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Middlebrooks, Nava nominated for GIBBY Awards

Middlebrooks, Nava nominated for GIBBY Awards

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BOSTON -- While the Red Sox struggled from a team standpoint in 2012, there were some individuals who stood out.

The best story on the team was third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who was promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket at the end of April and played like a 10-year veteran from the outset.

Middlebrooks is one of the nominees for the Top Rookie award in the 11th Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.

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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.

The one thing that took some of the luster away from the outstanding season Middlebrooks had was a 96-mph fastball that broke his right wrist and ended his season Aug. 10.

Middlebrooks will be ready for the start of Spring Training and hopes to hold down the hot corner in Boston for years to come. In 2012, Middlebrooks played in 75 games, hitting .288 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs.

Boston's second GIBBYs nominee is left fielder Daniel Nava, for a spectacular diving catch he made in the gap in left-center field in Toronto on Sept. 14.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will be given for top Hitter, Starting Pitcher, Setup Man, Rookie, Breakout Hitter, Breakout Pitcher, Comeback Player and Closer. Balloting also will determine the GIBBY winners for Postseason MVP, Defensive Player, Manager and Executive.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for Storyline, Hitting Performance, Pitching Performance, Play, Walk-off, Oddity, Cut4 Topic and Postseason Moment. The nominees come with supporting video evidence, courtesy of MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.

In the past four years, you the 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 balloting closes on Dec. 2, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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 Dec. 4.

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.

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