffic. He was like a vacuum.

Mark

November 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

Jake…http://ajc.stats.com/mlb/playerstats.asp?id=8658&page=fielding

Watch how many balls got through? I watched a ton a games, and don’t remember thinking anything about him not getting to balls. How about watch how many outs he earned at FB with his glove, and how balls didn’t get past him there. That boy made outs happen when most guys would have been handcuffed by the throw.

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

Range >>>>> Scoops, Bobby’s Chauffeur. Scoops hardly matter.

Jake = Moron

November 14th, 2011
2:37 pm

dude you can’t be serious. He scooped so many balls at first. You’re probably jealous that even though you try, you can’t scoop balls like him!

tulsabravo

November 14th, 2011
2:37 pm

Just a great achievement. Here’s hoping that you have a better team to pitch for next year Craig.

Obee

November 14th, 2011
2:38 pm

No laptop for lunch for you, DOB.

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:38 pm

Again Scoops only save a few runs per year. Having the proper range to get to balls and turn hits into outs is what makes exceptional defense. Freeman provided average defense. Look at Joey Votto if you want to see good 1b defense.

Bill

November 14th, 2011
2:38 pm

Congrats to THE MAN..KIMBREL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Freeman was great on D…he saved many would have been errors with his glove work…

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:40 pm

So many people bamboozled by a false Fredi -narrative. Freeman was average at best at first. Use your brains, don’t fall for the foolish Fredi propaganda.

springhillbravesfan

November 14th, 2011
2:41 pm

OK Jake, you have no clue what you are talking about. “Scoops hardly matter” huh? I played 1st base for many years and yes scoops matter, it records outs and helps your infielders look better because they will make plays that are not normal easy plays. ANDscooping balls out of the dirt is not easy, it is an artform.

Bill

November 14th, 2011
2:41 pm

Jake u have tunnel vision..get some glasses. joey was good but not better at fielding than FF.

home&home

November 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

Really? Seriously? I know, right? I’m sayin’…

DCBrave

November 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

Jake,

Did you even watch the games?

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:45 pm

Better than most Brave fans evidently. Again its been proven Range saves many more runs over a full season than scoops. The age of smarter baseball fans is upon us. Lets not be a fanbase stuck in the past.

Peter

November 14th, 2011
2:46 pm

Jake is clueless period…… for a Freeman to come in and solidify the position, and produce with the bat as well was wonderful.

phil

November 14th, 2011
2:47 pm

So the guy who couldn’t get a meaningful out in the biggest games of the last 2 seasons is named Rookie of the Year….

That makes up for it.

Sure, I’m proud of him and happy for him but GET SOMEONE OUT IN THE CLUTCH IN 2012, WILL YA?

phil

November 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

FF has a terrific glove at first. Any idiot can see that.

Jake, you’re not an idiot.

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

Peter can’t read evidently. I didn’t say Freeman wasn’t good. I said it was clear he didn’t provide exceptional defense. Freeman clearly exceeded expectations last year with the bat, but we need to be educated on his strengths and weakness. His defensive range was a liability. Anyone who thinks he was exceptional on defense doesn’t know how to properly evaluate baseball defense.

MoreIsLess

November 14th, 2011
2:52 pm

Congratulations, now, how long before they trade him for a couple of minor league players.

phil

November 14th, 2011
2:52 pm

In my not proper evaluation of FF’s work at first last season, he was pretty damn good.

Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:56 pm

Then you don’t understand how much defensive range matters, Phil.

Bill

November 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

Jake is not smarter than a 5th grader.

Hi I'm Jake and I'm a Damn Idiot

November 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

No range????And picks don’t matter, now that’s a true blue baseball fan for ya there. He obviously knows the game. I would kick his ass if I had to watch a game with him and listen to that crap.

bobby c

November 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

Big UPS to Kimbrel now whats the latest on trading Prado and J.J?

[...] Kimbrel was the unanimous selection for first and the rest of the votes were spread out as such, according to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution: The 23-year-old Alabama native received all 32 first-place votes and 160 total points to become [...]

Really?

