ST. LOUIS -- Kyle Lohse and Yadier Molina are among several Cardinals who have been nominated for 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, annual honors determined primarily through voting on MLB.com. Lohse has been named one of 14 finalists for the Starting Pitcher of the Year GIBBY. Lohse recently declared for free agency after finishing the year 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts. Molina, who recently earned his fifth straight NL Gold Glove and is a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's National League MVP Award, is up for the Defensive Player of the Year GIBBY. Fifteen other players have been nominated for that honor. Mitchell Boggs, who led the NL in holds, is one of 12 GIBBY finalists for Setup Man of the Year. Allen Craig is a GIBBY nominee for Breakout Hitter of the Year. First-year manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak have been nominated for GIBBYs as well for Manager of the Year and Executive of the Year, respectively.
The organization is also up for GIBBYs in a pair of postseason categories. Outfielder Carlos Beltran, who hit .357 in 13 postseason games, is among the nominees for the Postseason MVP GIBBY. In his first year with the Cardinals, Beltran reached base in 22 of his 50 postseason plate appearances. He hit three homers, drove in six, scored eight runs, hit six doubles and swiped three bases. There are seven nominees for the Postseason Moment GIBBY, including the Cardinals' improbable comeback against the Nationals in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. In that game, St. Louis erased a six-run deficit en route to a 9-7 victory that featured four two-out, ninth-inning runs to push the Cards into the NL Championship Series. Capping the comeback was shortstop Pete Kozma, who had nearly been written off by the organization earlier in the year. Each of Major League Baseball's 30 clubs is represented in the GIBBY vote for best defensive play of the 2012 season. For the Cardinals, the nomination goes to Jon Jay's spectacular catch at the wall during Game 2 of the NLDS. This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer. GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels. MLB's top performers will take home 2012 GIBBYs trophies based on votes by fans, media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni and the Society for American Baseball Research. Over the past four years, fans have cast more than 40 million votes across the various GIBBYs categories, none of which were restricted to individual league affiliation. Fans can vote an unlimited number of times before balloting closes Sunday, Dec. 2, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
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