2013 Season Survey Results Are In
At the end of the 2013 season, Wahoo’s on first put together a short, ten question survey to gauge fan reactions to the season, certain players, and a handful of key issues heading into the offseason. We received well over 100 responses to our survey, 118 to be exact, and are ready to present the results to the hungry masses. Without further ado, Wahoo’s on First presents Part 2 of the 2013 Season Survey results. Part 1 can be found here.
When asked about the 2013 Indians Cy Young award winner, the fans were split primarily between two players. Fueled by a solid start to his season and a handful of dominant performances, the Indians ace, Justin Masterson, captured 43% of the vote. However, a solid second half that saw Ubaldo Jimenez return to the form that made him a household name in Colorado was enough to push him over the edge. Jimenez squeaked out Masterson with 48% of the vote and the title of best pitcher for the Indians on 2013.
Also receiving votes in this category were Danny Salazar, Cody Allen, Joe Smith, Chris Perez, and Corey Kluber in a write-in. Not surprisingly, one fan felt that Mickey Callaway was deserving of this award.
Next up was the biggest surprise of the 2013 season. This question had the potential to turn in a close result, but in the end it was a one horse race. Given the choice of Ryan Raburn, Danny Salazar, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, and Yan Gomes, the vast majority of fans felt that Gomes was the biggest surprise and responded accordingly.
Gomes pulled in 76% of the vote thanks to his .294/.345/.481 slash line, 11 home runs, and 38 RBI in limited action as the backup to Carlos Santana before taking over the full-time cathcer duties in late August and September. Ryan Raburn ended up being the best of the rest as he earned 10% of the vote. Also receiving votes was Ubaldo Jimenez. As a write in option for several fans, Jimenez earned 6% of the vote total.
Finally, in what ended up being one of the closer votes in our survey, Asdrubal Cabrera was named the biggest disappointment of the 2013 season with 38% of the vote. The distinction was much warranted. Cabrera turned in a .242/.299/.402 slash line and continued to show decline in his defensive range at shortstop. His inability to come through in big situations, particularly in the AL Wild Card game, didn’t help things any. Frustrations with Cabrera have reached an all-time high with this vote as the cherry on top of the world’s most depressing sundae.
Meanwhile, Vinnie Pestano came in second in our vote. He pulled in 15% of the vote thanks to his midseason demotion to Triple-A Columbus. Mark Reynolds and his offensive collapse came in third with 13% of the vote. Among the write in votes, one fan felt that Nick Swisher was the biggest disappointment and another chose Trevor Bauer.
That does it for part two of our 2013 season survey results. Check back in tomorrow as we will reveal who you thought was the Indians best acquisition of 2013, who will be the starting shortstop in 2014, and who will be the Indians’ new closer.