NEW YORK--Rookie of the Year. Cy Young. MVP.
These are the annual baseball awards that get all the attention and hoopla. But the baseball world shouldn't forget (or maybe it should) about the 13th Year Player Award, an honor bestowed upon the best player who happens to be in his 13th year in the majors.
Twins reliever Ron Mahay was announced as the winner of this, uh, prestigious award earlier today. Mahay has had a so-so season, going 2-1 with a 4.53 ERA and five holds. He spent most of the season with the Royals, but was released and subsequently signed by the Twins in August.
Mahay was clearly honored by the distinction, saying, "I won what now?"
The Illinois native follows in the footsteps of other baseball
Mahay had to fend off several other non-household names, including:
- Henry Blanco, C, Padres--batting .235 with five home runs
- Aaron Boone, IF, Astros--underwent open-heart surgery in March
- Frank Catalanotto, OF, Brewers--1 home run, 9 RBI
- Glendon Rusch, RP, Rockies--Said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, "There's no doubt in my mind he would have gotten a lot more votes had any of the sportswriters been aware of the fact that he is still playing baseball."
Said Moyer, "Jesus, I've been playing for twenty-four years? This is ridiculous. I retire."