November 14th, 2011
3:02 pm

Compare The almighty Votto’s stats when he was 21 to Freddie’s. What?…. You can’t? That’s right….. he wasn’t a full time starter until he was 25. Compare 21 year old Freddie with the 25 year old Votto. Freddie beats him in nearly every catagory defensively.

wjones

November 14th, 2011
3:05 pm

“Jake

November 14th, 2011
2:49 pm
Peter can’t read evidently. I didn’t say Freeman wasn’t good. I said it was clear he didn’t provide exceptional defense. Freeman clearly exceeded expectations last year with the bat, but we need to be educated on his strengths and weakness. His defensive range was a liability. Anyone who thinks he was exceptional on defense doesn’t know how to properly evaluate baseball defense.”

Range is indeed important at first base—how much more important than hands is debatable. The ability to field throws cannot be overstated, and the ability to proficiently/statistically gauge 1B defense isn’t nearly as sophisticated as most other positions, so beware relying on them. How would you compare is range against the first basemen we have had since Teixeira? He is considered a good first baseman by most, and we haven’t had anyone much to compare to him since he left, save a partial year from Kotchman and another form LaRoche, and both of them would fit into the “limited range/great hands” category. It’s great to have a rangy first basemen, but one can get by without it better than at any other position. However, Freeman’s ability to field throws has saved numerous errors, which translates into saving many baserunners, and preventing said baserunners from getting into scoring position. There is a statistics on that as well, and IIRC correctly FF did extremely well in that category. Oh, and one other thing—can you statistically differentiate between range and positioning? And speaking of positioning, what effect does that have on our numerous young pitchers, who may or may not be proficient at pitching with the defensive positioning? At any rate, to say that FF was a defensive liability–which you did say—is to rely on information that is limited, if not flawed.

jch

November 14th, 2011
3:09 pm

thank God that picture of Mark Cuban is down…

Supes

November 14th, 2011
3:10 pm

Congratulations to Kimbrel and the Braves for having developed a fine major league closer who will be dominant for years to come (if he stays healthy). Glad that Freeman isn’t the forgotten man…he was by far the best position player in this year’s rookie class both offense and defense taking in account.

phil

November 14th, 2011
3:13 pm

Now wait a minute….

Anyone who isn’t Jake/Shaun doesn’t understand how much defensive range matters. That’s a known fact.

That said, I don’t give a rat’s ass. I want to WIN GAMES and WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS, something that we’ve lost sight of over the years with obsession over meaningless awards, who can field a grounder better than a fifth grader and other such stuff.

WIN.

That’s what matters, not Jake’s inability to see beyong his big ole fat nose.

phil

November 14th, 2011
3:15 pm

According to a certain someone, FF stinks.

We must release him now or trade him for a couple of minor leaguers who’ll never amount to anything.

daniel buck

November 14th, 2011
3:15 pm

DOB… Is there any chance at all the O’s would give up Jones for Jurrjens/Prado?

Gary

November 14th, 2011
3:16 pm

“He also played exceptional defense.”

I laughed.

Brownie

November 14th, 2011
3:17 pm

Jake’s sittin’ back right now smilin’, because he’s doing what he always does….takes a contrary position to the popular opinion just to get everyone fired up. Makes for a good blog exchange.

Here’s my opinion…..FF is VERY good defensively, especially for a 21 year old rookie, and deserved the ROY award. His range as the season wore on was somewhat limited on a couple of noteworthy plays, but I’ll write that off to season-long fatigue (never played that many games before). But overall, a great year.

Oh, and if you don’t think scoops at 1st base are important – just watch a 1Bman who doesn’t handle that skill well, and you’ll see someone who ends up as a pinch-hitter. They are EXPECTED to make that play – and FF is about as good as any of them.

@Fredo

November 14th, 2011
3:17 pm

Hey look. DOB is back. Seriously, serious, DOB, thanks. See you in Dec.

GaryinBham

November 14th, 2011
3:18 pm

Braves fans, the ending was bad, but in truth, all that good pitching coming up, the top two rookies in the league, and a great farm system–good times ahead. Congratulations to both Craig and Freddie. Loved watching you both this year.

