CarGo, Ubaldo, Tulo up for TYIB Awards
Fowler, Nelson nominated for top Oddity, Moment
DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki were involved in some of baseball's most impressive and most memorable performances in 2010.
The Rockies also popped up in some of the strangest moments of the year.
How did the Rockies' moments and accomplishments compare to those of the rest of baseball? That's for fans to decide.
For the ninth straight year, fans will help decide the top hitters, pitchers, plays and moments from the MLB season. The 2010 This Year in Baseball Awards presented by Toyota features nominees in 19 categories. Individual honors will go to the top Player, Starter, Rookie, Closer, Setup Man, Defensive Player, Manager, Executive, Breakout Player, X-Factor, Dependable Player and Postseason MVP.
Fans can also vote on the year's top Play, Moment, Performance, Oddity, Game, Fan Moment and Postseason Moment from MLB.com's Must C video highlight vault. In 2009, more than 12 million votes were cast by fans around the world.
Gonzalez, who won the National League batting title in his first full season in the Majors, is all over the TYIB ballot for his dynamic season.
Gonzalez is a nominee for the Player of the Year award, the Breakout Player, the top Play for an outstanding catch on Sept. 25, and the top Performance for achieving the sixth cycle in Rockies history on July 31 against the Cubs, capped off by his walk-off home run that gave the Rockies a 6-5 victory.
Jimenez, who experienced by far the greatest pitching season in Rockies history, became recognized throughout the game as a star, as evidenced by the fact he became the first Rockies pitcher to start an All-Star Game.
After setting a Rockies record for wins by going 19-8 and claiming the club record for strikeouts in the season, Jimenez is up for TYIB award as the game's top Starter, and his no-hitter on April 17 in Atlanta is nominated for Performance of the year.
Tulowitzki, considered a favorite to take home a Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the National League's best shortstop, is a nominee for the Defensive Player Award.
A couple other Rockies individual performances also show up on the ballot.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler lost his glove over the center-field wall in Kansas City on May 23 and catapulted himself over the wall to retrieve it. That is nominated as the year's biggest Oddity.
Chris Nelson, called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs late in the season, made his first Major League stolen base a memorable one. He swiped home for the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Sept. 9. That play is nominated for the top Moment.
The tilt that earned the Rockies' a Game of the year nomination was one fans at Coors Field won't soon forget. The Rockies trailed the Braves, 10-1, early in the game. By the time it was over, they had stormed back for a 12-10 victory.