?To these players, who achieved the reverse triple double (double figures in grounded-into double plays, caught stealing and errors): the Padres' Benito Santiago, the Yankees' Steve Sax, the Royals' Terry Shumpert and the Cardinals' Todd Zeile.
?To the Detroit Tigers, who became only the third team in American League history to lead the league in home runs while finishing last in batting average.
The Glad-to-Be-Working Award
To outfielder Jose Gonzalez, who played for three teams—the Dodgers, Pirates and Indians—despite hitting only .111 (13 for 117) all season. Of all the players who began the season on a major league roster, he was the last to get a hit. It came for his second team, Pittsburgh, on July 7. It was a shot off the centerfield fence, and he was held to a single.
The Nostradamus Award
To myself, as worst prognosticator of the year, for picking the Angels to finish first in the American League West and the Twins to come in last. Those picks should have been reversed.
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