2008 Game Recaps and Ducks Awards

NABA, pittsburgh NABA, South Oakland Ducks Baseball

2008 record 11-9-2
Lost in wild card playoff to Black Sox

Here are the Ducks 2008 team awards as chosen by Manager of the Year, TC Jones, who also wrote the summaries.

Team MVP: Nick Homa.

Without a doubt Nick deserves the MVP award. Not only was he arguably the leagues best pitcher, but he put up pretty good offensive numbers too. Without Homa we would have been an under .500 team.

Offensive Player of the Year: Ben Gwin.

This may have been the hardest award to pick. I think this award could have easily gone to Chris Wojoton or Jesse smith, but I chose Ben Gwin because of his clutch and timely hitting. Any time we needed to drive in important runs, Gwin was the one to do it. The +20 RBIs on the season prove it.

Defensive Player of the Year: Coby Kolaja.

Can we argue with the diving catches, the flowing hair, and the absolute cannon of an arm? I don’t think so. Coby Kolaja surprised everyone on the Ducks with his good reads and surprisingly accurate outfield arm.

Quack Talker of the year: Jim Spagnola.

I give this award to the Duck who made his presence felt with his verbal antics. It was a close call between Jim and Rick Whalen (both had particularly disgusting topics to ponder on the bench), but my decision was made after Spagnola called out an “F— You” to an opposing pitcher after getting a hit.

Duck of the year: KT Murphy.

I give this award to the Duck who best accepted his position on the team as a role-player. KT was at every game and never complained. He was also our most timely pinch hitter and made the most out of every opportunity he got.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Garret Moore.

To be honest, at the beginning of the season I wasn’t sure how much time I would be able to get this man. But his hustle and ability to put the baseball in play during at bats gained him the starting role as the DH.

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