Envelopes unsealed, Ellsbury's work recognized

Envelopes unsealed, Ellsbury's work recognized

Envelopes unsealed, Ellsbury's work recognized
BOSTON -- With baseball's awards season now in the books, it is apparent just how much Jacoby Ellsbury's summer of brilliance was recognized.

Though he didn't win the American League's Most Valuable Player Award, Ellsbury finished a close second behind Tigers ace Justin Verlander, meaning he got the most votes of any position player.

It took a starting pitcher winning the MVP for the first time since 1986 to deny Ellsbury that award.

"Really proud of him -- a guy we drafted who came up through the system and certainly had a breakout year," said Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. "No matter where he finished in the MVP voting, we knew he was going to get strong consideration. He's clearly become one of the great players in the league, a huge part of this team."

For the first time, MLB.com unveiled team awards, and the speedy center fielder of the Red Sox was the winner in two of three categories. Ellsbury was selected as the Player of the Year for Boston and also the Breakout Player.

Team Awards 2011

Throughout the season, Ellsbury had little to say about his performance. He preferred to make his noise on the field.

"I just come in and try to play hard," Ellsbury said in late August. "That's about it."

Jonathan Papelbon, Boston's star closer of the last six years who recently signed with the Phillies, was named the Pitcher of the Year for the Red Sox. Papelbon converted 31 of 34 save chances, holding opponents to a .207 average and registering 87 strikeouts over 64 1/3 innings.

When the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced, the Red Sox made up one-third of the AL squad. Ellsbury, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and second baseman Dustin Pedroia were all winners at their positions.

It was Gonzalez's third Gold Glove Award, Pedroia's second and Ellsbury's first.

"It's pretty special," Gonzalez said in an interview with ESPN during the show announcing the awards. "Being able to win one in both leagues now, I'm pretty grateful to everyone that voted for me, and it was a lot of fun playing defense this year."

The Red Sox were also well represented on the AL's Silver Slugger team.

This time, it was Gonzalez, Ellsbury and David Ortiz (designated hitter) getting the honor.

Last month, Ellsbury was voted by MLB.com beat writers as the American League's Comeback Player of the Year. He received the same award from his peers on Thursday, winning the Players Choice Comeback Player for the AL.

After playing just 18 games in 2010 because of left rib fractures, Ellsbury not only came back, but he played at the highest level of his career. He hit .321 with 119 runs, 212 hits, 46 doubles, 32 homers and 39 stolen bases. Ellsbury was the first 30-30 player in Red Sox history.

And not to be overshadowed by all the on-field prowess, Ortiz was the winner of MLB's Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the art of giving back to the community.

"I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year's award," Ortiz said on the day he received the award. "It's humbling to be associated with all the tremendous names that have won this award in the past, and I look forward to continuing to do my part to maintain Roberto Clemente's legacy."

