IBWAA announces season awards

With the season over for the Nationals, it's time for the local and national media outlets to determine the annual winners of baseball's postseason awards. While some Nationals are likely in contention for some of the higher profile awards - Danny Espinosa for Rookie of the Year and Michael Morse for breakout player of the year, the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday its annual team awards for the Nationals.

For those who aren't aware, the IBWAA is an organization comprised of internet writers (like yours truly), online media outlets and bloggers. Each of the awards listed below is named after a member of Washington's storied baseball history in an effort to promote the history of the game in our nation's capital.

The envelopes, please ...

Goose Goslin Most Valuable Player:

1. Michael Morse (108 points, 19 first-place votes)
2. Ryan Zimmerman (41 points, 2 first-place votes)
3. Danny Espinosa (32 points, 3 first-place votes)

Other receiving votes: Tyler Clippard, Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Wilson Ramos

Walter Johnson Starting Pitcher of the Year:

1. Jordan Zimmermann (125 points, 25 first-place votes)
2. John Lannan (51 points)
3. Livan Hernandez (18 points)

Other receiving votes: Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler, Jason Marquis, Chien-Ming Wang

Frederick Marberry Relief Pitcher of the Year:

1. Tyler Clippard (121 points, 23 first-place votes)
2. Drew Storen (79 points, 2 first-place votes)
3. Todd Coffey (11 points)

Other receiving votes: Henry Rodriguez, Ryan Mattheus, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Burnett, Collin Balester

Sam Rice Hitter of the Year:

1. Michael Morse (103 points, 18 first-place votes)
2. Ryan Zimmerman (64 points, 6 first-place votes)
3. Danny Espinosa (23 points)

Other receiving votes: Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond, Laynce Nix

Frank Howard Slugger of the Year:

1. Michael Morse (120 points, 24 first-place votes)
2. Danny Espinosa (56 points)
3. Ryan Zimmerman (19 points)

Other receiving votes: Laynce Nix, Wilson Ramos, Jayson Werth

Joe Judge Defensive Player of the Year:

1. Danny Espinosa (74 points, 11 first-place votes)
2. Rick Ankiel (62 points, 8 first-place votes)
3. Ryan Zimmerman (47 points, 4 first-place votes)

Other receiving votes: Wilson Ramos, Roger Bernadina, Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Ivan Rodriguez, Ian Desmond

Mickey Vernon Comeback Player of the Year:

1. Jordan Zimmermann (57 points, 8 first-place votes)
2. Chien-Ming Wang (55 points, 6 first-place votes)
3. Stephen Strasburg (52 points, 7 first-place votes)

Other receiving votes: Jesus Flores, Jason Marquis, Rick Ankiel, Laynce Nix

Josh Gibson Humanitarian Player of the Year:

1. Ian Desmond (65 points, 10 first-place votes)
2. Ryan Zimmerman (50 points, 8 first-place votes)
3. John Lannan (20 points)

Other receiving votes: Drew Storen, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Danny Espinosa

Minor League Player of the Year:

1. Bryce Harper (74 points, 13 first-place votes)
2. Brad Peacock (73 points, 7 first-place votes)
3. Steve Lombardozzi (26 points, 2 first-place votes)

Other receiving votes: Tom Milone, Chris Marrero, Roger Bernadina

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