SAN FRANCISCO -- As newly crowned World Series champions, it figured that San Francisco Giants nominees appeared in numerous GIBBY Awards categories.Buster Posey, Sergio Romo, Matt Cain, Gregor Blanco, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong, Marco Scutaro, Barry Zito, manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean are eligible for various honors in MLB.com's annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards. Posey leads the way after earning a nomination for MLB MVP, a new GIBBY honoring the league's top overall player, after a fantastic 2012 season. The star catcher has stiff competition with Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen also up for the award.
Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2012 GIBBYs based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.In the past four years, fans have cast more than 40 million votes across the various GIBBY categories, none of which were restricted to individual league affiliation.
This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. Fans can vote as many times as they like until fan balloting closes Sunday, Dec. 2, at 8:59 p.m. PT. Winners will be presented their GIBBYs at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Posey, a leading contender to win the Baseball Writers' Association of America's National League Most Valuable Player Award on Nov. 15, was nominated in the MVP, Best Hitter, Comeback Player and Postseason MVP GIBBY categories. Posey batted a National League-high .336 during the season, garnished by 24 home runs and 103 RBIs. Of the catcher's three postseason homers, two were especially crucial: a grand slam in Game 5 of the NL Division Series at Cincinnati and a two-run drive in Game 4 of the World Series at Detroit. Romo is a candidate in the Top Setup Man and Postseason MVP categories. Romo's 1.79 regular-season ERA was the fourth-best among NL relievers. The right-hander also distinguished himself by limiting opponents to a .176 average (9-for-51) with runners in scoring position, allowing nine of 43 inherited runners to score (20.9 percent), yielding two extra-base hits in 54 at-bats against left-handed batters and holding opponents to a .185 average. In the postseason, Romo surrendered one run in 10 2/3 innings spanning 10 outings. He saved four games, including three in the World Series. Cain joined the Top Starting Pitcher nominees. The right-hander finished the season 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA, highlighted by a June 13 perfect game against Houston. Cain also started the July 10 All-Star Game and earned the win in the NL's Midsummer Classic triumph. His victory total, ERA and strikeouts total (193) all represented career bests. Cain wouldn't have pitched that perfect game, the 22nd in Major League history, without Blanco, who's a finalist in the Top Play classification. Stationed in right field, Blanco raced to the warning track and flung himself headlong to make a diving catch of Jordan Schafer's drive leading off the seventh inning. Sandoval, Vogelsong, Scutaro and Zito were named as Postseason MVP candidates. Sandoval earned World Series MVP honors by batting .500, a performance that featured a record-tying three homers in Game 1. Sandoval homered in each of his first three at-bats in that game, which also garnered the third baseman a nomination in the GIBBY Awards' Top Postseason Moments category. With 24 hits this October, Sandoval became the franchise's leader for hits in a single postseason and finished one shy of the all-time record. Scutaro was a nominee for the same awards. The second baseman distinguished himself in the NL Championship Series against the Cardinals by hitting .500 to capture MVP honors for that postseason round. Scutaro dipped to .250 in the World Series but made his presence felt by stroking a two-out single in the 10th inning of Game 4 that scored Ryan Theriot and gave the Giants their winning margin. It also added Scutaro's name to the Postseason Moments category. Scutaro was involved in another Postseason Moment nominee in Game 2 when he took Blanco's throw from left field on Delmon Young's double and fired a perfect relay home to Posey, who tagged out Prince Fielder to stop a Tigers rally before it started. Participating in his first postseason, Vogelsong went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in four outings. The right-hander became the eighth pitcher to make at least four postseason starts and allow one run or fewer in each. He also was only the third hurler to accomplish that feat in a single postseason. Zito earned his Postseason MVP nomination by posting a 2-0 record with a 1.69 ERA in three starts. With the Giants trailing St. Louis 3-1 in the NLCS, the left saved San Francisco's season with 7 2/3 shutout innings in a Game 5 triumph. Zito also won the World Series opener, yielding one run in 5 2/3 innings. Bochy led the Giants to their fourth consecutive winning season and second Series triumph in three years. Sabean, the Major Leagues' longest-tenured GM, assembled the Giants' talent for Bochy by engineering in-season trades for Scutaro, right fielder Hunter Pence and left-hander Jose Mijares and making a key offseason deal for center fielder/leadoff batter Angel Pagan. Sabean also oversaw the signings of two key contributors, Blanco and infielder Joaquin Arias, to Minor League contracts.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.