Jake Taylor Award
Robinson Cano - In the two games against the Jays, Robbie was 2-for-6 with 2 doubles. He also drew one walk in each game, and scored a run in Game 1. As you can see, the Yankee bats weren't electrifying in this series.
Nick Swisher - Poor Swish takes this award for the 2nd straight series, as he was 0-for-7. Nick reached base just once, drawing a walk in Game 2. FYI, Russell Martin was 0-for-6, while drawing a walk as well. So this was a close one.
Rick Vaughn Award
NONE - The only pitcher to "get the job done" was Freddy Garcia, as he threw one inning in Game 2 without allowing anybody on base. But he didn't strike anybody out, or do anything special in that outing, so I couldn't give it to him.
Hiroki Kuroda - Kuroda certainly didn't play the part of the "hiro" during his start in Game 1 of the series. After 5 innings of work, he gave up 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. Hiroki did strike out 6 batters, which is nice, but the 3 home runs definitely didn't help him.
*The awards are named after one of the best baseball movies of all time... Major League.
Jake Taylor Award - Awarded to the most valuable position player. Named after the hard-nose veteran catcher that, despite making the league minimum, was the heart and soul of the 1989 American League East winning Cleveland Indians.
Gentry Award - Awarded to the least valuable position player. Named after the very first man cut from the 1989 Cleveland Indians, #47 Gentry. A man so insignificant he wasn't even given a first name.
Rick Vaughn - Awarded to the best pitcher in the series. This one is, of course, named after the "Wild Thing". The man that made Clu Haywood look silly in the division deciding game.
Kelner Award - Awarded to the worst pitcher in the series. Named after the Opening Day starter for the '89 Indians. Not a good game for Mr. Kelner, as Indians' announcer Harry Doyle famously quipped "thank God" after Kelner left the game. And yet another bad player without a first name.