Two tabbed by Pittsburgh writers
Bay picked as Tanner winner; McLouth earns Clemente nod
PITTSBURGH -- While Jason Bay continues to enjoy his postseason run with the Red Sox, the former Pirates left fielder quietly received one more bit of recognition in the city where he established himself as an All-Star caliber outfielder.
Bay was voted as the Chuck Tanner Award winner for 2008, an honor that recognizes the Pirates player whose professionalism, cooperation and availability to and with Major League writers best assists them in carrying out daily responsibilities. The award is voted upon annually by members of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The award is named for Tanner, a former Pirates manager and current special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington who has long been known for being accessible and helpful to those who have covered the club.
Bay, who joined the organization in 2003, played in Pittsburgh until the end of July, when he was dealt to Boston as part of a three-team trade that landed the Pirates four young players in return. Bay hit .282 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs for Pittsburgh this season, as he bounced back from an injury-plagued 2007 campaign.
He followed that up with a .293 average and 37 RBIs in two months with the Red Sox. Bay then hit .412 with two homers and five RBIs in four American League Division Series games with Boston. He also scored the game-winning run in the Red Sox's Game 4 win Monday night.
Bay finished ahead of first baseman Adam LaRoche (the 2007 winner) and shortstop Jack Wilson (the 2006 winner) in the voting for the Chuck Tanner award.
Bay's former outfield teammate, Nate McLouth, was the unanimous recipient of the chapter's other postseason honor -- the Roberto Clemente -- which is awarded to the Pirates player who best exemplifies the standard of excellence achieved by Clemente.
This award should not be confused with Major League Baseball's Clemente Award, which recognizes a player from each club for his community involvement, sportsmanship and contribution to his team. Wilson was nominated by the Pirates for this baseball-wide honor back in September.
McLouth led the team in just about every offensive category this year, one in which he first battled for a starting spot and then parlayed that into an All-Star Game invite. The starting center fielder hit .276 with a team-leading 26 homers and 94 RBIs.
His 113 runs scored marked the fifth-best total in the National League, while McLouth finished tied atop the league with 46 doubles. He swiped 23 bases and was successful in each of his last 21 attempts.
McLouth, who follows second baseman Freddy Sanchez as the recipient of the local Clemente Award, also finished the season with the league's best fielding percentage after committing just one error in 150 starts.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.