Jack G

November 14th, 2011
3:18 pm

Suckers—-Jake is pulling your leg. He threw out the bait and you all took it—hook . line and sinker.

Gary

November 14th, 2011
3:18 pm

“He also played defense.”

fixed.

Dblplay

November 14th, 2011
3:21 pm

Jake, last time I watched a game, there are many more balls THROWN to first than are hit anywhere near first. Picking balls out of the dirt is a saved error EVERY time. You save me as a SS and I will make better throws because I am confident in my 1st baseman. Errors are base runners. I understand that he does not have great range, but he is NOT a short stop. His job is to catch a thrown ball from someone else, pick it when it is in the dirt and tag a runner on bad throws. His job is not to dive and knock balls away from the second baseman. Oh, he also possesses one of the best arms on the team. Remember the hose from shallow right on the over his shoulder catch? How many other first basemen could have done that? I’m glad he is on my team.

Spud

November 14th, 2011
3:23 pm

33 years since Bob “Homerun” Horner won it! Where did 1/3 of a century go?

Jake doesn't have a clue

November 14th, 2011
3:24 pm

Jake you must know a thing or two about range because you are so far off base it’s not even funny. As a guy who has coached for 20 years, played in the minor leagues and still talks to major league scouts, I can tell you that FF is viewed in baseball as one of the top 3 1b based on defense in the NL. One scout I spoke with said that he feels FF will win more than a few gold gloves. Range is important and FF grades out at above average in range. Maybe you are basing it on a game you went to in June and he didn’t get over to a ball but for those of us who know and watched him nightly, he is the real deal.

So go back to playing your video game and being bitter because you were cut from your 12 and under team when you were a kid. Also let your mom know you will come up from the basement for dinner when you make it to the next level on Halo or whatever you are playing. As for the assessment of talent, leave it to those that know and stop ridiculing people who don’t have your slanted view.

David O'Brien

November 14th, 2011
3:25 pm

We have a conference call with Kimbrel at 3:30 p.m.

Gary

November 14th, 2011
3:26 pm

Wow, talk about attacking a guy because his opinion (a correct one) differs from the majority.

leftrecursion

November 14th, 2011
3:27 pm

wjones makes a great point about positioning. Derek Jeter had less range than ARod but his positioning was spot on and that is why he is considered a great SS.

Shelby

November 14th, 2011
3:29 pm

SOOOOO proud of Craig and the rest of our boys…its a shame the season ended the way it did…im glad to see that Craig and Freddi were both recognized in the best way possible for their efforts…lets hope next year is even better!!!
and for Jake, your an idiot…it doesnt matter what has been proven to be a better piece of the defense scooping or whatever, the point that EVERYONE has made is simple, Freeman was a beast on first and a beast behind the plate…he made some catches and stops that had me amazed, i cant remember how many times he basically did a full on split to catch the ball. If he was such a poor defensive player you really think he would have been 2nd in voting by the professionals who live and watch baseball all year?? i dont think so…get your head outta your butt and admit that the braves have a great player on first….

NorthGa Brave Fan

November 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

Jake must not have a TV

ryan

November 14th, 2011
3:33 pm

Congrats to Kimbrel he deserves it also Cole Hammels could be on the block do Braves take a chance with Lowe gone looks like JJ going to .

David O'Brien

November 14th, 2011
3:34 pm

Kimbrel’s doing this from Hawaii, where he’s on vacation

Fred Macmurray

November 14th, 2011
3:35 pm

That Freddie Freeman,, he’s a good kid.

Fred Macmurray

November 14th, 2011
3:36 pm

I Dont think the Braves had any gold gloves this year.

jim

November 14th, 2011
3:38 pm

Is Freddy’s lack of range being blamed for the Pujols hit in the BS versus Cards? Would Tex/Pujols/Votto have made that play? That game, more than the blown save vs. Phils cost Braves the playoffs. (Had they won that game, the last game against Phils would no have mattered.)

