CLEVELAND: The Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted right-handed pitcher Justin Masterson and designated hitter Jason Giambi as the 2013 winners for the their annual Man of the Year and Good Guy awards, respectively.
Masterson, who led the pitching staff in wins (14), innings (193) and strikeouts (195), earned the Bob Feller Man of the Year Award. Despite missing nearly a month late in the season with an oblique injury, Masterson returned from the disabled list ahead of schedule. Once cleared to play, he helped the Indians where they needed him most — in relief with the team in pursuit of the American League wild card — by pitching 3⅔ innings of hitless relief in three appearances.
“Justin was one of the best pitchers in the American League for a large portion of the season,” Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said of the AL All-Star. “When he transitioned to the bullpen at the end of the season, it was a selfless thing to do. He tried to find a way where he could impact the team while he was not built back up to full strength and deserves a lot of credit for that.”
Masterson beat out second baseman Jason Kipnis, the Indians other All-Star representative, in a close vote. Others nominated for the Man of the Year Award were left fielder Michael Brantley and right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.
Giambi, 42, was a unanimous selection for the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award.
To the media, the Good Guy Award also includes being a coach or player who respects the writers’ job in covering the team on a daily basis. Giambi did that and more, never ducking a tough question whether after a win or a loss.
Four others nominated for the award were manager Terry Francona, utility man Mike Aviles, center fielder Michael Bourn and Masterson.
Outfielder Tyler Naquin was named to the Arizona Fall League top prospects team after posting a .339 batting average, eighth best in the league.
The Indians’ top draft choice in 2012 also led the league in hits (39) and runs (22).
Last season, Naquin, 22, batted .277 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 54 runs in 108 games at Class-A Carolina. Near the end of the season, he was promoted to the Double-A Aeros and batted .225 in 18 games.
Surgery likely for Ramirez
Double-A infielder Jose Ramirez will have his left thumb examined by Dr. Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday. Ramirez injured the thumb while playing for Este in the Dominican Republic winter league. Repairing the thumb likely will require surgery with the goal of Ramirez being ready for spring training games.
He batted .287 with eight doubles and seven RBI in 101 at-bats in the Dominican league. During the regular season, Ramirez batted .272 with three home runs, 27 RBI and 54 runs in 482 at-bats for the Aeros.