Over the past two weeks, we have been asking for your nominations and votes for the SB Nation MLB awards. Today, our poll winners will be passed onto the MLB-wide award committee - a Blue-Ribbon Committee that includes Joe Torre, George Will, George Mitchell, Jose Canseco, Yuniesky Betancourt, Mario Lopez, Charo, Miss South Carolina 2012, and the "apparently" kid from Youtube.* That committee will select a winner in each category. So if we don't win, its your fault.
So here are your Royals Review nominees:
Funniest Royals moment: Nori Aoki getting hit in the groin
Has there ever been a clip of a man getting hit in the groin that didn't win whatever contest it is in? Nori provided several hilarious moments this year, but it was capped off by him chasing down this foul ball in Toronto, and having the ball plunk him right in the family jewels. Oh Nori, you will be missed.
Most regrettable Royals moment: Not sending Alex Gordon home in Game 7 of the World Series
This play play has been dissected, analyzed, mulled over, and I'm still not convinced Alex Gordon makes it. But enough people thought he could have at least made it a play that it made our most regrettable moment.
I still don't know what you guys are talking about though. Like I wrote before, in my mind, when I close my eyes, Salvador Perez hits a walk-off two-run home run. The Royals are champs. The Royals have always been champs.
Best Royals defensive play: Mike Moustakas diving catch over the dugout suites in the ALCS
The Royals made so many amazing catches this year, this was one of our closest votes, made even more controversial by the omission of this crazy Alcides Escobar play. However this was a pretty awesome play, made at a critical time in a big game. It electrified the stadium and perfectly epitomized the grit and sensational defense that propelled the Royals post-season run.
Most important Royals hit: Salvador Perez's game-winning hit in the Wild Card Game
This was not a contest. Kim Jong-Un has had closer votes than this one. This was the hit that gave the Royals their first post-season win in 29 years and capped the most thrilling Wild Card game in the short history of the event.
Best Royals pitching performance: Yordano Ventura in Game 6 of the World Series
Yordano electrified us all season with his 100 mph heater, but no one was quite sure how the rookie would respond to post-season pressure. Ventura rose to the challenge by shutting out the Giants over seven innings, to rest the bullpen and give the Royals a shot at a Game 7.
Best team: Omaha Stormchasers
How could you not vote for a team featuring a Murderer's Row with Carlos Peguero, Francisco Pena, and Matt Fields? The Royals were not the only Midwest team with post-season magic. The Omaha Stormchasers won their third consecutive Pacific Coast League Title, and their second consecutive AAA National Title. It almost as impressive as Tom Emanski's back-to-back-to-back AAU champs.
Thanks for your votes! When the nominees are up at the SB Nation page, I will post a link and we can FLOOD THEM WITH VOTES.