While some publications have recognized players for their play in 2014, award season has yet to swing into motion.
Sporting News named Clayton Kershaw the player of the year, which was an honor he was also bestowed with by Baseball America. Sporting News also placed Kershaw on their All-Star team, along with teammate Dee Gordon.
Kershaw and Gordon are among seven Dodgers who are nominated for a GIBBY (Greatest in Baseball Yearly) Award. Kershaw and Yasiel Puig are up for an award in three categories, while other Dodgers are nominated in one category. As a team, the Dodgers have 15 nominations.
Of note, are Puig’s nominations for top play when he turned a double play in Colorado on July 5 and his throwing out Brandon Belt at home plate Sept. 22. One strange omission from Puig’s collection of highlights is his diving catch against the New York Mets from June 13.
Below is the list of categories the Dodgers’ are nominated in. Voting can be completed online until Nov. 7 and winners will be announced Dec. 6.
MLB MVP: Clayton Kershaw
Hitter of the Year: Yasiel Puig
Closer: Kenley Jansen
Bounceback player: Matt Kemp
Manager: Don Mattingly
Play: Puig’s double play at Colorado
Outfield throw: Puig throwing out Belt at home plate
Moment: Vin Scully announces his intention to return in 2015
Hitting performance: Dee Gordon 5-for-6 with three steals at Miami (May 3), Puig 4-for-4 with three triples at San Francisco (July 25)
Oddity: Dodgers’ wall of infielders against San Diego
Walkoff: Ramirez’s 12th-inning home run at Dodger Stadium
Cut4 topic: Mo’ne Davis throwing out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium