Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves closes a game against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 18, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Mets beat the Braves 7-5. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
MLB will announce its 2011 awards next week, but here at SB Nation, we are going to get ahead of the game by having our annual award announcements this week.
Today, we announce the results of the 2011 SB Nation Rookie of the Year voting and the winners were pretty clear-cut in both leagues: the Mariners' Michael Pineda in the AL and the Braves' Craig Kimbrel in the NL.
To mirror BBWAA voting, each blog got two ballots. As has been my practice in previous years, BCB's cartoonist, Mike, received the second BCB ballot. Voting was, as in prior years, for a first, second and third place finisher and points awarded on a 5-3-1 scale. As a NL site, BCB voted for National League players only. Here are the two BCB ballots:
Al: Kimbrel, Worley, Freeman Mike: Kimbrel, Freeman, Espinosa
The remaining schedule for SB Nation awards is:
Tuesday, Nov. 8: AL Cy Young Award Wednesday, Nov. 9: NL Cy Young Award Thursday, Nov. 10: AL Most Valuable Player Award Friday, Nov. 11: NL Most Valuable Player Award
We did not do Manager of the Year voting this year. Full results after the jump.