As if there aren’t enough awards handed out every season, insurance giant (giant?) is partnering up with MLB to find every gap in the awards system and fill it with more awards! Oh yippie. There’s online voting. Because that’s worked out so well in the past. 24 different prizes will be handed out, including and I’m quoting here “Best Major Leaguer, fan catch, and social media post.”
“The Esurance MLB Awards is a true collaboration between MLB and Esurance to bring fans an all-digital awards experience with a new website to serve as a content hub, discussion forum, and voting platform for fans to engage with each other and be a part of the awards season like never before,” Esurance Chief Marketing Officer Alan Gellman said.
Five different groups of voters — fans, media, front- office personnel, former players and Society for American Baseball Research members — will each account for 20 percent of the voting. The new awards platform will supplement other pre- existing MLB awards, such as each league’s Most Valuable Player and the Cy Young Award.
These awards join the MVP, Cy Young, All-Stars, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Executive of the Year. World Series MVP, ALCS and NLCS MVP, Relief Man of the Year, Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove, Platinum Glove, Silver Slugger, Wilson Defensive Players of the Year, the GIBBY Awards, Players Choice Awards, Clemente Awards, Comeback Players of the Year, and last but certainly not least the Outstanding DH of the year.
And yet, somehow I’m certain I’m missing some awards. Remember in little league when every kid got a participation trophy? Don’t know why I just thought of that.