2030 WBH Awards

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  • #2979
     Maracaibo USA 
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    Pitcher of the Year
    SP Leonides Guenaga – Changsha Dragon Riders (CAN) – 44 points
    11-7 / 163 IP / 2.48 ERA / 1.11 Whip / 176 Ks / 5.1 WAR

    SP Ki-Tae “Fireman” Yi – Vancouver Ventures (CUB) – 77 points
    14-6 / 179 IP / 2.56 ERA / 1.15 Whip / 166 Ks / 6.1 WAR

    SP Rafael Martinez – Baracoa Bahia (JPN) – 85 points
    14-8 / 175 IP / 2.61 ERA / 1.17 Whip / 187 Ks / 6.3 WAR

    SP Mateo Grinaldo – Bocas Del Toro Ranas Rojas – 87 points (WINNER)
    16-5 / 173 IP / 2.50 ERA / 1.02 Whip / 133 Ks / 5.7 WAR

    SP Eli Balandran – Barquisimeto Obeliscos – 67 points
    14-2 / 144 IP / 1.68 ERA / 1.07 Whip / 107 Ks / 5.0 WAR

    Hitter of the Year
    LF Byung-Doo Pak – Hong Kong Golden Dragons (CAN) – 62 points
    313 / 365 / 584 (BA/OBP/SLG), 32 HRs, 6 SBs, 7.8 WAR, 63 VORP

    LF Kiyoshi Tsutsumi – Tocumen Pollo Diablo (CUB) – 78 points
    312 / 416 / 607 (BA/OBP/SLG), 37 HRs, 16 SBs, 6.1 WAR, 67 VORP

    CF Generoso Carasco – Tijuana Grasshoppers (DOM) – 87 points (WINNER)
    355 / 429 / 543 (BA/OBP/SLG), 21 HRs, 20 SBs, 9.3 WAR, 68 VORP

    RF Don Deacon – Quebec Dragons (KOR) – 54 points
    318 / 424 / 535 (BA/OBP/SLG), 42 HRs, 0 SBs, 5.5 WAR, 52 VORP

    1B Fernando Rodriguez – Toa Baja Coquis (USA) – 77 points
    348 / 448 / 601 (BA/OBP/SLG), 29 HRs, 1 SB, 6.8 WAR, 68 VORP

    Fireman of the Year
    CL Edwardo Yturralde – Hong Kong Golden Dragons (CAN) – 118 points (WINNER)
    3-1 / 35 saves / 64 IP / 0.84 ERA / 0.87 Whip / 71 Ks

    CL Aronne Beauregard – Rizao Rally Cats (CAN) – 45 points
    4-7 / 32 saves / 66 IP / 2.73 ERA / 1.27 Whip / 90 Ks

    CL Tadakuni Fukusawa – Cancun Mojitos (DOM) – 56 points
    5-3 / 31 saves / 56 IP / 1.75 ERA / 1.27 Whip / 71 Ks

    CL Julio Fodel – Cheju Volcano (KOR) – 53 points
    7-4 / 22 saves / 73 IP / 2.47 ERA / 0.97 Whip / 70 Ks

    CL Estefan Moroa – Bocas Del Toro Ranas Rojas (VEN) – 88 points
    5-1 / 30 saves / 53 IP / 1.20 ERA / 0.91 Whip / 61 Ks

    Reliever of the Year
    RP Hyun-oo Kim – Incheon Inchworms (CAN) – 90 points (WINNER)
    10-2 / 0 saves / 13 holds / 74 IP / 1.22 ERA / 0.92 Whip / 61 Ks

    RP Barthelemy ‘Speedboa’ Toccafundo – Brooklyn Hot Dogs (CUB) – 48 points
    4-1 / 1 save / 17 holds / 59 IP / 2.58 ERA / 1.01 Whip / 68 Ks