National Awards
Manager of the Year Relief Man Award Cy Young
John McNamara1986Bill Campbell1977Jim Lonborg1967
Jimy Williams1999Tom Gordon1998Roger Clemens1986-87, '91
Pedro Martinez1999-2000
ROY MVP Rawlings Gold Glove
Walt Dropo1950Jimmie Foxx1938PlayerYear
Don Schwall1961Ted Williams1946, '49Frank Malzone, 3B1957-59
Carlton Fisk1972Jackie Jensen1958Jim Piersall, OF1958
Fred Lynn1975Carl Yastrzemski1967Jackie Jensen, OF1959
Nomar Garciaparra1997Fred Lynn1975Carl Yastrzemski, OF1963, '65, '67-69, '71, '77
Dustin Pedroia2007Jim Rice1978George Scott, 1B1967-68, '71
Roger Clemens1986Reggie Smith, OF1968
Mo Vaughn1995Carlton Fisk, C1972
Dustin Pedroia2008Doug Griffin, 2B1972
Fred Lynn, OF1975, '78-80
Dwight Evans, OF1976, '78-79, '81-85
Rick Burleson, SS1979
Ellis Burks, OF1990
Tony Pena, C1991
Jason Varitek, C2005
Kevin Youkilis, 1B2007
Dustin Pedroia, 2B2008
Silver Slugger This Year in Baseball
Dwight Evans1981, '87Bill Mueller (Performance)2003
Carney Lansford1981David Ortiz (Hitter)2004, '05
Wade Boggs1983, '86-'89, '91Terry Francona (Manager)2004
Jim Rice1983Mike Lowell (Defensive Player)2006
Don Baylor1986Hideki Okajima (Setup Man)2007
Mike Greenwell1988Manny Ramirez (Oddity)2007
Ellis Burks1990Josh Beckett (Starting Pitcher)2007
Mo Vaughn1995Clay Buchholz (Performance)2007
John Valentin1995Jonathan Papelbon (Closer)2007
Nomar Garciaparra1997J.D. Drew (Postseason Moment)2007
Manny Ramirez2001-'06Jon Lester (Performance)2008
Bill Mueller2003Jacoby Ellsbury (Defensive Player)2009
David Ortiz2004-'07
Jason Varitek2005
Dustin Pedroia2008
Jason Bay2009
Local Awards
Thomas A. Yawkey (Team MVP) Pitcher of the Year Harry Agganis (Team ROY)
Jim Turner1937Jim Turner1937Ted Williams1939
Jimmie Foxx1938Johnny Vander Meer1938Dom DiMaggio1940
Joe Cronin1939No award1939Dick Newsome1941
Johnny Cooney1940No award1940No award1942
Ted Williams1941No award1941No award1943
No award1942Dick Newsome1942No award1944
No award1943No award1943Dave Ferriss1945
No award1944No award1944No award1946
Tommy Holmes1945Dave Ferriss1945Sam Mele, Earl Torgeson1947
Ted Williams1946Johnny Sain1946Billy Goodman1948
Bob Elliott1947Spec Shea1947Del Crandall1949
Johnny Sain1948Johnny Sain1948Walter Dropo, Sam Jethroe1950
Ted Williams1949Ellis Kinder1949Chet Nichols1951
Billy Goodman1950No award1950Sam White, Eddie Mathews1952
Ellis Kinder1951Ellis Kinder1951Tom Umphlett1953
Walker Cooper1952No award1952Tom Brewer1954
Ellis Kinder1953Ellis Kinder1953Billy Klaus1955
Jackie Jensen1954No award1954Dave Sisler1956
Ted Williams1955No award1955Frank Malzone1957
Jim Piersall1956Tom Brewer1956Ted Bowsfield1958
Frank Malzone1957Frank Sullivan1957Jerry Casale1959
Jackie Jensen1958Ike Delock1958No award1960
Frank Malzone1959Warren Spahn1959Carl Yastrzemski, Chuck Schilling, Don Schwall1961
Vic Wertz1960Mike Fornieles1960Dick Radatz1962
Chuck Schilling1961Don Schwall1961Dave Morehead1963
Eddie Bressoud1962Dick Radatz1962Tony Conigliaro1964
Carl Yastrzemski1963Bill Monbouquette1963Jim Gosger1965
Dick Radatz1964Dick Radatz1964George Scott1966
Carl Yastrzemski1965Earl Wilson1965Mike Andrews, Reggie Smith1967
Tony Conigliaro1966Don McMahon1966No award1968
Carl Yastrzemski1967Jim Lonborg1967Mike Nagy1969
Ken Harrelson1968Dick Ellsworth, Ray Culp1968Billy Conigliaro1970
Rico Petrocelli1969Ray Culp1969Doug Griffin1971
Carl Yastrzemski1970Ray Culp1970Carlton Fisk1972
Reggie Smith1971Sonny Siebert1971No award1973
Carlton Fisk1972Luis Tiant1972Rick Burleson1974
Tommy Harper1973Bill Lee, Luis Tiant1973Fred Lynn, Jim Rice1975
Carl Yastrzemski1974Luis Tiant1974Butch Hobson1976
Fred Lynn1975Luis Tiant1975Mike Paxton, Don Aase1977
Carl Yastrzemski1976Luis Tiant1976Jim Wright1978
Carlton Fisk1977Bill Campbell1977Chuck Rainey1979
Jim Rice1978Dennis Eckersley1978Dave Stapleton1980
Rick Burleson1979Dennis Eckersley1979Rich Gedman, Bobby Ojeda1981
Rick Burleson1980Tom Burgmeier1980Wade Boggs1982
Dwight Evans1981Mike Torrez1981No award1983
