10/18/2010 11:43 AM ET
Brewers announce Milwaukee BBWAA award winners
Five different players earn team honors
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). A total of six ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.
Third baseman Casey McGehee was voted Brewers Most Valuable Player. In a close vote, McGehee (19 points) edged second baseman Rickie Weeks (16) and outfielder Corey Hart (14). He received three first-place votes, one second-place vote and one third-place vote. Hart (2) and Weeks (1) received the other first-place votes. Ryan Braun (3 points) and Prince Fielder (2 points) were also listed on ballots.
In his second full season in the Major Leagues, McGehee batted .285 with 23 HR and a team-leading 104 RBI in 157 games. He was among the National League leaders in RBI (6th, 104), hits (9th, 174) and doubles (10th, 38). His 102 RBI as a third baseman set a franchise record at that position and tied the Mets' David Wright for the National League lead.
For the second straight season, Yovani Gallardo was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher. Gallardo (26 points) narrowly edged closer John Axford (22 points) for the honor. He received four first-place votes and two third-place votes. Axford received two first-place votes and four second-place votes. Randy Wolf (6 points) was the only other pitcher named on the ballots.
Gallardo went 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 31 starts. He led the team in wins (14) and was named to his first career All-Star Game. Gallardo joined Teddy Higuera (1986-87) as the only pitchers in franchise history to have consecutive 200+ strikeout seasons.
John Axford (30 points) was unanimously voted Brewers Top Newcomer, receiving all six first-place votes. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain (10 points) finished second and was among the four others named on the ballots.
Axford went 8-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 24 saves in 50 relief appearances. He began the season at Triple-A Nashville before joining the Brewers on May 15. Axford emerged as a National League Rookie of the Year candidate as he struck out 76 batters in just 58.0 innings while holding opponents to a .204 batting average. His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie. He had nine saves in which he recorded four or more outs.
Reliever Kameron Loe (14 points) beat out catcher Jonathan Lucroy (13 points) to earn Brewers Unsung Hero honors. Loe garnered one first-place vote and three second-place votes. Lucroy received two first-place votes and a second-place vote. Six other players were named on the ballots.
Loe joined the team on June 1 after working as a starter at Triple-A Nashville. He went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 relief appearances with the Brewers. He led the team in holds (22) and was second on the staff in appearances (53).
Reliever Trevor Hoffman (19 points) earned the Good Guy Award, breaking the two-year reign of infielder Craig Counsell (15 points). Hoffman received two first-place votes. Casey McGehee (2), Counsell (1) and Chris Capuano (1) notched the other first-place votes.