My next Baseball Bloggers Alliance ballot is for the Goose Gossage Award for the best relief pitcher in the American League. My choices are:
1st Place: Rafael Soriano of the Tampa Bay Rays. He had a 1.73 ERA and gave the Rays’ bullpen what they needed to take the AL East.
2nd Place: Joakim Soria of the Kansas City Royals. His 1.78 ERA was the bright spot in a dismal team this year. He saved 43 of the Royals 67 wins, out of 46 save opportunities (93%).
3rd Place: Naftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers. He had an ERA of 2.73 and 71 strikeouts, as well as 40 saves and he’s only 22 years old.
Next up: The Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young Award equivalent.
P.S. Sorry no pictures but my computer is screwed up and incredibly slow, so it would take 5 minutes to upload a picture and about 10 minutes to find one. It runs at about the speed of my Kaypro in the early 80’s. Anyone remember them?