    RP Blas Eizaguirre – Pacora Jaguars (JAP) – 68 points
    6-0 / 2 saves / 15 holds / 66 IP / 2.05 ERA / 0.89 Whip / 87 Ks

    RP Chao Lok – Toa Baja Coquis (USA) – 78 points
    4-2 / 3 saves / 13 holds / 66 IP / 1.49 ERA / 0.83 Whip / 83 Ks

    RP Ignacio Berumen – Bocas Del Toro Ranas Rojas (VEN) – 76 points
    7-0 / 1 save / 9 holds / 44 IP / 1.41 ERA / 0.83 Whip / 62 Ks

    Rookie of the Year
    3B Sancho Fresno – Akashi Fordians (CUB) – 83 points
    286 / 375 / 546 (BA/OBP/SLG), 23 HRs, 0 SB, 37 VORP, 3.9 WAR

    CF Marcin Guachomin – Santiago De Los Caballeros (JPN) – 57 points
    291 / 383 / 449 (BA/OBP/SLG), 10 HRs, 9 SBs, 22 VORP, 2.8 WAR

    SP Toraidio Delgado – Pacora Jaguars (JPN) – 39 points
    10-8 / 145 IP / 3.53 ERA / 1.41 Whip / 101 Ks / 2.7 WAR

    RF Sandro Carrizdles – Barquisimeto Obeliscos (VEN) – 79 points
    329 / 396 / 437 (BA/OBP/SLG), 9 HRs, 32 SBs, 30 VORP, 4.3 WAR

    SP Eli Balandran – Barquisimeto Obeliscos – 102 points (WINNER)
    14-2 / 144 IP / 1.68 ERA / 1.07 Whip / 107 Ks / 5.0 WAR

    GM of the Year
    Marc VoseHong Kong Golden Dragons – 78 points
    78-42 / CAN Champions

    Ed HortonAkashi Fordians – 64 points
    77-43 / CUB Champions

    Dustin AbleidingerTijuana Grasshoppers – 39 points
    74-46 / DOM Champions

    Bob MackowskiSantiago De Cuba Rough Riders – 79 points
    69-51 / USA Champions

    Warren Pinaeu – 100 points (WINNER) Bocas Del Toro Ranas Rojas
    82-38 / VEN Champions

    Most Improved GM
    Cole HobsonSeoul Warlords – 95 points (WINNER)
    68-52 / +22 wins / CAN LAD Runners-Up

    Ed HortonAkashi Fordians – 83 points
    77-43 / +16 wins / CUB Champions

    Francois BeaudinTocumen Pollo Diablo – 67 points
    68-52 / +18 wins / CUB LOD Runners-up

    Nicholas GenovaCancun Mojitos – 44 points
    66-54 / +16 wins / DOM Runners-up

    Gerry GeurtsBarquisimeto Obeliscos – 71 points
    68-52 / +33 wins / VEN Runners-up

    WBH Dedication Award
    Andrew LeinungBaracoa Bahia

  • #21681
     Toa Baja KOR 
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    voted

  • #21682
     Philadelphia USA 
    Spectator

    Voted

  • #21686
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    Voted! Many thanks to Jeff the Great for taking on this project.

    I’m bummed that MR Alatorre (Reliever), MR Jen (Reliever) and 2B Bastidos (Rookie) weren’t nominated, but that’s how it goes.

  • #21688
     Maracaibo USA 
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    Bob, was using 100 ABs as my cutoff for rookie eligibility. I saw that Bastidos had 105 ABs in 2029 and decided that was enough to make him not officially a rookie in 2030. I can add him to the voting if the consensus is he should be eligible. There were some other bats in the same predicament, so it might be a big can of worms.

  • #21689
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    @Maracaibo (KOR) wrote:

    Bob, was using 100 ABs as my cutoff for rookie eligibility. I saw that Bastidos had 105 ABs in 2029 and decided that was enough to make him not officially a rookie in 2030. I can add him to the voting if the consensus is he should be eligible. There were some other bats in the same predicament, so it might be a big can of worms.

