BBA Announces Goose Gossage Award

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Well today we have a big announcement from the BBA. They have reached an agreement with former Yankee and Hall of Famer Goose Gossage to name one of their end of the year awards after him. Initially the BBA was trying to almost mimick the Baseball Writers Association of America, but this is the first step in trying to distinguish themselves from the BBWAA. I like it.

Here is the press release:

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance is pleased to announce the formation of the Goose Gossage Award.

Starting with the 2010 Major League Baseball season, the Goose Gossage Award will be a postseason award given to the top relief pitcher in each league.  “It’s hard to picture anyone more worthy of having his name on an award such as this,” said BBA founder Daniel Shoptaw. “Mr. Gossage embodies what so many people think of as the classic relief pitcher, and the BBA is honored that he has agreed to lend his name to this award.”

Richard “Goose” Gossage was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 after a 22-year major league career in which he had 310 career saves and recorded a 3.01 ERA in 1,002 games played. He was a nine-time All-Star, finished among the top vote-getters for the Cy Young Award in five different seasons, and was named the 1978 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.

The Goose Gossage Award will be voted on by the membership of the BBA.  Team chapters will have two votes each for either the American or National League ballot.  The General Baseball chapter will vote in a manner determined by its members.

At the end of the 2009 season, we voted on awards mirroring those of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, though we did not have a separate award for relievers,” stated Shoptaw. “Due to the popularity of that voting, we decided that it was important to differentiate ourselves from other voting organizations.  With the addition of the Goose Gossage Award we have taken the first step in that direction.

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in 2009 and numbers 142 blogs across baseball, representing 29 of the 30 major league teams and including numerous general baseball blogs.  Award balloting for the BBA is a transparent process, as no ballot is counted unless it is posted on the voter’s blog.

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.  The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may also be heard at Blog Talk Radio each Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk.

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3 Responses to BBA Announces Goose Gossage Award

  1. The Mick536 says:

    Awards should not be named after living people.

  2. Mike S. says:

    “It’s hard to picture anyone more worthy of having his name on an award such as this,” said BBA founder Daniel Shoptaw.

    Umm….no offense to Goose, but …. Mariano????

  3. They named the award after a living person because they wanted to make sure they had permission and it was easier to contact a living person than to track down the family of the deceased. Also, they didn't choose Mariano, although I fought for that, because he is an active player.