Happy Thanksgiving! And what better day to show what we're thankful for, by opening up the nominations for this year's AZ SnakePit Awards, known as the 'Pitties [largely because no-one has been able to come up with a better name]. Over the coming weeks, we'll be handing out our not-actually-existing trophies for the best performances by an Arizona Diamondbacks over the previous season. But we want to make sure all the deserving recipients get their chance, so I'm seeking nominations from the floor.
After the jump, you'll find a list of the categories, and the current incumbents. Please throw into the ring any other suggestions you may have, particularly for Play and Game of the Year, as I'm sure I missed some out! As with the real awards, only regular season performances are eligible. The first offical set of nominations, for Play of the Year, will be posted for voting next Wednesday
Most Valuable Player: Kelly Johnson
Pitcher of the Year: Daniel Hudson
Rookie of the Year: Daniel Hudson
Unsung Hero: Stephen Drew
Play of the year: September 1: Brandon Allen, Come from behind grand-slam
Performance of the year June 25th: Edwin Jackson, no-hitter vs. Tampa Bay
Game of the year: August 11: Your Arizona Diamondback-to-back-to-back-to-backs, vs. MIL
MVP: Ian Kennedy, J.J. Putz, Miguel Montero, Justin Upton
Pitcher: Josh Collmenter, David Hernandez, Daniel Hudson, Ian Kennedy, J.J. Putz
Rookie: Josh Collmenter, Collin Cowgill, Paul Goldschmidt, Wade Miley, Joe Paterson
Unsung Hero: Willie Bloomquist, David Hernandez, Gerardo Parra, Ryan Roberts
Performance of the Year:
April 25th vs. Phillies: Ian Kennedy complete-game against Philadelphia
May 30th: Kelly Johnson gets four hits, two home-runs, 13 total bases
June 17th: Daniel Hudson complete game three-hitter versus the White Sox
July 18th: Josh Collmenter three-hits Milwaukee over eight shutout innings
September 10th: Lyle Overbay, three hits, +87% Win Probability
Play of the Year:
May 18th vs. Braves: Gerardo Parra throws out Chipper Jones at third.
May 24th vs. Rockies: Joe Saunders tags Dexter Fowler out at home.
May 25th vs. Rockies: Chris Young's game-saving catch at the fence.
July 21st vs. Brewers: Joe Paterson fans Prince Fielder on three swinging strikes.
September 27th vs. Dodgers: Ryan Roberts' walk-off grand-slam.