    Nope, not a problem. That’s a lot better than the game’s cutoff.

  • #21690
     Incheon KOR 
    Spectator

    The Case for Kim

    Hyun-oo Kim pitched 74 innings in 65 appearances over the course of the 2030 season. Kim, used primarily as the Incheon setup man, pitched more innings than any other nominated reliever. In those 74 innings, Kim struck out 61 batters, while walking 8, giving him a K/BB ratio of 7.63, best of all nominated relievers. In those 74 innings, Kim allowed 10 runs, all of them earned, giving him the lowest ERA (1.22) of the nominated pitchers. Lastly, Kim led his team, and all nominated relievers, in wins with 10.

  • #21709
     Hong Kong CUB 
    Spectator

    Voted. Wonder if my guy Fluellen would have been nominated in the SP category if we had given him run support in one of those last starts so he could have gone 15-1 instead of 14-1.

  • #21711
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    Marc, Fluellen had an awesome season, but the list of SP nominees all have WARs over 5.0, while Fluellen’s was 3.1. I hate to use a stat like WAR to kill a nominee, but Fluellen’s lack of Ks also hurt him in my eyes.

  • #21714
     Vancouver CUB 
    Spectator

    Pitcher of the year should be really close. Three-way coin flip between Yi, Martinez and Grinaldo IMHO.

    In the end it was one more quality start, a few more innings, a better VORP, and some black and white pinstripes that put Yi over the top for me.

    Carasco is a god.

    Has anyone ever cracked 10.0 WAR? The all-time leader board tool doesn’t seem to work anymore…

  • #21716
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    Bump – let’s get those votes in!

  • #21717
     Bocas del Toro VEN 
    Spectator

    Voted…thanks for taking the time to set this up.

  • #21718
     Puerto Plata USA 
    Spectator

    Nice job, Jeff. Thanks.

  • #21719
     Bani DOM 
    Spectator

    Voted! Thanks for organizing this!

  • #21720
     Moca DOM 
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    This brings up an interesting discussion.

    Now it’s not because I don’t like Gerry, he’s one of my favorite GMs and a friend. But when you go so many seasons losing on purpose and stock piling players and picks and have a season like he had this year (obviously a great year), should it REALLY be considered as one of the most improved GMs?

    Also goes with my statement that not every USA champ is the best GM (I know it doesn’t always happen as much as the biggest + in games usually gets the most improved).

  • #21722
     Hukuoka CUB 
    Spectator

    voted, thanks for taking the time to set this up!

  • #21723
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    @Moca (JPN) wrote:

    Now it’s not because I don’t like Gerry, he’s one of my favorite GMs and a friend. But when you go so many seasons losing on purpose and stock piling players and picks and have a season like he had this year (obviously a great year), should it REALLY be considered as one of the most improved GMs?

    Jeff and I discussed this before the awards were announced. The verdict was that he would be eligible because the year that he threw games was 2028 and didn’t directly affect his win increase.

    Now, whether you choose to vote for him is up to you. I chose not to vote for him based because I thought the exact same thing as Dan.

  • #21726
     Incheon KOR 
    Spectator

    I’m not a big fan of the ‘most improved’ category in general. I think we have a lot of good GMs whose teams have up and down years for various reasons. Most improved team? That might be a better category, but even then that’s something easy to just ‘manufacture’ with some creative roster management.

    Tank-Stock-Rise may actually be the best strategy for getting into the USA, and it’s something we should probably neither reward nor punish. We’ve seen, and continue to see a number of teams do this either by design or otherwise. I don’t do it myself, but not because I think it’s cheating, rather because I hate losing, period (which might come as a surprise since I do it so well). Should we try to force GMs to put forth a good faith effort to field competitive teams every season? MLB certainly doesn’t do it, and these are real teams abusing real fans (I’m looking at you, Jeffrey Loria).

