Craig Kimbrel wins Trevor Hoffman Award; Greg Holland gets Mariano Rivera Award
.@Royals closer Greg Holland wins Mariano Rivera Award; @Braves closer @kimbrel46 receives Trevor Hoffman Award. pic.twitter.com/GYnSX5ntjG
— MLB (@MLB) October 22, 2014
That’s MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred standing between the two relievers. Kimbrel tallied a National League-leading 47 saves in 2014 for the Braves alongside a 1.61 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 13.9 K/9. Holland had a 1.44 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 13.0 K/9 for the Royals. He can further pad his résumé in the World Series.
You could easily argue that Holland’s teammate Wade Davis was more deserving -- he finished with a 1.00 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.6 K/9 -- but this is apparently an award designed for closers. Yay, saves.