Durham Bulls Infielder Leslie Anderson is the team’s 2012 MVP.
On Friday, August 31, 2012, the Durham Bulls recognized the winners of the 2012 Goodmon Awards. The Goodmon Awards, named for Capitol Broadcasting Company CEO Jim Goodmon, annually acknowledge Bulls players for their contributions to the success of the team both on and off the field.
Leslie Anderson has been selected as the team’s MVP. Anderson is having the best year of his career, being named to both the International League’s Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star squads. The veteran has set new career-highs in hits, doubles, home runs and runs scored this season. He has led the Bulls in most major offensive categories all season long, including batting average, home runs and RBI.
The 2012 Goodmon Award winner for Pitcher of the Year is Dane De La Rosa. One of the most reliable relief pitchers in the league, De La Rosa was named to his first ever All-Star team this season, tossing a scoreless frame with two strikeouts for the IL in the mid-summer classic. He set a career-high in saves and leads the league in lowest batting average against and highest strikeouts per 9.0 IP ratio.
Craig Albernaz is the recipient of the Community Service award. Albernaz has participated in all of the Durham Bulls Baseball Camps as well as several events around the Durham community. In addition, Albernaz has volunteered for events like Play4Health™, where children ages 6-14 were invited to the DBAP to learn how to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
The 2012 Goodmon Award for Team Spirit goes to Chris Gimenez. Gimenez has been a leader in the clubhouse and has kept a positive attitude throughout the entire season. After beginning the season with the Bulls, Gimenez was quickly called up to Tampa Bay. After spending the first two months of the season with the Major League club, Gimenez was optioned back to the Bulls where he responded by hitting over .300 and leading the team in on base percentage.
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