Five D-backs vying for GIBBY Awards
Miley's rookie campaign, Hill's historic dual cycle among nominees
PHOENIX -- D-backs fans have plenty of reasons to vote in this year's GIBBY Awards.
Arizona players Wade Miley (Rookie), David Herandez (Setup Man), Paul Goldschmidt (Breakout Hitter), Adam Eaton (Play) and Aaron Hill (Hitting Performance) are each up for awards.
Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home 2012 GIBBYs trophies -- the ultimate honors of the sport's awards season -- based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.
This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.
In the past four years, fans have cast more than 40 million votes across the various GIBBYs categories, none of which were restricted to individual league affiliation.
Fans can vote as many times as they want until fan balloting closes Sunday, Dec. 2, at 9:59 p.m. MT.
Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Miley was 16-11 with a 3.33 ERA in his first full season in the big leagues.
Hernandez, meanwhile, did an excellent job pitching the eighth inning for the D-backs this year. The right-hander compiled a 2.50 ERA and filled in at closer when J.J. Putz was unavailable.
Goldschmidt was one of the NL's best first basemen, hitting .286 with 20 homers and 82 RBIs.
On Sept. 9 against the Padres at Petco Park, Eaton raced back and made a nice catch of a fly ball in center. He then turned and from just steps in front of the warning track threw the ball on a fly to first base to double off Andy Parrino.
Finally, Hill was nominated for the historic feat he accomplished June 29 against the Brewers at Miller Park. That night, Hill hit for the cycle -- his second cycle in 11 days, making him the first player to hit for two cycles in the same season since 1931.