I say that because, if you win the award for Unsung Hero, you clearly are no longer Unsung, and so therefore are disqualified from the category. But then, you haven’t won it, and so are able to be nominated again. This is the ‘Pitties version of going back in time and killing your own grandfather. We shall not think about it further, because it’ll end up with us all having to have a nice lie-down in a darkened room.
This category is more or less open, to the point that I’m not even going to make any initial nominations. There’s not much of an objective measurement for being “unsung” (though I’m sure Fangraphs are probably working on something: Plaudits Below Replacement, or whatever), so I’m happy to go more or less off whoever gets most “recs” in the comments. I will, however, list the people who are disqualified from consideration, due to them having either won some major MLB award, or been mentioned on the balloting. So, the following are ineligible:
- Nick Ahmed (Gold Glove)
- Patrick Corbin (All-Star, Cy Young mentions)
- Paul Goldschmidt (All-Star, MVP mentions, Silver Slugger)
- Zack Greinke (All-Star, Gold Glove)
- Yoshihisa Hirano (Rookie of the Year mentions)
- David Peralta (Silver Slugger)
Still, even with those six names out of the way, that still leaves 43 others who pulled on the Sedona Red this year, from whom you can pick five. Of course, not all of those are quite equal in terms of both unsung-ness or heroics. So, make your best cases!