Golden Handy – Bones division
This award will probably come down to competitors from the top two teams. On the (currently) division leading Worcester Weemen, former winner Kurt Willette has been as good as ever. Blessed with some of the best range in the league, Willette tracks down balls that most people wouldn’t have a chance at. Justin Martin, also of the Weemen, might rival the range of his teammate, but his flair for the dramatic play at times masks his mistakes on routine plays. Our other top team in the division also boasts two candidates for the award. Two-time reigning Golden Handy winner Mike Thompson has been his usual steady self, with a variety of solid plays, while former Handy nominee Dave Sullivan continues to make all the plays as tries to get over the hump and finally get himself that handjob. I mean Handy. Outside of the top two teams, the top contender for the award might be Jeremy Ellis, the Pollos/Cougars/Chiefs. It’s been a journey for Ellis this season, having been traded twice, but his defense has maintained rock solid
Golden Handy – Grenade Division
There are a number of potential winners of the Handy in the Grenade division, but two Sasquatch players probably have a leg up on the competition. Dave Tammaro has long been considered one of the best fielders in the league, but having missed several weeks this summer, has he played enough to take home the gold? His teammate Matthew Mullen has been one of the better fielders in the league since his arrival, and has continued with solid play from both the outfield and the mound. Challenging them are a couple of Tewksbury Huskies. Nick O’Keefe hasn’t been known for his defense in the past, but has quietly put together a solid fielding season, when he’s been there. Dave O’Grady has also really stepped up his fielding, but suffers from a similar problem to Justin Martin. He’s made some great plays, but also struggled with some routine ones. Reigning Golden Handy winner Tim McGeown continues to showcase possibly the best hands in the league, but his lack of range really hampers his ability to make plays outdoors.
There are a few challengers for this award. Daryl Wolfenden(stein) struggled to begin his NEAWL career, as it took time to adapt to the pitching and the smaller indoor field. We saw signs on a potential breakout at the end of the season though, and that has carried over to the summer. Showing a lot of power, and some solid defense, Daryl even picked up a win on the mound. Mike Houle proved he could be a capable pitcher, while improving his offense over previous seasons. Finally, what would this award be without a nomination for Dave O’Grady? The only two-time winner of the award, he’s once again proving he’s an outdoor player
Rookie of the Year
This award comes down to two players. Chris Smith of the Lowell/Mill City Chiefs, and Chris Surrette of the Flushing Pond Bassholes. Surrette has been a pleasant surprise at the plate for the ‘Holes after being an unexpected first round pick by GM McGeown. He’s shown some power, and an ability to hit some of the best pitchers in the league. Smith has been one of the best hitters in the division, period. He’s shown good power with a vicious pull swing. Smith has pitched far more, and while showing some promise, his performance has left something to be desired for GM Jon G.
Silver Slugger – Bones
We have a number of deserving players for this award. Scott Martell has led the division in average for most of the season, and his power has finally started to appear, especially since his trade to the Cougars. But the favorite for the award now has to be Jon Anderson. In his first season with the Worcester Weemen, Jon currently leads to the division in several offensive categories, including average, walks, OBP, and OPS. Joining Jon as candidates are his Weemen teammates, Kurt Willette and Colin Amidon. Kurt is top three in nearly every category, and leads the league in RBIs, while Colin has come out of nowhere to be a force at the plate, making the lineup that much tougher. Other contenders for the award include the Bullies Jason Murphy and the Cougars Mike Thompson, who both lie just behind those four
Silver Slugger – Grenade
When looking at this division, it’s pretty clear. There’s Devin Amidon, and then there’s everybody else. There are some quality challengers, such as the Chiefs twin terrors Tadd Leroqcue and Chris Smith, as well Daryl Wolfenden(stein) and Zach Goodman, but Devin has outpaced them all, leading in average, runs, hits, doubles, RBIs, OBP, SLG, and OPS. It’s a race for second place in this one
KAAPE - Bones
This is a three man race, apologies to Colin Amidon. This comes down to Scott Martell, Jon Anderson, and Michael Philbin. Martell leads in ERA, Jon leads in WHIP, and they’re almost identical in strikeouts. Due to the fact that Philbin has pitched 8 less innings, I would lend more weight to Scott and Jon’s numbers. Right now, I’d say Martell has the slightest of leads, but they’re so close, I wouldn’t blame anyone who thought Jon deserved to take home the award
KAAPE – Grenade
While we once again have several players worthy of being nominated, at this point in time, the award is Zach Goodman’s to lose. He leads in every category. Should Goodman falter in his last start, next in line would be Devin Amidon, who’s pitching (and hitting) have helped place the Huskies to the cusp of a first round bye. Flushing Pond teammates David Fisher and Tim McGeown, and Tewksbury Husky Nick O’Keefe are on the next tier with Sasquatch Dave Tammaro. All of them have been good, but Goodman should be the winner
This is a four man race, as you need to be both a good pitcher and hitter to contend for this award. From the Grenade Division, you have Zach Goodman, former Pollos, now Sasquatch, and Devin Amidon, former MVP winner from last summer. Both have dominated one side of the plate, while being above average from the other. Goodman has been nearly unbeatable from the mound, and has shown power from the plate, as he currently leads the division in home runs. Amidon is your likely silver slugger winner from the Grenade Division, and has been the second best pitcher in the division. Over in the Bones, Scott Martell lifted the Pollos to six wins in 13 games before being traded to the Cougars, where his power stroke returned, and his pitching has remained as good as ever, surrendering only 1 run in ten innings. Mr. Weeman himself, Jon Anderson, is our other main contender for the award. He has ascended to the number spot in the rotation for the Weemen, and been perhaps their best hitter as well. Right now, this is too close to call