ARLINGTON -- Ron Washington will be up for Manager of the Year and Jon Daniels is up for Executive of the Year when the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards are presented at the Winter Meetings next month in Nashville. In all, the Rangers have been nominated for eight of the 21 GIBBY Awards that will be handed out, including Josh Hamilton as the Top Hitter and Yu Darvish as the Top Rookie. Hamilton has also been nominated in the category of Top Hitting Performance for his four home run game against the Orioles, and in the Walk-off category for his home run against the Blue Jays on May 26. Adrian Beltre is in line for the Defensive Play of the Year while a water bottle battle between Elvis Andrus and television reporter Emily Jones has been nominated in the Oddity category.
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. This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer. GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. In the past four years, 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 fan balloting closes on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
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