    This will probably be the last year I cast a vote in that category.

  • #21727
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    There’s a difference between rebuilding and tanking. Ben (Taegu) is one example of a GM who’s rebuilding but still putting worth an effort. Gerry tanked. Big difference.

  • #21728
     Bocas del Toro VEN 
    Spectator

    I think this could be one of the first times I’ve had players on any individual nomination. Even though I’ve had a few 80 wins seasons, no one ever seems to make it in these. Guess it must just be great managing 😉

  • #21729
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    I feel bad to have found five “most improved” nominations that didn’t include Will in Thunder Bay! I went solely by win improvement from 2029 to 2030, and all the nominees improved by 16 wins or more, while Thunder Bay “only” improved by 14, despite having an (arguably) worse system in 2029 than the other nominees. Shoot, even his competitor in Wuhan improved by 15, but Wuhan didn’t even export for the last few sims of the season, including the playoffs, so should Wuhan’s GM be eligible for most improved GM? Unfortunately, I think this is just one of those categories where the intent on creation was to reward an owner who did a whole lot to improve a system over the course of one season, but because that is so subjective, it has kind of turned into rewarding the owner who had a team that won more games than it did the year before. Nothing wrong with that as long as people are just voting for the owner they think actually improved the most. Highly subjective. I don’t think Gerry improved the most because I don’t think he was an owner in a tough spot who learned something and made some awesome moves to fix a bad team. That kind of thing is hard to put a number on.

  • #21730
     Vancouver CUB 
    Spectator

    @Incheon (CAN) wrote:

    I’m not a big fan of the ‘most improved’ category in general.

    Me neither, because it’s nearly impossible to quantify so when ballot time comes around it winds up being “who won more games than last season?”

    I was nominated in 2026 because my team won 46 games in the USA in 2025, I got booted out, and because my finances were a mess I pretty much ran the same group of guys out there and won 65 games in Cuba the next season. I guess my not being able to do anything was an improvement?

    Maybe teams that were relegated the year before should not be eligible for this award, or their win difference total should be handicapped like we do for the draft.

    Ideally we would have some sicko who pays attention to the day-to-day operations of all 56 teams and he could let us know who stopped doing stupid things and started doing smart things. Cap_PDT_01_17

  • #21734
     Moca DOM 
    Spectator

    I don’t think it’s that hard. You can get a feel from year to year that is quantified by the numbers but guys who actually follow the boards and the leagues in general or the trend of teams can know who is the most improved.

    Same thing about best GM. You can tell certain guys worked their tail off making moves and trades and going above and beyond making their team truly good. Win total isn’t the best thing to use in either category.

  • #21737
     Hong Kong CUB 
    Spectator

    I think when we make out the ballots, at the very least teams that were relegated should have an asterisk so that we know who they are straight away. Then we can mentally note to ourselves what difference that makes.

    If a relegated team has roughly a +10 win advantage, whoever is making out the ballot should probably take that into consideration. In the past, we have not taken that into consideration, and rather often relegated GMs win this award. I once joked it should be renamed the “Best Relegated Team”, because we had a string of them winning.

    In this case, maybe Thunder Bay could have been on the ballot instead of Tocumen or Cancun, for example, since they both had the relegation advantage. This is something we could consider moving forward.

  • #21739
     Pacora JPN 
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    @Incheon (CAN) wrote:

    I’m

    I love that new Incheon logo! That is very nice!

  • #21572
     Incheon KOR 
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    @Pacora (JPN) wrote:

    I love that new Incheon logo! That is very nice!

    Thanks. Been wanting to do something with it. Don’t know why a variation of the worm in the apple image didn’t occur to me until yesterday.

  • #21769
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    Bump. Please vote if you haven’t. I’m going to tally these up on Wednesday, so, lets say that voting closes tomorrow night.

  • #21774
     La Habana KOR 
    Spectator

    voted, finally!