Dwight Evans1982Bob Stanley1982Roger Clemens, Jackie Guttierrez, Al Nipper1984
Jim Rice1983Bob Stanley1983Steve Lyons1985
Dwight Evans, Tony Armas1984No award1984No award1986
Wade Boggs1985Oil Can Boyd1985Ellis Burks1987
Roger Clemens1986Roger Clemens1986Jody Reed1988
Dwight Evans1987Roger Clemens1987No award1989
Mike Greenwell1988Bruce Hurst1988Dana Kiecker1990
Nick Esasky1989Roger Clemens1989Phil Plantier1991
Roger Clemens1990Roger Clemens1990Bob Zupcic1992
Roger Clemens1991Roger Clemens1991Aaron Sele1993
Roger Clemens1992Roger Clemens1992Carlos Rodriguez1994
Mo Vaughn1993Danny Darwin1993Troy O'Leary1995
Mo Vaughn1994Roger Clemens1994No award1996
Mo Vaughn1995Tim Wakefield1995Nomar Garciaparra1997
Mo Vaughn1996Roger Clemens1996Jason Varitek1998
Nomar Garciaparra1997Tom Gordon1997Trot Nixon, Brian Daubach1999
Nomar Garciaparra1998Pedro Martinez1998No award2000
Pedro Martinez1999Pedro Martinez1999Shea Hillenbrand2001
Pedro Martinez2000Pedro Martinez2000Casey Fossum2002
Trot Nixon2001Hideo Nomo2001No award2003
Pedro Martinez, Derek Lowe2002Pedro Martinez2002Kevin Youkilis2004
Jason Varitek2003Derek Lowe2003No award2005
David Ortiz2004Curt Schilling2004Jonathan Papelbon2006
David Ortiz2005Tim Wakefield2005Dustin Pedroia2007
David Ortiz2006Jonathan Papelbon2006Jacoby Ellsbury2008
Mike Lowell2007Josh Beckett2007Daniel Bard2009
Dustin Pedroia2008Jon Lester2008
Kevin Youkilis2009Jon Lester2009  
Fireman of the Year Jackie Jensen Tony Conigliaro
Ellis Kinder1951Tony Pena1990Jim Eisenreich (KC)1990
No award1952Jeff Gray1991Dickie Thon (PHI)1991
Ellis Kinder1953Steve Palermo (AL ump)1992Jim Abbott (CAL)1992
No award1954Andre Dawson1993Bo Jackson (KC)1993
Ellis Kinder1955No award1994Mark Leiter (CAL)1994
Ike Delock1956Tim Naehring1995Scott Radinsky (CWS)1995
No award1957Bill Haselman1996Curtis Pride (DET)1996
No award1958Jeff Frye1997Eric Davis (BAL)1997
No award1959Bret Saberhagen1998Bret Saberhagen (BOS)1998
Mike Fornieles1960Jason Varitek1999Mike Lowell (FLA)1999
No award1961Pete Schourek (OAK)2000Kent Mercker (ANA), Tony Saunders (FLA)2000
Dick Radatz1962Brian Daubach2001Jason Johnson (BAL), Graeme Lloyd (MON)2001
No award1963Tim Wakefield2002Jose Rijo (CIN)2002
Dick Radatz1964Kevin Millar2003Jim Mecir (OAK)2003
No award1965Johnny Damon2004Dewon Brazelton (TB)2004
No award1966Johnny Damon2005Aaron Cook (COL)2005
No award1967Mike Lowell2006Freddy Sanchez (PIT)2006
No award1968Kevin Youkilis2007Jon Lester (BOS)2007
Sparky Lyle1969Kevin Youkilis2008Rocco Baldelli (TB)2008
No award1970Nick Green2009
Bil Lee1971
No award1972
Bob Bolin1973
No award1974
Dick Drago1975
Bill Campbell1976
Bill Campbell1977
Bob Stanley1978
Dick Drago1979
Tom Burgmeier1980
Mark Clark1981
Bob Stanley1982
Bob Stanley1983
No award1984
No award1985
No award1986
No award1987
Lee Smith1988
Rob Murphy1989
Jeff Reardon1990
No award1991
No award1992
Jeff Russell, Greg Harris1993
Ken Ryan1994
Rick Aguilera1995
Heathcliff Slocumb1996
Jim Corsi1997
Tom Gordon1998
Derek Lowe1999
Derek Lowe2000
No award2001
Ugueth Urbina2002
No award2003
Keith Foulke2004
Mike Timlin2005
Jonathan Papelbon2006
Jonathan Papelbon2007
Jonathan Papelbon2008
Jonathan Papelbon2009
Tommy McCarthy Memorial Good Guy
Eddie Popowski1966
Ed Kenney1967
Neil Mahoney1968
No award1969
Dan Osinski1970
Haywood Sullivan1971
Jack Rogers1972
Duane Josephson1973
No award1974
Bill Crowley1975
Tommy Harper1976
Rico Petrocelli1977
No award1978
No award1979
Jack Brohamer1980
Tommy McCarthy1981
Johnny Pesky1982
Clif Keane1983
Mark Fidrych1984
Eddie Yost1985
Walter Underhill1986
Dick Bresciani1987
Frank Malzone1988
Sam Mele1989
Ken Coleman1990
Tim Horgan1991
Ernie Harwell1992
John F. Donovan Jr.1993
Joe Gildea1994
Frank MacKay1995
Bill Wanless1996
Mary Jane Ryan1997
Jim Corsi1998
Mike Port1999
Rich Garces2000
Jonny Miller2001
Johnny Damon2002
Joe Cochran2003
Joe Castiglione2004
J.P. Villaman2005
Ron Jackson2006
Mike Lowell2007
Sean Casey2008
John Farrell2009

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.