First Ever MMO Awards Ballot!

An article by posted on September 24, 2009

I joined this great team during the early summer months, you know, when we foolishly expected the Mets to make some great September run because “everybody would be back.” I’ve had a great time, and I really cannot wait until next season!

To wrap up the year, I decided to create a yearly feature for this website. It’s the MMO Awards. The winners will be voted solely by you, our readers. 

To give you some background on the awards, I started to think about past players from my lifetime (I had to include Seaver though,) and I thought about what they brought to the table both positively and negatively. I tried to envision a few players who fit that award category, and that’s how we ended up here. I have created 18 MMO Awards. 

To remain impartial, I sent the awards categories to our MMO Staff. I allowed them each to nominate THREE players/things per award. The largest vote totals would appear on the public ballot for you the reader to choose a winner.

I have created an account for you to submit your ballots to. You can e-mail me your winners at MMOAwards@gmail.com. Let me be clear on 1 thing. Your e-mail address will NOT be shared with anybody. The second I process your votes, your e-mail will be deleted. 

Please only submit one ballot. This was kind of done on a whim, so maybe next year I can be more prepared and create a web ballot of sorts. To me, anybody can dish out awards when the team has an amazing season, but I wanted to get this going now because I think it’s important for all of your voices to be heard after such a trying year. 

You can simply copy and paste this to the e-mail, I left a spot for you to type in your winner.

Please only choose ONE winner per award, and NO write in votes. 

The deadline will be October 5th, the day after the regular season ends. 

So here we go! 

The Lenny Dykstra Award – This award should go to the Mets player that you feel performed at their highest level possible, no matter what the score, standings or situation was. They leave it all on the field. Your nominees are, 

  1. Jeff Francoeur
  2. Daniel Murphy
  3. David Wright 

Your winner is: 

The Keith Hernandez Award – This award should go to the Mets player that to you believe was worth the price of admission to watch every day. Your nominees are, 

  1. Carlos Beltran
  2. Johan Santana
  3. David Wright 

Your winner is: 

The Tom Seaver Award – He’s the greatest pitcher this franchise has ever seen, so how could I not name the best pitcher award after him? The winner should be the pitcher you believe was the Mets best pitcher in 2009. Your nominees are,

  1. Pedro Feliciano
  2. Francisco Rodriguez
  3. Johan Santana 

Your winner is: 

The Gary Carter Award - The winner should be the player you believe was the Mets Most Valuable Player in 2009. Your nominees are, 

  1. Carlos Beltran
  2. Johan Santana
  3. David Wright 

Your winner is: 

The Roger McDowell Award - The winner should be the Mets player you feel brought the best personality to the team. Your nominees are,

  1. Jose Reyes
  2. Francisco Rodriguez
  3. Johan Santana 

Your winner is: 

The Gregg Jefferies Award – This award is given to the player you feel is “the next big thing,” for the Mets. Your nominees are, 

  1. Fernando Martinez
  2. Jon Niese
  3. Josh Thole 

Your winner is: 

The Frank Cashen Award – This award goes to the best off the field move done between the day after the 2008 season until the end of this season. Your nominees are, 

  1. Jeff Francoeur Trade
  2. Francisco Rodriguez signing
  3. Gary Sheffield to the Mets 

Your winner is: 

The Rey Ordonez Award – This award goes to the player who performed the best defensively. Your nominees are, 

  1. Carlos Beltran
  2. Jeff Francoeur
  3. David Wright 

Your winner is: 

The Bob Murphy Award – This award goes to the person with a microphone that performed the best. Your nominees are, 

  1. Gary Cohen
  2. Ron Darling
  3. Howie Rose 

Your winner is:  

The Mike Piazza Award – While there were very few great moments this year, the winner of this award should be the best moment of the season. Your nominees are, 

  1. Opening Day at Citi Field
  2. Omir Santos’ homerun versus Papelbon
  3. Gary Sheffield’s 500th homerun 

Your winner is: 

The Ray Knight Award – He was probably the toughest Mets player I ever saw. I think Eric Davis would agree with me. This award goes to the Mets player you’d least like to get in a fight with! Your nominees are, 

  1. Mike Pelfrey
  2. Francisco Rodriguez
  3. Gary Sheffield 

Your winner is: 

The Steve Phillips Award – From the end of the 2008 season to the end of this season, which off the field move was the WORST? Your nominees are, 

  1. Acquiring J.J. Putz
  2. Re-signing Oliver Perez
  3. Tony Bernazard/Adam Rubin saga 

Your winner is: 

The Jose Lima Award – This award goes to the pitcher that you feel was the most over-hyped this year? Your nominees are, 

  1. Mike Pelfrey
  2. J.J. Putz
  3. Oliver Perez 

Your winner is: 

The Bobby Ojeda Award – In 1986 the Mets needed another starting pitcher to complete their team. Of all the things the Mets need, which do you feel is the most critical? Your nominees are,

  1. Cleanup Hitter at either 1B or LF
  2. A #2 starting pitcher
  3. A setup man 

Your winner is: 

The Aaron Heilman Award – This award goes to the pitcher that when he entered the game, you said “Oh no. Not him” Your nominees are, 

  1. Sean Green
  2. Tim Redding
  3. Ken Takahashi

Your winner is: 

The Kenny Rogers Award – This award goes to the moment that you will never forget from 2009, for all the wrong reasons. Your nominees are, 

  1. Luis Castillo’s dropped pop up
  2. Phillies turn the triple play to end the game
  3. David Wright gets hit in the head by Matt Cain 

Your winner is: 

The Shea Stadium Award – This award is where you get to vote on the best that Citi Field has to offer. Your nominees are, 

  1. The Food
  2. Walking the concourse and seeing the game from everywhere
  3. The Rotunda 

Your winner is: 

The Field of Dreams Award – It can’t be perfect right? If you could change 1 thing about Citi Field before the 2010 season, what would you like to see done? Your nominees are, 

  1. Bring in the Walls/Lower the fences
  2. More Mets Stuff around the stadium 

Your winner is:

 

That’s it! Please submit your winners to MMOAwards@gmail.com by October 5th! Thanks for your time!

About the Author ()

Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.

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