So it makes perfect sense that the four Angels in the running for the 2011 GIBBY Awards -- the Greatness in Baseball Yearly awards -- are the staff's ace, one of its talented young starters and a pair of rookies who shined for much of the season.
Righty Jered Weaver looks to cap his 2011 campaign with a GIBBY award for a season in which he finished second in the league with a 2.41 ERA and third in the league with 18 wins. He was one of the most dominant pitchers for most of the year and he was rewarded by receiving the start for the American League in the 2011 All-Star Game in July.
Righty Ervin Santana, who is up for Performance of the Year, threw a no-hitter against the Indians on July 27 in Cleveland. Santana was brilliant, allowing just one walk and one unearned run while striking out 10 for his first career no-hitter.
First baseman Mark Trumbo and closer Jordan Walden are also GIBBY nominees from the Angels. The two youngsters are deservedly among the candidates for the best rookies. Trumbo's powerful bat was vital to the Angels' offense this season, and in his first full year on a big league mound, Walden flourished in the role of closer.
Major League Baseball's A-listers will take home GIBBYs trophies -- the ultimate honors of baseball's awards season -- based on votes by you the fans at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel and MLB alumni.
The 2011 GIBBYs feature nominees in 19 categories.
Individual honors will go to the top everyday player, starting pitcher, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout player, comeback player, defensive player, wow factor, manager, executive and postseason performer.
GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's best play, moment, performance, oddity, walk-off, fan moment and postseason moment from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.
Fan voting ends Dec. 4, and you can vote up to 25 times per category. Winners will be announced Dec. 16 from 6-8 p.m. PT on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Weaver will likely finish toward the top of the voting for baseball's best starting pitcher after a career year in which he anchored a talented Angels staff. In 33 starts he tossed four complete games and two shutouts.
His strikeout total of 198 was down from 2010 when he led the league, but his efficiency helped him hold opposing hitters to just a .212 batting average.
Also in the running for the top starting pitcher are Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy, CC Sabathia, James Shields C.J. Wilson and Felix Hernandez.
Trumbo came onto the scene early for the Angels and was arguably their most valuable offensive weapon. A consistent force in the middle of the order, Trumbo hit .254 and cranked 29 homers, while knocking in 87 runs.
He came up with his share of big hits, too, the most dramatic of which came in one of the Angels' most dramatic wins this season. He hit a walk-off two-run homer in a crucial late-August division showdown against Texas.
On the hill, Walden shut the door 32 times for the Angels in 2011, and he finished the season with a 5-5 mark and a 2.98 ERA. He struck out 67 in 60 1/3 innings.
Also nominated for the GIBBY for top rookie were Craig Kimbrel, Eric Hosmer, Vance Worley, Ivan Nova, Jeremy Hellickson, Freddie Freeman, Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley Danny Espinosa and Jemile Weeks.