Old Boy

November 14th, 2011
3:42 pm

Didn’t Furcal win an ROY as well?

phil

November 14th, 2011
3:43 pm

Naturally Kimbrell is on vacation in Hawaii while the rest of us, who don’t choke on our jobs when the going gets important, toil away in obscurity….

Lack of range in RF sure did cost the Rangers a championship, though….a little something to chew on.

Lakedawg

November 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

I think FF snaked Jake’s girlfriend/wife-

jim

November 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

phil,
I’m surprised to hear there are moments on your job that are comparable to getting through the likes of Pujols ande Uttley with the season on the line. I take it you are on the launch team at NASA or a heart’brain surgeon?

Kito

November 14th, 2011
3:49 pm

I would like to take this time to thank the braves for tanking a 8.5 wild card lead so that the Cardinals could make it to the playoffs.

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

So that makes it five total ROY candidate dating back to 2008 in the Braves system and one playoff appearance in four seasons.

Classic Braves.

HereComesBream

November 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

Congrats CK!

wjones

November 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

Gary,you’re next, if you insist on taking sides…

Gary

November 14th, 2011
3:53 pm

Phil,

That’s because you have no discerable talent.

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
3:54 pm

How about Dan Uggla for biggest tool of 2011?

Or would that go to Frank Wren? Or Fredi Gonzalez?

What about a Bronze Glove for Chipper’s brilliant defensive performance at third base in the 9th inning at Sun Life Stadium against the Marlins?

Gary

November 14th, 2011
3:55 pm

I like Freeman, but to say he’s played exceptional defense is going a bit too far. If that’s taking sides, then so be it.

David O'Brien

November 14th, 2011
3:55 pm

Kimbrel’s out in Hawaii for Moylans’ wedding.

Kimbrel on being unanimous selection: “It definitely did surprise me. I expected my teammate Freddie… for it to be close. I am surprised.”

On late blown saves: “I’m gonna get over it but I’m not going to forget it. I’m going to remember what I did wrong and try to fix it.”

On hearing from Billy Wagner after the blown saves in season finale: He was one of the first persons to text me, just to let me know he was proud of me he was, of how I handled myself on the year, and not to let it get me down. He said to let a situation like this make you a better pitcher and a better person. Don’t dwell on what happened, just think of what you did wrong and how to fix it. Don’t let the situation make you a worse player, have it make you a better player. I was definitely appreciative of him being there.”

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
3:57 pm

He’s at soon to be former Brave Peter Moylan’s wedding, or so I heard on the radio.

Is the kid allowed to attend a wedding, phil?

For the love of God, let the boy go to the wedding.

Heisenberg

November 14th, 2011
3:57 pm

Jake sounds a lot like Shawn. Either the same person or separated at birth.

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
3:59 pm

The only reason he blew those saves was because the Braves left the bases loaded every inning for the month of September.

IHEARTCARROLL

November 14th, 2011
4:00 pm

If he’s vacationing in Hawaii, I hope he is careful around palm fronds. We all remember what happened to Diaz.

Heisenberg

November 14th, 2011
4:00 pm

I would bet Kinbrel gets over his blown save before Neftali Perez gets over his.

NickB

November 14th, 2011
4:05 pm

Hold on fellas, let a saber guy show Jake that he’s incorrect about Freeman;s defensive abilities at 1b:

A) defensive metrics are notoriously hard to judge at 1b and C because of the impact of other players (pitches,throws…etc) into the equation. So let’s clarify that right off the bat.

B)UZR DOES list Freddy as 22nd among all 1b who logged at least 800 innings there. which appears that he’s bad, but range is a much lower importance at 1b than it is say at SS or the OF

C)Freeman was 12th in DRS (defensive runs saved) 4th best at making plays out of his zone (OOZ) , and 2nd in Scoops. He’s at worst a top half defender at 1b and probably a top ten when you combine all the metrics together. UZR isn’t everything. You have to look at the total picture

BigTimeTECHFan

November 14th, 2011
4:07 pm

Nice,

How did Hayward finish in MVP votes?

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

The Braves became the first team with the top two finishers in National or American League rookie of the year balloting since 1989, when the Chicago Cubs’ Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith finished first and second in the NL.

