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2011 Honey Badger Awards

Monday, November 28th, 2011

As many internet users know, the Honey Badger is widely known as nature’s most indifferent predator. So it seems only fitting that we re-name the annual award for the catchers who show the most defensive indifference after the Honey Badger.

So, on to the awards:
For the American League, the 2011 Honey Badger award goes to Tigers catcher Alex Avila for racking up 15 incidences of defensive indifference.   He edged out AJ Pierzynski and John Jaso, who had 14 each, in a tight race for the American League award.  Congratulations Alex!  Your indifference is a credit to your profession.

In the National League, the 2011 Honey Badger award goes to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, with 13 defensive indifference rulings.  He finished the season two indifferences ahead of Rod Barajas of the Dodgers, and Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers was third with 9 instances where he watched base runners he didn’t really care about move up a base.  So, when Yadier Molina looks back on 2011, I hope this will be the most important accomplishment in his mind, not that winning the World Series thing.  But, I guess the odds are that he just won’t care about his award for defensive indifference.

Here are the past winners for each league:

AL NL
2010 Victor Martinez – 12 Yorvit Torrealba – 13
2009 Jorge Posada – 14 Russell Martin – 20
2008 Jason Varitek – 12 Carlos Ruiz – 15
2007 Kenji Johjima,
Gregg Zaun – 12
Brian McCann,
Ronny Paulino – 9
2006 Jorge Posada – 11 Brian McCann – 8
2005 Jason Kendall – 17 Brad Ausmus – 11

In team standings, the Dodgers were the most indifferent overall with 22, and the Rays and Tigers tied for the American League lead with 19 each. The Mets had the earliers recorded incident of defensive indifference, with a 7th inning base runner (David Murphy) moving up with no outs on June 25th. Murphy did end up scoring, cutting the lead to 14-3.
Here are the 2011 team standings for defensive indifference:
Dodgers – 22
Rays – 19
Tigers – 19
Rangers – 17
White Sox – 17
Red Sox – 17
Cardinals – 14
Rockies – 11
Mets – 10
Brewers – 10
Indians – 10
Pirates – 9
Yankees – 8
Blue Jays – 8
Reds – 7
A’s – 7
Twins – 7
Mariners – 7
Braves – 7
Angels – 7
Marlins – 7
Padres – 7
Diamondbacks – 7
Orioles – 6
Phillies – 6
Giants – 5
Cubs – 5
Astros – 3
Royals – 3
Nationals – 3