  • #21810
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    Last chance to vote! 24 complete entries so far.

  • #21823
     Maracaibo USA 
    Spectator

    Results are posted. Thanks for all those who voted. We had 24 votes this year.

    A few noteworthy happenings:
    1) Closest Race: Pitcher of the Year was decided by 2 points.
    2) Landslide Race: Fireman of the Year was decided by 30 points
    3) Most first place votes: Edwardo Yturralde, fireman of the year, got 22 of the 24 first place votes.
    4) The Rookie of the Year (SP Eli Balandran) also finished a pretty close 3rd in the Pitcher of the Year voting.

    Points were tabulated as follows:

    1st place = 5 pts
    2nd place = 4 pts
    3rd place = 3 pts
    4th place = 2 pts
    5th place = 1 pt

    Thanks to everyone who voted and Congrats to everybody who won!

  • #21825
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    Congrats to Warren on being GM of the Year! It’s been a long time since there was a third tier winner. Based on some quick research, it looks like MMD was the last third tier winner of this award in 2019.

  • #21826
     Hong Kong CUB 
    Spectator

    Last offseason, I was so unhappy to lose my ace SP (Akihisa Morishita), and the Closer of the Year (Guillermo Carrazco), when both of them decided to exercise player options.

    Lo and behold, without them, my pitching staff set an all-time record in ERA, and HK now boasts back-to-back Closers of the Year. Yturralde had been pegged as the setup man for years to come, but man did he ever deliver for the Golden Dragons in 2030. Not bad for a converted outfielder.

    Congrats to all winners…and a special shout-out to Warren from me, too. Must have a been a frustrating past few seasons.

  • #21827
     Hong Kong CUB 
    Spectator

    I’m putting this in a separate post so it stands alone…and editing the OP to reflect it.

    The commissioner can award a “WBH Dedication” award to someone who helps the league out, keeps things running smoothly. The last few seasons I haven’t given it to anyone, mostly because we had our system set, and the same guys were contributing who have been recognized before. Of course I appreciate everyone’s help, old and new, but didn’t feel a need to keep awarding the same award again and again.

    But this year I’d like to recognize Andrew Leinung of the Baracoa Bahia. When we lost our last reports guy, Andrew stepped right up and offered to help. And do you notice something? Since he offered to take it over, it has hardly been mentioned again. People don’t even think about it…because it’s just always done.

    That is a super huge help to us keeping the league moving, and for that Andrew is the recipient of the 2030 WBH Dedication Award.

  • #21829
     Santiago de Cuba USA 
    Spectator

    Congrats Andrew, thanks for you help with the league!

  • #21830
     Tokorozawa DOM 
    Spectator

    @Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    Congrats Andrew, thanks for you help with the league!

    Yes…leagues thrive on reports at times. Thanks Andrew! Cap_PDT_01_32

  • #21833
     Bocas del Toro VEN 
    Spectator

    @Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    Congrats to Warren on being GM of the Year! It’s been a long time since there was a third tier winner. Based on some quick research, it looks like MMD was the last third tier winner of this award in 2019.

    Thanks…it’s been a great year for Bocas Del Toro…we have averaged over 81 wins/season over the last 4 years so it’s time for us to leave our friends in Venezuela and test our team against the 2nd Tier.

    Luckily for me, the top 3 tiers didn’t have a dominant 75+ win team or they would have won the award I’m sure. Of course I’d much rather have the USA Title, but this year has been pretty solid for Bocas Del Toro. Hopefully the run continues into 2031.

  • #21858
     Baracoa CUB 
    Spectator

    @Tokorozawa (DOM) wrote:

    @Santiago de Cuba (USA) wrote:

    Congrats Andrew, thanks for you help with the league!

    Yes…leagues thrive on reports at times. Thanks Andrew! Cap_PDT_01_32

    I’m honored, and the card looks great! This league is the best damn OOTP league…period, and I’ll happily keep churning out those reports.

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