Recipients of these GIBBY Awards, presented annually by MLB.com, are chosen through votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society of American Baseball Research.
2012 GIBBY Award winners
|MLB MVP||Miguel Cabrera|
|Hitter of the Year||Miguel Cabrera|
|Starting Pitcher of the Year||R.A. Dickey|
|Rookie of the Year||Mike Trout|
|Closer of the Year||Fernando Rodney|
|Setup Man of the Year||Sergio Romo|
|Defensive Player of the Year||Yadier Molina|
|Breakout Hitter of the Year||Chase Headley|
|Breakout Pitcher of the Year||R.A. Dickey|
|Comeback Player of the Year||Buster Posey|
|Manager of the Year||Buck Showalter|
|Executive of the Year||Billy Beane|
|Postseason MVP||Pablo Sandoval|
|Play of the Year||Mike Trout|
|Storyline of the Year||Tie: O's season
|Hitting Performance of the Year||Josh Hamilton|
|Pitching Performance of the Year||Matt Cain|
|Oddity of the Year||Michael Morse|
|Walk-off of the Year||Chipper Jones|
|Cut4 Topic of the Year||Bryce Harper|
|Postseason Moment||Raul Ibanez|
Molina was one of 15 players from both leagues announced last month as a finalist for the top defensive honor, and he ended up beating out, among others, three 2012 Gold Glove winners to capture the title. Consider it just the latest feather in Molina's cap this offseason, which followed a standout year on both the offensive and defensive ends.
Along with the GIBBY, Molina has added a Rawlings Gold Glove Award (his fifth straight), the National League's Platinum Glove Award (his second), a Fielding Bible Award and the Wilson Sporting Goods defensive award to his growing collection this year.
Molina has been named St. Louis' Baseball Man of the Year by the local chapters of writers and finished fourth in the voting for the NL's Most Valuable Player Award.
"I take pride in everything I do," Molina told MLB.com last month. "I worked hard to have a great year."
Molina has long been considered one of baseball's best defensive players, and the job he did behind the plate in 2012 only further cemented his place in that top echelon of current players. In addition to being lauded for the job he does working with the pitching staff, Molina ranked second in the Majors with a caught-stealing percentage of 48 percent. That doesn't even account for all those he stopped from trying simply through his reputation.
And with his three pickoffs last season, Molina has 45 in his career, the most among catchers since 2004.
This year's GIBBY Awards featured nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors went to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies were also 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.
Several other Cardinals players, as well as general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny, were among GIBBY finalists this year. The organization was also represented in the panel of voters. Among those who cast ballots for the GIBBYs were former player/current broadcaster Rick Horton, assistant general manager Michael Girsch and broadcaster Dan McLaughlin.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.