Phils' record year nets six GIBBY nominations

Phils' record year nets six GIBBY nominations

Phils' record year nets six GIBBY nominations
Expectations were enormous for the Phillies after Cliff Lee signed on as a free agent last winter, and disappointment was felt in South Philadelphia when the Phils fell short of the World Series with a loss to the Cardinals in Game 5 in the National League Division Series.

For some fans, a franchise-record 102 victories and a rotation for the ages didn't mean much, since it did not result in the 11 victories needed in October to commence a parade down Broad Street.

But consider the larger sample size of a 162-game regular season, and it's difficult to discount the 2011 campaign. Consider the rotation general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. pieced together, and how the triumvirate of Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Lee all ranked in the top 10 in the NL for ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, wins, innings, complete games, quality starts and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Consider manager Charlie Manuel penciled in his everyday lineup less than 12 percent of the season and still passed Gene Mauch on the club's all-time wins list on the final day of the regular season. Consider Roy Oswalt missed a considerable portion of the season with back issues, but rookie Vance Worley emerged as a starter for the future.

It was still a charmed season for the oldest franchise in professional sports, and recognition should not be absent. The Phillies have six nominees (Halladay, Lee, Worley, Manuel, Amaro and Shane Victorino) for the 2011 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs). Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home GIBBYs trophies -- the ultimate honors of baseball's awards season -- based on votes by you the fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.

The 2011 GIBBYs feature nominees in 19 categories.

Individual honors will go to the top everyday player, starting pitcher, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout player, comeback player, defensive player, wow factor, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's best play, moment, performance, oddity, walk-off, fan moment and postseason moment from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.

Fan voting ends Dec. 4, and you can vote up to 25 times per category. Winners will be announced Dec. 16 from 9-11 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Halladay is in the running for his second straight NL Cy Young Award, ranking first in complete games (eight) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.29), second in ERA (2.35) and innings (233 2/3), third in strikeouts (220) and wins (19) and fourth in WHIP (1.04).

Joining him as a nominee for Top Starting Pitcher is Lee, who led the Majors with six shutouts, the most for an NL pitcher since Tim Belcher threw eight in 1989. Lee was twice named NL Pitcher of the Month. He won all five of his starts in August and amassed an 0.45 ERA by allowing just two runs over 39 2/3 innings. He was also honored in June, when he went 5-0 with an 0.21 ERA, making him the first pitcher in Major League history to have two months with five wins, no losses and an ERA under 0.50.

The man who helped bring Lee back to Philadelphia is nominated for Top Executive. Amaro has earned a reputation for playing coy when it comes to trade discussions or free agency, only to turn around and pull off blockbuster deals. In the last two years, Amaro acquired Lee (twice), Halladay and Oswalt. And when a right-handed bat became a need for Manuel's lineup, Amaro went out and got the best available in outfielder Hunter Pence from the Astros right before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Victorino, nominated for wow factor, enjoyed his most productive season since 2009. Victorino hit .279/.355/.491 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging) with 27 doubles, a career-high 16 triples, 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. The 16 triples tied Jose Reyes for most in baseball. Both players had the same number of plate appearances despite Victorino playing in six more games than the Mets' shortstop.

Victorino joined Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury as the only center fielders in baseball with a perfect fielding percentage. His 10.993 zone rating, the percentage of balls fielded by a player in his typical defensive "zone," as measured by STATS, Inc., also led the Majors.

Worley, 24 and nominated for Top Rookie, finished the season first among NL rookies in ERA (3.01), second in wins (11) and third in strikeouts (119) and opponents average (.237) among the five pitchers with a minimum of 100 innings.

Talent bled throughout the entire organization, and all the Phillies GIBBY nominees are back in Red Pinstripes for 2012, ready to take another run at a World Series crown.

Nate Mink is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.