Monday, November 16, 2015


Los Angeles – The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced the winners in its relief pitcher category Sunday, with the New York Yankees’ Andrew Miller winning the 2015 IBWAA Rollie Fingers American League Relief Pitcher of the Year award, and Mark Melancon, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, being selected as the 2015 IBWAA Hoyt Wilhelm National League Relief Pitcher of the Year.

Miller received 58 first-place votes (33.14%) and 414 points while being named on 124 of 175 ballots (68.89%). Others receiving first-place votes include Dellin Betances (49), Wade Davis (34) and Huston Street (11).

Melancon received 84 first-place votes (47.73%) and 517 points while being named on 125 of 176 ballots (69.44%). Others receiving first-place votes include Aroldis Chapman (46), Trevor Rosenthal (24) and Jeurys Familia (15).

Election results are as follows:

AL Reief Pitcher:

1st Place: Andrew Miller, New York Yankees – 414 points
2nd Place: Dellin Betances, New York Yankees – 372
3rd Place: Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals – 306

NL Relief Pitcher:

1st Place: Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates – 517 points
2nd Place: Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals – 359
3rd Place: Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds – 312

Ballot tabulations by Brian Wittig & Associates, using the Borda Method.

The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections being announced in November. The IBWAA also holds a Hall of Fame election in December of each year, with results being announced the following January.

The relief pitcher awards were established in 2010.

Among approximately 400 others, IBWAA members include Jim Bowden, Jim Caple, David Schoenfield and Mark A. Simon of; Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports; Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Hardball Talk; Bill Chuck,; Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; King Kaufman, Bleacher Report; Kevin Kennedy; Kostya Kennedy, Sports Illustrated; Will Leitch, Sports on Earth; Bruce Markusen, Hardball Times; Ross Newhan; Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder,; Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News; Tom Hoffarth and J.P. Hoornstra Los Angeles Daily News; Pedro Moura, Orange County Register; Tracy Ringolsby,; Ken Rosenthal,; Eno Sarris, FanGraphs; Dan Schlossberg, USA Today; Jesse Spector, Sporting News and Wendy Thurm.

Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers, with a yearly fee of $20, or $35 lifetime. Discounts for groups and scholarships are available. Members must be 18 years of age to apply.

For more information please visit


Howard Cole
Founding Director, IBWAA


  1. Mark Melancon was one of our pitchers back in 2010(?). He was good enough to be called up two +/- times but traded away that same year.
    Am I right?

  2. Melancon was traded for Lance Berkman if memory serves. He would come up and sit on the bench for two or three weeks and then get thrown into garbage time. Obviously rusty the Yankees would throw him out there and he would suck. He got traded, treated correctly and flourished.

    Imagine that

    1. Big surprise right? Reminds me of a guy by the name of Tyler Clippard(sp).

    2. Clippard wasn't even given half the shot Melancon was. Usually you try out a starter as a starter, then as a reliever and then you give up on him. Well unless he's included in the right trade and straight up for Jonathan Albaladejo is not the right deal.

      Clippard was once the best prospect in the Yankees system.

    3. Oh yes! I remember, I also remember how many new words I could speak in a few other languages!

    4. Clippard was actually the reason I began following Yankees prospects so closely. He was the first one worth following since the Core Four and it didn't look like he was going to be traded.

    5. Damn, those were the days, a couple of us old guys would travel around to the Minors and spend a few days watching the guys up close and personnel. At about that time I picked up on the players I named "The Kiddy Korp" or something like that! Every one of them made it in the Show...thank you very much! In fact one is still with us Brett know the guy I took the most heat on...the experts said a 4th OF at most, that's the guys that read the scouting reports and don't see the guys play. Besides that, the report they have isn't the one with all the things that aren't correctable.

    6. Did you ever try to get into scouting or anything like that?

    7. No, I had been busy elsewhere but I did coach football and baseball at colleges whenever I had time in the States along with playing (baseball) and Managing my last 15 years. In fact, I had been working out with and coaching (helping) for one of the colleges around here for about ten years (unofficially). I always had a knack of being able to dissect a player and find their weakness and if a teammate, I would help correct the problem...that's what I was good at, in my real job!


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)