12/17/12 11:45 AM ET
Pestano honored with Cleveland BBWAA award
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano bucked that trend, as the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America named the right-hander this year's recipient of the Bob Feller Man of the Year Award. The distinction is bestowed upon the organization's player or executive who consistently performs at the top of his game.
The committee passed a resolution to make Pestano's honor unanimous. He beat out four other nominees: second baseman Jason Kipnis, closer Chris Perez, center fielder Michael Brantley and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Former Tribe manager Manny Acta received the Frank Gibbons-Steve Olin Good Guy Award for his good understanding of the media's role and willingness to help on a daily basis.
Pestano, in his second full big league season, compiled a 2.57 ERA in 70 appearances, tallying 76 strikeouts. He helped fortify the back end of the Indians' bullpen with Perez. Cleveland racked up a 57-4 record when leading after seven frames.
In two-plus years with the Tribe, Pestano has forged a 2.50 ERA in 142 outings. The 27-year-old was a 20th-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
The Indians dismissed Acta on Sept. 27 after the club went 15-38 after the calendar flipped to August, but his geniality with media and fans was never questioned. He spent three years as Tribe skipper, and the franchise exercised his option for the 2013 season after he directed the team to an 80-82 record in 2011.
Even during the tenuous stretch prior to his exit, Acta maintained an optimistic outlook and strived to dig up positives from his team's play. Acta was a unanimous selection for the award ahead of pitcher Justin Masterson, outfielder Shelley Duncan and bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.
Last year, Cabrera took home Man of the Year honors and Perez merited the Good Guy Award.