The Indianapolis Indians need your help as they square off against 11 other teams in the voting to be named the 2012 Minor League “Team of the Year” as part of the 2012 Minor League Baseball Yearly Awards.
Coming off a season in which they posted the most regular season wins in all of Minor League Baseball (89), the Indianapolis Indians were nominated along with 11 other top teams across Minor League Baseball, including the Triple-A champion Reno Aces and International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox.
The nomination comes on the heels of a historic season for the Tribe, who took home their first International League West Division Championship since 2000 and collected the franchise’s most regular season wins in nearly 25 years.
The Indians also received two nominations in the “Moment of the Year” category, one for a fantastic finish to a historic night in Durham and the other for perhaps the most improbable stolen base in baseball history.
On April 29, 2012, left handed starter Justin Wilson along with relievers Jose Diaz and Doug Slaten would combine for the Tribe’s first no-hitter since 2005, blanking the Durham Bulls by the final of 2-0. While the no-hitter was a historic moment in itself, the final play of the contest pushed it to an even higher level as 2012 Tribe Defensive Player of the Year, Anderson Hernandez, made a fantastic barehanded play to record the final out of the game.
Right hander Jose Diaz was also the subject of the Indians second nomination in the “Best Moment” category. The reliever, listed at over 300 lbs., received a rare at-bat late in the Indians season and reached on a two-base error, before unofficially becoming one of the largest players ever to steal a base.
You can vote for the Indians by clicking 2012 MiLBY Awards and selecting the Indians’ nominations under the “Team” and “Moment Award categories on the right hand side of the voting screen.
Fans can vote up to 25 times per email address and voting ends on October 22.