Even the Cubs made the playoffs.

Of course, they had ROY Geovani Soto in 2008 and won 97 games.

You would think a team with the ROY winner and runner up on the same team would not squander such an abundance of young talent, but the Braves aren’t just any old team.

They know how to sqaunder talent.

Not to mention Beachy, Minor, Delgado, Teheran, etc.

BBrown

November 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

Gotta believe that the time spent under Billy Wagner as a mentor was valuable in a huge way. Much thanks Billy and Congrats Craig!!

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
4:10 pm

IHEARTCARROLL

November 14th, 2011
4:00 pm

If he’s vacationing in Hawaii, I hope he is careful around palm fronds. We all remember what happened to Diaz.

Good call. Except no one missed Matt Diaz.

Was he really on the team this year? Did I dream that?

Fols

November 14th, 2011
4:11 pm

Billy Wagner was such a great influence on this kid, it feels as though he was a long time Brave yet he was here for such a short period. Great veteran combo for our young guys.

Glad I travelled across the country to see Kimbrel pitch……lights out as usual!

NickB

November 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

Just to emphasize, let us look at how these same stats (UZR,DRS,OOZ) favored Alex Gonzalez

UZR has him as 14th among SS’s with at least 800 innings played there.

DRS listed him 2nd

OOZ listed him 5th

Plays (as there is no Scoops for SS’s) listed him 2nd

now based off of UZR alone , one could say that Gonzo was only the 14th best SS in baseball. But his appearance in the top 5 in 3 other categories would say that this is false.

UZR is useful, but it isn’t the be all and end all of defensive metrics. It’s like using OPS for everything, it’s a nice start, but the full picture lies underneath! :-)

invictus mon

November 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

Freeman is a stud on defense and did it day in and day out. I really thought he should have gotten it over Kembrel who played in a quarter the games. That said, both gave us some incredible moments last year. Our future is bright in Atlanta. NOW STOP TIPPING THOSE DADGUM HATS!

bravesgrl4Life

November 14th, 2011
4:17 pm

For once, I have to (cough, cough) agree with Mitchell. Leave Craig alone for going to Hawaii for Moylan’s wedding! I also agree with him on the fact that the blown saves weren’t all on Craig’s shoulders. If we could get men on, over and home, it would be very helpful.

And a big CONGRATULATIONS to Craig on the ROY award, and to Fab 5 Freddie Freeman for the runner-up spot!!!

Kendell Jones

November 14th, 2011
4:19 pm

What bush did Jakke come out from under? I don’t think he watched any of the games that Freddie Freeman played in. I don’t live near Atlanta and didn’t get to see all the games, but the games that I saw, I am sure that Freeman deserved all the accolades he is getting. Just hope that the man at the top ton’t get a corncobb up his butt and trade him.

Bobby Coccyx

November 14th, 2011
4:41 pm

Congrats to both!!!!

74 Dawg

November 14th, 2011
4:43 pm

Congratulations Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman on awesome rookie years. And great kids too.

Maria

November 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

People that don’t think Freeman played some exceptional defense are out of their minds. He saved an ungodly amount of errors on bad throws by Uggla, Gonzalez and Chipper. His defense, as a matter of fact, is what made Alex Gonzalez look so much better this year. Let’s see if that happens next season with another first baseman for Alex G. To go along with this, the kid had a pretty good offensive season too. Congrats to Kimbrel but I thought Freeman should have gotten because he plays everyday and Kimbrel doesn’t.

Peter

November 14th, 2011
5:00 pm

Congrats Craig Kimbrel for winning NL Rookie of the Year!

J-Man

November 14th, 2011
5:02 pm

Reasons we DID NOT MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS
#1. Fredi Gongalez burning relief pitchers and to keep trotting D Lowe out there every 5th day.
#2. Derek BLOWE
#3. Larry Parrish
#4. Not believing in our young pitchers

Skeezix

November 14th, 2011
5:05 pm

Well some good news-finally. We needed that after the depression of Sept.

Congrats to both Kimbrel and Freeman!

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