Thursday, October 29, 2015


Short, quick, fast note. I didn't want to forget about it.  I had a hunch Andrew Miller was gonna win, but you never know how it goes with the Yankees sometimes. 

Andrew Miller won the Mariano Rivera Award.  In other words, the American League Reliever of the Year award.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN writes:

"The man who replaced the man who replaced Mariano Rivera now has the award named after baseball's greatest closer. 

Andrew Miller, who was signed to replace David Robertson, was named the Mariano Rivera Award winner, which goes to the best reliever in the American League.

Miller received the award from Rivera prior to Game 2 of the World Series in Kansas City. Miller, whom the Yankees signed to a four-year, $36 million last winter, saved 36 games in 38 chances. He was 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA.

While he won the award, it could be argued he wasn't the New York Yankees' best reliever with Dellin Betances dominating in setup duties for most of the season. Betances finished with a 1.50 ERA. He struck out 131 batters to Miller's 100. Betances walked 40 to Miller's 20. Miller threw 61 2/3 innings to Betances' major-league-reliever high of 84."

Marchand brings up a good point, but maybe Saves were a big part of the award and it's new name and that's why Miller won, not Betances. Seems like Marchand's just trying to start a mini-controversy here.  No worries... Betances will one day be our regular closer.

Anyway. Congrats to Miller, you deserve it pal.

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