Saturday, October 07, 2006

Now For A Real Award

Jim Thome bagged The Comeback Player of the Year award. Nomar took the honor in the NL. The award is based on fan balloting; Thome recevied 55, 587 votes, but the totals for Thomas are unknown. MLB doesn't release the vote totals for the non-winners.

In the AL, everyone knew the award would be given to either Thome or the man he replaced in Chicago, Frank Thomas. On the year, Thome hit .288 with 42 homers, 109 RBIs and had a 1.014 OPS. Thomas hit .270 with 39 homers, 114 RBI and had a .926 OPS.

I suppose that Thome's edge in nearly all categories is what gave him the edge in fan voting. I honestly thought that Frank would take the award. I figured with his hot second half and the fact that he carried the A's into the post-season would be more than enough to make up for his slighlty lesser numbers.

Congrats Big Jim. You made Kenny look like a smart, smart man.

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